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It’s Impossible to Put a Timeline on SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When a potential client is interested in getting started with an SEO campaign one of the first questions that they ask is, “how long will it take for this to work?” Unfortunately, it’s a question that’s nearly impossible to answer, especially since a successful SEO campaign looks different t...

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Influence of Rankbrain on SEO Strategy

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In October of 2015, Google officially announced that Rankbrain, their machine learning or artificial intelligence technology, is now a part of their algorithm. Since this is a machine learning technology, it has always been assumed that it would eventually impact SEO. Over time, Rankbrain has change...

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When Business is Slow Don’t Give Up on SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One thing that I am constantly stressing to my clients is that they can’t let month-to-month fluctuations (visitors to site, ranking in SERPs and so forth) shake their faith in their SEO campaign. Too often, site owners panic during a slow month and decide that SEO isn’t working for them and the...

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How to Keep People Engaged With Your Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's no secret that content marketing works. Everyone knows this, which is why there's so much content on the Internet in the first place. While content marketing continues to be effective, this has also created a challenge. There is simply so much content out there, your target audience is in dange...

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On Site SEO Checklist of Things to Remember!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An SEO campaign is comprised of many steps. The first phase is the research phase. It’s necessary to scope out the competition and figure out which keywords would be the best fit to target. Once keyword research has been completed the next phase is on site optimization. This involves going through...

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B2B Social Engagement Is About Lead Nurturing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Social media is different for every business and there is no one size fits all strategy. For B2B companies, social media is all about lead nurturing, and it will serve a similar purpose as email marketing does. Since the sales cycle is fairly long for most B2B companies, your goal should be to not o...

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How Content Relates to the Buyer’s Journey

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many factors involved to creating an excellent content strategy for your company's website. Your main goal is to create content that your target audience wants to read - but your motives should be a lot deeper than that. Your content should target every stage of the buyer's journey. When d...

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SEO Challenges Faced by Large Corporations

Written by Nick Stamoulis

For the most part, the SEO process is what it is regardless of the size of the website that is being optimized. The process begins with industry and keyword research, then moves on to on site optimization, then continues on to link building. In some special instances on site optimization and link bu...

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Content Marketing Research Tips

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Coming up with new topics for your content marketing campaign can be a challenge, but it’s not nearly as hard and most marketers assume it is. Through a combination of understanding your market and the ongoing needs of your audience, inspiration for your content can come from a variety of places....

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SEO is About More that Just On-Page Optimization

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO has changed a lot since the early days, and most of it has to do with how much more sophisticated things have become. The queries that search engine users make have change a lot, and so have the search engines. With all the algorithm advancements made after the past few years, the search engine...

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Why Long Tail Keywords are Important

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keywords are the foundation of an SEO campaign and are at the center of every SEO decision that is made. When conducting keyword research the most important things to pay attention to when selecting keywords are the relevancy and the search volume. For a small business or one that is just getting a ...

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SEO Con Men Are Alive and Well

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Do you regularly get emails from people who are trying to drum up business for their SEO services? This happens to me all the time. In fact, I received one just the other day. Typically, the emails read something like this: Hello, You could be doing much better in the search engines. As part ...

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Make Sure Your SEO Strategy Helps with Branding

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Over the years, it has become clear that Google favors business websites that show a strong brand presence in addition to creating a website that users will find valuable. Back in 2008, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, said that, "Brands are the solution, not the problem," and that they give us ...

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B2B Social Media Guidelines to Follow

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s advisable for businesses of all sizes and industries to be involved in social media. After all, social media is where the people are. It’s a misunderstanding that social media is better suited for B2C marketers, because B2B decision makers are still consumers too- aren’t they? B2Bs can fi...

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Don’t Make These Content Marketing Mistakes

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound marketing tactics, like content marketing, have proven to be effective ways to attract and engage target audience members. Online marketing strategists constantly sing the praises of content marketing and businesses are listening. Marketing departments churn out content as a way to boost ...

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Social Signals Do Impact SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When we take on a full service SEO client and come up with a strategy for them, social media is always part of the mix. We've known for a while that social signals do impact SEO, but it's important to understand exactly how that happens. Back in 2014, Matt Cutts, who at the time was the head of Goog...

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What SEO is NOT

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO is the practice of making changes to your website in order for the search engines to find and deliver targeted visitors. It's also defined by its white hat practices, such as creating excellent content on a regular basis, performing effective on-site SEO, and building trusted links.  However, t...

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Managing Product Pages for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the unique SEO problems that e-commerce and b2b lead generating websites face is that their products can be constantly changing. This means that new pages are being added, content is being tweaked and discontinued or out of stock product pages are being taken down. This kind of  page turnove...

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How RankBrain Has Impacted Search Results

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When Google launched RankBrain in October 2015, it was unknown what the implications of having a machine-learning technology play a part in Google's search results would be. Essentially, they developed a system of artificial intelligence that is designed to make search queries more efficient. It ...

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Black Hat Tactics and White Hat Alternatives

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many tactics that can be used in a search engine optimization campaign to attract the attention of search engine spiders and get a website ranked prominently for specific keywords. Some of these tactics are considered to be white hat, which means that they are tactics that “play by the r...

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Tips to Improve Your Social Media Strategy

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that social media marketing is here to stay and continues to grow and evolve. If you aren’t growing and evolving along with it, you might as well not be doing it. Most businesses (even the hesitant ones) have created business profiles on social networking sites but many still struggle to...

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Why You Should Avoid Thin Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When people search for information online, they're looking for content that will satisfy whatever need they may have. Examples of what people may search for include general information about a topic, research products to purchase, and having their questions answered. Your role when writing conten...

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B2B FAQ Page Tips for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Potential customers and clients visit a B2B website for more information both about the company and about the products or services. Unlike a B2C focused website, a B2B product or service has business implications and it’s important to choose the product or service that is just right for the busine...

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Stop Outsourcing Content Writing Overseas

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound marketing strategies like SEO are all about the content, but what if you have none? Well, you pretty much have two options. You can hire an in house content writer or outsource the work. Depending on the size of your company, you may not need to hire a full time or even part time staff membe...

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Link Building Needs to Come Naturally

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that link building is still an important ranking factor. However, this is only true depending on how the links were obtained. They need to come naturally, otherwise they could do more harm than good. Ever since the Penguin and Panda updates, Google has been cracking down on poor quality l...

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The Importance of the Longtail Keyword

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Perhaps the most important part of the research phase of an SEO campaign is the keyword research process. The keywords that are chosen have huge implications on the whole campaign that follows. Choose the right ones, and the right people will find your business's website. Choose the wrong ones, or d...

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Top 5 Video Marketing Myths

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you aren’t using video to improve your brand visibility online and boost your SEO efforts, you should be. Every business has a website and is fighting for a prominent search engine presence, but there aren’t nearly as many businesses fighting for a YouTube presence. That means that creating a...

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Blog

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While it is true that there are many reasons to start a blog, there are certain instances where it can do more harm than good. The truth is, blogging is only beneficial if you have a deep understanding of all the pieces involved. If not, you should steer clear until you are willing to do what it tak...

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The Various Types of Searches

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When a user plugs their query into a search engine, they usually have a certain motive driving the search. Their reason for searching ties in with the actions they take once they get to your site. In some cases, as is the case with "questions" searches, it can even impact how google displays the sea...

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The Different Types of Social Media Experts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you thinking of hiring a social media expert to manage your social media marketing campaign? If so, make sure you are working with the right kind of social media expert that is a good fit for your business. Not every type of "social media" expert will have the same set of skills, which means tha...

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Social Media Impacts Your Brand

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Many of us use social media in the hopes that we'd drive traffic to our websites through our content. While this is certainly a worthwhile use of social media, this isn't the only thing it's good for! Social media can also impact how people experience your brand, which not only drives traffic to yo...

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Technical SEO Audit Checklist

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Every site needs to undergo a technical SEO audit from time to time. Obviously if you’ve suffered a penalty it’s imperative you dig through every corner of your site to determine what went wrong, but it’s also worth doing BEFORE you get hit with a penalty so you can take preventative action to...

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How to Measure Organic SEO Traffic

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In my opinion, one of the best ways to measure to overall success of your SEO campaign is to look at your organic SEO traffic. Rank just isn’t a good SEO metric for a variety of reasons including the increased personalization of search, the impact of social signals on the search results, the effec...

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SEO, Content and Social All Work Together

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The way people search for information online isn't necessarily linear, which means that they may arrive at your website in unpredictable ways. Will they find your website based on search results, social signals, or a combination of both? The reality is that social media and SEO work together and enh...

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The Benefits of Nofollow Links

Google Cracks Down on Exact Match Domains

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of our clients wants to create a micro website for a new product they are launching. Because they're one of our full service B2B SEO clients, they asked our advice as to the best way to approach this. We advised them to avoid exact match domains and to choose one that closely related to the name...

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Choosing a Preferred Domain in Google Webmaster Tools

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Have you set your preferred domain in Google Webmaster Tools yet? Google defines preferred domain as "is the one that you would liked used to index your site's pages". They go on to explain that there can be two versions of the domain if you don't set the preferred domain, which means that they bot...

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Building a Natural Link Profile Is a Constant Effort

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building has changed a lot over the past few years, especially after the Google Penguin update. What this means is that Google has gotten extremely picky about what's acceptable and what isn't. In this case, the more cautious you are, the better. In fact, actively building links can get you in...

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Why SEO Is a Continual Learning Process

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Even if you decide to outsource your SEO campaign execution and management to a full service SEO company I believe it is incredibly important that site owners and marketing managers take the time to learn SEO for themselves, even if it’s just an understanding of the basics. I know what you’re th...

