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Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle.

Articles by Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie //  1 Jun, 2006

UPS, Get A Clue About Usability

UPS, you have a loooong way to go when it comes to usability. If you want some free advice, in the form of a rant, read on. I shipped out my first few book orders earlier this week. In typical dysfunctional entrepeneur style, I decided to do it myself. I’ve never done (small) bulk fulfillment,… Read More

Ian Lurie //  26 May, 2006

Conversation Marketing, The Book

In case any of you have wondered why my posts have slowed a bit of late: I have just taken my first book to publication. Conversation Marketing puts down on paper the internet marketing method I’ve used for years. If you’d like to learn more about it, or maybe even buy a copy, you can… Read More

Ian Lurie //  12 May, 2006

747? Cessna? Pondering Internet Marketing

When you’re making a decision about online marketing, think about what you want: A 747? Or a Cessna? That may sound derogatory. It’s not. I’ve sat at the controls of a Cessna (while it was flying). It’s wonderful. Simple, forgiving and reliable as all get out. A Cessna will get you from place to place.… Read More

Ian Lurie //  11 May, 2006

The Year of Internet Marketing?

Google just released a nifty new trending tool. It shows and compares search traffic and trends for phrases you type into the tool. On a whim, I did a search comparing ‘search marketing’ to ‘internet marketing’. Lo and behold, it looks like internet marketing is making big gains. You can see the search result here.

Ian Lurie //  10 May, 2006

Too Much SEO

There’s a great article on Search Engine Watch today titled “Curbing SEO’s Who’ve Gone Wild”. The main point? Too much SEO can get you penalized by search engines. And by your customers. If you’re working to attain that #1 spot in Google’s brain, make sure that you stay #1 in your customer’s brain, too. The… Read More

Ian Lurie //  5 May, 2006

What’s the Difference?

Internet marketing is not just a phrase that some agencies use to bill more. An internet marketing agency is altogether different from, say, a web site design firm or a search engine marketer. Internet marketing agencies do all of the things you’d get from these kinds of firms, but they pull it together in a… Read More

Ian Lurie //  2 May, 2006

Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt

I read an article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday that discussed e-commerce and how it’s now a requirement. Which leaves me wondering: Why do so few retailers do e-commerce right? I have my suspicions. Read on and see why so many online stores fail, and how to avoid their mistakes. Yet so few businesses… Read More

Ian Lurie //  28 Apr, 2006

SEO, Trust and Other Issues

An article on Search Engine Watch notes that around 90% of American consumers now distrust advertising. That’s a lot. It’s also a fairly new development. How do you respond? One strategy is to focus on marketing venues that aren’t perceived as advertising. Search engines are a great example. Online PR/Blog marketing is another. It’s easy… Read More

Ian Lurie //  31 Mar, 2006

Fifty Reasons

Scott Heiferman has a great list of 50 reasons folks don’t use your web site: 50 Reasons Why It’s a great read. Enjoy!

Ian Lurie //  29 Mar, 2006

Amazon Marketing Bloopers

Mike sent me a priceless e-mail from Amazon.com. Here’s the important content: “For the next few days, you can pre-order your copy at a savings of 0% by following the link below.” Then below you see that the price is $6.96, for a savings of $.03. No doubt, this was generated by some of Amazon’s… Read More

Ian Lurie //  24 Mar, 2006

Ugly Websites Win

Ugly websites work best. Think back on the most successful sites on the internet: Google? Ugly. Craigslist? Ugly. Ebay? Ugly. Yahoo? Most successful when they were ugly. IMDB.com? Astonishingly ugly. And right behind them come Blogger.com, Amazon.com, etc.. None of these sites will win any design awards. They have faces only an investor could love.
These sites succeed because they put message and function first, form second…

Ian Lurie //  13 Mar, 2006

When Creativity Overcomes Good Sense

The state of Washington is launching a new, $442,000 marketing campaign. They undoubtedly invested a lot of time in coming up with a slogan to rival ‘I love NY’ and ‘What happens here, stays here’. In the end they came up with ‘SayWA’. Yes, SayWA. Huh? After choking on my morning cereal, I decided that… Read More

Ian Lurie //  17 Feb, 2006

Most Web ‘Pros’ Don’t Measure

You don’t have to take it from me. A Forrester Report states that only 13% of web professionals at 89 online companies said they actually measure the ROI of all web site changes. Only half said they measure the ROI of major changes. Half said they don’t measure the ROI of any changes at all,… Read More

Ian Lurie //  13 Feb, 2006

Search Engine Optimization Fraud

The Wall Street Journal posted an article about a search engine optimization company called Traffic Power. It’s a great lesson in how not to hire an SEO firm. Traffic Power’s tactics included ‘doorway pages’, which are pages invisible to users but crawlable by search engines. These pages are packed with keywords, in order to draw… Read More

Ian Lurie //  1 Feb, 2006

Judging, 2: That Cover Thing Again

Previously, I talked about the moment when a web site visitor decides to stay or leave. Seth Godin has another great post about it: Wait!. Be smart, be focused, and don’t ignore the needs/wants/questions of your audience, or they’ll end up ignoring you.