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Keyword Relevancy is More Important Than Search Volume

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the first steps of an SEO campaign is to conduct keyword research to determine which relevant keywords people are using to search for the products and/or services offered. Once keywords have been researched, the next step is to select which ones to use. When undergoing the keyword selection p...

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The Two Phases of Content Marketing for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An SEO campaign needs content in order to be successful today. Content is what the search engines crawl and rank. Every piece of content is a new ranking opportunity which is why content marketing needs to be an ongoing effort. At a high level, content marketing for SEO can be broken up into two pha...

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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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No Black Hat

Don’t Focus on Rank to Measure SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

So many potential SEO clients have one thing on their mind. They want their website to rank number one in the major search engines for their priority keywords. What they don’t realize is that ranking can never be guaranteed, and any SEO company that does guarantee a number one spot is full of it. ...

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Top Reasons Why SEO is Slow

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most important points that we try to make to prospective full service SEO clients is that SEO is a slow and sometime very long process.  It’s not the kind of marketing tactic that’s going to have immediate results or a quick ROI. The complete opposite is true. In fact, it can take ma...

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Today’s SEO Link Building Best Practices

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Despite what you may have heard, link building is still an important part of SEO. That’s because the search engines still use a website’s inbound link portfolio as a ranking factor. The more high-quality, relevant links a site has, the better. However, it’s true that link building has drastica...

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Attending a Trade Show Can Improve B2B SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

B2B marketing can be quite complex. In order to be found, and remembered, by business decision makers it requires many touchpoints. Trade shows have always been a main staple of a B2B marketing program. Presenting or speaking at a trade show provides businesses with the opportunity to network with o...

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How to Make Content Marketing Work for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Yes, content marketing is a big part of SEO today. But content marketing in and of itself is not SEO. No matter how great your content is, it’s not going to improve your SEO efforts unless you have an SEO mindset while you create it. Here are 5 things to do to make your content marketing work for ...

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Is Your Website Worthy of a Natural Link?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building remains an important component of an SEO program, since inbound links still convey trust to the search engines and remain part of the search algorithm. However, link building has shifted away from the quantity of inbound links and instead focuses on the quality of inbound links. And wh...

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Content Marketing

Shift Content to Meet Target Audience Needs

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Getting started with a content marketing strategy can be overwhelming. It’s not easy to produce quality content on a regular basis. In addition to brainstorming topic ideas, conducting research, and writing/creating the content you also need to spend time promoting it once it’s been published an...

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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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SEO Tips for Seasonal Businesses

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While your business may have slow and busy periods or even close entirely for parts of the year, the Internet never stops, which essentially means that ideally your SEO program shouldn’t either. Sure, there may be more SEO related work to do during certain parts of the year but since your website ...

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Why the Meta Description Still Matters

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Way back in the early days of the Internet the search engines considered all of the meta information of a website as part of the ranking algorithm. But that led to problems since sneaky webmasters were stuffing the tags with irrelevant keywords designed to generate a lot of traffic. It wasn’t resu...

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No Black Hat

Another Reason to Not Focus on Search Engine Rankings

Written by Nick Stamoulis

What is the sign of a good SEO program? Any legitimate SEO professional will tell you that it’s a steady growth in organic search traffic over time from target audience members. What a legitimate SEO professional will not tell you is that it’s all about rank. Ranking-focused SEO is long gone. Th...

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A Common Keyword Research Mistake

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Depending on the industry your company (and website) operates in and the content on your site, there might be hundreds of keywords that you could target with your onsite SEO (incorporating keywords naturally into the on-page content and meta information of each page of the site). Best practice dicta...

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Stagger Social Posts for Maximum Exposure

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There is a right way and a wrong way to use social media for business. Unfortunately, too many companies think that “doing social media” means creating profiles on the big networks, and posting a few links whenever they feel like it. That is the wrong way. If you want to use social media correct...

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Benefits of Running a Link Audit

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Every site owner should run a link audit on their site at least once a year. When conducting a full link audit, it’s important to visit each and every link in your link portfolio no matter how many links there may be! For some site owners, this may mean you have thousands of links to check out. In...

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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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Social Media is a Two-Way Street

Written by Nick Stamoulis

By now, the majority of businesses understand the importance of social media. It has become a large part of the lives of people of all different ages and backgrounds. This means that no matter what kind of business or industry you are in, your target audience is using social media. Social media is a...

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5 Tips to Keep Social Media Followers Happy

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Getting social media followers is really only the first step when it comes to social media marketing. The real goal is to keep your social media followers happy and engaged long after they initially click the “Follow” or “Like” button. Many brands still aren’t quite sure how to do this wel...

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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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Social and Content Should Work Together

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many components that make up a robust online marketing campaign today. It’s not enough to just have a website. In order for that website to be found you need to participate in numerous online marketing tactics that need to be integrated together into one strategy. Two important parts of ...

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SEO Won’t Solve Your Business Problems

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A search engine optimization campaign, if implemented properly, can do many wonderful things for your business. It can help improve your brand visibility in the search engines and online overall in order to bring more targeted traffic to your site. An increase in visitors to the site will generate m...