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Content Marketing and Plagiarism

Written by Nick Stamoulis

You could be guilty of plagiarism and not even know it. Maybe you “borrowed” a sentence or two from a research book for an English paper back in college. Maybe you didn’t give full credit to your coworker for their idea that you ran with. Maybe you were more inspired by the exact wording than...

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CEOs Need to Buy Into B2B SEO Programs

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a marketing professional, you know that it is important that the CEO of the company is on board with everything that you do. Even though your CEO may not be concerned with the details, it is his responsibility to make sure that every decision that is made supports your long-term growth. This is ...

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Established Brands Should Invest More Into SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We get asked the following question from time to time: If we're a solid brand in a thriving industry, is it worth it to invest money into an SEO program to rank for other keywords in the search engines? In other words, they're asking if it is worthwhile to invest money into an SEO program so t...

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What You Need to Know to Perform a Content Audit

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Do you know how effective your existing content really is? Before you can truly move forward with your content marketing strategies, you need to perform a content audit. This will help you uncover any gaps in your existing content, show you how well your existing content is performing, and will also...

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What You Need to Know About Direct Answers

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Back in May of 2012, Google launched its Knowledge Graph, which is a system for organizing information and facts about well-known people, places, and organizations. Recently, they implemented another aspect of the Knowledge Graph - the Direct Answers Box, which displays answers to direct questions a...

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Diversify Your Website Traffic Sources

Written by Nick Stamoulis

This is going to sound strange coming from an SEO professional, but organic SEO alone isn’t enough when it comes to developing an online marketing campaign. While SEO is important for online success, it's only one piece of the online marketing pie that a website needs to invest in if it wants to b...

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Tips to Get Social Media Followers to Convert

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to social media, it isn’t necessarily the size of your list of followers that really matters. Sure, they may “like” the things that you have to say, but are they really engaging with your brand? The truth is, social media followers are only valuable if they eventually turn into s...

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Essentials of B2B Content Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a B2B company, you know that effective content marketing is an important element of your success. However, many of the strategies that work for B2C companies won't work for B2B companies and vice versa. It is important to consider these nuances, otherwise you could come up with a strategy that i...

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Don’t Over Optimize Your Site

Written by Nick Stamoulis

For all of our full service SEO clients, we start the process with on-site optimization. This involves conducting keyword research for each page of the site, writing new and better targeted Meta tags and descriptions, and tweaking H1 tags and page content to seamlessly include the new keywords. The ...

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Black Hat SEO Tactic to Avoid: Duplicate Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Excellent content is the bread and butter of your online presence. However, there is a right and wrong way to create content. According to Google,  “Duplicate content on a site is not grounds for action on that site unless it appears that the intent of the duplicate content is to be deceptive a...

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Why You Should Perform a Content Audit

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Before you can successfully create new content on your website, it's a good idea to take stock of how effective your existing content really is. You also want to make sure that you've covered your topic thoroughly. As a full service SEO firm, we create content for our B2B clients. However, in order...

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B2B SEO vs. B2C SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Business to business and business to consumer markets are treated differently in many ways, including the ways in which that they are marketed. In fact, because the two types of business are different, the two approaches shouldn't be the same. Each market includes very different target audiences ...

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Was My Website Penalized by Google?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

How do you know if your website was penalized by Google? In some cases, it may not be immediately obvious that the reason why your website is behaving differently is because there was a penalty, which can make penalties fairly difficult to diagnose. However, in other cases, penalties can be fairly o...

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Keyword Intent Builds Audience Engagement

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to optimizing your content with keywords, there's a lot more that goes into choosing a keyword. It's not a simple matter of performing the research to see which keywords get the highest volume. There are search engine users behind every keyword who are hoping that it will lead them t...

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Top 5 Reasons Your Blog is Useless

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Business blogging can be extremely beneficial, but only if you are doing it properly. If you find yourself frustrated that you’ve invested time and money into your blog but aren’t seeing any kind of return, it’s likely that you are doing it wrong. Too often, people believe that find blog post...

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Mobile Devices Have Changed Our Search Habits

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Even though smartphone technology was around well before the iPhone came onto the scene, Apple’s invention not only changed the mobile phone industry, but it also had a widespread impact on our search habits.  (Along with Google Android of course!!) Back in 2007, websites would often load slo...

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Black Hat SEO Tactic to Avoid: Link Schemes

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link schemes are a black hat SEO tactic that should absolutely be avoided. As a white hat full service SEO firm, we absolute avoid link schemes and you should too! Here's more information on what they are and what you can do instead: What Link Schemes Are According to Google, link schemes are defi...

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Create a Keyword Strategy to Please Your Audience

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that search habits have changed for various reasons, such as Google's algorithm changes (like Hummingbird and Panda) and technological advances. In some cases, new inventions and technologies have even impacted Google's algorithm. For instance, ever since Apple's iPhone was introduced ba...

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Important B2B Content Marketing Tips

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In order to be successful in the B2B world, it’s important to share information. Gone are the days of hiding away all of your “secrets”. People turn to the web for information. If you don’t provide any, but your competitor has a robust portfolio of informative content that’s easily accessi...

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Moving from Local SEO to National SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Generally speaking, there are two different types of SEO campaigns, local SEO and national SEO. With all of our b2b full service SEO clients, we carefully consider whether it’s best to focus on local SEO or national SEO when developing our strategy. In most cases, we incorporate a combination ...

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Evolving Nature of Our Search Habits

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Have you ever stopped to think how much our search habits have evolved over the past decade or more? I got into a conversation about this the other day with a colleague. The Internet of ten years ago, in many ways, is not the same Internet that we have today. As a result (or because of) that, our s...

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SEO Keyword Research Best Practice Tips

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Before you can execute your SEO campaign, you need to perform keyword research so that you can perform your on-site optimization, which begins with the website. If your website is new, or you decided to redesign it, you'll want to wait to do the on-site optimization until the website is up and runni...

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Turn a Product Launch into B2B Content Marketing Gold

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content is perhaps one of the most important components of a good B2B social media strategy today. B2B decision makers are looking for as much information as possible and it’s the content that they find online that helps guide their purchase decisions. While most B2B marketers understand this conc...

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How Content Impacts Your Brand

Written by Nick Stamoulis

These days, marketing departments have at least a basic understanding of how content impacts the brand as a whole. The goal is to build a "content brand", which is a form of business storytelling that puts the needs of the audience in the forefront. In fact, a skilled writer can do more than that - ...

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B2B SEO Keyword Research Tips

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Before starting any kind of search engine optimization, it’s vital to conduct keyword research for every page of a B2B website. The search engines rank pages individually, so it’s important to focus on all pages, not just the homepage. By targeting relevant keywords across the website as a whol...

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What to Know About White Hat Link Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Many of the basics of white hat link building has evolved and changed over the past few years. While it is still important to gain links from authority websites, this should be done over a period of time and it absolutely shouldn't be forced.  With our full service SEO clients, we always execute a...

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How Keyword Research Relates to Content Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keyword research and writing content, too often, are treated as two separate entities. While it is true that both utilize a different set of skills, they absolutely relate to each other. Many writers shy away from keyword use, thinking that researching the keywords and optimizing the content for tho...

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Its Time to Fix Your Slow Website

Analyze Page Load Time for SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Like any service provider, the search engines want to create a service that will keep customers happy. This means that they want to rank the best possible pages that are relevant to keyword search terms. If the websites that the search engines suggest to users aren’t relevant or are poorly develo...

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Does Google Adwords Help Your SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It seems to be a common question that new SEO clients ask. “If I run an AdWords PPC campaign in Google, will it help with my SEO program?” The thought is that if you are paying Google some money, maybe they will help you out organically, too. It actually doesn’t work that way because Goog...

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How Website Security Impacts Your SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Did you know that your website security impacts your SEO program? Let's say your website has been online for many years and everything seems to be going well and you have no technical or security issues. On a regular basis, you publish new website content. Your social media is also going well - you ...

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Why Is Internal Linking Important?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The search engines don’t rank websites as a whole in the SERPs - they rank individual pages. For most websites, the homepage is going to get most of the traffic and inbound links, but that doesn’t mean that deeper internal pages can’t also be useful from an SEO standpoint. However, in order f...

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Broken Links Can Hurt Your SEO Efforts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Broken links are a part of owning and/or managing a website and if they're not addressed, they can hurt your long term SEO efforts. In fact, they're bad from both a search engine perspective and a user perspective. Marketers need to continually monitor broken links and address them before they can...

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Do B2B Companies Need a Mobile App?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you wondering if you should develop a mobile app for your B2B business? With the growing dependence on our smartphones and tablets to perform business-related tasks, it’s no wonder that B2B businesses are thinking of jumping on the app bandwagon. Should B2B businesses jump on the trend and cre...

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Reasons to Hire an SEO Professional

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you thinking of hiring an SEO professional? By now, any company that wants to find success online should know that search engine optimization is mission critical. After all, if a website can’t be found in the search engines, what good is it? Sure, there are other ways to promote a website (w...

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Why Social Media Matters for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Most website owners and marketers understand that it’s not SEO or social media marketing, it’s SEO and social media marketing. The two are intimately linked and when you invest in both you’re bound to be much more successful in the long run. How exactly does social media marketing influence yo...

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There’s No Quick Money When it Comes to SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to SEO, there’s no such thing as making “quick money”. In fact, chasing fast money can do a lot more harm than good. When you hire an SEO firm, you need to treat them as a partner. This comes in especially handy when you’re presented with opportunities that may seem a litt...

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Social Media Timing Factors to Consider

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the great things about using social media for marketing is that we have complete control over the message, including when it is sent. This means that while using it to promote your B2B business, you'll want to time your posts for when your audience is online. It’s important to use this to ...

