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SEO Articles

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SEO Software Won’t Do the Work for You

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO isn’t just something that’s needed for big websites or large corporations. Every website that exists needs to be optimized in order to increase its online visibility and build brand awareness. Think about how many websites there are out there. Without an optimized site, it’s easy to get lo...

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Using SEO to Improve Branded Search

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While it is true that the primary goal of an SEO campaign is to improve traffic from the search engines from visitors using non branded keywords that are targeted in the SEO campaign, you can’t discount the importance of branded keyword search terms and how SEO affects these kinds of searches, as ...

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On Page SEO Is More Complex Than You Think

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There is a lot that goes into an effective full service SEO campaign. You need to produce great content on a regular basis, earn quality links, and your on page SEO needs to be as effective as possible. In the past, it was enough to come up with a bullet list of things that need to be addressed as p...

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Why SEO and PR Should Work Together

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In the past, it was possible to work on an SEO strategy independently from the rest of the marketing departments. However, over the past decade or so, search engines have changed greatly through several algorithm updates, such as Penguin, Panda, and the newest implementation of Google's machine lea...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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