Women in Tech SEO Conference 2019 – A Recap
London’s Women in Tech SEO is described as a ‘support network aimed for women in the technical SEO field, to discuss, share and learn from each other’, and I was very lucky to be a part of this exciting event, hosted by such knowledgeable SEO professionals.
At Candlefox, we’ve always been curious about new developments and ideas arising in this space. One of our core values centres around remaining open to new ways of doing things and continuously learning. Likewise, our young, vibrant culture puts growth opportunities for the whole team at the forefront; which is why events like this one and other initiatives are also always encouraged.
Read on for some insights from the event’s speakers!
Emily Potter – Analyst at Distilled
In her talk, Emily discussed the split-testing software, ODN (Optimization Delivery Network) created by Distilled, an award-winning digital marketing agency. The software acts as an independent platform, situated between website servers and website visitors, and seeks to remove a lot of the pressure both SEO experts and web developers feel amid rising backlogs.
The ODN, Emily explained, can implement numerous changes without the need for developer interventions and expert knowledge – for example:
Most importantly, however, the software has the ability to conduct large-scale A/B tests on carefully targeted pages. Using only 100 days of Google Analytics data, the ODN can predict, with great accuracy, what will rank and what both developers and SEO experts should be prioritising at any given time.
Paola Didone – SEO Analyst at Distilled – ‘The Many Faces of Keyword Research’
In her presentation, Paola urged the audience not to view keyword research as a one-size-fits-all kind of task. Though we may feel confident conducting keyword research and having it inform our optimisation efforts, Paola stressed that there are some questions we need to ask ourselves first:
What she says is even more important, however, is shifting our mindset from ‘what’ users are searching for, to ‘why’ they’re searching for it. We must always seek to understand the motivations lurking behind users’ queries.
Paola pointed out that the content of the search query only makes up a small percentage of its importance; it is the intent we must aim to extract from said search queries in order to drive conversions. By failing to account for the motivations driving search queries relevant to their business, SEO experts stand to lose high-quality traffic and ultimately revenue.
Getting an idea of the intent behind relevant search queries can then inform the type of content we publish; the kind of title tags we opt for as well as our overall strategy.
Rachel Costello – Technical SEO & Content Manager at DeepCrawl – ‘The Future of Tech SEO’
In her talk, Rachel stated that the biggest challenge currently facing Tech SEO is the rift between SEO experts and web developers. She alluded to the new technologies developers keep creating and the struggle this presents to SEO experts who try to keep up, while trying to ensure Google crawlers keep up, too.
While new technologies bring with them exciting prospects, once implemented, they also require maintenance. This is not always something that SEO experts are able to do with their, often limited, knowledge of web technologies. Developers likewise commonly display poor knowledge of SEO and search, ultimately leading to fractured communication between the two.
And though some may dismiss this rift as inevitable and universal petty office politics, its potential consequences can hardly be overstated. As pointed out by Rachel, SEO experts serve as the ‘middleman’ between web technologies and search engines and it is on them to ‘sell’ the fruits of the developers’ labour to Google and ultimately users. Poor communication between the two can be problematic for this reason especially.
All of the speakers at the Women in Tech SEO September event have breathed new life into old concepts and given us all some food for thought to carry into the work we do daily.
At Candlefox, we welcome every opportunity to stay ahead of SEO innovation, to make sure our products and services best meet the needs of our students and clients.