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Blog Commenting Tips for Link Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Commenting on blogs has been a valuable practice for years, but the practice has changed somewhat. Before Google’s policy and algorithm changes, blog commenting offered a way to get direct links. Now, most blogs are set at “no follow” to stay in compliance with industry changes. Commentin...

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You Can’t Predict or Forecast SEO Results

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When you implement an SEO program, it's only natural that you want to find a way to predict results. In fact, people ask me this very thing all the time. They wonder if they can not only forecast their SEO results, but also their website visitor growth and the ROI of their overall SEO program. While...

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Internet Yellow Pages (IYP): Good for SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Do you remember when the Yellow Pages were a trusted phone directory? It seems like a long time ago and times have certainly changed. Now, very few people actually use the phone book. Instead, they look online to find products or services that they need. Before Google completely dominated the In...

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SEO Firms in India: Are They Any Good?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

*Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not to be negative about firms in India, but rather to share the pros and cons of outsourcing SEO work to India or any other locations that aren't within the United States. When looking for an SEO firm, a business has many options. There are hundreds, if...

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Don’t Put Your SEO and Social Media on Hold!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO, content marketing, and social media all relate to each other, and they all are long term strategies that need to be cultivated and nurtured over time. You really can't have one without the other. For example, regular blog posting is essential for both SEO and social media, because content can ...

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The Point of Social Media is to Build Business

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Social media is essential for every business today, but it's important to understand what role it has. Otherwise, your social media efforts won't yield the results you desire. In fact, more and more businesses today are getting involved with social media, but it's important to understand what it can...

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Duplicate Content on Multinational Websites

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you have a multinational corporation, it stands to reason that you'll want all of your customers to understand your site. This means that you'll likely have several versions of your content to accommodate your wide customer base. However, unless this is done correctly, it can actually hurt your S...

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Why You Should Revamp Old Posts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

At some point in your blog's life span, you may feel as if you're running out of unique things to say. No matter what industry you're in, there will come a time when you'll likely start repeating yourself. While having a lot of useful articles on your site can be a positive thing, continually repea...

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Content Tactics to Improve Brand Awareness

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The number one thing that any online marketing professional will tell you that you need to be doing to succeed online is to be creating, publishing, and sharing content on a regular basis. If your business is smart you’ve gotten the hint and have started writing for a company blog and submitting a...

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Can Too Many Pages Hurt Your SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When the Internet was new, websites looked much differently than they do now. Design techniques, programming languages, and SEO tactics have evolved as the web have all gotten much more sophisticated. In the beginning, websites were fairly lean and only contained a few pages. After a while, people b...

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Viral Content is Unpredictable

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s every marketer’s dream to have some of his or her content go viral. These days, viral content is about more than just watching a few adorable cat videos. From a business standpoint, it can take things to a whole new level and give your content the attention it deserves. It can help quic...

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Reasons to Be Active in Social Media

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Social media is no longer “new” media. It’s been around awhile and the businesses that have embraced it from the start are way ahead of those that saw it as merely another fad that would eventually die out and are now struggling to catch up. Clearly, social media is here to stay and in fact ha...

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Consistent Blogging Gives You an Advantage

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a full service SEO firm, we are able to write and post blog content for our clients if they don’t want to use their in-house resources. While your in-house marketing team may think they can handle the writing, blogging is one of the things that often get pushed aside as your team addresses...

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The Benefits of Blog Commenting

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Any online marketing professional that knows what they are talking about will tout the benefits of business blogging. It’s a great way to establish your business as a thought leader in a particular industry, drive traffic to your website, and improve link building efforts for SEO. While it’s obv...

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Why You Need to Add Social Share Buttons Now

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Operating a business blog is a great way to communicate with target audience members and share your thoughts and opinions on business matters in an informal way. It’s not easy to maintain a blog as it takes time to brainstorm a topic, write posts, edit them, post them, and then monitor the comment...

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Your SEO Firm is Your Partner

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There's an art to choosing the best SEO firm for your business but once you do, it's important to make the most of it. What you really need, though, is a firm that treats you like a partner and not just a client! However, it does work both ways. If you treat them as "hired help" and not like a true ...

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Whitepaper Marketing Can Build Your SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Do you engage in whitepaper marketing to help build your business? If you don't, you should seriously consider it. Whitepapers can help your business in a variety of ways. A good whitepaper marketing campaign will drive leads, encourage newsletter subscribers, and add value to your product or servic...

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Is This Your First Time Hiring an SEO Firm?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you hiring an SEO firm for the first time? Whether you've been doing your SEO work in-house or you haven't been doing SEO at all, hiring a firm will help you make massive strides. You've made an investment into the future success of your company. Also, your online presence will improve consider...

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Why Blog Commenting is Important

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to search engine optimization, blog commenting is always considered an important part of the strategy. It's also one of those strategies that only gets better over time. Long term consistency that actually gets results. If you complete a certain number of blog comments per month, it'...

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4 Reasons Why Your Search Traffic Has Dipped

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Have you noticed a sudden drop (or even a steady decline) in the amount of visitors coming to your site from search? There are a multitude of things that could be affecting how well your site does organically, but here are four things you should look at and eliminate first. Seasonality Every busin...

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Make Sure You Put Your Customers First

Written by Nick Stamoulis

You've spent the last few months executing your SEO campaign. You research keywords, write great content, share your content on the social media sites, and constantly tweak things until you get the results you want. After a while, you notice that it's been paying off because your organic visitors ar...

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Make Sure You Have Time to Work With Your SEO Firm

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When you hire an SEO firm, it's important to make sure you have enough time to work with them. Sure, you trust their expertise. You have complete confidence that they'll deliver great results. However, if you don't have enough time to work with them, it will make it harder on them to execute the ...

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Roundup Blog Posts Help Your Content Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Creating roundup blog posts is a good way to enhance your content marketing. Since an effective content marketing strategy can make or break your entire marketing campaign, it’s only natural that you’ll want to use all the tools at your disposal. To make your readers happy, you’ll want to vary...

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Become a Thought Leader Through Your Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There's so much great content online these days it's often hard to make yours stand out. As more and more businesses become well versed in the role great content plays with SEO, it becomes increasingly difficult to experience stellar rankings in the search engines. Sure, with a great SEO campaign yo...

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A Guide to Writing Great Blog Post Titles

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are millions of blogs out there competing for readers’ attention. Maybe they aren’t all direct competition, but it’s doubtful that you are the only blogger in your niche. People only have so much time to spend reading blog posts so what can you do to make sure that yours is one of them? ...

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Save SEO Efforts With a 301 Redirect

Save SEO Efforts with a 301 Redirect

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There’s a lot that goes into a website redesign. However, because your choices can impact your SEO, it’s important to take a very careful approach before your site goes live. Redesigning the business website may be necessary in order to keep the site looking “fresh” or if the company has und...

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SEO Checklist for WordPress Website Launches

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you getting ready to launch a new WordPress website? Here is a short SEO checklist you’ll want to run through to make sure you site is setup for success right out of the gate! While this is by no means a comprehensive list, make sure these basics are in place before you launch so you won’t m...

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4 Types of Inbound Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound marketing refers to a style of marketing that is designed to bring visitors to you. Unlike outbound marketing, which consists of push techniques like TV, print, and radio advertising, public relations, direct mail, and telemarketing, inbound marketing is about joining the conversation that a...

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What is Earned Media and How Does it Impact SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are two general ways that a business can get noticed. With paid media, banner ads, pay per click campaigns, and traditional offline advertising are used to generate this attention. Earned media, however, is publicity that has been generated by third party sources. This includes likes to your F...

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Pros and Cons of Hiring Different SEO Service Providers

Written by Nick Stamoulis

You know that you need some with your SEO and for this, you have a few options. You can hire various SEO service providers to improve your SEO program, including: SEO consultants, SEO firms or agency, or you can do the ongoing SEO work in-house. How do you know which choice is the best? Well, there ...

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How To Improve Your Domain Authority

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are numerous signals that the search engines consider when ranking a website and as we know the search engines are constantly tweaking these algorithms and giving more or less weight to certain factors in order to improve search results and combat web spam. While we don’t know exactly how...

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Is Meta Data Still Important for SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In the past, the Meta data that you included in the code of our website played a large part in your search ranking. The search engine spiders used this information to determine what your website was about and then ranked your site accordingly. Search engines weren’t sophisticated like they are...

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10 Specific Google SEO Quality Guidelines

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a white hat SEO practitioner, I take everything the search engines say about SEO very seriously. If Google or Bing declares a particular link building or onsite optimization tactic black hat, then my company tries to avoid it at all costs when executing our clients’ SEO campaigns; I never w...

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How Many Visitors is Enough for My Website?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

How many visitors a month is good for my website? This is actually a question I get asked frequently from our SEO clients, especially when we are just beginning their SEO campaign. In my professional opinion, visitor growth is the best metric for SEO success, so I can understand why a site owner wou...

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Let Your Social Media Firm Do Their Job!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When people set out to hire a firm to take care of their social media, they're looking for one that has a proven track record of success for their clients. You also want someone who has plenty of experience, especially with your target market. Since they're considered experts, it stands to reason th...

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Why You Should Invest Resources in Your SEO Strategy

What is the Purpose of SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When people search for information online in the search engines, they go about it by typing in what we’re looking for into the search box. In order for your site to become available when people search for information, the search engines need to determine that the site is valuable so that when peop...

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Microsites: Good or Bad for SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When putting together your SEO campaign, you may be wondering if it is a good idea to set up a few microsites in addition to your main website. Before you work them into your strategy, understand that there are pros and cons to using microsites as part of your marketing strategy. Think twice befo...

