SMX Advanced, Search Epicenter on Elliot Bay

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Greetings from the Bay Auditorium, Bell Harbor International Conference Center Seattle Washington. There’s an amazing array of search geniuses and enough charismatic personalities for Vegas. The harbor air smells industrial and natural beauty overwhelming, it’s 7:30 AM and sold-out SMX Advanced 2009 is firing up!

These sessions have memorable moments. Right now I’m sitting in the Keyword Research Artistry session and here’s what I just tweeted:

@SEOROI Gabriel Goldenberg is being brilliant, anthropological boy-genius, has us chattering & is mining the long tale of real human communication

This SEM conference is top 3 by nearly anyone’s book, and one of the few places where the basics are assumed.  Complicated is cool, and simple rocks ass here. Last year I resorted to taking covert snapshots of  Stephan Spencer’s Deck from the podium.

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I’ll be speaking today on the SEO Ranking Factors in 2009 panel.  Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Land will be moderator. I’ll have the pleasure of joining Rand Fishkin, CEO, SEOmoz and Laura Lippay, Dir. Technical Marketing, Yahoo for what promises to be a colorful session.  Rand is promising to preview data from his well-awaited every-2-year SEO Ranking Factors Post.

Tomorrow I’ll waltz over to the Business Track to speak on the “How Much Do I Charge For SEM, Especially Now! Search Marketing Agency Pricing Models -Moderator: Chris Elwell, President, Third Door Media. Speakers:, Andrew Beckman, President, Location3 Media, Matt Walker, CEO, Best Rank, Inc. Chis Elwell’s sessions are thoughtfully sequenced and a logical next-gen from Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman’s famous SES Agency Track presentations from years post. I’m excited to participate on this panel.

The flavor of SMX Advanced is unique in the world of search.  In years past I’ve met life-long friends, amazing clients and picked up some tips.  Matt Peterson will be covering SMX Advanced for AIMCLEAR Blog with a couple of posts each day. We won’t post realtime as our conference blogger pal Lisa Barone, the Bruce Clay search bloggers, SEL and others  will do a fine job. Matt thinks about things for a while and then disects these things…that’s just how he is.

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