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UTM stands for Urchin Tracking Module. The name is a holdover from back in the day before Google Analytics (GA) was around. Urchin was a web analytics program acquired by Google back in 2005, which marked the beginning of GA. UTM codes are simple snippets of code appended to the end of URLs that communicate with the GA code on your website.
Great content is all about a great idea. It’s also about the production quality. I can’t give much advice about video or audio, but I write a lot. These are my favorite little tweaks to improve content quality, reader happiness, and performance. All these tips assume that you can edit your own content but not the larger page template or code that drives it.
Google’s discontinuing site search. OHGODOHMYGODWHATAREWEGOINGTODOHOLYCRAPOHGOD The Problem Google’s Site Search product has been around a long time. Pay $100, and you can embed a little Google search engine on your site. They’re keeping Google Custom Search. Sounds great, but there’s a problem: Ads? In my site search? I think not.
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 missed opportunities that you can start to address today.
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 rich and featured.
This is the first edition of our annual Pi in the Face column. May many follow. Note: If you’re a marketer, this post will frustrate the hell out of you. I apologize. I needed a good rant. Plus, at a conference last week I heard a speaker say, “If it doesn’t generate ROI, we don’t do it.” I’ve been screaming in my head ever since.
I’m going to tell you something that’s a little counterintuitive: you may be hurting your AdWords or general PPC performance by trying to do too much, too fast. This idea doesn’t get a lot of air time because a lot of under-performing AdWords accounts or campaigns trace back to under-optimization or “set it and forget it”, which we all know is the devil.
Moving. I tried to come up with an analogy for something that incites misery, throws out your back and reduces you to a gibbering lunatic while forcing you to blog using your phone as a mobile hotspot. But, after much suffering, Portent has moved two blocks south of our old location. Our new address is: Portent, Inc.
Last fall, I began a 200-hour certification program to become a yoga teacher. I wanted to learn more about the philosophy of yoga, strengthen my public speaking and leadership skills, and teach one or two nights a week after finishing my day at work as a content and social specialist at Portent. During the training, we learned the Sanskrit (the ancient language of Hinduism) wo ...
What would ya say, that ya do here? If the answer is online marketing in any way, shape or form, you know the importance of having analytics configured correctly on your site. If you need help convincing anyone, take them over to Portent’s handy Marketing Stack Explainer. But wait, there’s more! Whether you’re in direct response digital marketing, or brand building, you’re dr ...
This is a companion blog post for my talk at MozCon Local next Tuesday on Powerful Ranking Reports using Google Data Studio. I won’t go into nuts and bolts here — I’ll save that for those who can make it out to the show. But I will go into the new frontier for ranking data usage. Let’s face it. Ranking is not a great SEO metric anymore for a myriad of reasons.
Walk through any professional services office around the country and I bet you’ll hear a similar theme when asking executives, managers, and practitioners about their workload- ‘there’s never enough time in the day.’ It happens all the time at Portent. I hear it from our team and I hear it from our clients.
One of the first indicators of performance I check for all my major clients’ paid search accounts is keyword Status. In this column, we see the overall health of the keywords in the account, including “Low search volume,” and whether ads are being shown “Rarely due to a low quality score.” But the orange warning in AdWords of “Below first page bid” is a flashing red light (or ...
Marketing is exhausting. I’ve had my share of days when I’ve said: “Why the hell am I still doing this?” Getting one person after another from why to why not requires energy and patience. I run out of the latter more often than the former. Regardless: Exhausting. But now and then my team and I find that one lever—that one thing—that turns a client’s marketing campaign complet ...
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.
One of the fundamental concepts of formal business strategy is how to create sustained competitive advantage. Today, we wanted to look at how that relates to content strategy and content marketing. My hope after you read this post: You think really, really hard before you take shortcuts on your content.
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? The zombie keyword report of yore 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 of SEO.
Internet advertising is perilous. Your ads can show up in all sorts of places. Remarketing is particularly dangerous. This story is an example of how remarketing can go horribly, horribly wrong. I am, in case no one guessed, a left-leaning over-privileged pinko liberal. I’m a feminist. I’m pro-immigration. I like taxes. OK, that’s a lie, but I understand taxes.
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