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Don’t Give Up on Link Building Just Yet

Don’t Give Up on Link Building Just Yet

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Moz released some initial results from their biannual ranking survey. The goal of the study is to so correlation (not necessarily causation) between factors we know Google looks at and how well as website ranks. “When we look at what the study found about links, we find a strong relationship…act...

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Why SEO Shouldn’t Wait Until “Later”

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you getting your business website up and running? There’s so much to do, it can be difficult to prioritize your tasks. In the beginning, you’re likely focused on tasks that are immediately important, such as making sure your site looks great, is easy to navigate, and has some decent content ...

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Understanding User Search Patterns for Effective SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Every SEO strategy begins with keyword research and in many ways, information gathered during the research phase will set the tone for the entire campaign. Every good keyword list will incorporate hard data gathered from keyword and analytical tools with manual tactics, such as creating lists of rel...

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The 5 W’s of SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO really is a form of marketing and like any good marketing program, you need to have a clear understanding of the who, what, where, when, and why before you can get anywhere good. The more knowledge you have before you start your SEO program the more likely you are to build something that will be...

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SEO is About the Big Picture

Written by Nick Stamoulis

You’ve been told that executing a successful SEO campaign requires patience. Each task you complete, such as making sure your website is responsive and posting new, optimized content, will bring you one step closer to achieving success in the search engines. While you’re executing the campaign a...

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Perform a Link Audit on All Inbound Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building strategies for your website have changed a lot over the past decade. There was a time when manually building your own links by using a variety of tactics such as article marketing and link exchanges actually benefitted your site. Google’s algorithm was written in a way that gave site...

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Stop Measuring SEO Success by the Competition

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A former client of ours was an international enterprise software company. And even though they weren’t even half as big as IBM or Oracle, they measured the success of their entire SEO program against those two industry giants, and not against companies they were truly competing with in terms of si...

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Can You Really “Ramp Up” Your SEO Program?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There comes a point in every SEO vendor-client relationship when the client wants to “take it to the next level,” as if their SEO vendor had actually been holding back the true secret to SEO success! But the real secret is there is no secret. There are no tricks or games you can play with your S...

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How to Give Old Posts New Life

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When creating content for your marketing campaign, you may reach a point when you feel like every topic has been covered. It happens all the time. The problem is, that in order to keep your site fresh, you need to keep churning out new content so that your visitors will have something new to read. H...

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3 Free Tools to Improve Your SEO

3 Free Tools to Improve Your SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are dozens, if not hundreds of SEO tools out there. Some free, some paid, some great, plenty terrible. Some are excellent at one thing, while others try to do a little bit of everything. Believe me, we’ve used most of them at one point or another. But a tool is only useful when it works for ...

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SEO Basics Never Change

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to search engine optimization, things change constantly. SEO strategies that worked five years ago may not work today, or worse – they can cause penalties. It gets especially sticky when Google rolls out another algorithm change. SEO strategists and web developers often scramble to...

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How to Advocate for the SEO Process In-House

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Putting together a great SEO strategy for your business uses up some of your resources, whether it's the time spent developing and executing the plan in-house or if you spend the money to hire an SEO company to get it done. As a result of this, it can be hard to justify to other people in your compa...

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How to Use SEO to Raise Brand Awareness

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Do potential customers recognize your brand? Marketing teams are responsible for raising brand awareness and they have a variety of tools at their disposal to get this message across. Most of us experience the affects of brand awareness on a daily basis. We browse the Internet and notice that ...

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Use Custom SEO Training to Get Your Employees Onboard

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Before you start worrying about link earning, content creation or social promotion, your SEO program needs to be accepted from the inside out! Without a strong internal push for strong SEO your program will never be as successful as it good be. You have to invest in SEO training for everyone in your...

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Your Content Strategy Should Evolve With Your Business

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When your business website was first established, chances are pretty good that you came up with a content marketing strategy that met your needs at the time. Even though the elements of a content marketing plan will always be the same, the way these steps are executed will change as your business ev...

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SEO Won’t Fix Fundamental Problems With Your Business

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The fundamental purpose of SEO is to go through a purpose that will get your website noticed by the search engines. By targeting certain keywords, creating great content, and using a variety of tactics to help your site build quality, organic links, you'll help your site achieve better search engin...

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When SEO is Working Well, Diversify Your Efforts!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Your business website is performing well in the search engines. Your organic traffic has increased, lead generation is up, people are interacting with your brand on the social networking sites, and your site is getting found for all the right keywords. Are you wondering if there is anything else you...

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Don’t Expect to Live Your SEO Past

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There was a time when a website could do very well in the search engines without putting forth a lot of effort. We have a client who fits this description. A few years ago, they achieved success in the search engines with very little effort. Their business was thriving because their site was ranking...

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3 Reasons Why 404 Errors Are Bad For Your SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Every site, especially a news organization or e-commerce site where content is constantly changing, is bound to have a handful of 404 errors lurking in the shadows. It’s also common to see a lot of 404 errors after a major site redesign when the URL structure changes. But while a few are not the e...

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Don’t Rely on Only One Type of Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to creating your marketing plan, you may be tempted to rely heavily on the strategy that works the best for your business. While it’s true that you should maximize your efforts with the strategies you know work well, this strategy is also dangerous. What happens if this marketing typ...

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Make Sure Your Blog Posts Don’t Have Too Many Links!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

How many links do you have in your blog posts? When people write content for their websites, they often feel the need to include links to relevant sources. In some cases, this is the right thing to do. For example, if you list a statistic or leave a quote from a medical study, you should give reader...

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4 Things Your SEO Program Cannot Control

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are 200 and some odd factors in Google’s ranking algorithm and it’s constantly evolving. While we know that certain factors help your website do better organically, we cannot say quantifiably exactly how much of each factor equals success (and anyone who says otherwise is selling something...

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SEO Checklist for Site Redesigns

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Does your site need a redesign? If so, it's important not to ignore the SEO aspect of your new site. In fact, redesigning your site presents you with an excellent opportunity to refine your SEO strategy and optimize even more effectively than you were before. You certainly would want to hurt your si...

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Are People Still Searching For Your Keywords

Are People Still Searching For Keywords?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Month over month organic traffic is going to ebb and flow, especially if your business is heavily influenced by external factors such as seasonality (no one searches for “Christmas tree farm” in June, for instance). Like so many other things in SEO, search volume is completely out of your contro...

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PPC Is Essential for Branding in SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When creating your brand, there are many strategies that effectively work together. It's a collective effort between your company's website, logo, social media presence, and search engine optimization. Pay per click advertising is also a big part of this, especially when it comes to branding that is...

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Everyone in Your Organization Should Learn SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Most people delegate SEO to the marketing department without giving it much thought. If the marketing department isn’t equipped to handle it, they outsource it to a specialty firm. No matter which scenario your company embraces – outsourcing or doing it in house – it’s important for everyone...

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How to Write A Reconsideration Request

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If your website was hit with a manual action penalty, and NOT an algorithm update, you have the ability to submit a reconsideration request to Google in an attempt to have the penalty lifted and your website brought back up to it’s rightful place in the SERPs. Writing reconsideration request is a ...

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Match Keywords to User Intent

Match Keywords to User Intent

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When doing the keyword research for your site, it’s tempting to simply choose the ones that get the most searches and leave out the rest. Though this is the general idea, there has to be a little more thought that goes into it. Factoring in user intent while assembling your keyword list will not o...

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Is Your Website Mobile Friendly Enough for Google?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In a rare turn of events, Google announced way back in February that a major algorithm update was coming. Considering Google almost NEVER warns site owners ahead of time, and often doesn’t even officially confirm an update until several days of panic have passed, giving site owners essentially t...

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With Good Writing SEO Matters

With SEO Good Writing Matters

Written by Nick Stamoulis

These days, writing content that is optimized for the search engines is about more than just including keywords in the content. In fact, too many keywords in your writing can hurt more than help. These days, it’s good writing that really matters. Not only that, but you also need to please two audi...

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Performing Content Research for Blog Posts

Performing Content Research for Blog Posts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Research is an essential part of the writing process, especially in the beginning stages. In order to write effective content for your blog, you’ll definitely need to put some research into it. This will help with things like content structure, to generate ideas, and to even give an existing artic...

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3 Ways to Get Your Technical SEO In-Shape

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Today, most of your SEO program is actually wrapped up in your marketing efforts. How are you building you brand? Sharing your content? Developing your social authority? There aren’t really any coding “tricks” you need to follow in order to do well organically. However, how your site is built ...

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Don't Forget Off Page SEO

Don’t Forget Off Page SEO!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While it’s true that great content is the lifeblood of your SEO campaign, it’s all too easy to spend the majority of your time on that. However, off page SEO shouldn’t be ignored, either. Both strategies work together to give your site its best chance to be successful. In the old days of SE...

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Content Strategies You Need to Ditch

Content Strategies You Need to Ditch

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s true that content is the backbone of your online marketing efforts, but only if done right. There are some content marketing practices out there that can do more harm than good, especially if they’re outdated. This is especially true for strategies that are also linked to SEO. Here’s a li...

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Should I Allow Comments on My Blog for SEO

Should I Allow Comments on My Blog for SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The topic of blog commenting for SEO can be divisive in SEO circles. Some people think it’s an outdated tactic and they stay away from it entirely. Others, even fully understanding that blog comments are largely “no followed” today, continue to use it as a part of their strategy to build brand...

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Adapting Your Content to the Customer Life Cycle

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When was the last time you made a major purchase? What was the process you used to buy it? Let’s say you decided you needed a new car. What’s the process you take to buy it? If you’re like most people, chances are pretty good you’ll start by researching the various cars that are out there un...

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Don’t Get Left Behind When SEO Tactics Change

Don’t Get Left Behind When SEO Tactics Change!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO has changed much over the past decade. In fact, some of the strategies that worked well back then could negatively impact your site if applied today. Whenever the search engines change their algorithms, you need to be ready to adapt or suffer the consequences. If you don’t adapt, this could re...

