Picture of a Police Line Do Not Cross SEO

Marianne Sweeny 24 Oct, 2013

Link Juice est Mort

One of my favorite comedy bits is Lewis Black educating us on the difference between milk and water. Black tells us that there is no such thing as soy milk because soy beans do not have breasts (from which milk comes). Soy milk is a made-up name to sell a product. “Link juice” – a… Read More

Keyword Spy SEO

George Freitag 26 Sep, 2013

Team Portent Weighs In On the Loss of Organic Keywords

Well it finally happened. In what they claim is a move to make search data more secure, Google has begun to encrypt all searches, effectively placing all organic traffic into the (not provided) category. This means business owners will never see the keywords people used to get to their site. We’ve already gone over what… Read More

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Josh Patrice 24 Sep, 2013

A Day in the Life or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love (not provided)

I read the news today, oh boy… Danny Sullivan announced that Google is actively moving towards 100% encrypted search results. This should come as no surprise to anyone in the industry. When Google introduced secure search back in 2011, we saw the writing on the wall. As Google increased their number of users, the number… Read More

Photo of a pair of boxing gloves hanging on the wall. SEO

Stephanie Lund 22 Aug, 2013

Why You’ll Agree to Disagree with Your SEO… and That’s OK

Do you ever feel like the ideas or the topics you want to focus on fall on deaf ears with your SEO specialist?  Do they appear to favor seemingly trivial or invisible items like title or alt tags, navigation, and site speed, over keywords and rankings that feel more directly related to meeting your goals?… Read More

Hands in plastic gloves on a keyboard next to some hand sanitizer. SEO

Marianne Sweeny 21 Aug, 2013

Get Out Your Hand Sanitizer: The SEO You’ve Come to Love is No More

The days of sanitary SEO are on the wane. Oh sure, there will always be tools to hide behind and technology barriers to raise. As long as site speed is a factor, we will be able to amuse ourselves in the solitary pursuits of caching, minifying, and optimizing consolidated JS and CSS files and images.… Read More

Everything Non-SEOs Need to Know Title Slide SEO

George Freitag 9 Jul, 2013

Everything Non-SEOs Need To Know About SEO (Webinar)

Last month, I did a webinar called “Everything Non-SEOs Need To Know About SEO.” The goal was to give developers, designers, and other web professionals a core understanding of some of the more complex SEO concepts. Here’s the full video along with the link bundle that includes the slidedeck. Enjoy! You can find the link… Read More

SEO

Marianne Sweeny 15 May, 2013

3 Google Algorithms We Know About & 200 We Don’t

When I meet with clients or present at conferences, I am always asked: “How do I rank high on Google for (insert keyword-phrase-du-jour)?” I give the standard answer: “Only the search engineers and Google can tell you and they aren’t talking.” Inevitably, the questioner looks dejected, mutters a slur on my credentials, and walks away. … Read More

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Nick Bernard 7 May, 2013

SEO for Beginners: Improving Site Speed

We write about a lot of fancy stuff on the Portent blog, such as server log analysis, advanced keyword research, and Tom Cruise. I want to address something that doesn’t have to be fancy: site speed. We’ve written two posts on how we configured Portent’s site: one is pretty advanced and the other is blindingly… Read More

Hand Graphic of Scout's Honor SEO

George Freitag 1 May, 2013

5 SEO Strategies We Swear Aren’t Going Anywhere

It seems like every other day, some SEO technique that used to be accepted is now being devalued or, even worse, penalized. (Remember when meta keywords and nofollow tags were totally legit?  Ah, the good old days…)  And now Google is threatening to crack down on two staples of the SEO stable: anchor text and… Read More

E014623 SEO

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

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Marianne Sweeny 4 Apr, 2013

Get Found, Make Money: Optimizing Apps for Search

  State of App Search: Needle in a Haystack Have you ever tried to meet someone at Grand Central Station or some other incredibly crowded venue? It sounds so doable and yet it is so not. There are too many people, too many distractions and too much stuff in the way. App (tablet and phone… Read More

SEO

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

Graph of Using the Google Doc SEO

George Freitag 26 Mar, 2013

How to Generate Video Sitemaps using Google Docs

Let me just start out with the ending. The Google Doc below takes a list of pages containing embedded YouTube or Vimeo videos and uses magic to grab all the data you need for a video XML sitemap. Then it makes the sitemap for you. You can have it by going to the link below… Read More

ehmegeard! A realization dawns. SEO

Ian Lurie 22 Mar, 2013

WTF is SEO?

Ever had a massive, life-changing epiphany? Me neither. However, I’ve slowly reached the conclusion that we’re doing SEO all wrong. Not in the do-real-marketing sense, or the we-need-to-change-the-name sense. More in the wow-did-we-ever-screw-the-pooch-this-time sense. After 17+ years of beating my head against walls like IT departments, branding teams and disbelieving CFOs, I’ve figured out why:… Read More

SEO

Marianne Sweeny 21 Mar, 2013

The Evolution of Advanced Keyword Research

  Keyword research used to be so easy. You picked terms that the client wanted to rank high for, stuffed them onto the page, shake, bake and voila, the site is ranking in the top 3 search results for query. Bad SEOs stuffed keywords in all of the wrong places, all over the page, and… Read More