Local SEO Busters SEO

Doug Antkowiak 2 Oct, 2012

Portent Local SEO Q&A

The “local SEO busters” are inspired by our favorite band of paranormal investigators and eliminators, which had to have been the coolest local business in the 80s, amirite? Who ya gonna call for local SEO help? By now, we hope it’s us. Two weeks ago we made an open call for questions related to Local… Read More

Brick and Mortar for SEO SEO

George Freitag 27 Sep, 2012

The Brick and Mortar of Local SEO

As we’ve discussed during the earlier parts of our Local Series, directories and social networks are vital to getting your business found online. Directories feed search engines the data that justifies your business’ inclusion in the local results. Social networks get the word out to your customers and let you connect with them online. But,… Read More

Gyro Sandwich Meat SEO

Nick Bernard 20 Sep, 2012

Local SEO Directories and Gyro Sandwiches

For the second installment of the Portent Local Series, I’ll go over why and how directories affect local search visibility and where business owners should focus their time and energy. Local search is like a gyro sandwich: it’s delicious when it works, but the process and criteria for the result can be mysterious. What exactly is… Read More

SEO

George Freitag 18 Sep, 2012

Get All Your Questions about Local SEO Answered!

Last week we announced our new referral program for our PPC Essentials Package. There was a blog post about it. The world changed. We decided we really liked that feeling and wanted to hold onto it a little longer. So this week we’re announcing a special for our recently revamped and reworked Local SEO Package. For… Read More

SEO

Ian Lurie 10 Sep, 2012

Demandware SEO gotchas and best practices

Demandware is a major e-commerce player in the fashion space. We’ve done SEO, site speed analysis and architecture on their system, and learned a thing or two on the way. First: Demandware is an awesome system. Like any enterprise e-commerce platform, it’s got its foibles. Like any enterprise software, its customers have a love/hate relationship… Read More

title tag SEO

David Portney 28 Aug, 2012

3 SEO Deal Killers You Need To Fix Right Now

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” -Proverb attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, if you can believe Wikipedia When the world wide interwebs came along, I was instantly intrigued. That was largely because when I was a (gullible) little kid I thought there was a book called “The Everything Book” that contained… Read More

unzipping1 SEO

Ian Lurie 10 Aug, 2012

How to: Mine server logs for broken links

I’ve broken this out into lots of steps. You could do it all in one or two steps with a shell script or other geekery. I wrote this to keep each step simple, and get you into Excel as quickly as possible, instead. I’ve railed about fixing broken links for years now. I’ve presented webinars… Read More

Twilight Zone "To Serve Man" SEO

Marianne Sweeny 6 Aug, 2012

SEO: Trading Tactics for Craft

I just finished 3 intensive days at MozCon 2012. Not for intellectual sissies or social introverts, the days were spent listening to presentations, demonstrations and exhortations from a list of luminaries. There was something for everyone: link building is the road to perdition, how-tos on link building, agile all over the place, data modeling, crunching,… Read More

edu links small SEO

Nick Bernard 30 Jul, 2012

7 Strategies for Getting .edu Links

As a linkbuilder, I love college websites. What’s not to love? Sure, getting authoritative links from .edu domains can pass a ton of equity, but college sites have a lot more going for them: They’re varied. Opportunities exist for every vertical. They’re fresh. You can expect the primary pages to be updated regularly. There’s nothing… Read More

Why, Google? Why? SEO

Ian Lurie 5 Jul, 2012

How Google gave the spammers all the power

Google launched the Penguin update to filter out spammy links. Great! That’s fantastic! Lead us, oh tuxedoed little birdie, to the Golden Age of SEO! Content, marketing and all-around smarts will win the day! Penguin is not subtle. It targets link profiles that flunk fairly obvious, common-sense criteria: Don’t buy links; don’t get site-wide footer… Read More

SEO

George Freitag 30 May, 2012

Goodbye Google Places, Hello Google+ Local

Business owners got a treat this morning as Google rolled out yet another update to its local platform, this time, ditching Google Places and replacing it with Google+ Local. This move completely integrates Google’s local listings with the current Google+ social network. Coincidentally, and equally newsworthy, Portent just happens to be moving to our new… Read More

hey there SEO

Ian Lurie 29 May, 2012

SEO proposal: An example

Finally, without sarcasm or other unhelpfulness, here’s a sample of how we do our SEO proposals: SEO Proposal Sample View more presentations from Ian Lurie Some things we do with all of our SEO proposals: Have some personality. I get a lot of pushback on this from ‘traditional’ marketers, but I feel pretty strongly that… Read More

google is running a link network SEO

Ian Lurie 25 May, 2012

Major search player outed for bad link practices

Yep. Uh-huh. Google’s busted. I just took a look at Google’s link profile and the big G is clearly running a link network. Check this out: They own all these sites—YouTube, Feedburner, Google.com, Google.co.uk, Google.co.up, Blogger.com and what do they do with them all? They link them to each other: It gets worse. They’re also… Read More

SEO

Marianne Sweeny 15 May, 2012

Wanted: Enterprise Search Gods

Lately, I’ve been feeling like a grade schooler punished along with the rest of the class for one student’s bad behavior. With Google’s Pandas, Penguins and other pandemonium-producing updates yet to come, we’re all Bart Simpson being forced to write on the SEO chalkboard, “I will not outsource link building to third-world countries that spam… Read More

when penguins go bad SEO

Ian Lurie 14 May, 2012

Google Penguin for non-SEOs

If I say ‘Google Penguin’ to an SEO pro, they shudder. In the SEO world, Google’s Penguin update is the nastiest, scariest update since, I dunno, Florida? Here’s an explainer for all the marketers who are wondering what the hell just happened to their traffic: What’s an update? The engineers at Google constantly tune their… Read More