I'm A Newbie

Ian Lurie

SEO Newbie?!

I just took the SEOMoz SEO Quiz, and I must protest.

I mean, I could live with being ranked ‘average’, I guess. But a newbie?!!!! SEO for 8 years, and I’m a newbie. Argh!!!

Seriously guys, what’re you trying to do to me here?

Somehow, on #1, I said that the title tag is the least important place to put keywords, leaving the keywords tag unchecked. That has to indicate either that my brain suffered a major meltdown, or that the internets are against me.

I’m going to hope this score is based on the healthy doses of painkillers I’m taking at the moment for a back problem, and shuffle quietly into the corner, mumbling…

Ian Lurie
CEO & Founder

Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent and the EVP of Marketing Services at Clearlink. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Follow him on Twitter at portentint, and on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/ianlurie.

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  1. I am delighted to inform you that, as your client, I did get a lower score. I am a novice at 40%. Before I met up with Portent Interactive and became a client, I am sure I would have been less than 20%.
    I am willing to ascribe your 4% below ‘professional status’ to the pain meds…no problem!

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