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SEO Articles

SEO is Nothing Without These 3 Things

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As the search engine algorithms continue to get more and more complex, SEO campaigns must adapt in order to keep up with best practices. If your SEO campaign is relying on tactics like general directory submissions and link exchanges you are going to find that it’s not working or even worse, that ...

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Items to Measure after One Year of SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The goal of an SEO campaign is to improve a search engine presence as well as the number of relevant visitors to the website over the long-term. Due to the complexities of the search engine algorithms and the number of websites that are competing for target audience member attention, it’s nearly i...

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SEO Content Requires an Investment

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you want to be successful with SEO today it all comes down to content. The businesses that are creating authoritative content on a regular basis, optimizing it utilizing targeted keywords, publishing it on their blog or on other relevant third party sites, and sharing it with their following in s...

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4 SEO Benefits You Can’t Make Google Do

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Google has thrown a lot of changes into the SERPS that, should they work as intended, could be a game changer for a lot of websites. However, even though you may do everything Google says in exactly the way they advise you to do it there is no guarantee that those SEO benefits will actually work in ...

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Should SEO Content include Dates?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An SEO campaign isn’t going to be effective today without a steady stream of content creation. Adding keywords to your existing website content isn’t enough. The search engine space is far too competitive. In order to improve your search engine presence you need to be creating informational cont...

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3 SEO Reports to Show Continuing Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Obviously every site owner wants to see SEO reports that show an increase in organic traffic month to month once they start their SEO campaign. Unfortunately, very few (if any) SEO campaigns are going to experience exponential traffic growth. Some months are bound to be slower than others for a vari...

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5 Components of Successful SEO Today

Written by Nick Stamoulis

What’s both exciting and frustrating about the SEO industry is that it’s always changing. We are at the mercy of the search engine algorithms which are constantly being tweaked. That’s why it’s so important for SEOs to stay up to date by reading the search engine Webmaster Guidelines and SEO...

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Why You Need to Blog for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Did you know that blogs give websites 434% more indexed pages and 97% more indexed links? These shocking stats (or not so shocking if you are well versed in SEO) and other amazing bits of information can be found within this infographic. Convinced about the power of blogging for SEO yet? When i...

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Be Sure to Set Realistic SEO Goals

Written by Brick Marketing

One of the biggest obstacles to long term SEO success is the fact that many site owners don’t set realistic SEO goals and expectations for their program. When you treat SEO like a marketing tactic as opposed to a long term investment you might be expecting to see results typical of an online adver...

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Tell Google What Your Site is About

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Even though the Google algorithm is extremely complex and the search engine giant continues to make new strides every day to produce results that users are going to be happy with we have to continue to keep one thing in mind- it’s search spiders (robots) that are doing a majority of the work. As s...

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Forget These Old School SEO Thoughts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

What’s both exciting and challenging about SEO is that it’s an industry that is constantly evolving. What was considered best practice even just a few years ago might no longer be relevant. This is why it’s so important for those of us in the industry to stay informed by reading the search eng...

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Who’s to Blame for That SEO Penalty?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The biggest SEO failure is obviously any kind of penalty (either algorithmic or manual). This doesn’t just mean that you SEO program didn’t work, it actually worked against you. When sites are whacked with an SEO penalty it can take months or even years for them to completely recover, depending ...

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Get the Most SEO Value Out of Blog Posts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Blogging is a great way to attract the attention of target audience members. Consumers are looking for information online and the more information that you can give them, the better. Informational blog posts help to establish a business as a trusted source. When it comes time to buy a product or ...

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Why Waste Your Time with Low-Value SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Low-value SEO tactics include any of those “easy win” or “low-hanging fruit” solutions so many site owners are looking for. They want to get in, get out and have an optimized site as quickly as possible. I get it; as a small business owner I I know that time is tight and you don’t always h...

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Why Clients Should Learn the SEO Basics

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There’s a reason why so many successful SEO firms exist today- there’s a huge need for them! Businesses understand that an online presence today is everything, and more specifically, a positive search engine presence. This is why they are willing to invest in online marketing and SEO. If an o...

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SEO Questions an SEO Company Can’t Answer

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If we’re an SEO company, we should be able to answer all of the hard hitting SEO questions- right? Unfortunately that’s not always the case. There are plenty of SEO variables that are simply out of our control so that we can’t give definite answers to certain questions. This can be frustrat...

