The Portent Blog

Disavow Link Tool dog SEO

16 Oct, 2012

The Dos and Don’ts for Google’s New Disavow Links Tool

By Josh Patrice

For the first time in what might be ever, Google has followed Bing’s lead and announced a tool to disavow links. We asked (or demanded), and they listened! Cleverly named the Disavow Links tool, Google Webmaster Tools’ latest feature gives power back to webmasters and takes it away from spammers. Here are our tips for… Read More

pla-roi PPC

15 Oct, 2012

Steal This Product Listing Ads Dashboard Before Wednesday

By Michael Wiegand

If you’ve followed my blog musings in the last year or so at Portent, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a dashboard nut. My Perfect Google Analytics Dashboard post took off in ways I never imagined. (Thanks guys!) But here’s the thing: I was lying to you all – or misleading you, anyway. There… Read More

The Obama campaign added 1.2 million Facebook fans in one day. Internet Marketing

11 Oct, 2012

Facebook political update: Debates, spam and a polling slam

By Ian Lurie

This post is part of a series on social media, Facebook data and the 2012 Presidential election. It updates Portent’s initial research. You can read the original report here. This year’s presidential race continues to be a great marketing study: The niche brand with a universe problem versus the hesitant big brand. After the debate… Read More

komo-4-social-media Social Media

5 Oct, 2012

Social media politics: Portent goes primetime on KOMO 4 News

By Ian Lurie

For folks who wanted to see a video of my KOMO 4 Primetime appearance: You can’t even tell that, as the camera came on, I was whispering “don’t say um or like don’t say um or like don’t say um or like.” You can see our report on the topic in this blog post. And… Read More

ppc budgets are getting flexible Internet Marketing

1 Oct, 2012

Happy dances and spleen-eating – the state of search marketing 2012

By Ian Lurie

I just finished reading the 2012 SEMPO/Econsultancy State of Search Marketing report. Lots of great data in there, but a few things leapt out at me. Some leapt out all smiles and happiness. Others leapt out and tried to bite out my spleen. Whenever I read a report like this, I ask myself three basic… Read More

Google Shopping PPC

26 Sep, 2012

Google Shopping: How We’re All Totally & Utterly Screwed

By Elizabeth Marsten

Well OK, I’m being a tiny bit dramatic. But Google Shopping could totally and utterly screw you over if: You’re not a major brand with an AdWords rep to spoon feed you You’re not familiar with how shopping feeds, shopping engines & AdWords works You haven’t started thinking about this and you’re an ecommerce retailer… Read More

New-Twitter-Profile Social Media

18 Sep, 2012

Best Practices: New Twitter Headers and Mobile Updates

By Bryden McGrath

Twitter rolled out a slew of changes today. The big conversation piece: The addition of profile “header” images. These images are just like Facebook and Google Plus headers. But on Twitter, the new header section also houses your all-important profile picture, name, handle, bio, location, and website. This update affects both Twitter’s web client and… Read More

facebook-shares-search Social Media

13 Sep, 2012

6 reasons to ignore Facebook search (for now)

By Ian Lurie

I’m ready to party like it’s 1999! The bubble is back. Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook may build a search engine. We all hyperventilate and swoon. Facebook shares go up 7.7% so fast the line chart breaks: Batten down the hatches, Google! The big bad Facebook has set its sights on you! Or not. Take a… Read More

PPC

12 Sep, 2012

Awesome Memes Explain the Basics of PPC

By Ryan Moothart

Sean Bean dies in just about every movie and television show he’s in, but that doesn’t mean he’s dumb. And when it comes to paid search, Bean’s Boromir is absolutely right: becoming an expert at PPC takes time, experience, and some good intuition. But before one can master PPC, one must learn the basics. This… Read More

pinterest-icon Social Media

30 Aug, 2012

Possibilities of Pinterest Webinar SlideDeck

By Doug Antkowiak

I’m presenting my webinar about the Possibilities of Pinterest on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM PDT. If this blog post reaches you in time, you can sign up for the webinar here. You can check out my slidedeck below. I’ll add a link to the recorded version of my presentation… Read More

rick-backus PPC

20 Aug, 2012

Google Shopping: Interview with Rick Backus of CPC Strategy

By Elizabeth Marsten

Rick is the CEO and Co-Founder of CPC Strategy, a comparison shopping engine management company started in 2007. They take client feeds across multiple platforms (Amazon, Nextag, PriceGrabber, etc;) and optimize them for ROI through strategy, attention to detail and expertise in CSEs (comparison shopping engines.) Rick was kind enough to let me ask a… Read More

unzipping1 SEO

10 Aug, 2012

How to: Mine server logs for broken links

By Ian Lurie

I’ve broken this out into lots of steps. You could do it all in one or two steps with a shell script or other geekery. I wrote this to keep each step simple, and get you into Excel as quickly as possible, instead. I’ve railed about fixing broken links for years now. I’ve presented webinars… Read More

Web Marketing All in One for Dummies Internet Marketing

1 Aug, 2012

Win the (Brand NEW) Web Marketing All-in-One for Dummies Book

By Jack Martin

For months now, Portent CEO Ian Lurie and Director of Search Marketing Elizabeth Marsten have not slept. They have not eaten. They have missed out on critical episodes of True Blood. Why? Because they have been brewing brilliance with co-authors John Arnold, Marty Dickinson, and Michael Becker, developing the second edition of Web Marketing All-in-One… Read More

Say what matters Internet Marketing

26 Jul, 2012

Say what matters: My Mozcon 2012 presentation

By Ian Lurie

These are the notes from my Mozcon 2012 presentation. I emphasize ‘notes’. There’s quite a bit of stream-of-consciousness going on here. If you want to see the presentation and supporting materials, instead, go to the bit.ly bundle, or check out the slides themselves, right here: I think the folks at SEOMOZ are mad at me.… Read More

A tiny slice of a tiny idea graph Internet Marketing

25 Jul, 2012

Help us build the Idea Graph: A click is all we ask

By Ian Lurie

If you want to skip the babbling and just sign up, click here, then install the app. Life is very random. You’ve probably noticed. For example, did you know that I like Marilyn Manson’s music, but I’m also a fan of Beethoven. I love to watch the NFL but not baseball. I like electric cars… Read More