The Best SEO Conferences to Attend

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Last Updated: June 9, 2020

Let’s face it. Whether you are new to the industry or have been at digital marketing for a while, SEO conferences are too good an opportunity to pass by. These annual events allow marketers to connect with and learn from other like-minded people. 

Each of these conferences come packed with fantastic educational sessions from industry experts, fun-filled meetups, and networking opportunities for the attendees. The best part is that there are several of them all over the world. So, finding one that won’t require too much traveling shouldn’t be difficult. 

SEO is continually evolving and it helps to keep up with the latest trends. Have a look at ten of the best conferences to help sharpen your digital marketing skills. 

CMSEO

The Chiang Mai SEO conference attracts marketing managers, agency owners, and other SEO professionals in SouthEast Asia’s digital hub. CSMEO is a two-day search engine conference that attracts over 700 attendees, both experts and novices as they share some of their best SEO strategies. 

The first search summit took place in 2017. Since then, attendees flock the city days in advance for the networking opportunities as they soak up the cultural heritage of Thai people. 

Matt Diggity of Diggity Marketing is the organizer behind the summit. Each year, he invites some of the industry leaders to present during the SEO event. Some of the most notable speakers associated include Gael Breton, Kyle Roof, and Stacey MacNaught. 

When: Postponed to 2021

Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cost: The price of the tickets varies depending on the type of access.

MozCon

Moz is a SaaS company that is well known for its expertise in advanced SEO tools and strategies. Every year since 2006, the company hosts a digital summit in Seattle. MozCon brings together an entire community of people in the digital marketing scene. This conference presents an excellent opportunity for marketing managers to network and connect with potential brands for business opportunities. 

Moz services go beyond the basic SEO tactics. As such, these summits tackle a variety of topics such as social media marketing, conversion optimization, and link building. This Seattle summit is perfect for everyone, whether you are only getting started with digital marketing or are a guru in the area.

When: 14th- 15th July

Where: Virtual 

Cost: $129

PubCon

Pubcon markets itself as the search marketing event by professional digital marketers for professional digital marketers. Over the last 18 years, organizers have brought together the industry-leading businesses, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors. 

Pubcon Inc., which has its headquarters in Austin, Texas, hosts the conference. Each year, the SEO summit has taken place in different cities of the United States including Florida, Las Vegas, and New Orleans. This year, Pubcon Pro was set to take place in Austin, Florida, and Las Vegas. The Austin and Florida events were long canceled but registration is ongoing for the annual Vegas SEO event. 

Besides the main conference series, organizers also hold workshops and networking events for the attendees. Some of the topics covered during the conference period include international site optimization, technical SEO, and social media advertising. 

When: 12th- 15th October

Where: Las Vegas

Cost: Passes start at $399 and will go up on 1st July

Inbound

Hubspot is the brain behind the massive annual SEO marketing conference, Inbound. The two-day meetup aims to build a community of digital marketers who are passionate about enhancing their skills. This year, Inbound will be virtual and will bring together people from dynamic backgrounds as they engage in new communication methods. 

Over the last few years, Inbound has had an impressive lineup of keynote speakers. Key people include Chimamanda Adichie, Issa Rae, and Andy Cohen. These speakers handle different topics ranging from marketing, sales, and even customer service. 

When: 22nd-23rd September

Where: Virtual

Cost: To be announced. Tickets go in sale on 1st June

BrightonSEO

The only thing better than an annual search marketing conference and training workshop is one that occurs twice in a year. BrightonSEO holds a one-day conference and series of training courses in April and October. This year, April’s events were pushed to October. As a result, the October SEO summit will take place over two days. 

BrightonSEO brings in genuine experts in the industry to form an impressive lineup. Some of the notable persons in this year’s lineup include Adam Chapman, Alexandra Tachalova, and Andy Jarvis, among others. Following the postponement, organizers are yet to confirm which of the 82 speakers will still present in October. 

During the conference, attendees get to choose from a wide range of in-depth training courses. Some of these courses include advanced content creation, advanced SEO and digital marketing, link building, and long-tail search strategy among others. Just like the speakers, organizers are yet to confirm which of the courses will be available in October. 