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3 Ways to Show Your SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As frustrating as it is to hear (and say) not every website is going to grow their organic traffic by leaps and bounds through their SEO program. Even if you did everything “right” there could still be a number of factors working against you. For instance, if you work in a highly niche market th...

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The Impact of Enterprise SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In my experience working with B2B clients, the bigger the business the more red-tape and ego there is standing in the way of the enterprise SEO campaign. For instance, one of my enterprise SEO clients (a software company) was having a hard time getting their various product managers inline when it c...

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Stop Expecting Instant SEO Success!

Written by Brick Marketing

When it comes to SEO success site owners have to be patient. As frustrating as it is to hear, SEO is a long term process that builds on itself over time. Momentum doesn’t come quick or easy but you have to remember that every little win each month (a few extra visitors, new keywords or referral li...

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How to Improve a Blog Post for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many reasons to create and maintain an active blog on your business website. It serves as an additional resource and source of information for website visitors. It helps to display the authority and knowledge that you have on a specific topic. It also is beneficial for SEO reasons. The...

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Make SEO Worthwhile with a Clear Call to Action

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A strong SEO campaign is essential in the competitive online space. If you want your website to rank in the search engines for specific keywords and keyword phrases, you will need to optimize your existing site content to include those keywords, add additional site content like blog posts on a regu...

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Don’t Abuse Keywords for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keywords are an essential part of an SEO program. Even if you don’t have much SEO knowledge, this much should be somewhat obvious. SEO is all about improving a search engine presence meaning that you want your site to show up when people insert, you guessed it- keywords, into the search box and hi...

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How a Merger Could Affect SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Most businesses start up with the intention of growing over time. Isn’t that the goal? Nearly every business starts as a “small business” but as it succeeds over time, along with it comes growth and potential new opportunities. One possible opportunity that may come along for a successful s...

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Features of a B2B Blog That Improve SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When a prospective B2B SEO client gets in touch and is curious about the SEO process that we’ll take one of our first questions is, “Do you have a blog?” Content writing has become an intrinsic component of SEO today, specifically blog writing. The search engines rank web pages and each blog...

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Good SEO Means Putting Your Visitors First

Written by Nick Stamoulis

This might sound a little crazy coming from an SEO professional, but if you want to have the best SEO campaign possible (the kind that can survive just about any algorithm update) the single best piece of advice I can give you is to stop worrying about the search engines and put your visitors first....

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Why Are My Top Keywords All Branded?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the performance metrics that we look at for each of our clients on a monthly basis are the entrance keywords that are delivering traffic to the site. It’s important to look at these keywords to compare them to the keywords that are being targeted to ensure that the campaign is on track. If ...

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Year Two of an SEO Program Should Focus on Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The way to approach SEO depends on the business and the budget that it has for SEO activities. Larger corporations may be able to afford an in house SEO team. If that’s the case, they will certainly be able to get a lot more done and the campaign will move from phase to phase more quickly. However...

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Where Did My Website Visitors Go?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Instead of focusing on rank (which fluctuates and is based on too many variables to be an accurate measurement of SEO success) we always tell our SEO clients to pay more attention to visitor growth. You aren’t going to see a huge bump in visitors at the onset of a campaign but over time there shou...

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What is White Hat SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

White hat SEO is just one of the many methodologies your SEO campaign can follow. There is also black hat SEO, grey hat SEO and many other shades in between. One methodology isn’t necessarily better than the other but, as a strictly white hat SEO professional, I believe that white hat SEO is the b...

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Blog Posts Require More Than SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

After conducting keyword research and implementing targeted keywords onto the existing static pages of your website, one of the biggest components of long term SEO success is creating fresh new content on a regular basis. The best way to keep your website “fresh” is by implementing a blog that i...

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Getting Into the SEO Mindset

Written by Brick Marketing

In order to “do” SEO properly you need to have the right attitude about it. Too often site owners claim SEO doesn’t work but mostly that’s because they didn’t actually take the time to invest in it properly. If you only put 50% in you can’t expect to get 100% out of your SEO campaign. He...

