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How to Use Keyword Ranking Reports - Portent Featured

22 Feb, 2017

How to use keyword ranking reports without them using you: A 3-step guide

By Michael Wiegand

This is a companion blog post for my talk at MozCon Local next Tuesday on Powerful Ranking Reports using Google Data Studio. I won’t go into nuts and bolts here — I’ll save that for those who can make it out to the show. But I will go into the new frontier for ranking data… Read More

Three types of web analytics conversions you need to track - Portent Analytics

23 Feb, 2017

The Three Levels of Analytics Conversions You Need

By Ian Barrett

What would ya say, that ya do here? If the answer is online marketing in any way, shape or form, you know the importance of having analytics configured correctly on your site. If you need help convincing anyone, take them over to Portent’s handy Marketing Stack Explainer. But wait, there’s more! Whether you’re in direct… Read More

Design & Development

22 Feb, 2017

Don’t Panic: Google Site Search Replacements

By Ian Lurie

Google’s discontinuing site search. OH GOD OH MY GOD WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO HOLY CRAP OH GOD The Problem Google’s Site Search product has been around a long time. Pay $100, and you can embed a little Google search engine on your site. They’re keeping Google Custom Search. Sounds great, but there’s a… Read More

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Internet Marketing

21 Feb, 2017

Work Smarter, Not Harder in Digital Marketing

By Chad Kearns

Walk through any professional services office around the country and I bet you’ll hear a similar theme when asking executives, managers, and practitioners about their workload- ‘there’s never enough time in the day.’ It happens all the time at Portent. I hear it from our team and I hear it from our clients. For marketing… Read More

Show up on Page One Heed the Orange Warning in AdWords - Portent PPC

16 Feb, 2017

Don’t Fall Off Page One: Heed the Orange Warning in AdWords

By Kerri McCarthy

One of the first indicators of performance I check for all my major clients’ paid search accounts is keyword Status. In this column, we see the overall health of the keywords in the account, including “Low search volume,” and whether ads are being shown “Rarely due to a low quality score.” But the orange warning… Read More

In marketing, there is no magic lever Internet Marketing

16 Feb, 2017

Pulling The Lever: Marketing Wins and Where They Come From

By Ian Lurie

Marketers live for the moment they do that one thing and stats go through the roof. But that doesn't happen often, and when it does, there's more to it. There's a ton of work and learning, and assuming it's all magical does the field a disservice.

Changing Domains What Would an SEO Do - Portent SEO

15 Feb, 2017

Changing Domains? What Would an SEO Do?

By Julie Goodman

Out of the gate, an SEO will try to convince you not to change domains unless it is absolutely necessary. Changing domains can potentially have a negative impact on organic search rankings for a site. Major search engine ranking algorithms (i.e. Google and Bing) factor in signals from both the domain and page levels. Even… Read More

Content Strategy as Competitive Advantage - Creating value through content - Portent Content Strategy

8 Feb, 2017

Content Strategy as Competitive Advantage

By Colin Parker

One of the fundamental concepts of formal business strategy is how to create sustained competitive advantage. Today, we wanted to look at how that relates to content strategy and content marketing. My hope after you read this post: You think really, really hard before you take shortcuts on your content. I want to leave you… Read More

Funnel Driven Keyword Reporting - Portent SEO

3 Feb, 2017

Funnel Driven Keyword Reporting

By Jared Amyakar

Have you given or received an SEO report that involved keyword data recently? What did that section of the report look like? Perhaps something like this? How useful was it? We’re all aware of the profound changes that have been happening in our field regarding the lowly keyword. Keywords used to be the basic unit… Read More

Internet Marketing

1 Feb, 2017

I Support Breitbart News: The Perils of Remarketing

By Ian Lurie

Internet advertising is perilous. Your ads can show up in all sorts of places. Remarketing is particularly dangerous. This story is an example of how remarketing can go horribly, horribly wrong. I am, in case no one guessed, a left-leaning over-privileged pinko liberal. I’m a feminist. I’m pro-immigration. I like taxes. OK, that’s a lie,… Read More

Audit your Adwords PPC Account - Portent PPC

1 Feb, 2017

It’s Time to Audit Your AdWords Account

By Ryan Moothart

Ah January, another revolution around the sun complete. Yearly budgets are set, resolutions made, and the holidays are still recent enough you can taste the eggnog. I hate to be the guy who brings up that one thing, which causes you to go into a brand-new-year-and-I-already-forgot-about… panic, but: when’s the last time you took a… Read More

Internet Marketing

27 Jan, 2017

How to be more visible – Directory Optimization and Baby Gorillas

By Justin Brasser

Platitude #1: Google owns a massive majority of the search market. If all the internet’s a directory, and the game is to ensure you’re optimizing as such, consider that about 80% of desktop searches and over 85% of mobile searches are performed on Google. Their directory is dominant for many kinds of information. Old joke:… Read More

SEO and UX Lessons from Home Improvement Purgatory - Portent SEO

19 Jan, 2017

SEO and UX Lessons from Home Improvement Purgatory

By Shannon Walsh

Warning: some humble-brag follows, but I promise it’s in the spirit of sharing marketing and SEO lessons. My new apartment is perfect. Walking distance from the Space Needle and huge windows the full length of our living room. It doesn’t get much better than that in Seattle for less than my entire monthly paycheck. But… Read More

Random

17 Jan, 2017

20 Bits of Marketing Jargon, And What They Mean

By Ian Lurie

I love marketing jargon as much as the next guy. It’s great fun when I’m at a family event. My family used to think I went into marketing because I couldn’t find anything else to do. But when I say “psychographics” my parents know all that college was worth it. If you’re plunking down tons… Read More

Really, Panda didn't do it SEO

10 Jan, 2017

There is No Panda Penalty. Get it?

By Ian Lurie

Site owners frequently tell me “I think we’re under a Panda Penalty.” Google does not have a “Panda penalty.” Understand that and you’ll understand how optimizing for Panda-type ranking factors can improve rankings. By the way, Panda is now part of Google’s core algorithm. It’s one way Google measures the value of content. I’m going… Read More

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