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Are headline analyzers worth your time Featured

25 May, 2017

Are Headline Analyzers Worth Your Time?

By Augustin Kendall

There’s a trend in the content world of using tools to help improve the value and quality of content (see Hemingway editor, Readability Test Tool, and Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator). One category of tools is headline analyzers. They’re simple: put in your title, get a score, and tweak to improve the score. I use them… Read More

Difference Between Rich Snippets and Featured Snippets SEO

21 Mar, 2017

What’s the Difference Between a Rich Snippet and a Featured Snippet?

By Zac Heinrichs

Rich snippets, rich cards, knowledge graphs and panels, schema.org, JSON-LD, featured snippets, featured features, Richie Rich, KEVIN BACON! Wait, that was more than six degrees… There’s a lot of terminology out there about the different ways search engines, Google in particular, display their search results. Two of the most oft confused are the snippets, both… Read More

Internet Marketing

14 Mar, 2017

Pi in the Face: Why I (love and) despise ROI

By Ian Lurie

This is the first edition of our annual Pi in the Face column. May many follow. Note: If you’re a marketer, this post will frustrate the hell out of you. I apologize. I needed a good rant. Plus, at a conference last week I heard a speaker say, “If it doesn’t generate ROI, we don’t… Read More

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Over Optimizing Your PPC Account PPC

10 Mar, 2017

Are You Over Optimizing Your AdWords Account?

By Timothy Johnson

I’m going to tell you something that’s a little counterintuitive: you may be hurting your AdWords or general PPC performance by trying to do too much, too fast. This idea doesn’t get a lot of air time because a lot of under-performing AdWords accounts or campaigns trace back to under-optimization or “set it and forget… Read More

Portent Placeholder SEO

8 Mar, 2017

Amazon and Google SEO: My presentation

By Ian Lurie

Here’s the updated deck and links from my 2017 Resonate presentation. I ranted and raved about changes to the Amazon and Google algorithms. It was fun. If you missed it, alas. But at least you can look at the slides. Remember, you can ask me questions on Twitter at @portentint Amazon and Google: The State… Read More

The sexy new entryway Random

1 Mar, 2017

Portent’s Moving!

By Ian Lurie

Moving. I tried to come up with an analogy for something that incites misery, throws out your back and reduces you to a gibbering lunatic while forcing you to blog using your phone as a mobile hotspot. But, after much suffering, Portent has moved two blocks south of our old location. Our new address is:… Read More

Be a Better Writer - 5 Lessons Learned from Yoga Teacher Training - Portent Copywriting

28 Feb, 2017

Be a Better Writer: 5 Lessons Learned From Yoga Teacher Training

By Katie McKenna

Last fall, I began a 200-hour certification program to become a yoga teacher. I wanted to learn more about the philosophy of yoga, strengthen my public speaking and leadership skills, and teach one or two nights a week after finishing my day at work as a Content Specialist at Portent. During the training, we learned… 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

How to Use Keyword Ranking Reports - Portent Analytics

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

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