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SEO Articles

Can You Recognize SEO Success When You See It?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A few months ago I got an email from one of our full-service SEO clients asking me if I had any suggestions on how they could ramp up their SEO efforts. He was looking in Moz at their site’s domain rank compared to some of their competitors and felt the gap wasn’t closing fast enough. So I did a...

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Search Volume Running Low? Tap Into New Avenues

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Depending on what industry you work in, your priority keywords could have a very large search volume (10s of thousands of searches a month), or a relatively small search volume (maybe only a few hundred). If your website is sitting fairly comfortably towards the top of page 1 in the SERPs how much r...

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Focus on One Niche to Succeed with SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many factors that contribute towards SEO success. You need to have a quality site with great content that’s going to generate inbound links, the site needs to become trusted, the right keywords need to be used etc. There’s one more thing that isn’t talked about as much, but from year...

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Bigger Isn’t Always Better When it Comes to SEO

Written by Brick Marketing

Many small business owners feel like if only they had a bigger budget and a bigger team they could really make huge strides with their SEO campaigns. But thousands of businesses are one-man-shows or two-man teams at best, and their SEO “budget” is really whatever funds they can pull together to ...

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Stop Asking About Your Rank Already

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We are always upfront with prospective SEO clients regarding how we measure the success of an SEO campaign. We explain that SEO is a long-term process and that it will take time to start seeing an ROI, especially in a competitive niche. We measure the success of an SEO campaign by looking at many fa...

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SEO Won’t Work Unless Your Product is Consistent

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When first speaking with a potential SEO client to get a sense of the history of their business and their business website there are certain things that stand out that tell us either 1. This website and company will be great to work with and we will be able to get them SEO results or 2. There are re...

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A Theory On Penguin and Manual Action Penalties

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In August Google announced they would be notifying websites affected by manual Webspam actions in their Webmaster Tools account. Sites could be flagged for a number of reasons, including unnatural links, which could be mistaken for a Penguin penalty if site owners didn’t double check. Penguin is a...

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Merging Businesses? Think Before Merging Websites

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While some small business owners may prefer to remain a “small business”, for most business owners the goal is to grow the business over time. There are many ways to grow a business and one of them is the opportunity to merge with another business. Mergers often make sense from a business perspe...

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How to Make Your Blog Work for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most important components of a search engine optimization campaign is content since it’s what can be optimized using keywords and is what generates natural links. That’s why a blog should be incorporated onto your website. However, just adding a blog to the site isn’t going to magic...

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Does Your Web Developer Understand SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As SEO professionals we can’t help but cringe a little bit when one of our clients mentions that they want to redesign their site. If the website is generating a significant amount of traffic from the search engines and other sources, and those visitors are converting we would prefer that a client...

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Think Like a PR Pro to Execute SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The shifts that have occurred in the SEO industry also mean that SEO professionals need to have a shift in their mindset too. SEO is no longer simply about adding some keywords to your existing content and looking for any opportunity to get a link. It needs to be much more strategic than that. Inste...

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How to Measure SEO Campaign Success with Analytics

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO is an online marketing function that is built for the long term. If you start SEO one month, there’s a very small chance that you are going to see much improvement the next month. However, as the SEO campaign moves along and you are producing SEO content and generating quality inbound links yo...

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5 Things the Best SEO Clients Understand

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Just like there are good and bad SEO firms, there are also good and bad SEO clients. When a prospective client comes running to us complaining about their current or former SEO firm, we always make sure to ask the right questions to determine whether it actually was the SEO firm’s fault that the S...

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Don’t Let the Approval Process Hinder SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most important things that a website owner needs to understand about SEO is that it is a long-term process. Unlike other marketing activities in which there might be an immediate return, like direct mail or a short-term promotion, it takes time to see SEO results. This is mostly due to th...

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Why Blogging Matters for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When considering whether a new potential SEO client is a good fit there are a number of things that we take a look at. When reviewing the site one of the first things that we do is check the navigation to see if the site has a blog. If the site already has an active blog up and running, that’s a...

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Time to Throw Your SEO Firm Under the Bus

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In the last few months I have started working with two different companies in two very different fields that were negatively impacted by the work done by their previous SEO firm. The first company was hit when Penguin 2.0 came down the pipeline in May 2013 and lost about ½ of their organic traffic ...

