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David Portney

David Portney

I’m David Portney, an SEO Strategist and Analytics Geek here at Portent, Inc. Yes, I’m very into SEO & Analytics but let’s call it a passion and not an obsession, okay? Find me on Twitter @dportney. I enjoy public speaking very much so feel free to contact me if you’d like me to speak at your event.

Articles by David Portney

Google Authorship: 1 Completely Unscientific Experiment + 13 Killer Resources

David Portney //  10 Dec, 2013

Google Authorship: 1 Completely Unscientific Experiment + 13 Killer Resources

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder who writes up the documentation for Google. When they first announced the rel=author tag and Authorship configuration procedure on one of Google’s 11 blogs that I subscribe to, I jumped right on it and devoured the information and the process they described. Then I read it… Read More

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David Portney //  4 Nov, 2013

SEO Makeover for 2014: A Practical Guide for Businesses

SEO is about attracting non-paid search traffic to your website. The idea is that a person searches the Web using Bing or Google, etc. and your site comes up in the non-paid search results. To that end, it’s important to make sure your website is easily understood by both people and machines. People = your… Read More

Lecturn and teleprompter

David Portney //  15 Aug, 2013

3 Surprising Ways to Instantly Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Most people hate public speaking, don’t they? Anecdotally, we hear that people would rather die than have to get up in front of a group of other human beings and make a presentation. I sure can relate to that! People who know me now might not believe this, but I grew up very shy and… Read More

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David Portney //  25 Apr, 2013

What Programming Is Teaching Me About SEO and Life

Even if you have zero interest in programming or SEO, I’m convinced you’re going to be glad you decided to read this blog post. And to make it a total no-brainer for you, I’m offering a 100% money back guarantee.  Sound good?  Keep reading. Hello, I’m David and I’m a wanna-be geek Sometime around Y2K,… Read More

David Portney //  2 Apr, 2013

5 Ways SEO is Like the Rolling Stones

In the summer of 2012, the Rolling Stones celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first gig at the Marquee Club in London. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the original bad boys of rock and roll have endured for a half century despite drug and alcohol problems, several changes to the band’s line-up, and occasional rumors… Read More

German Shepherd with thought bubble in German

David Portney //  12 Feb, 2013

The Basics of International SEO – a Brief Best Practices Checklist

Recently, Team Portent has been writing a lot about local SEO best practices for US markets. And with good reason; mobile device usage is on the rise. Think about how often you reach for your smartphone or tablet to get directions to a local business, check their phone number, look at reviews or menus, or… Read More

Question Cards

David Portney //  13 Dec, 2012

Portent Staff Survey: “What’s your biggest question(s) about SEO?”

Recently I did a survey of our staff here at Portent to see if anyone had any questions about SEO they wanted answered. I made the survey anonymous using Survey Monkey, because sometimes people feel more comfortable asking a question without their identity being revealed. In the spirit of sharing and transparency, we decided to… Read More

David Portney //  5 Dec, 2012

Google Tricks For SEOs to Avoid at All Costs

I’m going to play mind-reader for a moment. Here’s what you think about SEO: You think search engine optimization is a closely-guarded secret bag of tricks You think SEO means beating Google at their own game You equate SEO with “buckets of cash” which would be pouring into your bank account if only you knew… Read More

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David Portney //  28 Aug, 2012

3 SEO Deal Killers You Need To Fix Right Now

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” -Proverb attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, if you can believe Wikipedia When the world wide interwebs came along, I was instantly intrigued. That was largely because when I was a (gullible) little kid I thought there was a book called “The Everything Book” that contained… Read More

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David Portney //  5 Apr, 2012

SEO is Dead: A Fun Romp through the “Death of SEO” Graveyard

Pin It “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain It’s been said that SEO is dead. It’s been said a lot, actually. But no, this is not another dumb, disguised, fake controversy “death of SEO” linkbait article. No. This is a fun, full-disclosure, zero-controversy death of SEO linkbait article. Now that you’re done… Read More

Steve Jobs Delivers Keynote Speech At Macworld Conference & Expo

David Portney //  8 Mar, 2012

Networking at Search Marketing Conferences: 3 Tips for the Painfully Shy

  ‘Tis the season… for search marketing conferences, that is. I have several colleagues who just returned from SMX West (and learned some lessons in search marketing). I myself just returned from SEMpdx’s SearchFest 2012, and there are many more conferences coming up this year – so many that I won’t even try to list… Read More