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5 Common SEO Mistakes You Should Fix SEO

23 Mar, 2017

5 Common SEO Mistakes You Should Fix Before Your Next Audit

By Shannon Walsh

Want to get more for your money on your next SEO audit or site review? After two years of reviewing sites offering everything from dog food to process automation, (I still have no idea what that is either), I decided to put together this half-blog-post-half-PSA covering a few of the most common SEO mistakes or… 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

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8 Mar, 2017

Amazon and Google SEO: My presentation

By Ian Lurie

More coming (including links), but here’s the slide deck from today’s Resonate presentation: Amazon and Google: SEO Priorities from Ian Lurie The links These are some of the resources I mentioned in the presentation. If you don’t see one, let me know. Keyword and competitive analysis MerchantWords Amazon keyword search data AnswerThePublic Keyword and question… Read More

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

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

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

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

Internal Linking for SEO - Portent SEO

9 Jan, 2017

Smart Internal Linking for SEO

By Zac Heinrichs

[This post originally appeared in 2011 and was refreshed in 2017 by popular demand.] If you were to map out your website’s internal links, would there be a logical order to it, or would it look like a steaming plate of spaghetti? Be careful before you answer. Strip away all the fancy design, the hours… Read More

Shopify SEO Best Practices Portent SEO

22 Dec, 2016

Shopify SEO in Six Simple Steps

By Zac Heinrichs

First order of business, this is a pretty long post on Shopify SEO best practices. Here’s what you’re gonna get. Contents Shopify SEO Basics Introduction Shopify URLs Shopify Title Tags Meta Description Image Alt Navigation 301 Redirects Wrap up Shopify SEO Basics Warning: This is not a full-bore Shopify tutorial, this is a deep walkthrough… Read More

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8 Dec, 2016

Technical SEO Best Practices – New (free) ebook!

By Ian Lurie

TL;DR: I wrote a technical SEO ebook. It’s free. You should get it here. You’re probably all wondering where the hell I’ve been. I haven’t written a blog post in, what, four weeks?! I’ve been working on two projects. The first one is a free ebook: Technical SEO Best Practices. I wrote it as something… Read More

Real Web Devs Do SEO From Day One SEO

26 Oct, 2016

Real Web Devs Do SEO From Day One

By Andy Schaff

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a bit of a mystery for most developers. So, I’ve put together this checklist of SEO essentials that will make your SEO team and your client very happy. Inspect the HTML source code Get picky about HTML source code: Is your HTML structure valid? Valid HTML structure makes the page easier… Read More

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20 Sep, 2016

How to: Avoid Word Vector Hysteria & Trend Surfing Idiocy

By Ian Lurie

Update: Word vectors are a legitimate thing!!!!! I’m not saying you should ignore them. I’m saying there’s plenty of ways to take word vectors into account in your SEO approach, without diving down into Python and natural language processing. I’m also saying that many industry experts (term used advisedly) are talking about this concept without… Read More

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15 Sep, 2016

The Complete Guide to Robots.txt

By Matthew Henry

Robots.txt is a small text file that lives in the root directory of a website. It tells well-behaved crawlers whether to crawl certain parts of the site or not. The file uses simple syntax to be easy for crawlers to put in place (which makes it easy for webmasters to put in place, too). Write… Read More

How to Write an SEO Recommendation That Makes Sense SEO

2 Aug, 2016

How to Write a Decent SEO Recommendation

By Zac Heinrichs

Pssssst! Hey, you! Want to know the best way to drive a client crazy? Talk. A lot. But tell them nothing. The SEO industry has a lot of people who are really, really good at that. We’ve seen some true artists; men and women who can speak or write thousands of words without uttering a… Read More

Keyword Research and You - Portent SEO

26 Jul, 2016

Keyword Research and You

By Shannon Walsh

Whether you’re thinking about starting a company, revamping your current business, adding a new product line, or just making sure your current SEO approach is on the right track, keyword research is a fundamental part of the process. The reason keyword research is so indispensable is that it’s one of the easiest ways to get… Read More

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