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Business Changes That Your SEO Firm Needs to Know About

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Many companies choose to outsource SEO work because they don’t have the resources to handle all of the work that needs to be done in house. However, it’s imperative that an SEO firm still be viewed as a part of the team. A successful SEO firm/SEO client relationship is like a partnership and one...

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SEO is Earned Media

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When you think of “media” you tend to think about TV, radio, and newspapers (do people still read those?). However, the media really refers to any outlet where you can get attention by the masses and the Internet is one of those outlets. There are two types of media: paid and earned. Paid media ...

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When Will SEO Equal Sales?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The primary purpose of any marketing campaign is to improve awareness of a company, product, or service, in order to generate more sales. There are many different types of marketing tactics that can be implemented. Some marketing tactics work to generate business in the short term, like advertisemen...

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3 Ways to Find Your Latest Inbound Links

Written by Brick Marketing

Google has made it very clear that sites should focus more on “earning” natural links through great content marketing and an active social media presence. However, you can’t control who links to you and sometimes those earned inbound links are ones you wish weren’t pointing towards your webs...

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3 Reasons Your Organic Growth Has Flat Lined

Written by Brick Marketing

Obviously every site owner, and their SEO partners, would like to see a steadily upward increase in organic traffic once they get their SEO campaign underway. While you need to give things a few months to take hold and build momentum (remember, just because you make changes to your site that doesn...

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The White Hat Approach to Targeting Multiple Cities

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a local business, you are targeting potential customers in a specific area - but that might include cities and towns outside of the city in which you are physically located. So, how does this work from an SEO perspective? Even if you are located in City A, you might be very close to city B, so ...

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SEO Won’t Guarantee Conversions

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The purpose of a search engine optimization campaign is to conduct activities that will capture the attention of the search engine spiders, and in turn get your website content to rank prominently in the search engines for related keyword search terms. If you are able to improve your search engine p...

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Cutting Corners in an SEO Strategy Will Backfire

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Business owners want to see the quickest possible return on their marketing investment. However, many marketing strategies are built for the long term- to build up brand recognition over time. A sale or promotion might yield results within a given timeframe, but a search engine optimization campai...

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The 3 New Rules of SEO

Written by Brick Marketing

SEO is a very interesting industry to work in because the game is constantly evolving. The tactics we rely on heavily today could very easily be useless, or even counterproductive, three months from now. This doesn’t mean that SEO is dead or dying, only that it is changing to keep up with the time...

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Why SEO Success Won’t Happen Overnight

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re looking for a marketing solution that is going to generate a quick response and result in an uptick in sales, leads, conversions, etc. in the short term- SEO isn’t it. What’s frustrating to most website owners about SEO is that it is a necessary evil. It’s necessary because peopl...

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What Lazy SEO Looks Like

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many SEO industry professionals and it’s likely that nobody takes exactly the same approach to an SEO campaign. However, if your business website is in the market to hire an in house SEO professional, an SEO consultant, or an SEO firm the one thing that you want to make sure of is that t...

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Marketing Folks, Check Your SEO Ego at the Door

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There’s lots of content out there about how to go about selecting an SEO firm that is the right fit for your company. We’ve even written plenty on the topic ourselves. This is all well and good but what potential SEO clients need to understand is that it goes both ways. Just as you are checking ...

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How to Start SEO for Your New Website

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re a start up and you’ve just launched a business website, it’s smart of you to already be thinking about SEO. After all, SEO is a slow moving process and the earlier you get started at it, the better off your site will be. However, we don’t recommend that new website owners hire an S...

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SEO Education Matters!

Written by Brick Marketing

Many site owners and marketers are pressed for time, especially when they own/work for a smaller business. Most of us don’t have the luxury of having a 10 person marketing team at our beck and call, complete with copywriter, social media community manager, and SEO expert. In most cases, the one or...

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Consider the Competition in an SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An SEO campaign is like any other kind of marketing campaign in that it involves conducting research before getting started. It’s necessary to research the market online, which includes target audience behavior as well as a competitive analysis. If your business and/or website is relatively new to...

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3 Common SEO Misconceptions

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Even though search engine optimization has been around for years, it’s still a marketing tactic that many website owners don’t quite understand. This is partially due to the fact that the industry is always changing. What was an acceptable SEO practice even just 6 months ago might no longer be v...

