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SEO as Customer Service: Or Why Marketing’s Most ‘Shameful’ Secret Should Come Out of the Closet

by Katie L Fetting 28 Oct, 2013

To many people’s minds, search engine optimization is on par with direct mail, telemarketing, and Katherine Heigl. (Well, maybe not Heigl-bad…) As Brand Manager of Portent, one of my ongoing directives is to gather case studies of our good work. But unlike conventional agencies who regularly tout their big marketing wins, I often have a… Read More

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Link Juice est Mort

by Marianne Sweeny 24 Oct, 2013

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

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Team Portent Weighs In On the Loss of Organic Keywords

by George Freitag 26 Sep, 2013

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

by Josh Patrice 24 Sep, 2013

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

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

by Stephanie Lund 22 Aug, 2013

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

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

by Marianne Sweeny 21 Aug, 2013

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

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

by George Freitag 9 Jul, 2013

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

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

by Marianne Sweeny 15 May, 2013

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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SEO for Beginners: Improving Site Speed

by Nick Bernard 7 May, 2013

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

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5 SEO Strategies We Swear Aren’t Going Anywhere

by George Freitag 1 May, 2013

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