When: 1st- 2nd October

Where: Brighton

Cost: Tickets start at £250 for the Friday conference and £730 for the training and conference. Prices are set to go up on 17th July.

SearchLove

SearchLove is another SEO conference that takes place in different cities. Every year, the organizers put up an SEO show in San Diego, NewYork, and London. Due to COVID-19, the London edition was postponed to 2021, and organizers are working to reschedule the NewYork edition. SearchLove San Diego is set to happen later on this year. 

SearchLove conference is a two-day summit that is filled with keynote sessions that are thoughtfully planned. Some of the speakers lined up for this year include Britney Muller of Moz SEO, Andy Crestodina, and Will Critchlow. 

The SEO marketing summit also presents excellent network events such as the VIP dinner, industry drinks, and SearchLove party by the beach.

When: 12th-13th November

Where: San Diego

Cost: $1009 for a ticket, $1149 for the video bundle, and $1399 for the VIP bundle. You’ll get one free ticket if you buy four of them. 

SMX

Search Engine Land and Marketing Land are the organizers behind SMX conferences. Ever since the first SEO conference in 2007, Search Marketing Expo (SMX) has been a leading resource for SEO SEM professionals. Through the training workshops and conference sessions, attendees get actionable tactics to help scale their businesses.

SMX holds its events in different cities both in North America and in Europe. Earlier this year, SMX held its San Jose summit and a virtual one in Munich, Germany. The San Jose conference took place in February and the subsequent one in Munich went down in March. The conferences bring together about 70,000 marketers, all from different parts of the world. Search Engine Land, which is a trustworthy publication, moderates, and programs the sessions that handle topics such as analytics, CRO, and attribution. The events are also an excellent opportunity to train with some of the most successful brands. This year, however, the SEO SEM enthusiasts will meet virtually following the pandemic

When: 23rd- 24th June

Where: Virtual

Cost: Free

Engage

The Engage marketing conference is an annual search summit that takes place in Portland, Oregon over two days. Business owners and SEO practitioners come together to get expert insight on various topics including social media, digital marketing, UX/design, advertising, and more. 

This year, attendees will also benefit from 25 professional development units. The conference also comes with some benefits like Q & A sessions for attendees and ASL interpreters at no extra cost.

Some of the conference speakers who were in the line-up include Kent Lewis, Wil Reynolds, Jon Henshaw, and Ruth Reedy. The organizers will give more details concerning the conference via their website. 

When: 6th- 7th August 2021

Where: Portland

Cost: To be announced

Webmaster’s Conference

If you are looking to enhance your position in search engine results, why not learn from Google itself? Webmaster conference brings together Google experts from around the globe as they share insights on how you can improve your SEO performance in search. 

The conference speakers include Googlers who work in search as well as other industry experts. The best part is that the events happen in multiple worldwide locations and you only have to find one that’s near you. They are also absolutely free. 

Some of the topics covered in the SEO conferences include how to do better on Google images, how Google search works, among others. The organizers have postponed this year’s events following directives from WHO and will give updates on any changes. 

When: To be announced

Where: To be announced

Cost: Free

Content Marketing World

Content Marketing World is an ideal choice for anyone who is looking for a longer SEO summit. It takes place over four days and is packed with over 125 sessions. The organizers boast of one of the largest content marketing community. This year, they expect over 4,000 attendees and have around 225 speakers in the line-up.

Besides the keynote sessions and SEO marketing workshops, attendees get to interact through networking and entertainment. Featured speakers this year include Melanie Deziel, who is the founder of StoryFuel, and Marcus Collins, and MJ DePalma. Content Marketing World will be marking its ten-year anniversary at this year’s SEO event.

When: 13th- 16th October

Where: Cleveland, Ohio

Cost: Early bird tickets start at $649- $2199 depending on the pass type. Ticket prices will go up on 31st July.

The Bottom Line

Well, there you have it! With so many SEO conferences to choose from, this list should give you a headstart. Although COVID-19 has interfered with some of the events, some SEO conferences will occur virtually and you still get a chance to learn some of the best marketing strategies from industry leaders.

Be sure to look out for some of the summits that you can attend and get to learn something new. These SEO events also help you meet business owners whom you could approach for partnership opportunities.

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