Yearly Archives: 2013

SEO

15 Mar, 2013

Machine learning and link analysis: LinkLove London 2013

By Ian Lurie

I just got off-stage after rambling about machine learning, link building and Penguin reinclusion requests. Nice long blog post coming right here, later, but for now, here are the slides: Machine learning and link spam – how hard can it be? from Ian Lurie And here’s a link to the link bundle: portent.co/machine-spam

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14 Mar, 2013

Free report: A Changing Standard for SEO Spam

By Ian Lurie

When you look at over 250,000 links from Penguin-penalized sites, you learn a thing or two. We put together a report based on an analysis of a lot of links, and found that: While folks like to portray Google as fumbling their anti-spam efforts and missing many offenders, the big G may simply be prioritizing.… Read More

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14 Mar, 2013

eBay Proves They Can Live Without AdWords

By Elizabeth Marsten

Duh. eBay commissioned a 26 page study through their research lab with one of their researchers and some reputable sources (a Univ. of Chicago Assistant Professor & UC Berkeley Associate Professor), citing some reputable resources (like Google Chief Economist Hal Varian), doing some pretty in depth research and even formulating their own algebraic equation to… Read More

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14 Mar, 2013

The Life of Pi Part Deux: What Does an Internet Marketing Firm Do? (In Vines)

By Portent Team

Back in November, we detailed the (Real) Life of Pi from pre-dawn breakfasts at the train station to lights out. In honor of International Pi Day, we decided to pull back the curtain again so you can see how each department contributes to the Internet marketing expertise here at Portent. Account Strategists @portent Account Strategists… Read More

SEO

12 Mar, 2013

Tool Review: Broken Link Finder

By Portent Team

I’m a huge fan of Garrent French’s link building tool, the Link Prospector, so I was jazzed when he released the Broken Link Finder. I wanted to give an overview of why broken link building is important and how this tool can save you a ton of time and effort. What is broken link building?… Read More

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11 Mar, 2013

An Easy Way to Automate Your Facebook Reporting Using Pivot Tables

By Portent Staff

I hate doing things twice. I also hate doing things by hand. When it comes to PPC reporting, there is nothing quite as cumbersome as recreating reports from scratch month after month. Thankfully we have the tools available to us to make easy and effective automated reports a cinch. Assuming you have Excel, you’re pretty… Read More

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8 Mar, 2013

Confessions of a PPC Control Freak on Enhanced Campaigns

By Elizabeth Marsten

We’ve discussed it, talked about it, webinar-ed, convened around the water cooler, blogged and tweeted. Opinions are hot, high, frequent and mixed. One thing is for sure, it’s not going away. Each time it seems as if the proverbial dust has settled, more about EC is announced. Each week a Google webinar reveals a few… Read More

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7 Mar, 2013

6 Reasons “No” Will Save Your Marketing Strategy

By Portent Team

We live in a culture of YES. Positive reinforcement abounds. Grade school kids get awards simply for participating. Everyone is special. Encouragement is great, don’t get me wrong. Accolades are a big part of what motivates us in life. In the business world, however, this can translate into dangerous decision making. Fear of killing creativity,… Read More

SEO

5 Mar, 2013

Why Web Professionals Hate SEOs

By George Freitag

Before I even became an SEO I learned to hate SEOs. After all, SEOs would take the beautiful, functional site the designers and developers spent their nights creating and cram it full of footer links, anchor text, H tags, nofollows, and any other piece of code they could think of until the site couldn’t breathe.… Read More

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1 Mar, 2013

30 Tips for Awesome Presentations – Video and Slides

By Ian Lurie

Here’s the video from yesterday’s webinar, 30 Tips for Awesome Presentations, in case you missed it and would like to hear my dulcet tones: And the slides: And the audio, for all you podcaster types: I’ll be uploading a transcript on Monday or Tuesday!

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28 Feb, 2013

How Facebook Exchange Worked for Us and Why It Could Work for You

By Timothy Johnson

What is Facebook Exchange anyway? The Facebook Ads service got a lot more advanced these last few months with the introduction of a fancy new feature, Facebook Exchange (FBx), that expands the reach and custom targeting of their ads. FBx allows you to run real-time bidding and remarketing Facebook ads through one of their partner… Read More

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26 Feb, 2013

The Secret Backstory of Portent’s Content Idea Generator

By Portent Team

”There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.” – Audre Lorde At SearchFest on Friday, Ian Lurie debuted a fantastic new tool, the Content Idea Generator. I could tell you about how amazing the tool is and how influencers like Jonathon Colman shared it all over social media: How… Read More

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22 Feb, 2013

Testing AdWords Enhanced Campaigns: Tablet CPCs Suffering Thus Far

By Michael Wiegand

With all the talk about enhanced campaigns results in the last week—on PPC Hero, most notably—we were curious to see how they would fly with a well-known brand, both from a smartphone and tablet perspective. A quick enhanced campaigns case study The methodology: Chose 1 brand campaign, 1 non-brand campaign Established baseline of performance for… Read More

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21 Feb, 2013

Why Facebook Graph Search Will = More Scavenger Hunts (Yay!)

By Portent Staff

Here at Portent, we’ve been all abuzz conjecturing and wondering what the Facebook Graph Search roll-out will ultimately mean for clients. Facebook’s powering its graph search with the connections that take place within its platform (check-ins, likes, friends, shares, tags, and other engagement signals). Will the public take to it? Will Facebook eclipse Yelp and… Read More

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20 Feb, 2013

AdWords Enhanced Campaigns – PPC Hangout

By Michael Wiegand

Portent PPC Google+ Hangouts This will serve as the pilot for Portent’s ongoing hangout series where we talk about paid search current events and give you our analysis and commentary. Today’s hangout topic: AdWords Enhanced Campaigns A new feature announced just recently by Google. It’s caused quite a hullabaloo in the industry, to say the… Read More