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Brand Building and SEO Should Work Together

Brand Building and SEO Should Work Together!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Brand building and SEO strategies aren’t mutually exclusive. In the past, it used to be that marketers needed to choose between the two. This is no longer the case. Many of the strategies that are used for one are also used for the other! Though brand building can include strategies that fall out ...

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Mobile Device Usage Affects SEO

Mobile Device Usage Affects SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

With increased mobile device usage, it makes sense that Internet usage has increased as well. People who use their mobile devices to go online are doing more than just making simple web searches, too. They play games, read the news, check their email, use social networks, and basically use it to do ...

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Don’t Forget Your Local Search

Don’t Forget Local Search in Your SEO Plan!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

These days, if you aren’t utilizing the search engines’ local search features, you’re completely missing out. When people are in need of an electrician, for instance, they look for one that operates in the area in which they live. Most tend to search for this information online and not their a...

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Why You Should Invest Resources in Your SEO Strategy

Why You Should Invest Resources in Your SEO Strategy

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Have you invested resources in developing and implementing your SEO strategy? If so, how long ago was that? These days, it’s hard to go online without being conscious of search engine optimization strategies. The very phrases we enter into search boxes are closely tied to it! However, knowing t...

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SEO Tweaks That Could Help Your Site

SEO Tweaks That Could Help Your Site

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO has changed a lot over the years and some of us are guilty of using old strategies that not only don’t work, but also could cause a penalty. These are the big, obvious strategies such as developing quality content that isn’t “too optimized”. Some tweaks, however, are almost too subtle to...

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Is Your Content Coming From a Sweat Shop

Is Your Content Coming From a Sweat Shop?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

I once had a job interview at a company that apparently paid lower wages to a high volume of content writers. Their sole purpose was to churn out as much content as possible during work hours. Speed was the number one objective. Since I didn’t end up working there, I was never able to determine ho...

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Audience Driven Engagement Affects SEO

Audience Driven Engagement Affects SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Yes, it’s true that audience engagement drives your SEO campaign and can help make it more successful. Brands that have a high social presence tend to experience better search engine rankings for their website. However, people drive audiences and a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work. What wo...

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SEO Lessons

Valuable SEO Lessons Learned

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The SEO industry has evolved so much in the last four years that I hardly recognize it! Can you believe that 10 years ago companies would have employees whose entire job was to build link exchanges! Their annual bonus was directly impacted by how many links they could build. Thankfully those days ar...

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Link Building

Earning Real Links the Right Way

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In a Google Webmaster Central Office Hours hangout Google’s John Mueller was asked whether or not link building is good for webmasters. Mueller’s response was, “That is a good question. In general, I’d try to avoid that. So that you are really sure that your content kind of stands on its own...

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Coming Up With Ideas for Great Content

Coming Up With Ideas for Great Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A good website will have plenty of content that will please your visitors first, search engines second. One thing that visitors especially value is when your website is fresh and unique. There is so much information online that people who come to your site need to feel as if they are getting special...

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Facebook Ads: Page Likes or Post Boosts?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to online marketing today, it’s necessary to have an integrated strategy that incorporates many different channels. It’s not like you can say, “I just want to do SEO, not social media.” Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. It’s all tied together. Social visibility results in so...

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Don’t Make These Old Fashioned SEO Mistakes

Don’t Make These Old Fashioned SEO Mistakes

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO has changed a lot over the past few years, especially after Google rolls out a major update. The Panda updates, for example, left many webmasters scratching their heads, wondering what they need to change. Unfortunately, some people are still stuck in the “old days” of SEO. If you’re wonde...

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How to De-SEOify Your Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

This might sound super counterproductive, especially coming from an SEO company, but the best way to write great content that the search engines love is to not worry so much about the search engines! For years and year content writers had to obsess about things like keyword density and show in their...

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How to Engage Your Customers With Your Blog

How to Engage Your Customers With Your Blog

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The next time you perform an audit on your blog, analyze whether or not it actually engages your readers. Your blog is about more than just crafting articles and posting them. In order for it to be truly effective, it also needs to interact with them. This will not only make your blog more enjoyable...

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SEO Algorithm

Could Links Be On Their Way Out of SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Why does Google bother using links as a ranking factor? That's because when Google originally launched the algorithm was built to function much like academic citations. A well-researched and respected paper is eventually linked to and cited by subsequent papers in that field, further boosting the in...

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Two Months Isn’t Long in the SEO World

Two Months Isn’t Long in the SEO World

Written by Danielle Bachini

In an article titled, “3 Signs Your SEO Campaign Is Dying – and How to Fix It”, author Jayson DeMers lists what he considers to be red flags that signal that something is wrong with your SEO campaign. The first item he lists is “A sharp drop in organic traffic”. No argument here! It...

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What is a High Quality, Relevant Link

What is a High Quality, Relevant Link?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Despite what some critics may say, link building and link earning remain important components of an SEO campaign. Links are still a crucial part of the search engine algorithms and, just as importantly, help deliver traffic (from users/buyers/etc.) to your website. As long as this is the case, it’...

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Don’t Let SEO Get in the Way of Branding

Don’t Let SEO Get in the Way of Branding

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When search engine optimization first became a household name, it had negative connotations because it was associated with shady tactics and subpar content. In today’s online world, the climate is much different. Businesses who merge effective SEO tactics while still building their brand identity ...

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Effective Content Marketing Begins With Great Writing

Effective Content Marketing Begins With Great Writing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

To be an effective content marketer, you first need to become a great writer. In this business, the standard of great writing is measured according to how effectively the content achieves its purpose. But, don’t let the apparent simplicity of the writing fool you - many of the same tactics literar...

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5 Blog Commenting Rules to Follow

Written by Danielle Bachini

Blog commenting remains a relevant SEO link-building tactic. Many blogs “no follow” comments today, but that doesn’t mean that blog commenting is “out” for SEO. It’s still a way to create an inbound link pointing to your site that builds brand exposure and generates traffic. That being s...

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How to Keep Your SEO Campaign Fresh

How to Keep Your SEO Campaign Fresh

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An effective SEO campaign has several important elements - keywords, content, social media, and effective link building. Doing it the wrong way can hurt your efforts more than help. It is well worth the effort to make your campaign as effective as possible. The only problem is that it can feel stagn...

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Its Time to Fix Your Slow Website

It’s Time to Fix Your Slow Website

Written by Nick Stamoulis

How long does it take your website to load? Across any device, a website should ideally load within a few seconds. After all, that’s what web users have grown accustomed to. Anything longer than a few seconds results in frustration and is a scary reminder of the dial up days of yore. Nobody wants ...

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Learning the Art of Storytelling

Learning the Art of Storytelling

Written by Katherine Tsoukalas

Webster’s Dictionary defines a story as “an account of incidents or events”. Despite this simple definition, composing a good story is actually an art. Think about how you feel at the end of a great movie, or after you’ve completed reading a novel that left you captivated. After encountering...

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Seasonality

Is Seasonality Driving Your SEO Program?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you were like most of our clients, traffic across the board was probably down between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why? The holidays of course! Most B2B businesses see a noticeable slow down in the amount of traffic, leads, engagement metrics and final orders during that time period simply because...

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Are You Analyzing the Success of Your Blog Posts?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Once you publish a blog post and share it with your social media followers, in your email newsletter, and throughout other distribution channels, don’t you dare think that the work is over. Just as important as writing and sharing great blog posts is analyzing the success of those blog posts. Afte...

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Be Wary of SEO Firms That Email You Out of the Blue

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It blows our minds that in 2015 emails like this are still being sent to site owners/managers. What’s worse is there are plenty of small businesses that are still falling for it! While the SEO industry has certainly cleaned up its reputation over the last 5 years, there are still more than a few S...

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Strategies for Developing Compelling Content

Strategies for Developing Compelling Content

Written by Katherine Tsoukalas

Since a good content marketing strategy distributes content across multiple platforms as a way to attract the right audience, it stands to reason that the nature of the content you write does matter. This means that whatever you create needs to be in line with your overall strategy, otherwise it wil...

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What is a Niche Link?

Written by Danielle Bachini

No matter what your thoughts on link building may be, the bottom line is that links are still an important part of the search engine algorithms. Links still pass trust from one site to the next, which is why link building is still a function of an SEO campaign. However, it’s important to note that...

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5 Signs Youre Over Thinking Your SEO Strategy

5 Signs You’re Over-thinking Your SEO Strategy

Written by Brick Marketing

With each algorithm change, Google has website users fearful of the future. When will the next change be? How will that impact your website? The end result of this fear is that it’s all too easy to make things more complicated than they need to be. Don’t fall into this trap! Here are five of th...

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Your Website is More Than Your Homepage

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Your homepage is an important part of your website. It generates the lion’s share of your website traffic and essentially is like an introduction to not only your website, but also to your company. The homepage needs to be well designed, user friendly, and optimized properly. However, website owne...

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SEO Practitioners Wear Many Hats

Written by Danielle Bachini

Whenever that question comes up in social settings, “So, what do you do?” How are we SEOs supposed to answer? Simply saying, “I do SEO” isn’t going to cut it. While SEO has certainly become more mainstream, we’re still likely to get the follow up, “And what does that mean exactly?” W...

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Guest Blogging Should Be Mutually Beneficial

Written by Nick Stamoulis

By now we all know that guest blogging shouldn’t be done strictly for links. That approach could land you in hot water with the search engines. However, guest blogging is still a worthwhile marketing tactic since it’s great for building brand exposure (for the author) and providing website visit...

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What Does “Thin Content” Mean?

