The Best SEO Conferences For 2023 (Virtual And In-Person)

As an industry in a constant state of flux – thanks to changing algorithms, user needs, and competitor content – search engine optimization is a field that demands professionals stay up to date on the latest trends and best practices.

While you could spend hours scouring the internet for valuable articles, forum discussions, and the like, there’s a better way to gain new knowledge and grow your network simultaneously: SEO conferences.

And one of the best places to reap the benefits of this – not to mention grow your network – is at an SEO conference.

There you’ll find a circle of industry experts who have insight into the latest information in the world of search engines, shared strategies, and new ideas you can implement into your efforts to climb to the top of search rankings.

To help you decide which ones you should attend, we’ve compiled a list of the best SEO conferences in 2023.

Whether you’re a road warrior who wants to attend as many events as possible, or an introvert who only wants to attend digitally, there are sure to be several conferences that fit your needs.

So, with no further ado, here is our list of the best online and in-person SEO conferences this year.

SEO Events For 2023

Here are some SEO conferences and events coming up this year. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss them.

The eCommerce & Omnichannel Retail Conference

Date: February 27-March 2, 2023

Format: In-person and on-demand

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Speakers: Christie Raymond, Terry Roberts, and Dave Spector, among others

Cost: In-person starting at $797; streaming – $597

About: With a focus on digital commerce, this event is a four-day retreat designed to help ecommerce and omnichannel stores uncover new ways to maximize profits from some of America’s most successful retailers.

Searchlove 2023

Date: San Diego, March 13-14; Philadelphia, TBD

Format: In-person

Location: San Diego, CA; Philadelphia, PA

Speakers: Carrie Rose, Rand Fishkin, and Wil Reynolds, among others

Cost: From $1,299

About: Searchlove brings together some of the foremost experts in digital marketing. Topics ranging from analytics to optimization and content to paid advertising are all covered at this education and networking event.

Social Media Marketing World

Date: March 13-15, 2023

Format: In-person and on-demand

Location: San Diego, CA

Speakers: Michael Stelzner, Joe Pulizzi, Mari Smith, and others

Cost: In-person starting at $1,397; streaming – $547

About: Bringing together top social media marketing pros, this conference is not directly focused on SEO, but features sessions on organic social marketing, content marketing, and paid social.

It strives to immediately provide attendees with ideas they can implement for their clients or business.

B2B Marketing Expo 2023

Date: March 21-22, 2023

Format: In-person

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Speakers: Roland Cloutier, Don Batsford, and Neel Mehta, among others

Cost: Free

About: Featuring education masterclasses for marketing professionals, this annual conference covers a variety of tracks, including advertising and promotion, content and experience, and commerce and sales.

Hundreds of suppliers and speakers will be on hand to discuss the state of the industry and recent happenings.

Friends Of Search Fest

Date: March 23, 2023

Format: In-person

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Speakers: Beth Quigley, Tom Pool, and Gemma Fontane, among others

Cost: Starting from €538,45

About: This year marks the 10th anniversary of Friends of Search –one of Europe’s largest search conferences. The event brings together consultants, marketers, and business owners to share their insights on SEO, PPC, and digital marketing.

This three-day event will feature sessions designed to provide attendees with actionable insights and the latest information from industry experts.

Ad World

Date: March 29-30, 2023

Format: Online

Location: Virtual

Speakers: Seth Godin, Rand Fishkin, and Antonis Kocheilas, among others

Cost: $196-999

About: This virtual event, which bills itself as “the world’s largest online advertising event,” features 12+ digital advertising tracks. Each has focused speeches, panels, and live Q&A sessions to help attendees gain valuable knowledge.

Hero Conf Austin 2023

Date: April 13-14, 2023

Format: In-person

Location: Austin, TX

Speakers: Frederick Vallaeys, Kasim Aslam, and Purna Vrij, among others

Cost: From $900

About: Produced by Brainlabs, Hero Conf features 44 sessions with 44 paid media experts. The 10th annual U.S. event, this year’s conference will cover PPC alongside new developments in digital marketing.

Attendees can expect to gain relevant, actional, and original content to help them better manage accounts, stay up to date on the industry, and extend their knowledge of paid media.

Brighton SEO

Date: April 20-21 and September 14-15, 2023

Format: In-person and online

Location: Brighton, U.K.

Speakers: Are AbuAli, Abhishek Lakhera, and Adriana Stein, among others

Cost: In-person starts at £205 + VAT; virtual – free

About: This twice-yearly conference is attended by thousands of digital marketers worldwide. It features training workshops, sessions on niche topics, social networking events, and talks from experts.

Confab

Date: April 30-May 3, 2023

Format: In-person

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Speakers: Gavin Austin, Rebekah Baggs, and Vidhika Bansal, among others

Cost: In-person starting from $1,795; virtual recordings only – $695

About: The Confab Conference is an annual event covering everything from UX to content, accessibility, and structure. It brings together industry experts and thought leaders to help digital marketers upgrade their skills.

Last year’s conference recordings are available for sale on Confab’s website.