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Optimize Every Page of a B2B Website

Written by Nick Stamoulis

After reviewing the competition and the industry online, the next phase of a B2B SEO campaign is to conduct keyword research for every page of the business website and then incorporate selected keywords into the content and meta tags naturally in order to generate organic search engine traffic. Whil...

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Incorporate Long Tail Keywords into the Mix

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Perhaps one of the biggest indicators of SEO success is whether or not the correct keywords are chosen to target throughout the campaign. These keywords will be used throughout on site content and within every additional piece of content that is published on the web (press releases, blog posts, etc....

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5 B2B Social Media Tips to Follow

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Even though social media has been a huge part of our lives for years now and has become a key marketing tool, there are still some B2Bs that have largely remained hold outs. They still think it’s more for B2Cs and aren’t quite sure how to leverage it. The truth is, social media is an important p...

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Tips for a Productive SEO Consulting Meeting

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Business success today is largely dependent on online visibility, and the search engines play a large role in this. Web users want instant gratification and they won’t spend time looking beyond the first one or two pages of search results. Therefore, it’s extremely important for a business to ha...

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Putting Together an SEO Report

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re actively working on an SEO campaign, it’s important to be aware of how that campaign is performing. The first thing to understand about SEO (and SEO reporting) is that SEO is long term. While it’s recommended to pull reports on a regular basis, it’s highly doubtful that you’re go...

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Protect Your Website with White Hat SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Like it or not, all website owners are essentially at the mercy of the high and mighty Google. When people are looking for information, what do they do? That’s right, they “Google it.” This means that website owners that want to rank prominently for relevant keywords in a Google search need to...

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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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5 Blog Content Topic Sources

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Owning a business blog that is a part of the company website is a smart idea for a number of reasons. First, it’s a content outlet that the business owns, meaning that the business owner or marketing department has full control over what’s posted, when it’s posted, and how often it’s posted....

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B2B Link Building is Reputation Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Besides asking trusted friends and family members, where is the first place that people usually go to in order to find out more information about a company or brand? That’s right, they head straight to the computer or take out their mobile device and start searching online. Information about just ...

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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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SEO: A 5 Step Program

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Sometimes it seems like almost anything can be done in “5 easy steps” these days. Losing weight, building a business, earning extra income, getting over an ex, and the list goes on and on. SEO can also be categorized as a 5 step program, but it certainly isn’t easy. In order to find SEO succes...

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Are You Building an SEO Pyramid or House of Cards?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Back in the early days of SEO the SEO hierarchy of needs (based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs) went something like this: Content–> Keyword Research–> Onsite Optimization–> Link Building Website owners would create their website content, conduct keyword research using a keywor...

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Your Link Building Activities Need to Be Relevant!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

At Brick Marketing, we are advocates of strictly white hat link building. That means that we believe that SEO campaigns need to play by the rules set forth by the search engines (as best as we can understand them anyway) and avoid anything that might land our clients' websites in hot water. There ar...

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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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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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5 Tips to Improve Blog Conversion Rate

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that all business can benefit from having a blog. It can help boost SEO efforts, fuel a social media strategy, and help a business establish itself as a trusted thought leader in a particular niche. Just getting someone to visit your blog is important, but ultimately you want that person t...

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Reasons Why You Need a Content Marketing Strategy

Written by Brick Marketing

These days, content should be the lifeblood of your marketing program because it not only helps improve your SEO program, but it also increases engagement with your brand, especially on social media. The goal is to create content that people will want to read. To do this, you should develop content ...

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Save Your Link Portfolio with a 301 Redirect!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you rebuilding or redesigning your website? If so, then you'll want to make sure that you keep your SEO partner informed for several reasons. One of the most important of these is because you will want to make sure that you keep your hard-won link portfolio intact as you make any changes to your...

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What to Do if You Have Bad Inbound Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Perhaps one of the most important ways that the search engines determine the authority of your website is by analyzing the inbound links that point to it, which is why white hat SEO link building is such an important part of an SEO strategy. While website owners are building inbound links it’s imp...

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The Argument Against Specialized SEO Services

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Many companies understand the importance of SEO, but just don’t have the time or resources to do it themselves. So, they make the smart decision to start looking for an SEO company or consultant to assist them. When researching SEO options you may come across companies that specialize in SEO withi...

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URL Writing Best Practice for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Is your URL structure SEO-friendly? On the surface, it may not seem as if such a small detail would matter. However, an effective URL structure helps increase usability to your website, which could increase traffic and also give you an advantage over your competition. When creating your website, it ...

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Winning Approach to B2B Content Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to the B2B sector, consumers are looking for as much information about a product, service, business, or brand before making a decision as to whether to spend their money. Since the sales cycle can be rather long with B2B, the content has an even more important role - to keep brand enga...

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Ways to Build a Solid SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to executing an effective SEO campaign, how it's structured makes all the difference. There are certain elements that every SEO program needs to have. Besides that, items beyond your control, such as Google's algorithm changes, can also have an impact. No matter what kind of business ...

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Have Realistic B2B SEO Goals

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s necessary to take a strategic approach to B2B SEO. In the campaign planning process a business needs to determine what the goals of the campaign will be to measure the success of the campaign as it moves along. The important thing to remember when setting B2B SEO goals is that they need to be...

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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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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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