Written by Danielle Bachini

For years now we’ve associated the Google Panda algorithm with “thin content”. Web pages that have this “thin content” will be punished and see a drop in ranking and organic search traffic. But what does it mean, exactly?   There is a common misconception that “thin content”...

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Twitter

Twitter is Giving Google Access to Their Update Stream

Written by Nick Stamoulis

From 2009 to 2011, Twitter gave Google access to their full stream of tweets, commonly known as the “firehose”. Google often used this information to fuel their news section of the search results and give people real-time search results. Google has been displaying social content in the SERPs for...

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The Rules for Re-Using Old Content

The Rules for Re-Using “Old” Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The highest content marketing priority is always quality. Never sacrifice quality for quantity. However, the frequency in which you publish content does play a role in your content marketing success, which is why you should allot as much of your marketing budget to content as possible to keep both q...

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Consider Investing in PPC Along with SEO

Written by Danielle Bachini

SEO really isn’t optional today. If you have a website and you want to drive as much traffic as possible to that website, it’s necessary to invest in a search engine optimization campaign, even if it’s on a small scale. People turn to the search engines when they are looking for information, w...

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Avoid Link Building? Not Quite

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A recent Google Webmaster Hangout with John Mueller has once again brought link building into question. When asked, “Is link building in any way good?” Mueller responds, “In general, I’d try to avoid that.” I guess it’s no wonder why people are freaking out over the whole thing. Y...

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3 Places to Check Your Links

Written by Danielle Bachini

As a website owner, it’s important that you know what’s going on with your website (or hire people to keep on top of this for you!). One necessary item to keep your eye on on a regular basis is your inbound links, or the websites that are linking over to you. These inbound links are a search eng...

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Inbound Marketing

Are You Everywhere Your Audience Is?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The three main components of any inbound marketing campaign are SEO, social media, and content marketing. The goal of inbound marketing is to build your brand up so that you are everywhere your audience is when they need you. You aren't trying to break into their world the way traditional advertisin...

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Social Traffic

Social Media Channels Can Deliver Instant Traffic

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Sometimes SEO feels very much like a complicated game of “hurry up and wait.” You spend so much time and effort optimizing your website, but until Google recalls your website and recognizes what is new those changes might as well not even be there! You spend hours every week creating fresh conte...

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Top Keywords

Are People Still Searching for Your Top Keywords?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most important things to remember about SEO is that it is constantly changing. The search spiders get smarter with every update; meaning old tactics that used to work incredibly well are now useless (or potentially dangerous). For instance, in the last few years Google has gotten a lot be...

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Earned Links

You Can’t Control Who Links to You

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's an SEO Catch-22. You need a powerful, varied link profile to help boost the organic value of your website, but at the same time, if you build (or earn) too many of the WRONG links you actually cut your SEO program off at the knees and could inadvertently harm your website. So even while you're ...

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Simple Ways to Protect Your Website from SEO Failure

Written by Danielle Bachini

With every algorithm update, SEO becomes more complex. However that isn’t to say that as a website owner, you don’t have any control. There are certainly simple, straightforward ways to protect your website from any SEO related fallout. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here’s...

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Conduct a Content Audit to Fill Your Content Gaps

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When was the last time you conducted an audit of your content? If it’s been awhile, now is as good a time as any to review what you’ve accomplished up to this point. Aimlessly creating content just for the sake of creating content results in missed opportunities. Even though we’d like to belie...

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Use a Ranking Report to Improve a Content Strategy

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many reasons that we advise clients to not get hung up on the keyword ranking report. After all, it’s not the most accurate way to measure SEO success. Keyword rankings fluctuate on a day-by-day or even minute-by-minute basis and are based on factors that can’t be controlled including ...

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SEO Partner

Find the Right SEO Firm for You

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In 10 years of business I have vetted thousands of potential SEO clients. Everything from local roofers to mid-sized B2B businesses to international software companies and in that time one of the biggest lessons I have learned that not every client is right for every SEO firm, and not every SEO firm...

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5 Ways to Get Your Content Noticed

Written by Danielle Bachini

Once you hit “publish” on a piece of content, don’t think that your work is done. Think of all of the new pages of web content published each day. That’s a lot to compete with! If you want to ensure that the right people see your content it’s necessary to not only share it in the proper ch...

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B2B SEO

B2B SEO Should NOT Push the Envelope

Written by Nick Stamoulis

More than once a B2B SEO client has come to me after a year or so of work (and great success I might add!) and asked "what else should we be doing?" It's as if there was some secret level 2 SEO tactic that I had been holding back from them! But here's the real secret to SEO; it's not sexy, it's not ...

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SEO Guarantees

Avoid the SEO Firm That Promises the Moon

Written by Nick Stamoulis

For a few months I've been testing targeted Twitter ads, seeing if any decent leads came through the pipeline. As a way to pre-qualify any visitors, I wrote the ad copy to include a base price so I don't have to pay for tire-kicking traffic or worry about sorting through potential leads that aren't ...

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Social Media Automation Rules to Follow

Written by Danielle Bachini

Social media automation tools are great. They help keep things organized and on schedule and allow users to plan out their social media messages ahead of time. However, some users fall into the automation-only trap and forget what social media is really about- being social! A social strategy that’...

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Don’t Forget the “Marketing” in Content Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content marketing should really be viewed as a two-step process: first is the creation of the content and second is the promotion, or marketing, of that content. Of course, how content will be marketed may determine how it’s written/produced, etc. The content itself is nothing without the promotio...

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5 Tips for Curating Social Media Content

Written by Danielle Bachini

If you’ve decided to make this the year that you really take action when it comes to content marketing and social media- congratulations! As you’ve probably noticed (and likely why you’ve waited this long to get going in the first place), it takes a lot of hard work and time to create high qua...

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Measuring Year Over Year Organic Growth

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Now that January 2015 is well under way, it's time to look at year over year organic growth and evaluate how much of an impact your SEO program had in 2014. This is especially important if you have a year's worth of SEO work under your belt and can compare all of 2014 to all of 2013. Were there any ...

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Good and Bad Links

Separating the Good Potential Links from the Bad

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Ever since Penguin hit the SEO scene, a lot of site owners have been running scared of link building. And having seen the devastating effects that a Penguin penalty can have on a site it’s no small wonder why! I’ve seen sites get hit and take more than a year to recover, if they recover at all. ...

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SEO Parts

SEO is Part of Something Bigger

Written by Brick Marketing

Too often we treat the various aspects of our marketing programs as individual things. Social media lives over here, content marketing lives over there and SEO is somewhere off in the distance. No matter how big or small your marketing department is, keeping all the pieces moving and in-synch withou...

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Social Media Isn’t an “Either-Or” Game

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In a recent article on ClickZ titled “How to Launch Your B2B Social Media Presence: A 30-Day Plan”, author Kristen Kovner had the following to say regarding where businesses should be posting: There are myriad social channels, and experts will tell you it’s not an "either-or" game but a "ye...

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SEO Garden

Plant Your SEO Garden Now!

Written by Brick Marketing

A few months ago I was talking with a client about the long term game that is SEO. The work you do today might have an immediate influence on your social media activity, your email campaigns and your overall user experience (especially when it comes to your content creation efforts), but you might n...

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Organic Growth

How Much Organic Growth is Enough?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When we started working with a new client a few months ago they asked us what a "normal" organic growth looks like after a year of SEO. Could they expect to see a 10% change? 20%? 30%? I explained to our contact there that our clients have seen everything from as little as 2% change in organic to as...

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Lost URLs

Where Are My URLs?

Written by Brick Marketing

The other day I got an email from one of our clients regarding a community site they created for their customers. Google searching on things that should be returning matches to your community are coming up with no links to site.  I wonder why the Google crawlers are not picking up those pages? ...

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SEO expectations

Managing Expectations for the New World of SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The other week I came across this fantastic whiteboard Friday from Rand Fishkin at Moz, all about managing SEO expectations. Part of being an SEO agency means educating our clients and making sure that they understand the rules of SEO, see the big picture of what SEO actually entails AND ensure they...

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SEO Resolutions

What Are Your New Year SEO Resolutions?

Written by Brick Marketing

A new year means a new chance to get your SEO off on the right foot. There is no denying that web traffic, both desktop and mobile, is a huge source of business for most companies. In fact, I'd argue that for the majority of our clients, organic traffic is the #1 source of visitors. So how can you g...

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Referral Links

How Much Is One Referral Link Really Worth?

Written by Brick Marketing

Over the last two years, ONE link has driven 238 visitors to a client’s site. Another SINGLE link on a local news site drove 380 visitors on one day. A third SOLITARY inbound link has sent 78 visitors in the last two months alone. Granted, since July 2013 this site has received over 800,000 visito...

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The Benefits of Nofollow Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The nofollow attribute (rel=”nofollow”) tells the search engine spiders to not follow a link, or essentially to ignore it. The link is not included when the search engines determine how trusted a web page is. For SEO purposes, these types of links may at first seem worthless. But trust me, these...

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Are These Link Building Service Ads For Real

Are These Link Building Service Ads For Real?!

Written by Danielle Bachini

I was recently looking at (what I thought was) a trusted SEO related industry website when an advertisement on the side of the screen caught my eye. I thought, “That can’t be right”, but my curiosity got the best of me. I clicked on the ad and sure enough, it brought me to a landing page for a...

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Blog Traffic

How Much Is Your Blog Worth?

Written by Brick Marketing

One of the best ways you can plead your case for a bigger content marketing budget in 2015 is to show the powers that be just how much your blog is worth. Showing content ROI is actually very simple, especially when you know how much the average web visitor is worth to your company. The equation for...

