Yearly Archives: 2011


Ian Lurie11 Jan, 2011

Session ID query parameters: A quick list

Session ID make your URLs look like this:;lawe0r9823049812-30481349745087 They’re bad: They’re ugly, and discourage clicks. They prevent your server from caching pages properly, because they cause thousands of duplicate pages. They kill you in organic search, because search engines find ’em and then can’t figure out which page is real. And because people link… Read More

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Ian Lurie11 Jan, 2011

Can Quora drive traffic?

I’m addicted to Quora. There, I’ve said it. I know some folks have doubts. I love StackOverflow too. But something about Quora has me on there, all the time, answering questions. I do have an ulterior motive: If I can get on there and help lots of people out, I can build an audience. If… Read More

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Ian Lurie10 Jan, 2011

Writing online? Put it at the top.

This post is a guest blog by Bruce Lee, marketing copywriter This is the most important message in this article, so it is placed here, at the top, where you’re most likely to see it. Put the message you most want to communicate at or near the top of your web page. Marketing expert Roger… Read More

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Portent Team10 Jan, 2011

HootSuite U – The Clown College for Social Media

Earning a degree from HootSuite University is like playing basketball against your dog. It’s super easy, and it’s a waste of time (unless you go toe-to-paw with Air Bud, the free-throw shooting dog). Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big HootSuite fan. It was the social media tool of choice for Portent Interactive because it’s… Read More


Ian Lurie7 Jan, 2011

9 things I want to learn in 2011

I’m not a big New Year’s Resolutions kind of guy. My whole life is making lists and crossing things off of them. Why do that one more time each year? I do love to learn stuff though. Here’s my learning ‘to do’ list for the year. I want to learn: How to give a kick-ass… Read More

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Ian Lurie6 Jan, 2011

8 copywriting catastrophes and how to avoid them

I’m a creature of habit. And there are 8 stupid copywriting mistakes I make with amazing consistency. Here’s how I try to deal with them: 1. The camouflaged typo Ever use ‘form’ when you meant ‘from’? When you do, your computer snickers to itself and mutters something like Remember that time you cursed at me… Read More

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Portent Staff6 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


Ian Lurie6 Jan, 2011

How crawl budget works – my latest SEL column

My latest Search Engine Land column just went live. It’s about Crawl Budget and how it may work. Having re-read it, though, I want to make sure I add even more qualification to what I wrote: I talk about crawl budget a lot, but the most important part of this article, really, is ‘making the… Read More

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Portent Staff5 Jan, 2011

RSS – The Black Leather Jacket of the Internet

Among all the new trends for 2011 I’m reading about the imminent death of RSS. People have moved on to Twitter and Facebook. Really? Me thinks some prognosticators need to cool their jets. First, RSS was never popular to begin with. What did it reach, a 15% market share? Twitter probably got more users in… Read More


Ian Lurie4 Jan, 2011

11 internet marketing skills you must always be learning

In spite of reading my blog, you want to go into internet marketing. Welcome to the asylum, my friend. Time to start learning. This is a list necessary skills for an internet marketer. Warning: I do not necessarily know all these as well as I want to. I’m still learning: Writing. I’ve beaten this one… Read More

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Portent Staff4 Jan, 2011

Is 2011 the Year of Local Mobile Social?

Some say 2010 was the year of local search, some say it was the year of mobile and others say the year of social. Strong arguments can be made for all three.   Google reimagined local search. Looking back it seems like each month the search engine introduced new changes. The three/seven pack of local… Read More

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Ian Lurie3 Jan, 2011

2010 Trends to Ignore: How I did (not great)

Well, 2010 was interesting. On the down side: Kidney stones and the ER; a wasp attack; head explosions. On the up side: A fantastic year for my family; a great year for my company; a terrific team that’s kicking butt. But how’d I do with my predictions for 2010? Let’s see: Bing versus Google. I… Read More

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Portent Staff3 Jan, 2011

What an English Degree Teaches You about Internet Copywriting

If you think an English degree would prepare you for anything in the world of copywriting, think again! There are plenty of things you’ll need to unlearn if you plan to write internet content

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