Tag Archives: SEO

The Dashboard Analytics

Ian Lurie //  25 Apr, 2012

SEO Analytics, Middle Earth-Style

Who saved Middle Earth? No, not Frodo. His will shredded like wet toilet paper. Gollum took the lava bath, destroyed the ring, and saved everyone from a 36″ Dark Lord. Does he get any credit? Nooooooo. Nine-fingered Frodo is the hero. The ladies all swoon at Legolas and Aragorn. But not poor Gollum. Internet marketers,… Read More

rip-death-of-seo SEO

David Portney //  5 Apr, 2012

SEO is Dead: A Fun Romp through the “Death of SEO” Graveyard

Pin It “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain It’s been said that SEO is dead. It’s been said a lot, actually. But no, this is not another dumb, disguised, fake controversy “death of SEO” linkbait article. No. This is a fun, full-disclosure, zero-controversy death of SEO linkbait article. Now that you’re done… Read More

Internet Marketing

Katie L Fetting //  27 Feb, 2012

SNEAK PEEK: Ian Lurie to Present Data-Driven Content Strategies at Tomorrow’s SEOMoz PRO Webinar

Friends, SEOmans, eMad Men— LEND IAN YOUR EARS. Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. (PST), Ian Lurie, CEO and Webfather of Portent, Inc., will give an exclusive webinar at SEOmoz.  His free-to-all-comers presentation “Data-Driven Content” will illuminate, educate, inform and otherwise rock your search marketing world.  (We hope.) Topics Ian will cover include: Why great content is… Read More

SEO

Ian Lurie //  21 Sep, 2011

Sample SEO proposal template

This isn’t the proposal template we use. But it seems to be the one a lot of other folks use, and they’re all doing OK. So feel free to use this as your template: ========================================= To: Name of client From: Name of you Date: Hopefully today Dear Name of client: Generic introduction with pleasantries. Reference… Read More

SEO

Tom Schmitz //  18 Jul, 2011

After Launch SEO Checklist

What are the first things you check after launching or re-launching a website? Here are seven things worth checking. Robots.txt Make certain that the search engines can visit and index your website. The blocking of search engines occurs more often than you may think. Developers disallow all spiders on the beta site then forget to… Read More

SEO

Tom Schmitz //  12 Apr, 2011

5 Ways to Use Headings for SEO

Headings are for SEO Does your website use headings or h-tags for CSS design? It shouldn’t. Instead, reserve h-tags for outlining our document and SEO. Today the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog published this: One way Google’s algorithms determine the context of content on a page is by looking at the page’s headings. The way… Read More

PPC

Elizabeth Marsten //  17 Mar, 2011

Google Product Feed Updates & Rich Snippets

Technically this information isn’t strictly PPC, but it sure affects you if you are running or using a product feed for things like Product Extension Ads or Product Listing Ads and the feed suddenly disappears, disabling all your precious AdWords attributes and rendering the Auto Targets tab useless. Tragic, right? So here is a breakdown… Read More

SEO

Tom Schmitz //  6 Jan, 2011

What Social Media Means for SEO

A metamorphosis is under way, one which will fundamentally change organic search engine rankings and search engine optimization. Google and Bing are getting faith in social media and are converting. Perhaps sooner than later, social media will eclipse backlinks as the gold standard for online authority. When Sergey and Brin created Google they invented PageRank,… Read More

SEO

Tom Schmitz //  11 Jun, 2010

SEO Is Not User Experience Optimization

I just got back from SMX Advanced and boy are my arms tired. Actually, it’s my brain that’s feeling overwhelmed with lots of fresh insight and illuminating data. The cast and crew over at Third Door Media and Search Engine Land produced an exceptional event; they outdid themselves. Except, I left Seattle’s Bell Harbor conference… Read More

Internet Marketing

Michael Wiegand //  28 Sep, 2009

Shout-Out: Hanapin Marketing’s $16,000 SEM Sweepstakes

Our good friends over at Hanapin Marketing – you know, the folks who run the PPC Hero blog – are running a pretty amazing SEM Sweepstakes right now. They have some great prizes available, including: (3) Paid Subscriptions to SEOMoz (1) 3-Month Subscription to ClickEquations (a neat bid management tool that we use at Portent)… Read More

SEO

Tom Schmitz //  31 Jul, 2008

Everything You Wanted to Know About Inbound External Links

Today, a colleague asked me what I know about external links. Rather than simply e-mail her back I decided to sit down and answer this like I might if I were taking a college course exam. In other words a time limited brain dump. Let’s see how much I remember. :) A Little Foundation  InLink… Read More

SEO

Tom Schmitz //  27 Jul, 2008

Google Updates Visible Toolbar PageRank

Google just updated their Toolbar PageRank, also known as the little green bar. Once again I am seeing a lot of web sites losing PageRank, so I want to re-share what I have counseled people in the past. If your rankings and traffic have not recently fallen, do not worry about your diminished PageRank. Visible… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  21 Jul, 2008

You Can’t Separate Social Media and SEO

Social media and SEO are now inextricably linked. You couldn’t separate ‘em if you tried. I used to tell clients “Hey, we’ll do SEO, and if you pay us extra we’ll execute a nice social media marketing campaign, too”. Truth is, though, you can’t do a good job in SEO any more without social media… Read More

Copywriting

Tom Schmitz //  14 Jul, 2008

Paid Search & Organic Search Require Different Content Strategies

When you read that paid search and organic search require separate content strategies you might think, “Duh! That’s obvious.” Except that something happened to me last week, and this was not the first time. A Portent’s client earned a top ten ranking for an important keyword, one right near the top of the keyword chart.… Read More

Featured

Ian Lurie //  1 Jul, 2008

Google Indexing Flash – Don’t Party Just Yet

Search Engine Land reports that Google will now index Flash. Woo hoo! Party! We can now design every web site on the internet in 100% Flash! Not so fast. While Google’s announcement sounds exciting, there are still significant search engine optimization and more general internet marketing issues that they haven’t addressed: Link Value Yes, Google… Read More