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Is That Blog Post a “Hit” or “Miss”?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A content strategy should be continually tweaked as you move along and see what works and what doesn’t. Once you have a significant number of blog posts under your belt, it’s important to take a look at the data in order to determine what was a “hit” and what might have been a “miss”. Ov...

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Keyword Rank

Why Aren’t We Showing Up for [Keyword]?

Written by Brick Marketing

Many in-house SEO managers or internal SEO champions constantly have to defend the SEO program from those who just don’t “get it.” One of the biggest things is explaining why your site isn’t showing up when they type in your top keywords. It doesn’t seem to matter how good the organic grow...

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You Can’t Fool Google So Stop Trying!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In a recent article over on Search Engine Land, author Greg Gifford said the following: The most important point we try to hammer home to potential clients is that you can’t fool the nerds at Google. Everything you do, both on and off your site, should be working toward the end goal of making y...

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Why You Shouldn’t Rely Too Heavily on Newsjacking

Written by Danielle Bachini

If you’re not familiar with the term “newsjacking”, here’s a quick overview. The term became popular after the publication of David Meerman Scott's book, “Newsjacking: How to Inject your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage”. The title includes a brief exp...

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Dead SEO

3 Non-SEO Items That Will Kill Your SEO Program

Written by Brick Marketing

There are a lot of things that can derail your SEO program: a lack of content, low-quality links, being socially inactive and more. And while I cannot stress the importance of those SEO items, there are actually several non-SEO things that can ruin your SEO program before it even gets off the ground...

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Is Your Enterprise SEO Campaign Guilty of These Things?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you think an enterprise organization has it easier than a small business when it comes to executing an SEO campaign, at first glance you’re right. After all, enterprise organizations have bigger budgets, more resources, and typically have strong brand recognition that gives an SEO campaign some...

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Ways to Maximize Your Content Marketing Potential

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s one thing to be “doing” content marketing. Nearly every business today can say they are “doing” content marketing to some extent. It’s another thing to have a strategic content marketing plan and to be taking advantage of all of the resources and outlets available to you in order to...

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Has Google+ Lost Its Way?

Written by Danielle Bachini

Has Google+ lost its way? According to former Google+ UX designer Chris Messina, yes it has. The whole thing started when Messina “called out Google+” on Twitter claiming that they were no longer maintaining Google+ and had stopped doing QA. Turns out he was wrong and he openly admits it in a po...

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Are You Paying for a Keyword Ranking Tool?

Written by Brick Marketing

The other day my boss was reminiscing about how the world of SEO looked when he started in Internet marketing over 13 years ago. One of the things he remembers the most is having a dedicated computer that sat in the corner of his office, running keyword ranking reports 24-7. They set up some kind of...

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Stop Overthinking Your Blog Posts!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We find that website owners come up with all sorts of excuses as to why they don’t have an active blog on their website. The two most common excuses are that they don’t have time to blog and they don’t know what to write about. To these website owners/businesses we say, stop overthinking it! ...

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Content Marketing Strategy

3 Reasons Why You Need a Content Marketing Strategy

Written by Brick Marketing

If you are a one-man content creation show you probably don't need a written content marketing strategy because you are the writer, the publisher, the editor, and the promoter all rolled up into one! But the minute someone else comes into the picture you need that written content marketing strategy ...

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Are Your Employees Using LinkedIn?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

LinkedIn may not have the same numbers as Facebook or Twitter, but that doesn’t mean that it should be ignored, especially if you’re in the B2B sector. LinkedIn has become the news source for professionals. It’s the social media site that focuses on business only, without all of the other nois...

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Panda and Penguin: It’s Not so Black and White

Written by Danielle Bachini

I recently read a great article by Dave Davies over on Search Engine Watch that had me thinking. Titled "Which Update?” Is The Wrong Question, he says: “Most people don’t fully understand how the algorithms themselves can impact your rankings and thus looking to a single algorithm tends...

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Content Clutter

How Much Content Are You Sitting On?

Written by Brick Marketing

At the B2B Marketing Profs conference back in October I attended a great session entitled "Content Marketing at Scale: Heavy Hitters." The panel included Doug Kessler of Velocity Partners, Joe Pulizzi of The Content Marketing Institute, Jeannine Rossignol of Xerox and Michael Brenner of NewsCred. Th...

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Content Audit

Content Audit – Keep, Tweak, or Kill

Written by Brick Marketing

It blows my mind sometimes that I can not only turn out at least one blog post a day for the Brick Marketing blog, but I am easily writing 2, 3, if not 4 client blog posts a day on top of that (plus all my other SEO work). If me, all by myself, can write 3-5 pieces of content every day, how does a m...

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Blog for Better Customers and Clients

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are so many benefits to business blogging. It’s a way to share your industry knowledge and be viewed as an authority figure. It’s a way to earn trust, inbound links, and grow your brand online. Tied together, this results in generating better customers or clients for your company, customer...

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Content Marketing ROI

How Do You Really Prove the ROI of Content Marketing?

Written by Brick Marketing

At the end of the day, ROI (return on investment) isn't about engagement or brand building or authority--it's about the money. It's not something many marketers like to drill down to (especially when the numbers aren't as good as you would like them to be), but if you want a better content marketing...

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The Content Marketing Bar Has Been Raised

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content marketing is where it’s at. Slowly but surely, brands and businesses of all sizes and in all industries are realizing this and are throwing their hat in the ring. This means that the content marketing bar has been raised and it’s becoming harder and harder to stand out among all of the c...

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Just Enough SEO Knowledge to Be Dangerous

Written by Brick Marketing

In my experience, the site owners that "goes it alone" when it comes to SEO fall into three distinct categories. Category A - they take their time and move cautiously, make small changes here and there and just let what happens happen. Category B - they hire an SEO firm and let them handle most of t...

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How Small Businesses Have a Content Marketing Advantage

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Small businesses often have limited marketing budgets in comparison to their large business counterparts. But that doesn’t mean that small business owners should just sit back and think that they can’t compete with the big guys. This is especially true when it comes to online content marketing, ...

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Create a Content Series to Maintain Engagement

Written by Danielle Bachini

In case you weren’t aware, Google pays attention to bounce rate as one of its many, many search algorithm signals. That means that if someone lands on your content and immediately clicks away, Google takes note. Many things can lead to a bounce but one of thing that could lead to a bounce that you...

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What Does B2B Really Mean?

Written by Brick Marketing

At the MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum, held here in Boston in early October, Seth Lieberman of SnapApp had a great point during his presentation that really stuck with me. "B2B does not mean 'boring to boring.'" Since the conference catered to B2B marketers, who don't get to typically work in th...

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What Your Target Audience Expects From Your Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

First thing's first, when it comes to publishing content online, you need to remember who you are writing it for. Your primary target audience is prospects and current customers, not the search engines. Yes, it’s important to consider SEO and incorporate keywords naturally where you can but the co...

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Use Your Business Blog as Bait

Written by Danielle Bachini

When developing your blogging strategy, it’s important to understand the purpose of your business blog. A business blog should be designed to lure target audience members to your content and as a result, to your business website. You may think of bait as what we put on the hook to attract and catc...

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SEO Clients Can’t Disappear From the Process

Written by Danielle Bachini

If you’re in the market to hire an SEO firm, here’s one important thing that you need to understand: you will need to be an active participant in the SEO process. If you think that you’re outsourcing the work so that you don’t have to deal with it and you can just review monthly reports you ...

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Are You Producing “Nontent?”

Written by Brick Marketing

Back in early October I had the opportunity to attend the B2B Marketing Forurm, put on by MarketingProfs, here in Boston. It was two days of fantastic sessions geared specifically for B2B marketers and I mostly attended sessions dedicated to content marketing. One of the sessions, entitled "How NOT ...

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How Your Email Newsletter Can Help SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An email newsletter is an important component of an online marketing campaign. Sending out a newsletter on a regular basis is a great way to communicate with target audience members and stay top of mind. But did you also know that your email newsletter could indirectly help your SEO? That is, if you...

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SEO Tricks To Not Fall For!

Written by Brick Marketing

It's unfortunate that a few bad apples have given the SEO industry a bad name. Most SEO consultants and agencies do their best to provide excellent customer service, advice, and white hat SEO recommendations to help their clients achieve real and lasting SEO success. Sadly, there are always going to...

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Outsourced or In House Social Media: Why Not Both?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to social media marketing and the decision to do the work in house or outsource to an agency, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Have you ever considered taking a joint-effort approach? Combining your in house strengths with the strengths of an outsourced agency? Here are 4...

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Questions to Answer While Developing a Blog Strategy

Written by Danielle Bachini

If you’re just getting started with blogging, the first step is obviously to hire a developer to integrate a blog platform with an easy to use CMS into your website. As the developer is working on that, you should get started on creating a blog strategy. Once the blog is up and running it’s in y...

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Are Your Links Helping You Stand Out?

Written by Brick Marketing

As part of our link building strategy development process for clients, we often look at competitor link profiles to see how our clients stack up. Are they way behind, way ahead, or on par with their toughest competition? Not that inbound links are the only thing that matters when it comes to SEO, bu...

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The Internet Is Immediate. SEO Is Not.

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the hardest things for site owners to wrap their heads around, especially those struggling with a penalty, is that SEO is not an immediate form of marketing. The work you do today doesn't help you today...or even next week. Sometimes it takes months to feel the true effects of your SEO work. ...

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Blog on a Daily Basis (If You Can)

Written by Nick Stamoulis

According to HubSpot’s 2013 State of Inbound Marketing Report: Seventy-nine percent of companies who have a blog report a positive ROI for inbound marketing this year, compared with just 20% of those companies that do not have a blog. In fact, 82% of marketers who blog on a daily basis acquired...

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Is Your Content Covering the Whole B2B Buying Cycle?

