While there are many facets to being a successful search engine optimizer, the ever-changing search landscape means that today’s tactics may be entirely obsolete tomorrow, leaving you to figure out how to keep ahead of a game that you have no control over. Given that fact, why not consider backing off of the unsteady technical points and focusing instead of growing your network of people in the know, giving you the best possible chance of being ready for those changes as they come.
Being an SEO professional and branding yourself in the niche means staying in the loop, and staying in the loop means continuously rubbing shoulders with colleagues, partners, and others within the web search industry. To give yourself an edge in the new year, check out these five local SEO meetups to network in 2013:
If you’re in the Chicago area, consider adding your experience and insight to the lively Web Professionals Meetup Group, a friendly bunch of designers, developers, social marketing gurus, SEO professionals, and other web-related people who meet on a regular basis around the city.
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L.A. is a big city, full of web experts, some of them the best in their fields, and the SEO Training meetup group in that city aims to bring as many of them together as possible. Conversation here focuses on a number of topics, each centered around being an effective search marketer, with some branching out to includes subjects like social media and web design.
Join up for friendly talk in an atmosphere where business pitches are considered spam, ensuring that you get to sit down with real, everyday, like-minded people with the same passion for SEO and web work as you!
With a wide range of topics that cover everything you need to be a successful webmaster, this group is a must-attend for anyone in the Miami area! SEO is a main focus, but attendees are encouraged to discuss any and every aspect of working on the web, helping one another to share expertise, and making everyone in the room a better web developer with every word spoken.
Besides casual meetings, this group also arranges formal workshops and lectures on the same subjects, charging only a small fee when one is necessary at all. This makes it possible to socialize and learn with the same group, giving you a comfortable outlet for every aspect of your out-of-the-house professional activity!
Known as a hotbed of technical prowess in the American south, Austin, Texas is home to many SEO and web marketing related events, and one of them is particularly perfect where networking is concerned: the Austin Internet Marketing Meetup.
This group meets on a regular basis, welcoming new members into the fold at all times and giving you instant access to new friends and colleagues. These meetups are generally casual, with easy conversation centered on SEO and other forms of internet marketing, all without the hassle of highly-structured, sometimes stifling formats that lead to hyper-focused conversation, making them a perfect place to exchange information in the name of building your contact list.
5. London Web
Jolly old London has quickly become a modern utopia of technical development, and the London Web meetup group aims to bottle that fact for the benefit of all members in bringing together some of the sharpest minds in SEO, web investing, design and development, and other facets of creating for the internet.
Don’t forget to check out local social media meetups as well!
If you’ve got any professional interest in the web at all, you’re encouraged to join in on the fun, meeting with and learning from your colleagues in order to meet new friends, new business partners, and new potential clients.