Suds and Search 75 | Colan Nielsen, VP of Local Search at Sterling Sky

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Colan Nielsen, Vice President of Local Search at Sterling Sky.

Colan is considered one of the leading local SEO experts in the world. He is a Google My Business product expert, he’s on the faculty at Local U, and he’s a contributor to the Moz Local Search Ranking Factors Study.

Colan is an in-demand speaker and blogger on topics related to Local SEO. You may have read his work at Search Engine Land, Local U, Bright Local, and on the Sterling Sky company blog.


Suds and Search 74 | Garrett French and James Wirth of Citation Labs

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My guests on this week’s episode of Suds & Search are Garrett French and James Wirth, respectively, the founder and Senior Director at Citation Labs.

For my entire SEO career, the most important ranking signal for SEOs to consider is how to generate links from third party websites. The quest for more links or higher quality links or new link building tactics are all topics that captivate the attention of SEOs on blogs, conference presentations, and podcasts.


Suds and Search 72 | John Lee, Head of Evangelism at Microsoft Advertising

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is John Lee, Head of Evangelism at Microsoft Advertising.

John is an in-demand speaker, blogger, and content creator on topics related to paid search and paid social. A shortlist of the places you might have heard John present includes Heroconf, State of Search, SMX, and SMX Advanced.

John is an industry veteran. Before joining Microsoft, he worked at several of the top brands in PPC including Wordstream, Hanapan Marketing, and as the co-owner of Clix Marketing.

He’s a really excellent blogger. If you enjoy this episode, I suggest you check out his column over at Search Engine Journal. He was also instrumental in the creation of the popular blog PPCHero.

Earlier this year, Microsoft advertising announced an exciting new ad format for automotive dealers. I start our conversation asking John all about automotive ads, the importance of automotive ads feeds, and he’ll share a few success cases.

It’s also an interesting time in PPC generally. Not only are we coming out of a pandemic but we’re entering a cookieless world with competing pressures on search engines for more privacy and more personalization in ads. John is a perfect guest to help us better understand this what’s coming next.

Grab something cold to drink and join me for a conversation with John Lee. We’ll talk about planning for the post pandemic world, the role of automation and humans in PPC, and we’ll do a little Microsoft Ads mythbusting towards the end.


Suds and Search 71 | Purna Virji, Senior Content Marketing Evangelist for LinkedIn

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My guest on this week’s episode of Suds and Search is Purna Virji, Senior Content Marketing Evangelist for LinkedIn.

Purna is one of the most popular and recognizable personalities in paid media. In 2019, Purna was awarded the U.S. Search Personality of the year. She is a mainstay on PPCHero’s list of the top 25 PPC influencers in the world. In 2016, PPC Hero named Purna the most influential PPC marketer in the world.


Suds and Search 70 | Martha van Berkel, CEO of Schema App

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My guest on this week’s episode of Suds & Search is Martha van Berkel, CEO of Schema App.

Schema markup was developed in 2011 as a collaboration between the world’s leading search engines. Since that time, the general interest and application of Schema among SEOs has skyrocketed. Martha has become the leading presenter in our industry talking about Schema markup.

She is an in-demand conference presenter, blogger, and educator on topics related to Schema. You may have heard Martha present at Brighton SEO, State of Search, SMX Milan, and the Content Marketing Conference.


Suds and Search 69 | Greg Gifford, Vice President of Search at SearchLab

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My guest on this week’s episode of Suds & Search is my friend and colleague Greg Gifford, Vice President of Search at SearchLab.

Greg is a veteran digital marketer and one of the most recognizable speakers in the industry. It’s hard to think of a conference he hasn’t spoken at. He’s well known in the SEO community presenting at conferences like MozCon, SMX, Pubcon, and UnGagged.

He’s a popular speaker within the automotive industry presenting at conferences like NADA, Digital Dealer, and Internet Battle Plan. AND he is a rock star overseas at conferences like Brighton SEO, SearchLove London, InOrbit, and Learn Inbound.


Suds and Search 68 | Dr. Pete Meyers, Marketing Scientist at Moz

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My guest on this week’s episode of Suds & Search is Dr. Pete Meyers, Marketing Scientist at Moz.

Dr. Pete is a legend in the SEO community. He is the creator of Mozcast, which operates like a weather report for detecting when Google has made an update to their algorithm. Mozcast started in 2012 at the time of some of the most consequential algorithm updates ever.

9 years later Mozcast remains a go-to resource for SEOs who want to learn what might’ve happened to their rankings and traffic after Google made a tweak to their algorithm.


Suds and Search 67 | Brett Tabke, Founder and CEO of Pubcon

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My guest on this week’s episode of Suds & Search is Brett Tabke, the Founder and CEO of Pubcon, one of the most important conference series in search marketing.

Brett has been involved in the computer and technology industry for over 30 years. He started a software company for commodore computers back in 1984. Throughout his career Brett has displayed an amazing ability to build communities and educational opportunities around topics related to the internet.


Suds and Search 66 | Matt Umbro, Key Account Director at Brainlabs

My guest on this week’s episode of Suds & Search is Matt Umbro, Key Account Director at Brainlabs.

Matt is a verteran PPC marketer and one of my favorite bloggers on topics related to paid search and paid social. You can read some of his work at Search Engine Journal, Practical Ecommerce, and PPCHero.

Matt is also an in-demand speaker and conference presenter. You may have heard Matt speak at SMX, Heroconf, State of Search, and Engage.