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Have You Considered Investing in Bing Ads?

Written by Danielle Bachini

Pay per click search advertising is often a worthwhile addition to your internet marketing efforts. We all know that when people are looking for a product or a service, they turn to the search engines. SEO is a “must” today, but the downside to SEO is that it takes time. It can take years or lon...

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Content Marketing ROI

How Do You Really Prove the ROI of Content Marketing?

Written by Shawna Wright

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 Shawna Wright

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 w...

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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 Shawna Wright

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 things 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 con...

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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 Shawna Wright

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 can indirectly help your SEO? That is, if you s...

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SEO Tricks To Not Fall For!

Written by Shawna Wright

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 Your Stand Out?

Written by Shawna Wright

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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How to Improve Your AdWords Keyword Quality Score

Written by Danielle Bachini

If you want to improve the placement of your Google AdWords ad on the results page, you need to improve your ad rank. Ad rank is calculated using a combination of bid amount and Quality Score. So essentially, you can’t just throw money at Google and see a boost. The ad’s Quality Score needs to b...

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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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The Time to Invest in a Responsive Website is Now

Written by Danielle Bachini

There’s been a lot of industry chatter recently about mobile user experience and its effect on search ranking. Mobile user experience isn’t currently a ranking factor, but Google has strongly implied that it will become one. A Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land: “Because at Google...

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When It Comes to Web Design, Less is More

Written by Brick Marketing

Comparing today to say 10 years ago, a lot has changed in terms of the internet. Back in the early 2000s, a large percentage of people accessed the internet via dial-up or DSL. Today, the majority of users access the web via high-speed broadband connections or super-fast 4G wireless networks. Our in...

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Google Pushed Penguin 3.0 Live

Written by Shawna Wright

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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Just Enough SEO Knowledge to Be Dangerous

Written by Shawna Wright

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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Facebook Is Still King of the Social Jungle

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A lot of people are experiencing Facebook burn-out. 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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Is Your Website Failing Your SEO?

Written by Shawna Wright

For one of our B2B SEO clients, we helped increase organic traffic to their site by over 300% in just a year. That's an ENORMOUS jump that most sites can only dream of. Those visitors were spending more time on the site, visiting more pages on average, consuming more content (we tracked white paper ...

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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 are 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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Managing Client Expectations During A Website Redesign

Written by Brick Marketing

Websites are complex creatures. Besides back-end coding and script work, websites involve multiple design elements and may also include components such as audio, video, and application integration. Because a website is both technically complex and labor intensive, it is important to establish clear ...

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No SEO Firm Can Guarantee Organic Results

Written by Shawna Wright

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 Shawna Wright

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 linking s...

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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 Shawna Wright

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 they ...

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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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Get More From Your Website Visitors

Written by Danielle Bachini

As any web marketer will tell you, it’s hard work getting traffic to your site! It requires an investment of time and money. Marketing dollars are spent on website visitors that come from SEO, PPC, advertisements, email newsletters, social media, and more. Due to the cost involved, you want to get...

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Name Your Images Before Uploading Them

Written by Brick Marketing

While images on a site usually fall under the domain of website design, there is one component of adding images to your site that also involves web development – its code. Whenever you upload an image (i.e. a JPEG or a PNG file), it is translated into HTML code on the back end of the site. Even th...

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That Old Blog Post is Worth More Than You Think!

Written by Shawna Wright

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 Shawna Wright

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 with...

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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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Four Things NOT to Include In Your New Website

Written by Michael Lupacchino

As a business owner, you should make sure that you redesign your website every few years. Not only does it allow you to update your site with the newest web technologies, but is also give you a chance to ditch outdated or redundant web items or content. Just as new technologies emerge, others become...

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3 Places to Find New Linking Opportunities

Written by Shawna Wright

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 requires...

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What’s New in WordPress 4.0

Written by Brick Marketing

WordPress has quickly become an industry leading content management system (CMS) for businesses worldwide. Nick-named “Benny” after Jazz Musician Benny Goodman, WordPress 4.0 is now available and numerous publications and industry leaders are talking about the update, which includes improvements...

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

Written by Shawna Wright

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 Be a Better Business Blogger

Written by Shawna Wright

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 Shawna Wright

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. Content tha...

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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 Site Speed Impacts Website Performance

Written by Brick Marketing

Most of us access the internet over high-speed broadband or wireless networks, leaving dial-up internet a thing of the past. Even though most users are able to surf the web at high speeds, the speed at which your website operates is a major factor in how the site performs not only in search, but as ...

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How Much Traffic is that Blog Really Worth?

Written by Shawna Wright

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 Shawna Wright

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 new SEO world we...

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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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Think Like a PR Pro to Earn Links

Written by Danielle Bachini

The term link building will still be used in SEO circles, however the nature of link building has changed. It’s more about link earning as opposed to link building now. That’s because the best links that you can have pointing to your site are the ones that occur naturally. It’s not about a web...

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