Tag Archives: Google

SEO-spider-trap-portent SEO Blog Posts

Matthew Henry //  2 Feb, 2016

Field Guide to Spider Traps: An SEO’s Companion

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

frsutration Analytics Blog Posts

Timothy Gillman //  16 Apr, 2015

How to Solve 6 Brutal Problems in Google Analytics

Ever have one of those days where you’re digging through Google Analytics (GA) and you say to yourself “What the f*@$ is this s%$#!?!?” Yeah – me too. Don’t get me wrong – I love GA. It’s way easier to navigate than most of the other analytics platforms out there. But just like its users, GA… Read More

personalization SEO Blog Posts

Portent Team //  28 Aug, 2014

Guide to Personalized Search Results

If you grew up watching Sesame Street like me, you might have heard this song: One of these things is not like the others,One of these things just doesn’t belong,Can you tell which thing is not like the othersBy the time I finish my song? The search results that you see within your browser are… Read More

Search Button On Keyboard SEO Blog Posts

Portent Team //  5 Aug, 2014

How to Go Incognito for International Search Queries – and Why

The first thing to do when you’re starting out your quest to be the master of international search is to go incognito. You can’t just search on Google.com for your product/service and expect to see the same thing that everyone else in the world will. Google personalizes search results according to your location, your search… Read More

Keyword Spy SEO Blog Posts

George Freitag //  26 Sep, 2013

Team Portent Weighs In On the Loss of Organic Keywords

Well it finally happened. In what they claim is a move to make search data more secure, Google has begun to encrypt all searches, effectively placing all organic traffic into the (not provided) category. This means business owners will never see the keywords people used to get to their site. We’ve already gone over what… Read More

not provided bomb SEO Blog Posts

Portent Staff //  24 Sep, 2013

A Day in the Life or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love (not provided)

I read the news today, oh boy… Danny Sullivan announced that Google is actively moving towards 100% encrypted search results. This should come as no surprise to anyone in the industry. When Google introduced secure search back in 2011, we saw the writing on the wall. As Google increased their number of users, the number… Read More

SEO Blog Posts

Portent Staff //  15 May, 2013

3 Google Algorithms We Know About & 200 We Don’t

When I meet with clients or present at conferences, I am always asked: “How do I rank high on Google for (insert keyword-phrase-du-jour)?” I give the standard answer: “Only the search engineers and Google can tell you and they aren’t talking.” Inevitably, the questioner looks dejected, mutters a slur on my credentials, and walks away. … Read More

Hand Graphic of Scout's Honor SEO Blog Posts

George Freitag //  1 May, 2013

5 SEO Strategies We Swear Aren’t Going Anywhere

It seems like every other day, some SEO technique that used to be accepted is now being devalued or, even worse, penalized. (Remember when meta keywords and nofollow tags were totally legit?  Ah, the good old days…)  And now Google is threatening to crack down on two staples of the SEO stable: anchor text and… Read More

clean up after your links, k? Featured Blog Posts

Ian Lurie //  17 Jan, 2013

Are my links poopy? Know a spammy link when you see one.

Short version of this article: If you’ve been penalized for unnatural links by Google, either manually or under Penguin, you need to cut deep or you won’t recover. Now, the long version, with examples: Here’s a joke I learned in hebrew school, an unmentionable number of decades ago: Three guys are walking down the sidewalk.… Read More

Disavow Link Tool dog Featured Blog Posts

Portent Staff //  16 Oct, 2012

The Dos and Don’ts for Google’s New Disavow Links Tool

For the first time in what might be ever, Google has followed Bing’s lead and announced a tool to disavow links. We asked (or demanded), and they listened! Cleverly named the Disavow Links tool, Google Webmaster Tools’ latest feature gives power back to webmasters and takes it away from spammers. Here are our tips for… Read More

Why, Google? Why? SEO Blog Posts

Ian Lurie //  5 Jul, 2012

How Google gave the spammers all the power

Google launched the Penguin update to filter out spammy links. Great! That’s fantastic! Lead us, oh tuxedoed little birdie, to the Golden Age of SEO! Content, marketing and all-around smarts will win the day! Penguin is not subtle. It targets link profiles that flunk fairly obvious, common-sense criteria: Don’t buy links; don’t get site-wide footer… Read More

Google AdWords PPC Blog Posts

Portent Staff //  5 Jun, 2012

Blocking an IP Address in Google AdWords

If you found this article through Google Search, you may have already clicked on several other links making false promises to teach you how to block an IP address in Google Adwords. I did too; that’s why I wrote this. Those other articles are red herrings — part of an elaborate government ploy to distract… Read More

SEO Blog Posts

George Freitag //  30 May, 2012

Goodbye Google Places, Hello Google+ Local

Business owners got a treat this morning as Google rolled out yet another update to its local platform, this time, ditching Google Places and replacing it with Google+ Local. This move completely integrates Google’s local listings with the current Google+ social network. Coincidentally, and equally newsworthy, Portent just happens to be moving to our new… Read More

avinash kaushik Social Media Blog Posts

Portent Team //  18 Apr, 2012

Avinash Kaushik & His Awesome Google Plus Updates

When it comes to writing updates in Google+, some of the most influential people use the following formula to make their posts stand out: (Title in bold) + (3 to 4 short paragraphs) + #hashtag + URL + Picture = Awesome Update The inspiration of this post comes from Avinash Kaushik. I’m sure we’ve all… Read More

Internet Marketing Blog Posts

Portent Staff //  27 Feb, 2012

SNEAK PEEK: Ian Lurie to Present Data-Driven Content Strategies at Tomorrow’s SEOMoz PRO Webinar

Friends, SEOmans, eMad Men— LEND IAN YOUR EARS. Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. (PST), Ian Lurie, CEO and Webfather of Portent, Inc., will give an exclusive webinar at SEOmoz.  His free-to-all-comers presentation “Data-Driven Content” will illuminate, educate, inform and otherwise rock your search marketing world.  (We hope.) Topics Ian will cover include: Why great content is… Read More

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