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Simple Content And Customer Trust

In the content marketing game, prospective customers value familiarity and trust over content alone.  The content you place on your site isn’t designed to sell the products or services that you offer, it’s to actually sell you and what you are to the potential customer. Lately, content marketing has been getting more attention, as many …

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Some SEO Clients Just Need To Be Avoided

Some SEO Clients Just Need To Be Avoided In the business of SEO, in order to maintain a steady amount of work and income, you’ve got to rely on obtaining clients.  But let’s face it, creating a demand where none exists is a big challenge.  If you are unable to produce the services and good …

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Funny results you get when you type a word in a keyword search box

Have you ever typed a word into a search box only to receive websites for which you were totally not looking for? Turns out, when you do a search, you really have to be careful what you actually type. If you just plug in any random word the results can be pretty amusing. Since anything …

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Banana suits and online marketing strategies: innovation gets you places

Have you ever noticed that guy jamming out to his music with a banana suit on while twirling a sign? Turns out that craziness has a name, it’s street corner advertising, and some businesses say it works!! Would this work as a new online marketing strategy? After all – offline (traditional) advertising is still a …

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If you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account for your business, here are 5 reasons why you should

Social Media Marketing is used as an additional form of customer support. What do we all want when we go into or use a business? Instant information, Customer service and support! Why not be available for support/service at your customer’s fingertips? We lead a fast paced life, nobody has the time or patience to wait …

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New Contributors

From time to time, a business owner simply has to look at their own model and say… “okay, its time for a change”.  We did this at ThriveSearch.com recently and realized we’re growing faster and stronger than we thought.  So, we’ve started inviting employees and partners to contribute to the ThriveSearch.com blog in order to …

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In-House SEO and Internet Marketing vs. Outsource

Should you hire an in-house SEO or Internet marketing person or team? This is a question plaguing many small to medium size businesses. Back in the mid-to-late 1990’s you either did Search Engine Optimization for your own business, or you were a consultant for others.  There really were no ‘in-house’ SEO’s.   SEO was a new concept back then, …

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SearchFest 2010 Wrap Up

My excessively long day of networking, socializing, and overall conferencing,  has finally come to an end.  The Governor Hotel proved to be a great venue for an event that showcases Portland’s search talent, and brings speakers and guests from around the nation. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” …

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SearchFest 2010

For those of you that don’t already know, SEMpdx’s Searchfest moved to a new location this year.  Though the Oregon Zoo was a unique and fun environment for our show, we finally outgrew it. I am at the event right now, which is being held at the Governor Hotel in Downtown Portland.  So far, I …

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The Horrors of Paid Search

I just read a hilarious Halloween-time post about the perceived horrors (and myths) about paid search by Chris at Webranking.com.  Check it out… http://www.webranking.com/blog/6-frightening-tales-from-the-paid-search-crypt/comment-page-1#comment-644