The Brighton SEO conference is a meeting of the UK's best online marketers. If you couldn't make it to the April 2013 event, we've collected 50 tasty tips and ingenious insights.
2) When submitting a disallow request to Google, go for the whole domain.
3) Even if you're linking to a relevant site you could still be penalized.
4) Do link building for traffic acquisition, not just for the search engines.
5) If you're solving a problem for someone with a good quality article don't worry about being penalized for a follow link.
6) Don't play games with reconsideration requests. You'll get caught very easily.
7) Changing anchor text from keyword rich to branded links, to be reconsidered, probably won’t work.
8) Use Majestic's historic advanced report to analyze your backlinks and decide which are the bad ones.
Paul Madden @PaulDavidMadden
9) Signs of a bad link are: poor link metrics; wrong ccltd (top level domain - country code); reason for the site; links to bad places; no social activity; no interaction; commercial anchors again and again. All these indicators point to a bad site.
10) Risk is obvious in the anchor text distribution - it should be varied.
11) To clean up bad links, remove what you can, disavow the rest. Then, importantly, wait for a while - only then ask for re-inclusion request.
12) Know when to walk away. Sometimes it will just be more cost-effective to walk away and start again.
13) Don't ask a good SEO to get you to number 1 in the search rankings in 72 hours - it's a long-term strategy.
15) Prefetch downloads the file and holds till clicked. You can request multiple files.
16) Prerender downloads and fully renders to prevent a lag when the user clicks.
17) Find out from analytics data where you could use prefetch and prerender. They'll tell you which pages your visitors are most likely to click on.
18) SEO-friendly AJAX is good for user experience but bad for search if used badly.
19) pushState is now supported by all major browsers - get the speed benefit of AJAX and use the back button.
21) Power Mapper usefully visualizes your website structure (ie, produces pretty pictures).
23) Grep your competitors' pages to see which keywords they're using.
24) When posting an offer, have a headline that tells your prospect why they should buy, use social proof (like how many people have already bought) and urgency (x days left).
25) Tool tip: Use Zoom, the website search engine, for internal search to find out what your customers are looking for on your site.
26) Add links to the most looked-for content onto your home page so people don't have to go looking for it.
to your robots.txt to arm yourself against negative SEO.
Julia Logan @irishwonder
28) What you think is a negative SEO campaign against you could be an error on your own website, eg duplicate content, de-indexing your own site, robots.txt problems.
29) Facebook is a problem for Google because they can't get to all the data. Google+ is of course easier for them. So use it.
30) There's no direct ranking impact from Google+ at the moment but there is indirect ranking (from clickthroughs) and if you're already in there you'll be at an advantage later.
31) See your friends' restaurant recommendations so that you know the ones to avoid!
Dave Coplin @dcoplin
32) Provide great pieces of content, like this one created for http://www.simplybusiness.co.uk - a social media guide http://bit.ly/z0g4eD
33) Sometimes you have to go big to keep up with the competition. "Go big to avoid going home."
34) If you're risk-averse, do evergreen rather than bang up to the minute content.
35) You have to keep doing big content - unfortunately one piece of it isn't enough.
36) Be consistent with the quality of your content.
37) Expect to spend 40+ hours on big content. 15-20 on small content.
40) Issues-based content can get high value links and media coverage.
Sharon Flaherty @ConfusedSharon
41) When pitching to a journalist, your pitch has to tie into a bigger issue. For example if it's technology-related, it should be tied into something like health care issues.
Geoff White @geoffwhite247
42) Make sure your images will fit into your target websites' pages.
43) Press releases should have no more than three links and link to different areas of the site. They must look natural, viewers should easily be able to cut and paste them; and you can use the footer of a release for keyword rich anchor text in your link.
44) Meetup groups are fantastic for making contacts and creating opportunities.
45) Bribes only work if they're relevant. An example Lexi gave was muppet-themed cupcakes to promote a new Muppets film.
46) Make sure you have all your onsite assets in place before you do outreach.
47) Carry out a content review of your website and get rid of the rubbish.
Alan Ferguson @alanfergs
49) Find bloggers to reach out to by looking at their Klout score, awards they've won, comments they're getting etc and get to them before they get too big.
Sean Walsh @walshybhoy
50) Be honest, polite and useful when contacting bloggers.