Serpzilla’s Bangalore SEO Meetup – Highlights

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Serpzilla’s Bangalore SEO Meetup – Highlights

After the roaring success of our SEO meetup in Ahmedabad, the Serpzilla bandwagon arrived in Bangalore the very next week for a meetup of the sharpest minds in SEO from all over the south of India. It was a long time coming, because there haven’t been any digital marketing or SEO conferences of note lately in this region.

While most of our community members who couldn’t attend were able to follow the live tweets and shares on our Twitter and LinkedIn profiles (hey, give us a follow if you haven’t done so yet) here is a complete recap from start to end of the event.

While the start time was 6 PM on a Friday evening, we allowed participants a little time to beat the notorious Bangalore traffic, while the rest of us enjoyed a nice pre-networking session. Our very own Yulia Aslamova was instrumental in introducing the Serpzilla brand to the pumped up crowd of 60-odd marketers and giving a great start to the proceedings.

Jaydip Parikh: How to Leverage Wikipedia for SEO

Jaydip himself went first. While he had spoken about the hot topic in SEO – AI – in Ahmedabad, he revisited one of the oldest but the most respected sites that we use for SEO: Wikipedia. And he showed how Wikipedia still has a lot to offer us.

The key points he made were:

  • Wikipedia is not just a link building platform. It can help immensely in keyword research, especially in finding topically and semantically relevant terms.
  • Of course, you can still build links from Wikipedia. Look for dead links in entries related to your business. Add geographically relevant information or some latest stuff in your niche.
  • If you’ve built up a great and helpful profile (or engage someone who has), you can kill the competition by adding an entry for your brand.

Here’s Jaydip’s slide deck:

https://www.slideshare.net/Serpzilla/how-to-leverage-wikipedia-for-seo-jaydip-parikhpptx

You can find him on Twitter @jaydipparikh

Company website: Tej SolPro

Sanjay Shenoy: AREP Framework

Sanjay Shenoy is another of our good friends in Bangalore. He presented his home-grown creation – the AREP framework for SEO projects. AREP stands for Audit, Research, Execution, Projections.

The key points he made were:

  • The goal of an SEO audit is to uncover any issues in crawling, indexing, rendering, site structure, canonicalization and duplication. You need to make intelligent use of tools here.
  • The Research phase is where you undertake keyword research, assess the competitive landscape, and find opportunities all through the search intent funnel. Based on this, create an execution timeline for your tasks and deliverables.
  • The Projections phase is where the magic happens. Here is where you define priorities, work out different scenarios, estimate the time taken to reach top position, and calculate CTR, sales and LTV.

Here’s Sanjay’s slide deck:

https://www.slideshare.net/Serpzilla/arep-framework-sanjay-shenoy

You can find him on Twitter @SanjayShenoy13

Company website: Boring Marketing

Vedanarayanan V: SEO & ASO – Startups Success Stories & Case Studies

Veda, as he is popularly known, has extensive experience in the startup scene – across industries such as travel, education, healthcare and fintech. He is adept at combining SEO with App Store Optimization (ASO) and he shared some great real-world examples of companies that did that successfully.

The key points he made were:

  • Startups should start SEO by trying to rank for a core set of long-tail keywords (that reflect their expertise) rather than trying to outrank bigger competitors for head terms.
  • ASO is SEO’s cousin in the app world. Most startups have an app, but don’t focus on optimizing it for greater visibility in the app stores.
  • If you get SEO and ASO right, organic traffic and installs will eventually scale to a level where even a drop in paid marketing (read, VC funding) won’t affect revenue.

Here’s Veda’s slide deck:

https://www.slideshare.net/Serpzilla/seo-aso-startups-success-stories-case-studies-vedanarayanan-v

Veda works for Microsoft as a Marketing Leader. You can find him on LinkedIn

Sergey Pankov: Link Building 2.0

Our CEO Sergey is always in his element while presenting on his favorite topic – you guessed it: link building! Sergey outlined an in-depth and precise strategy for link building, including real-world case studies, practical templates and advanced tactics.

The key points he made were:

  • Google’s search algorithm is built on the back of PageRank, which is a link scoring system. Therefore, links will always remain important for getting good rankings.
  • The number and type of links you get should closely match those of your competition, so that you have what Google calls a “natural” backlink profile.
  • Buying backlinks intelligently can give your site a visibility boost in as little as one-to-three months. The amount of traffic you get will be directly proportional to the number of keywords you rank well for.

Here’s Sergey’s slide deck:

https://www.slideshare.net/Serpzilla/linkbuilding-20-sergey-pankov-bangalore

You can find him on LinkedIn

And you are actually on his company website now 🙂

Keep in Touch!

As the photos convey, the audience was listening with rapt attention to the flurry of insights our speakers shared.

Needless to say, it was a great experience for everyone.

We keep creating opportunities for our community members to get together and discuss their favorite subject: SEO. While Sergey is back in Russia, our team members and friends such as Neeraj, Evgeny, Yulia and others are always available for a quick chat. Moreover, we continue to organize webinars with digital marketing experts every once in a while, so stay tuned!

  • Dipti Parmar

    Dipti Parmar is an experienced marketing and technology consultant, helping startups, ecommerce brands, and B2B SaaS companies establish thought leadership in their industry with innovative strategies through her agency 99stairs. She is a columnist for leading business and tech publications such as Entrepreneur Mag, Adobe’s CMO.com, and Inc. Dipti has also been listed as a top startup marketer by TechCrunch. She is the editor of the Serpzilla blog.
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