MnSearch Summit

Date: June 15-16, 2023

Format: In-person

Location: St. Paul, MN

Speakers: TBD

Cost: $264-697

About: MnSearch Summit is two days of learning and networking with thought leaders from the digital marketing industry. It includes workshops, sessions, and events focused on SEO, PPC, social media, and analytics, among other topics.

Growth Marketing Summit 2023

Date: June 22, 2023

Format: In-person

Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Speakers: Marianne Stjernvall, Colin McFarland, Steve Van Belleghem

Cost: From €599

About: Assembling growth marketers and digital professionals worldwide, this single-day event features world-class speakers sharing their expertise on flexible and data-driven marketing solutions.

MozCon 2023

Date: August 7-8, 2023

Format: In-person or live streaming

Location: Seattle, WA

Speakers: Amanda Jordan, Andi Jarvis, and Brie E. Anderson, among others

Cost: In-person tickets start at $699; livestream only for $199

About: The annual digital marketing conference hosted by Moz, this conference features networking and expert sessions from SEO industry leaders, as well as experts in mobile search, conversion optimization, and search marketing.

Inbound 2023

Date: September 5-8, 2023

Format: In-person or online

Location: Boston, MA

Speakers: TBD

Cost: In-person from $899

About: This annual event is powered by HubSpot, bringing together global thought leaders for a hybrid conference discussing marketing, sales, and customer success operations.

It covers a wide range of topics, including an SEO meetup hosted by Dale Bertrand and strategies for uncovering data-driven insights.

Content Marketing World

Date: September 26-29, 2023

Format: In-person or online

Location: Washington, DC

Speakers: Lenox Powel, Kelly Johnson, and Ann Handley, among others

Cost: In-person starting at $1099; digital pass from $799

About: Over four days, attendees will learn strategies for building winning SEO teams, systems, and processes. With more than 100 sessions, workshops, and industry forums, you can choose the topics and sessions that are relevant to you.

Thousands of marketers and representatives from numerous global brands will be in attendance.

eTail – The eCommerce & Omnichannel Retail Conference – Canada

Date: September 27-28, 2023

Format: In-person

Location: Toronto, ON

Speakers: TBD

Cost: TBD

About: A two-day retreat designed to help online retailers maximize profits, it includes talks by some of the leading minds in Canadian ecommerce, who will provide actionable strategies and answer questions.

ADworld Experience

Date: October 5-6, 2023

Format: In-person and online

Location: Bologna, Italy

Speakers: TBD

Cost: Starting from €169

About: Bringing together PPC experts from across the globe for the largest paid ad and conversion rate optimization event in Europe – and the largest real PPC-based conference in the world.

State Of Search 2022

Date: October 23-24, 2023

Format: In-person and online

Location: Richardson, TX

Speakers: TBD

Cost: In-person – $397; online – $147

About: The State of Search brings together top speakers from the digital marketing field to cover various topics, from search engine optimization to emerging technology, lead generation, and display advertising.

DMO Advanced 2023

Date: October 24-26, 2023

Format: In-person

Location: Napa Valley, CA

Speakers: Lily Ray, Patrick Stox, and Atiba De Souza, among others

Cost: $1,599.00

About: Digital Marketers Organization will again host their advanced digital marketing event, blending interactive and educational sessions with networking opportunities.

There will be numerous sessions specifically designed for SEO, including information on technical debt, localization, and internationalization.

On-Demand & On-Going

Don’t have a specific date you can get away? Don’t worry.

Adobe offers its full Summit sessions online for free, while DigiMarCon offers a range of events throughout the year, both virtual and in-person conferences in various global locations.

Adobe Summit

Date: On-demand

Format: Online

Location: Virtual

Speakers: Anil Chakravarthy, Deena Bahri, and Sebastien Deguy, among others

Cost: Free

About: Hosted by Adobe, every session from the 2022 Adobe Summit is now available online, free.

Roughly 30 minutes in length, each session covers a topic relevant to digital marketing, including customer journey analytics, content personalization, and marketing trends for 2022.

DigiMarCon

Date: On-going throughout 2023

Format: In-person and online

Location: Various global locations

Cost: In-person starting at $597; virtual from $295

About: Digital Marketing Conferences is a global series of events bringing together thought leaders from the digital marketing, media, and advertising industries.

These conferences focus on emerging strategies, the latest technology, recent best practices, networking, and collaboration.

Great SEO Pros Never Stop Learning

For an SEO professional, experience is important – but not nearly as vital as staying up to date.

While you can keep an eye on what’s going on in the world of search engines, paid advertising, and digital marketing by reading expert publications (like this one, for example), it’s also great to meet with other people who are performing the same job.

This gives you a chance not just to interact with them, but to ask questions and develop relationships that could reap rewards far down the line. And SEO conferences are a great place to do this.

So, whether you’re trying to brush up on the basics, identify the latest techniques, or just take a trip on the company dime, the above events are a great place to start.

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  • Conference name.
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  • Whether your event is virtual or in-person.
  • Location (if applicable).
  • Noteworthy speakers.
  • Two-three sentences describing the conference (see content examples above).
  • Registration cost.

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