Written by Danielle Bachini

If you’re a B2B marketer looking to grab the attention of B2B decision makers that would be interested in your product or service, there’s no better way to do so than to be publishing quality online content on a regular basis. This excerpt from a Forbes article says it all: Consumers tune...

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Google Pushed Penguin 3.0 Live

Written by Brick Marketing

On October 19th Google officially confirmed they pushed Penguin 3.0 live. Even though it's called Penguin 3.0 it's actually the 6th iteration of the link spam fighting algorithm update. This is the first time Google has updated Penguin in almost exactly a year, so many site owners have their fingers...

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Facebook Is Still King of the Social Jungle

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A lot of people are experiencing Facebook burnout. The social giant has been around for nearly ten years and has undergone major transformations in that time. What started out a social connection site for Harvard students has morphed into the largest social network in the world! For better or worse,...

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Google Never Told Us to Stop Link Building

Written by Danielle Bachini

There’s a lot of talk in SEO circles about how SEO has changed and it’s more about content marketing and social media today instead of link building. While it’s absolutely true that content marketing and social media are important pieces of the puzzle, link building is arguably still a piece o...

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Do Your LinkedIn Groups Research to Increase Visibility

Written by Nick Stamoulis

According to the 2014 edition of the Power Formula LinkedIn overview based on data from a survey of 896 active users from around the world, people are joining LinkedIn Groups, but they just aren’t joining too many of them. The highest percentage (33.1%) of users is a member of 1-9 Groups. The sec...

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Why Readers Lose Interest in Your Content

Written by Danielle Bachini

Ongoing content creation, publication, and distribution have become crucial components of online marketing success. Great content has the potential to increase not only website traffic and social media follower counts, but over the long term is what nurtures leads and generates sales. Some companies...

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Are You Thinking About Content User Experience?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a content marketer you may think that you’re doing everything right. You spend ample time creating content in different formats (blog posts, articles, white papers, videos, etc.) because you know that people have different content consumption preferences. You’re working hard at building up yo...

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No SEO Firm Can Guarantee Organic Results

Written by Brick Marketing

A few weeks ago we were having a call with a new client about getting their SEO up and running and one thing their Director of Sales kept hitting us for was a number; what kind of organic success could their site expect within our 6 month contract? Obviously sales guys live and die by numbers, so it...

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The Google Force Field

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When you live and breathe SEO like we do it's easy to forget that most business people, both big and small, don't play in the SEO sandbox at all. We often get asked questions that to us seem like, "well, duh," but to a small business owner or even a VP of Marketing that never delved into SEO before,...

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What is a “Natural” Link?

Written by Brick Marketing

In a perfect SEO world, the kind that Google would like us all to live and work in anyway, a “natural” link is one that the site owner had zero hand in actually creating. They didn’t ask for it, barter for it, submit something for it, and so forth—it was totally created by someone on the li...

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Guest Blog Posting Tips to Keep You Out of Trouble

Written by Danielle Bachini

Not too long ago guest blogging was a popular SEO link building tactic. Write a guest post for a website, include a link back to your site, and improve your link portfolio. It was a “win win” scenario. The website that published the guest post was getting content to keep the site active and the ...

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Is Your SEO Firm a Disaster Waiting to Happen?

Written by Brick Marketing

Over the last few years Brick Marketing has talked with many site owners who have burned by their SEO firms. Some were paying a monthly “maintenance” fee but no work other than pulling keyword-ranking reports was getting done. Others would go months without hearing from their SEO firm, even if t...

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Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Posts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

First things first, If you want to succeed in online marketing today, you need to be creating quality content on a regular basis and sharing that content with a social following that should steadily increase over time. In the B2B sector specifically, perhaps the most important social channel to be d...

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That Old Blog Post is Worth More Than You Think!

Written by Brick Marketing

When you publish a new blog post and promote it across your social channels there is usually a flurry of activity. It gets shared, Liked, tweeted, read-through, and more. But within a day or two (unless that post goes viral) the traffic and activity usually falls off. The organic value of that post ...

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Content is For Your Target Audience First, SEO Second

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Any good SEO company is going to tout the benefits of producing high quality content on a regular basis for SEO purposes. Content is what fuels an SEO campaign, generates natural inbound links, and improves social media efforts. However, it’s important to note that ultimately, content needs to be ...

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Link Building Is Really About Relationships

Written by Brick Marketing

Moz recently put out a new guide to link building, which anyone relatively new to SEO should check out! One of the things I really appreciated is how much the author wrote about the human element of link building--people create links because they see some value in doing so. Having a relationship wi...

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Does Your Website Have a Clear Focus?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When we receive an inquiry from a prospective client, the first thing we do is take a look at their website since that’s where we’ll be spending the majority of our time. If it’s not almost immediately clear what the company does or what products they sell, we already have hesitations about wo...

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3 Places to Find New Linking Opportunities

Written by Brick Marketing

In today's world of SEO, easy-win linking opportunities are getting fewer and farther in-between. While there are some great easy-win linking opportunities to be had when you first set out, most easy-win links tend to be junk; they are low-quality sites, they have no real editorial process in place ...

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Why B2Bs Should Be Using Facebook, Not Just LinkedIn

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There’s no question that B2Bs should be active on LinkedIn. After all it’s a social network with a business focus. People sign in to their LinkedIn account to read business related articles, make business connections, and update their professional profile. That’s why it’s no surprise that in...

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5 Qualities of the Best Guest Blog Posts

Written by Danielle Bachini

Guest blog posting might not be the SEO link-building tactic that it once was, but that’s actually a good thing! It’s weeding out the low quality “just for links” posts. The people/businesses that have kept guest blog posting in their content marketing strategies are doing it for the right r...

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How to Conduct an SEO Friendly Website Content Audit

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a business evolves, its website needs to evolve along with it. A website redesign is recommended every few years to keep things fresh, but what also needs to stay fresh is the website content. When redesigning a website, it’s a good time to conduct a content audit too so that the new site launc...

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5 Things to Do When Curating Content for Social Media

Written by Danielle Bachini

Online marketing is about content. Specifically in the B2B sector, content is what gains brand visibility and generates leads. Every company should be creating content, publishing it on the company blog, and sharing it in social media. Of course, creating quality content is no easy task. It requ...

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SEO Is Long Term…So Are You Willing to Wait?

Written by Brick Marketing

Just the other day I was talking with a client whose site was hit by a penalty after they made drastic changes to the content on their homepage. They recently (within the last two weeks) reverted back to the old content in hopes that would undo the penalty. Just the other day they emailed me, asking...

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What Makes Content “Share Worthy”?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content creation doesn’t come easy. It takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to create quality content. If you’re investing so much in content, you obviously want to get the absolute most out of it. To some, the goal is to create content that will “go viral”. Let’s be honest here, of ...

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3 Ways to Be a Better Business Blogger

Written by Brick Marketing

There is no denying that business blogging is a huge part of being a successful online brand. The content you produce not only helps you grow your organic presence, but it also builds your brand's reputation, helps your site earn links naturally, feeds your social media presence, and more. But being...

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3 Ways to Get More Twitter Followers

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Twitter can be used to gain visibility and as a lead generation tool for businesses. Sure, Twitter has lots of noise to compete with, but that just means that a Twitter strategy requires some time and effort. Simply obtaining a Twitter handle, uploading an image of your logo, adding a brief descript...

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Make Time for Social Media

Written by Danielle Bachini

When discussing the important role that social media activity plays in SEO, we often hear the grumbles from our small business clients. “But we just don’t have the time to do social media”, they say. Well, we’re here to tell you that you need to start making time. Social media can be many...

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Another One Bites the Dust as Google Kills Authorship

Written by Brick Marketing

John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, announced last week that Google will be discontinuing its support for authorship in search results. Back in June, author photos were dropped from search results, supposedly to help reduce clutter and create a "better mobile experience and a more cons...

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What You Must Do to See SEO Results

Written by Danielle Bachini

If you want to be successful with SEO, it’s not the sort of thing that you can “half-you know what”. You need to be fully committed from the onset of the campaign and pledge to keep things moving at a regular pace no matter what the results are looking like or no matter how frustrated you beco...

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Reasons Why Your Content Isn’t Getting Shared

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many reasons to be creating content on behalf of your business. Content informs your target audience and establishes your business as a thought leader in the industry, which generates trust. This is the top goal of content, but another goal of content should be to get it shared. Conten...

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Feed Your Social Media Machine

Written by Danielle Bachini

Social media is a must for businesses of all sizes and from all industries today. In addition to a business website, a business social media page serves as an additional source of information for the consumer. It can aid in the decision making process during the consideration stage or encourage repe...

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How Much Traffic is that Blog Really Worth?

Written by Brick Marketing

In July 2012 this client's blog pulled in 3,416 visitors. Two years later that number hit 14,892! That's more than a 400% increase in traffic to the blog over a two year period. How exactly did we grow traffic to the blog so substantially in such a relatively short amount of time? First off, ...

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Ways to Build Your Content Audience

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In a recent interview with Jeffrey Rohrs, VP of ExactTarget’s Marketing Insights Team, we asked him how a website owner can get their content the attention it deserves. His response: “Content marketers need to understand that publication does not equal distribution. “Build it and they wi...

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Who Is Linking to Your Website?

Written by Brick Marketing

It’s a post-Penguin world and for better or worse we need to be aware of who is linking to our sites. Google doesn’t care if you didn’t ask for that link and had no hand in building it; if it shows up in your link profile it’s your responsibility. As unfair as that may seem it’s the ne...

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How Long Should Blog Posts Be?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Once we convince our clients that a blog hosted on their company website is an SEO “must have”, we usually get two questions. The first question, “How often should we publish blog posts?” The answer to that is as often as you can while maintaining high quality content. Regular posting means ...

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