Search Engine Optimization: There IS A Right Way

by Ian Lurie 2 Mar, 2008

Last week I attended SMX West. It was a great event, but one session in particular stood out for me: ‘Search Engine Q & A’. Lead engineers from Google, Microsoft Live, Yahoo! and Ask all answered audience questions about search engine policies, what’s OK and what’s not, and the future of search. One attendee asked,… Read More

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SEOMoz Pro: Join Before Your Competitors Do

by Ian Lurie 29 Feb, 2008

I’ve been an SEOMoz Premium member for a while now. The content and tools are worth it: Great tips on search engine optimization basics, including “Viral Marketing and Linkbait on the Web”. Higher-level stuff like tips on pagerank sculpting. Nifty tools for measuring keyword difficulty, basic site diagnostics (not PythiaSEO, but far easier to use)… Read More

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Beware: Network Solutions SEO Fine Print

by Ian Lurie 12 Feb, 2008

Network Solutions lies like George Bush on an aircraft carrier. Or Bill Clinton about his sex life (just to be non-partisan about it). You can’t pin any of them down, but you know damned well they’re pulling a fast one. I got an e-mail from a client today asking: “Why should we pay you $5,000… Read More


People Search for Answers, not Keywords

by Ian Lurie 7 Feb, 2008

75% of all those online will use a search engine to find you. But they’re not looking for keywords. They’re looking for answers. You may be inclined to modify your entire site to get that top spot for ‘mufflers’. It’s a nice, juicy keyword. If you get the top ranking for it, your boss will… Read More


Warning: Do Not Hire Sam’s Club for Search Marketing

by Ian Lurie 28 Jan, 2008

Sam’s Club has thrown their hat into the SEO/PPC scam ring. In what’s becoming a weekly tradition, I’ve volunteered to point out why you’d have to be brain damaged to hire them: 1. They Can’t Market Themselves. Can They Market You?! In marketingspeak, Sam’s Club’s online marketing page is the south end of a northbound… Read More


SEO Confessions: I’m a Fraud

by Ian Lurie 17 Jan, 2008

K, I had a great day today, so I’m cheery. That means it’s time to tear an internet marketing scam into a pile of tiny bits and pieces. Today’s victim is SEO Confessions, a site that guarantees everything except the apparent author’s hairstyle: I have no problem with the format. It’s a landing page and… Read More


In SEO, Content DOES Matter

by Ian Lurie 27 Dec, 2007

Be very, very careful when you read claims by bloggers and SEO ‘professionals’ that fresh content no longer matters. Content matters. A lot. Ignoring it will doom your efforts to get a high ranking, 99% of the time. I mean text content, by the way – text that you can cut-and-paste into a word processor.… Read More


Test Your Web Team: The SEO Quiz

by Ian Lurie 13 Dec, 2007

Update: The quiz tool I was using didn’t work quite as advertised, so I’ve just put the quiz right on the page. Correct answers are bracketed. Too often, web developers and designers say they’re SEO experts, when they’re not. As a client, you have to believe them – they’re the experts. So it can be… Read More


30 SEO Tips for Newspaper and Magazine Publishers

by Ian Lurie 14 Nov, 2007

Funny, isn't he?

Online publishers – newspapers, for example – depend on visits and pageviews for their livelihood. The biggest source of visits is still unpaid, ‘organic’ search results. So, why do so many publishers do such a poor job of optimizing their sites? I don’t know, either, but I’ve pulled together a list of easy tweaks and changes that can help make any publication improve its rankings, fast…

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SEO Tactics: Keyword Diversification = Happiness

by Ian Lurie 26 Oct, 2007

Brian over at Copyblogger has pointed out that depending on Google for your business model isn’t such a hot idea. And there’s a lot of hand-wringing right now about Google’s recent pagerank update. But Google generates 75% of your traffic, right? So you can’t exactly pooh-pooh them. As a compromise: Don’t depend on a few… Read More

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