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Link Building Articles

Don’t Believe These 4 SEO Linking Theories

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The Google Penguin update may have been years ago now, but it’s had a lasting impression on website owners, especially those that were hit with a penalty. To some, “link building” has become a dirty word and they try to stay away from it. The problem with that approach is that inbound links re...

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Broken Link Building How-To Guide

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Broken links happen for many reasons – websites go defunct, URL changes are made and pages are removed during redesigns and the webmaster forgets to 301 redirect, etc. The end result is millions of broken links out there that are not only causing bad user experiences, but are also missed SEO oppor...

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Don’t Miss These Easy Link Building Opportunities

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building as a whole isn’t easy. That’s because a big link building focus is on generating natural inbound links that are earned by publishing great, linkable content. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some easier ways to get inbound links. There are plenty of “low hanging f...

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Outbound Linking Best Practices for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When SEO linking is discussed, the focus is usually on inbound links, or links on other websites that are pointing to your website. Inbound links are a ranking factor since they convey trust and authority to the search engines. What usually doesn’t get as much attention is outbound linking, or lin...

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3 Things You Must Do to Earn Natural Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links (or links from other websites pointing to your website) are one of the top Google search ranking criteria. While an important part of a search engine optimization campaign is to actively seek out link building opportunities, it’s also necessary to take steps in order to increase the ...

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Link Building Fundamentals are Marketing Fundamentals

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Despite search engine optimization being a legitimate online marketing practice for many years now, there are still plenty of marketing folks who don’t quite understand it. Some even fear it due to fear of the unknown. All they hear about are link warnings and penalties from the search engines and...

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3 Things that Generate More Inbound Links to Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Publishing great website content is important for a number of reasons. For SEO purposes, it’s necessary in order to rank for specific keywords and to generate natural inbound links that help to convey trust (and determine rank) in the search engines. That’s why it’s so important to not only pu...

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5 Things to Understand About Link Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re new to SEO, there’s a good chance you’re a little confused about link building. That’s because there’s a lot of information out there, but so much of it is now outdated. What hasn’t changed, however, is that inbound links pointing to your site are a search engine ranking signal...

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The Low-Hanging Fruit of Link Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building has changed drastically over the years. It used to be, get as many links as you can from wherever you can. Then the Google Penguin update came around and slapped websites for doing exactly that. Now, the focus is on quality, not quantity. It’s true that finding quality links can be c...

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Things to Consider Before Accepting a Link Opportunity

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While some parts of the search engine algorithm remain a mystery, there’s one thing that we all know for sure: inbound links to your website are a ranking signal. It’s one of the top three ranking signals, in fact. This means that generating inbound links to your site remains critically importan...

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The Hard Work That’s Behind Natural Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links are important for SEO because they remain a top search engine ranking factor. Inbound links pass trust from one site to the next and convey relevancy to the search spiders. You’ll hear that the best links to earn are “natural” links, or inbound links that occur naturally over tim...

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Want to Earn Natural Links? Here’s What You Need

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Actively seeking out new inbound link opportunities remains an important part of an SEO program. However, some of the best links are the ones that are earned naturally, when another website owner chooses to link over to your website because they find value in its content. Here’s what’s needed in...

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Turn Broken Links into SEO Wins

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links remain one of the top search engine ranking factors, which is why it’s in the best interest of website owners to continue to seek out relevant inbound link opportunities over time. While it’s important to create entirely new links from a diverse profile of relevant websites, perhap...

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4 Types of Links to Pursue Right Now

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links remain an important search engine ranking factor. They help to convey how trusted a company/brand and its website are. Yet, many companies are missing out on some of the “easier” links. As long as an inbound link is relevant and coming from a legitimate website, it contributes posi...

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3 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Earning Natural Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links are still considered to be one of the top SEO ranking factors, which is why link building should remain a priority. Of course, link building has changed. The quality of inbound links is much more important than the quantity of inbound links. And when it comes to link quality, a link th...

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5 Link Building and Content Mistakes to Stop Making

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building and content marketing are no longer separate SEO entities. Essentially, they are the same thing today. In order to build valuable inbound links to your site, you need to be creating high-quality content that is going to get noticed. Even with this knowledge, there are plenty of link bu...

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Marketers: Are Your Online Passwords in Order?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

This post isn’t about SEO directly, but it’s a topic that is relevant to all online marketers, including SEOs. An important component of online marketing (or any marketing, really) is to expand the reach of your brand and to be found wherever target audience members are. Online, it means setting...

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4 Steps of an Efficient Link Building Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building is a time-consuming process, but it’s a worthwhile one, since inbound links pointing to your website remain an important search engine ranking factor. The key to successful link building is to take an organized, strategic approach. Here are 4 important steps towards an efficient link...

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If You’re a Marketer You Can Be a Link Builder

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Some marketers are apprehensive of the secret world of SEO link building. The truth is, there’s really no magical secret to link building and it’s not that complicated. If you are a marketer, you can be a link builder. Today’s link building is a manual process, much like any other form of mark...

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What to Keep in Mind About SEO Link Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While SEO best practice has certainly changed over the years, one thing remains constant – inbound links to your website are important. But not just any links – high quality, relevant links. If you want to increase your organic search traffic you must be link building. Here are 5 things to keep ...

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Yes, Social Media Matters for SEO Link Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If someone told you that social media doesn’t matter for SEO link building purposes, they’re wrong. While it’s true that links shared in social media are nofollowed and aren’t directly growing your SEO link portfolio or influencing the search engine algorithms, an active social media presenc...

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6 Easy Link Building Opportunities to Capitalize On

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Despite what you may have heard, not all link building is difficult. Sure, link building might take some time and effort but there are some link building opportunities that are rather easy to capitalize on. Here are 6 “low-hanging fruit” link opportunities you don’t want to miss out on: Pre...

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Be Wary of Link Building Opportunities

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Let’s be honest. White hat link building is tough. We know we need inbound links but also know that Google’s link building rules are strict. It’s a sort of catch-22. That’s why it’s always tempting when a website owner reaches out with a link opportunity. “The site looks halfway decent,...

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Build Relationships to Build Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Editorial links (that are the result of a website owner choosing to include a link on their website because it will be valuable to their audience) are the most valuable links to have. That’s because they will stand the test of time and are algorithm update-proof. The search engines will never pena...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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