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SEO, optimize thyself: Get more results for your effort

by Ian Lurie 23 Dec, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about how effort does not equal results. Results are always better. Great results come from testing and tweaking your own routine. You can set up a virtuous cycle: You get more efficient, and have more time to learn more about your job, which helps you be more efficient, and so on. I’ve… Read More

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I’m an elitist: Effort does not equal results

by Ian Lurie 22 Dec, 2011

I got called an elitist a little while back. I was at a social thing—I think normal people call them ‘parties’. I call them ‘opportunities for me to make an ass of myself’. Here’s the conversation: Other person: My friend got fired last month. Totally unfair. Me: mmm hmmmm I was hoping that’d end the… Read More

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I’m sorry, what?

by Ian Lurie 15 Dec, 2011

I just can’t make this one any more bizarre. Maybe they’re hiring someone to write their social media help wanted posts.

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How social media works

by Ian Lurie 7 Dec, 2011

Today, I got a fantastic demonstration of how social media really works. Here’s the timeline: 8:33 AM I totter over to the office fridge, looking for a Diet Coke. It’s my only source of caffeine. I’ve been working since 6 AM. I’m desperate. My batteries are near zero. As my vision starts to fade, I… Read More

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10 signs you deserve to succeed

by Ian Lurie 2 Dec, 2011

I run into a lot of people who feel entitled to success: Business owners with zero capital, below-average motivation and the expectation that internet + them = wealth. But every now and then, I meet people who are clearly going to kick butt. After 16 years of hearing pitches from the entitled crowd, and the… Read More

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Webinar topics, anyone?

by Ian Lurie 9 Nov, 2011

I’m doing a webinar soon(ish). I’ve got three potential topics: An SEO update: Basic SEO advice after Panda. This would target beginner-intermediate internet marketers and site owners. Content marketing 101: A high-level look at the pieces involved in a successful content marketing campaign, and how they fit together. A guided tour of Google Analytics: A… Read More

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10 things that made me cry this week

by Ian Lurie 3 Nov, 2011

I’m a sensitive guy. I cried when I saw the movie Gallipoli. Of course, my parents had dragged me to see it when I was 11, which is enough to permanently warp anyone. This week, though, has really raised some humdingers: The new Google Reader interface, which resembles a cross between an Etch A Sketch… Read More

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A CEO’s guide to surviving marketing agency growth

by Ian Lurie 1 Nov, 2011

I love when someone tells me I should ‘manage growth’ at Portent. How, exactly, would I do that? Hire a psychic? Sometimes, the economy tanks, and you get 10 great new clients. Sometimes, the economy grows, and 3 clients leave to sell their toothpaste caps in Superbowl ads. I guess I could tell 5 great… Read More

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The Dungeons & Dragons Guide to Social Media (a preview)

by Ian Lurie 11 Oct, 2011

I’ll be posting the rest of this tomorrow night, after I present it to SEMPDX. If you’re in Portland, stop by and say hi. [tooltip content=”This is just a preview. When I put a presentation together, I find myself constantly dismantling/rebuilding it, right up to the last minute. So what I end up with tomorrow… Read More

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A new affliction: Creative Lockjaw

by Ian Lurie 11 Oct, 2011

Just coined it myself. Creative Lockjaw: A syndrome where an individual has a great idea but can’t quite spit it out. It happens, most often, when you over-edit yourself. You’ve got that fantastic idea, but you refuse to write it down right away because you want to describe it just so. Creative lockjaw often leads… Read More

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