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How To Conduct a Site Content Audit in 4 Steps

Written by Brick Marketing

Keep in mind that depending on how large your website is a full site content audit could take several weeks…or it could take several months. The most important thing about conducting a site content audit is to stay organized and keep plugging away at it! 1. Pull and organize every single URL. Th...

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SEO Writing Requires an Additional Skill Set

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Not everybody has the skills required to be a good writer. You need to be able to understand what people want to read and convey it in a proper manner. Of course there are different kinds of writing. Formal writing requires citations and research while less formal writing can be written just as if y...

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What is the Search Goal of Your Target Audience?

Written by Brick Marketing

One of the biggest differences between search traffic and social traffic, in my opinion, is that people don’t turn to Facebook or Twitter with a specific goal in mind. You head to your favorite social networks to be entertained, to check-in with your friends, to stumble across interesting news and...

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Protect Your SEO While Redesigning Your Site!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A lot of our clients have undergone site redesigns this year in some way, shape, or form. Some just reworked a chunk of their content while others completed changed the entire design, URL structure, content and messaging and more. And while websites need to be redesigned every few years in order to ...

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Common Enterprise SEO Challenges to Overcome

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The SEO process is mostly similar for any website, regardless of size. It begins with conducting industry and target audience behavior research before selecting the proper keywords to target on every page. Keywords are then implemented naturally into on site content including meta information and on...

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Common Reasons Why SEO Success Isn’t Happening

Written by Nick Stamoulis

What SEO clients need to understand about SEO is that it’s a process. It takes time to begin to see the results of your efforts. However, if after six months of SEO work you still don’t see any kind of improvement, it could be because you are making common mistakes that are limiting the amount o...

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What Percentage of Entrance Keywords Should Be Branded?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As an SEO campaign moves along, it’s important to monitor the success of the campaign. It’s true that SEO is a long-term strategy and that success won’t come over night, but as the campaign progresses you should be able to see small (but significant) gains along the way. One item that shoul...

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Why Bother with SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The SEO rules are always changing. The search engines are constantly changing their algorithms. “Experts” are claiming that SEO is dead. It’s no wonder why many website owners are wondering, “Why should we even bother?” Well, here’s why: SEO, done properly, still works! Yes it’s tru...

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4 Important SEO Reports to Measure Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While it’s true that SEO is a long-term process and you aren’t going to see an immediate ROI, that doesn’t mean that there is no way track the success of the campaign. Throughout the duration of the campaign, it’s important to check on your Analytics to make sure that things are trending the...

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Clean Up Your SEO Before It’s Too Late

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO clean up doesn’t work like spring-cleaning. You need to do it whenever it’s necessary as opposed to only once a year. Because the search engines are constantly tweaking their algorithms and the rules are always changing, an SEO campaign needs to evolve over time as well. This means cleaning ...

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Utilize H Tags Within Web Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When creating a web page, whether it is a product or service page or an informational blog post, it’s important to keep in mind the behavior of web users. People browsing the web are looking for information quickly. This is why a page that takes longer than a few seconds to load really has no chan...

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Some SEO is Better Than No SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Every business website, no matter the industry or how big or small the company is, should be investing in SEO in some way, shape, or form. Think about the user behavior of your target audience. If they aren’t already using your services, how are they going to find out about you? In today’s busin...

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Are You Optimizing Your Blog Posts for SEO?

Written by Brick Marketing

It’s so important to remember that the search engines don’t rank your website as a whole, but rather the various internal pages are “graded” individually. This means that every page has the potential to become a landing page for visitors provided it has been properly optimized for SEO. That...

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3 Tips for Selecting The Right SEO Firm

Written by Brick Marketing

There are hundreds of SEO firms, consultants, experts and agencies out there to choose from. Some specialize in local SEO, others prefer to work with B2B firms, and still others do nothing but international SEO. With so many options all-clamoring for your business, how is a site owner to know they a...

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What SEO Clients Need to Understand

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO is an important component of an online marketing strategy. After all, when people are looking for the products or services that you provide the first place that they go online is to the search engines. While the large corporations may be able to hire an in house SEO team, that’s typically not ...

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The Increasing Importance of “No Follow” for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links that point to your site can be “followed” which means that the search engines consider them as a part of your inbound link portfolio for ranking purposes or “no follow” which means that the search engines see the link, but it doesn’t pass any trust over to your site. A miscon...

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