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4 Oct, 2011

We are all Google

By Ian Lurie

Anyone who publishes anything on the web is part of Google. Well, anyone who lets Google crawl their content, anyway. Which is just about everyone. I told ya so Lots of bloggers are saying that Google’s a publisher. To which I can only say, “Well, DUH!” I’ve been writing about Google-as-aggregator for a few years… Read More

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30 Sep, 2011

Me, on SEMSynergy

By Ian Lurie

Jessica Lee from Bruce Clay, Inc. interviewed me as part of this week’s SEMSynergy show. I talk about the Facebook data I presented at Search & Social Hawaii, what’s going to happen to Yahoo!, and why I believe that somewhere else on earth I have an exact duplicate. Kidding on that last part. You can… Read More

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28 Sep, 2011

Resources from Search and Social Hawaii

By Ian Lurie

I’ve put all of the resources I mentioned during my various talks at Search & Social Hawaii into a single Bitly link bundle. You can check it out here. Some of the stuff in the bundle: My slides. Links to past blog posts diving deeper into topics like content curation. Links to scripts I mentioned.… Read More

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16 Sep, 2011

Big, fat lessons on rebuilding your blog

By Ian Lurie

Let someone else do it. And stay out of their way. There is always a way to export/import your content. Don’t believe someone if they say “You’ll have to cut and paste it.” Analytics should work from day 1 (mine did). Trade three useless graphical features for one good typographical element. You’ll win every time.… Read More

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6 Sep, 2011

New Portent people, punished with painful puns

By Ian Lurie

…and some alliteration. Two new faces at Portent. I’m really excited to have them on board, both because they’re scary-smart and will be great for the company, and because their hiring means we’ve reached another milestone of sorts. I’ve decided to welcome them to the company with some horrifically bad puns: Lindsay Thomas Lindsay’s not… Read More

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31 Aug, 2011

Writer’s block: An infographic

By Ian Lurie

I have horrific writer’s block right now. I’m tired, burned out on writing and generally verbally fried. Alan Bleiweiss gave me an amazing idea: So, thanks to Alan, here it is. All my limited artistic talent focused like a blurry laser beam in a snowstorm on my current nemesis: Writer’s block. I don’t know. I… Read More

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24 Aug, 2011

The Ian Lurie Field Guide

By Ian Lurie

Someone at Portent asked me to put together an explanation of why I behave the way I do. They meant it in a nice way. So this is it: The Field Guide to Ian Lurie, written for “Portent” employees and anyone else I might encounter in the working world. Feel free to laugh at me,… Read More

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17 Aug, 2011

I’m a bad person

By Ian Lurie

In all my running yesterday (and flight delays) I forgot to say ‘sorry’ for missing the Author’s Lunch at SES San Francisco. So: I’m sorry. Usually I leave more time for delays – this time it didn’t work out. You can all leave nasty comments below:

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15 Aug, 2011

Pedal Harder, Dammit: In marketing, effort means more

By Ian Lurie

I’d love to say I’m about to draw a spectacular parallel between cycling and internet marketing. But internet marketing isn’t anything like cycling. I’ve never barfed after a hard day of internet marketing. Nor have I gotten road rash because of a badly-behaved poodle. And I never won a bicycle race because of my brain… Read More

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5 Aug, 2011

Quotes that make me cry inside

By Ian Lurie

It’s Friday. I’m tired. Here are some quotes. All of which are true, but edited to protect the utterers: “We don’t need marketing. Our product is great.” I’d punch you, but I’m paralyzed by the stupid. “We need to test that, first.” No, you don’t. You don’t have to test whether having a ‘buy now’… Read More

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3 Aug, 2011

Newt Gingrich, Twitter and FollowerGate – Really?

By Ian Lurie

Lord knows I’m no fan of Newt Gingrich. His politics are so far to the right of mine he disappears over the horizon. However, he’s not the kind of guy to go hunting for fake self-esteem boosters. So when the nerdoverse exploded over ‘Followergate’ (term coined by PeekYou) and sprayed it’s way to CNN and… Read More

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1 Aug, 2011

Being nice isn’t enough: Customer service lessons at the Apple Store

By Ian Lurie

In customer service, ‘being nice’ and ‘trying hard’ isn’t always enough. Sometimes, you have to be competent, too. Capable, even. Act 1: Undeath (of a monitor) At work, I have a 30” Apple Cinema HD. It is a fantastic monitor. Alas, 2 weeks ago when I plugged it into my laptop, it went all cattywampus,… Read More

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29 Jul, 2011

MozCon 2011 – Awesome. Go in 2012.

By Ian Lurie

OK, first off, I have to make something clear: I am not an SEOMOZ fan. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with building fantastic tools, having a great conference, gathering all the SEO geniuses and best developers and generally smartest people in one place. I have no problem with a company so famous my… Read More

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27 Jul, 2011

New content strategies tool: The Gramanator

By Ian Lurie

Announcing a new tool: The Gramanator During my MozCon content creation session today, I announced a new tool: The Gramanator. It is mighty. It is the Gramanator: Bow down before it. What it does The Gramanator will take any public Google Reader Shared Feed and: Clean it up, removing stop words. Assemble all of the… Read More

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15 Jul, 2011

Speak carefully

By Ian Lurie

I’ve now written this blog post three times. The first version was 1500 words. The second, 400 words. This version is much shorter, and I think more fair. Yesterday I wrote about the Wall Street Journal, bad SEO advice and subdomains. There’s a deeper lesson, though: When you blog, report or speak, you have an… Read More

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