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10 Feb, 2016

SEO: The Quick & Dirty Google Index Diagnostic

By Jared Amyakar

A Quick & Dirty Google Index Diagnostic This article outlines a simple diagnostic technique to assess the health of your site architecture. For all the current attention being paid to Content (caps intentional), our ability to generate organic traffic still depends heavily on that content being found and indexed by a search engine’s crawlers.  … Read More

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2 Feb, 2016

Field Guide to Spider Traps: An SEO’s Companion

By Matthew Henry

If search engines can’t crawl your site, SEO efforts do not amount to much. One of the problems I see most often are ‘spider traps’. Traps kill crawls and hurt indexation. Here’s how you find and fix them: What is a spider trap? A spider trap is a structural issue that causes a web crawler… Read More

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3 Dec, 2015

The Rank Awakens: Living the Brand with Universal Life Church

By Zac Heinrichs

Or, “How I Became a Certified Jedi Knight” Yay! Star Wars! I can’t wait for The Force Awakens! It comes out in a couple weeks and I have totally bought into the hype. I know I’m not alone, even after a certain late-nineties, floppy-eared, backward knee-walking, CGI disappointment, who shall remain nameless. Now here’s the… Read More

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30 Oct, 2015

Does RankBrain change digital marketing?

By Ian Lurie

No. Epilogue All hail RankBrain! Remember this day when we’re all slaves to machines that barf information on us, filling up downtime and turning us into drooling screen addicts… Wait. Since I’m too late to do anything about that, I thought I’d get one thing out of the way: RankBrain doesn’t matter to marketers. Or… Read More

SEO

24 Apr, 2015

30 Minute Audit: Mobile SEO [VIDEO WEBINAR]

By George Freitag

In the wake of Google’s Mobile-Friendly update (occasionally referred to as “Mobilegeddon“) many marketers are wondering how their sites were impacted. In this Portent U Webinar, we discussed how you can see whether or not your site was impacted by the mobile-friendly update, identify mobile traffic opportunities, troubleshoot common mobile problems, and put together an… Read More

SEO

14 Apr, 2015

Mobile SEO: Should I Be Worried?

By Ian Lurie

As a CEO and father, I’m an expert on anxiety. So I understand why Google’s mobile search algorithm update (aka Mobilegeddon) has CEOs and marketing teams popping Xanax. Before you reach for the prescription, though, do this test. It’ll help you figure out if you need to take action. Then, keep reading to see your… Read More

SEO

19 Mar, 2015

International SEO Strategy Guide – Plus a Flowchart!

By Portent Team

I’ve noticed there’s something we’re sorely missing in our marketing mix: flowcharts. Making sure that Portent has mo’ flo’ to offer has become of my new life goals. As part of this endeavor, I created the following International SEO Strategy flowchart to help those who are trying to decide what the best structure is for… Read More

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2 Mar, 2015

Mobile & App Content Will Rank Higher. Shenanigans Likely.

By Colin Parker

I read the news today, oh boy. No doubt, many of you have already read the headline from TechCrunch. Or maybe you caught it coming down off the mountain from Google. Google is formalizing its stance on “mobile-friendliness” as a ranking signal worldwide. Not only that, but they’re boosting content from indexed apps in organic… Read More

SEO

2 Mar, 2015

Penguin, SEO & the Apocalypse

By Ian Lurie

SEMPDX invited me to talk penalties at Searchfest 2015 (You should attend 2016, by the way). Here’s my presentation, with some extra explanatory slides: Bear in mind that the data in here was generated by me, a History major w/ a law degree. So treat them with a healthy grain of salt. You can rely… Read More

Portent Placeholder SEO

27 Feb, 2015

Google, Mobile and Apps: I’m tired

By Ian Lurie

It used to be that, when Google announced yet another tweak to their algorithm, I rubbed my hands with anticipation. Now, it just makes me tired. Yesterday, Google announced that mobile-readiness is now a worldwide ranking signal, and that indexable apps will influence personal search rankings. I should be excited. I’m just tired. Not because… Read More

Portent Placeholder SEO

19 Feb, 2015

Marketing Strategy for Search

By Ian Lurie

I just did a presentation at Friends of Search (an amazing conference, by the way). I focused on strategic thinking for SEOs, PPCs and the like. Here are the slides: Check ’em out.

SEO

29 Dec, 2014

SEO Using Force-Directed Diagrams

By Ian Lurie

Note: You can now buy Force Directed Diagrams in our store. Sometimes, the only way to understand a site is to look deep into the technology stack and gaze upon its dark, dark soul. But we at Portent try to avoid contact with evil beings. Instead, we use force-directed diagrams. I got my nerd on… Read More

SEO

18 Dec, 2014

Is Duplicate Content Really a Problem?

By Portent Team

The short answer is yes. We have written extensively on the subject before: SEO Obviousness: Duplicate content sucks, Duplicate content sin #1: Pagination, Duplicate content sin #2: Default page linking, SEO worst practices: The content duplication toilet bowl of death, and 5 SEO Strategies We Swear Aren’t Going Anywhere. So we have done our due… Read More

Pass the Mobile Test SEO

19 Nov, 2014

5 Ways Your Site Might Fail Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test

By George Freitag

On Tuesday, Google announced a new label in search results that states whether or not a site is “mobile-friendly.” Now when you’re on your phone, you’ll know ahead of time if the site you’re thinking about visiting is optimized for your device. Accompanying that announcement, Google said that they are also experimenting with a ranking boost for sites… Read More

SEO

18 Nov, 2014

My (Insanely Large) List of SEO Tools & Other Useful Resources

By Portent Team

I’m just about to reach the 5 year mark working in the online marketing industry, and one thing that I’ve always found remarkable is how open and sharing people in this line of work tend to be. Whether it’s strategies, tactics, updates, techniques or tools – folks in this space do a lot of sharing,… Read More

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