I’m David R. Portney, an expert SEO (Search Engine Optimization) professional, experienced public speaker, and author of numerous articles and published books.
I started doing SEO as a hobby in July 2008, then turned pro on January 18, 2010 (LinkedIn page).
Speaking engagements have included communication skills presentations for the L.A. Times, the National Notary Association, and have been an instructor for the Learning Annex of Los Angeles.
I’ve authored numerous articles for various digital marketing publishers, such as:
SEO Background & Info
I have a strong passion for all things SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
I coded my first website from scratch using HTML in a Notepad file in 1999, then later moved to using DreamWeaver 3 for website creation, and then later moved on to using WordPress.
I started at my first Digital Marketing agency on January 18, 2010, a small agency serving local businesses.
Exactly two years later I moved on to another larger agency which served Enterprise-level clients, and I’ve been doing Enterprise SEO ever since.
Due to my web-dev background and passion for the technical side of things, I’m a strong Technical SEO and I specialize in Enterprise SEO, which combined with my long background authoring books and articles gives me an analytical and creative approach to my work and a deep understanding of content.
I have a very strong client service focus. A colleague once called me “The Client Whisperer” because I work well with people in the C suite and VP level, content teams, Engineering and Dev teams, and my passion and attention to detail while keeping the big picture in focus allows me to keep clients long term – my agency client retention record average is 5 years, which I think says a lot.
Even though I’ve been doing SEO for a long time, I still feel that I have a lot to learn, and I enjoy the daily practice and work – and I love working with clients to help them achieve their goals.