SEO

Ian Lurie 21 Dec, 2005

Have They No Shame?

I received an e-mail offer today from ‘Top Position’. It’s a perfect example of why so many folks don’t trust search engine optimization (aka SEO). It includes impossible promises, out and out fiction, and an opportunity to have your site completely banned without lifting a finger. Here’s the exact text: “We can put you at… Read More

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Ian Lurie 8 Dec, 2005

Yahoo and Me, We’re Like That…

At Chicago’s Search Engine Strategies expo (which I’ve never attended, by the way, but really want to someday), Yahoo’s Tim Meyer gave the a great overview of smart search engine marketing: Tim: “We basically treat [your site] as plain text. Use common HTML if you want the search engines to know what is on your… Read More

SEO

Ian Lurie 26 May, 2005

Google Sandbox: Proof?

I think I’ve seen real proof of the Google Sandbox, at long last. One of our clients launched a site at a new URL last October. They achieved a top-4 ranking on MSN and Yahoo! within a few weeks, but Google left them in the depths of the rankings — around page 20, in fact.… Read More

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Ian Lurie 9 Mar, 2005

Google Autolink

A group of programmers have decided to start editing the content of web pages folks visit without telling them, thereby rerouting them around the Internet. Sounds like a bunch of hackers, right? Wrong. It’s Google. Here’s why it’s bad, why it’s not as bad as it sounds, and why I think it’ll go away soon.… Read More

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Ian Lurie 16 Feb, 2005

WSA SEO Panel Discussion

I participated in a panel discussion last night at the WSA’s monthly dinner meeting. Also on the panel was Larry Sivitz of SearchWrite, Detlev Johnson from PositionTech, Heather Lloyd-Martin from WebSourced, Inc., and Gary McAvoy of GetToTheTop. It was a great discussion moderated by Bruce Alexander. Here are the highlights… Much of the talk centered… Read More

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Ian Lurie 4 Feb, 2005

Internet Marketing, Google and SEO Karma

Wired Magazine has a great article, just posted, entitled Googling the Bottom Line. There are two themes in this article: One, the author’s focus, is that a top-30 ranking is a must if you want to grow site traffic. Duh. The author’s second point is what impressed me most: Unethical search engine optimization techniques wreak… Read More

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Ian Lurie 20 Jan, 2005

Google’s Sandbox

Is there really a Google Sandbox? Many search engine optimization pros feel that Google is applying some type of filtering to new sites with certain ratios of incoming links. I’m not sure if I buy that, but I do know that the rules for Google have changed, and that new web sites are languishing for… Read More

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Ian Lurie 22 Sep, 2004

Quantifying SEO

Matthew Henry just completed a great article about metrics in search engine optimization. His two metrics – Relative Position Index (RPI) and Click-Through Prediction (CTP) – have helped me prepare and target search marketing campaigns for years now. Some of the math is a little daunting for a marketing guy like me, but the message… Read More

SEO

Ian Lurie 17 Jun, 2004

Search Engine Optimization: Don’t Forget the Audience

Here’s a great article about the forgotten element of SEO: The searchers. I see lots of folks who dive into search engine optimization campaigns with enthusiasm, and end up with a site that reads like those papers we all wrote in high school where we just… had… to get… ten… more… words… I spend a… Read More

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Ian Lurie 28 Mar, 2004

Yahoo: Mad with the Power of it All

Last week, a colleague of mine told me her web site was banned from Yahoo!. Why? We don’t know for sure, but it appears her site was banned because it’s an affiliate site – she makes money by providing a well-organized, well-promoted site that drives traffic to other web sites. Apparently, Yahoo is beginning a… Read More