Top SEO Conferences to tick off your Bucket List in 2019
Attending industry conferences is a great way to keep you updated with the latest SEO trends, along with allowing you to meet potential clients and network with like-minded professionals. Often our time and/or budget limits the number of SEO conferences we can attend annually.
I recently conducted a Twitter poll to discover how many SEO conferences professionals within the industry attended annually.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of respondents said they attended one to two conferences per year.
Conference choices may be influenced by location, which makes local conferences more convenient and accessible, but there are also other important factors to consider such as the event’s reputation, the speakers, topics covered, price and whether there are networking opportunities.
We have selected the top SEO conferences around the world to help you make your decision of which conferences to attend this year.
Top 2019 SEO Conferences
UnGagged’s motto is ‘Honest discussion. Actionable tactics. No Cameras. No BS’ and they deliver exactly that. The quality of the speakers and presentations is impressive, with the event usually having two to three key themes and topics, too. This one’s great for those of you looking for advanced SEO talks and networking opportunities over lunch, which is included within the ticket price, or over drinks after the conference. The conference is held in both the UK and US with different speakers and topics at each, with some some attendees even opting to go to both.
When: 1 – 2 April 2019
Where: London, UK
More information about Ungagged London 2019
When: 4 – 6 November 2019
Where: Las Vegas, USA
More information about Ungagged Vegas 2019
- SMX Munich
Search Marketing Expo organises several SEM and SEO conferences around Europe. These conferences are organised by Search Engine Land. The event in Munich includes great advanced technical SEO sessions and takes place in April. It’s a multi-track event offering top talks from 77 amazing speakers including John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google. Deep-dive sessions are also included in the ticket price, although places are limited so be sure to book in advance. Additionally, the SEMY awards ceremony will take place on the first evening and there’s also an SMX after-dark event for networking.
When: 1 – 2 April
Location: Munich, Germany
More information about SMX Munich 2019
- Advanced Search Summit
Another digital marketing conference worth bookmarking, or even better attending in the US in 2019. SEOs and search industry leaders share their knowledge and experiences in a stunning location, surrounded by vineyards. Networking evenings, while enjoying the best wines in Napa Valley, sound like a great combo!
When: 4 – 5 April 2019
Location: Napa Valley, California
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This is one of the most popular search marketing conferences in the UK, with 2018’s edition being attended by roughly 3,500 international professionals. BrightonSEO happens bi-annually (in April and September, usually), with one day of conference talks from an array of speakers, and one day of workshops. There’s something for everyone at this event, with talks surrounding content marketing, links, social media and technical SEO. There’s a pre-party the evening before the conference and networking drinks at the end of the event, too. The cherry on top is the ‘fireside chat’, where search personalities or even Google employees answer common SEO questions.
When: 12 April & 13 September 2019
Where: Brighton, UK
More information about Brighton SEO 2019
This is a niche conference organised by Verve Search, which focuses on link building and outreach. It’s a one-day event with a single track and is designed to give first-hand insights into successful outreach strategies and case studies. Speakers are always top-level expert link builders sharing their best tips, journalists sharing their knowhow and experiences, in addition to experts in content marketing and PR specialists. The conference is followed by networking drinks with speakers and attendees.
When: 7 June 2019
Location: London, UK
More information about OutREACH 2019
This Spanish SEO conference with national and international speakers it’s set within a unique location; the beach at La Manga del Mar Menor. It’s the ideal way to soak up the sunshine while enhancing your SEO knowledge. Besides the interesting SEO talks there are many fun activities such as “beachworking”, which will help to break the ice and make networking easier. There’s a great line-up of confirmed speakers so far, including Gary IIlyes from Google.
When: 14 – 15 June 2019
Where: La Manga, Murcia, Spain
More information about SEontheBeach 2019
Moz organises one of the most reputable conferences in the US for technical SEO, mobile strategy, analytics and content. Running every year since 2011, it is a one-track event, which always has top-tier speakers who will share actionable insights. They also host networking evenings such as the Kickoff Party, where attendees and speakers can mingle and share their knowledge.
When: 15 – 17 July 2019
Location: Seattle, USA
More information about Mozcon 2019
- Learn Inbound
This is a single-track conference with 20 industry experts speaking over the space of two days, followed by networking drinks and an afterparty. The advantage of the single-track is that you won’t miss any of the speakers and you’ll attend a variety of talks, including focused SEO ones, in addition to PPC, CRO and PR. You can also expect tips, tactics and strategies from the experts.
When: 15 – 16 August 2019
Location: Dublin, Ireland
More information about Learn Inbound 2019
Other great Digital Marketing conferences to consider are Pubcon in Vegas, Search Love, hosted in various locations, including London, Boston and San Diego and the exclusive, invite only, SEOktoberfest in Munich, gathering top international SEO experts.
Another important thing to remember when planning to attend conference is that preparation is key, so book well in advance to take advantage of discounted early bird tickets.
Do you have other international SEO conference recommendations? Leave your suggestions below.