Saying Thanks: Internet Marketing Requires an Audience

Ian Lurie

I wanted to say thanks.
One year ago, Conversation Marketing received 3100 unique visits in February.
This year, I’ve already got 8,200, and am on track to have 18,000 unique visits in February.
Last year, I had 20 RSS subscribers (not tracked in Feedburner, so the graph below doesn’t include it).
This year, I have 550:
While these numbers don’t come close to, say, Darren or Rand, it’s pretty darn cool.
There’s been no PR campaign, no advertising, no marketing. You all did it, by subscribing, commenting, spreading the word, etc..

The Question

So, the question: What do you like best?

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, 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

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  1. As a new reader, I like the honesty of the site. You don’t present SEO and internet marketing as some sort of black art, a process of cheating the search engines and users to make a fast buck.
    It starts with an offering of genuine value and you’re sharing ways to bring that to the attention of those who would want it.
    Keep it up.

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