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Sneak Peek: How Content Strategy Will Save the World

by Isla McKetta 14 Dec, 2012

Last night, when most of Seattle was at a holiday party or stuck in traffic on the way to a party, a group of intrepid souls filled the Portent presentation room to discuss using content strategy to save the world. The event, Content Strategy Forum 2012 Redux: Out of Africa, was part of an ongoing… Read More

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Editing for Creativity: How to Enhance the Writer’s Voice

by Isla McKetta 13 Nov, 2012

In a world of endless content, innovative copywriting is a great way to catch and keep the attention of the customer. While a creative approach will often draw a bigger audience than simply following best practices, it can be tempting for an editor to change the writer’s style to fit an assumption about what sells.… Read More

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10 stupid blogging mistakes I’ve made

by Ian Lurie 7 Aug, 2012

During my mediocre bike racing career, a lot of my teammates raced wearing two pairs of shorts. I didn’t. Then I crashed, ripped out the entire right cheek of my lycra tuchus-cover, and had to finish the race with a gentle breeze wafting across my abraded buttock. From then on, I wore two pairs of… Read More

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Web copyright for the complete dumbass

by Ian Lurie 27 Jun, 2012

I’m a generous guy. So, when I see someone acting like a complete scumbag, I assume they’re ignorant, instead. For example, if you take an article I wrote in 2005 and put it up for sale, without my permission, on a third-party site, like this: …I take the high road: You’re not a dishonest pile… Read More

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Web copywriting 101: Sub-headings

by Ian Lurie 4 Jun, 2012

I went to read The Skills Gap Myth on Time.com this morning, and I saw this: I know I’m off Diet Coke, and low on caffeine, and my brain’s working in slow motion. But still, that’s an awful lot of uninterrupted text for a Monday morning. When you’re writing online, you need to break up… Read More

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The Alfred Hitchcock Guide to SEO Copywriting

by Jack Martin 9 Feb, 2012

Why is my competitor showing above me in Google search results? How can I use my website’s useful content to find new potential customers? What acronym would I use for the Sasquatch Education Organization? SEO is the answer to these questions and more. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) starts as a mystery for many companies, but… Read More

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Pink dancing gorillas and web copywriting

by Ian Lurie 5 Dec, 2011

So, I went on Fiverr, and hired a pink gorilla to do a video about why you need good web copywriting. Caution – watch only if you don’t need that 58 seconds of your life: I’m not saying this video is bad, per se. I got my money’s worth. If you hire someone for $5… Read More

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The SEO Copywriting Cheat Sheet

by Ian Lurie 21 Oct, 2011

If you write for SEO, you write for online users, and vice-versa. I just put together this SEO copywriting cheat sheet to cover it all. It’s free – have a look. The SEO Copywriting Cheat Sheet – PDF The cost? Zero. Zip. Nada. If you want to make me smile, you can: Buy one of… Read More

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New Copywriting E-Book Free for Download

by Ryan Moothart 22 Jun, 2011

I have written and edited countless numbers of articles, advertisements, and product descriptions since beginning my work here at Portent. In that time period, I have come across dozens of mistakes that I realize are far too common in this industry. So, a few weeks back, I wrote a short e-book on some of the… Read More

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Yes, you have to write. No, you don’t have an excuse.

by Ian Lurie 7 Jun, 2011

I wrote a guest post for Heather Lloyd-Martin’s SEO Copywriting blog. In it, I write about Tribbles, fish, and why you have to write, even if you think your clients are illiterate rodents. Read Just Write!.