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Remove the Red Tape on Your SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An SEO campaign is an ongoing process. It’s not like a one off promotion or advertising campaign that runs for a limited amount of time. Therefore, it’s true that there really are no “hard, fast” deadlines but at the same time, the longer that you put things off the longer it will take to se...

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Attributes of a Good SEO Firm

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The decision to hire an SEO company isn’t made lightly. The types of businesses that hire a firm as opposed to hiring someone in house to do the work typically have a limited budget and SEO work requires a significant investment. Of course, that investment is well worth it since a positive searc...

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Always Communicate With Your SEO Partner

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Companies choose to outsource SEO work for two reasons. First, they can’t afford to hire additional staff to handle SEO and second, current staff members aren’t qualified and don’t have the time to learn it and then include it amongst all of their other daily duties. In many cases outsourcing ...

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Don’t Blame a Low Conversion Rate on SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most important online marketing tactics today is search engine optimization since nearly everybody that is looking for anything online turns to the search engines. However it’s necessary to recognize that there is a difference between the purpose of SEO and the purpose of a business we...

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Why Risk Your Website with Black Hat SEO Tactics?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Let me start off by saying that I am a strictly white hat SEO practitioner, and that means that I make sure that all the SEO work I do for my clients, as well as for Brick Marketing itself, falls in line with the Google and Bing Webmaster Tools guidelines. That being said, I have seen plenty of site...

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How to Prove SEO Is Working For Your Website

Written by Brick Marketing

In today’s economy very dollar has to be accounted for. For many websites, they want to see that when they invest one dollar in their SEO campaign it’s going to bring a $1.50 or $2 back into their business. But in order to prove SEO is working for your website you need to know what to look for. ...

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SEO Work Shouldn’t be Seasonal

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Many businesses operate on seasonal schedules. For example, a pool cleaning service in New England isn’t going to get much business in January and a snow plowing company won’t have anything to do in July. However, seasonality of services and products doesn’t always align directly with the actu...

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3 Questions You Shouldn’t Ask Your SEO Company

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In my 13 year career as an SEO professional I’ve gotten some pretty crazy questions from clients. Not that I mind answering questions—I think a well-educated client makes for a better client so I’m happy to answer any and all questions my clients have about SEO, no matter how basic it may seem...

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6 Quick Onsite SEO Tips for the Busy Site Owner

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a small business owners I understand how tight time is every day. Any little disruption to the usual schedule could mean losing hours of time you don’t have to waste. But if you’re a site owner that is serious about optimizing your website for SEO you can’t afford to push your onsite SEO pr...

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Don’t Look for SEO Shortcuts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

What frustrates website owners the most about SEO is that it is a slow moving process and it takes time to build any kind of momentum. They are used to spending money on a marketing, promotions, or advertising plan that is going to result in a quick ROI. Well, it just simply isn’t going to happen ...

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Read Industry Blogs to Improve Your SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We all know that blogging is an important part of SEO because it creates fresh content on your site and provides an opportunity to target different variations of keywords and get noticed by the search engine spiders. Almost as important as it is to create and publish your own blog posts is to spend ...

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Why Does it Take so Long to See SEO Results?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One thing that white hat SEO practitioners will always preach is that SEO is a long term process. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Unlike other methods of marketing, where there is a more immediate result, it takes time to see the results of an SEO campaign. Understandably this is frustrating to mos...

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Is Your SEO Program On Autopilot?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are plenty of SEO tools and software programs out there that can help automate some of the aspects of your SEO program, freeing up your valuable time so you can focus more on other SEO-related tasks like content creation and blogger outreach that can’t (and shouldn’t) be automated. I’m a...

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SEO Tactics for New Website Owners

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s a policy of ours to only take on a new full service SEO client if their site has existed for at least a year or two. This is because a brand new site doesn’t yet have the search engine trust that is necessary in order to see a measurable improvement in ranking or traffic in the short term (...

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Competitive Analysis is Part of an SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When getting started with a marketing campaign of any sort, one of the first things that must be done is to conduct a competitive analysis. It’s necessary to understand what the competition is doing in order to know how much work needs to be done to compete and what kind of angle you can take to ...

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4 SEO Myths You Should Let Go Of

Written by Nick Stamoulis

For many site owners and marketing managers just beginning their foray into SEO there is a lot of information to take in and even more nuances that are hard to understand until you roll up your hands and dive in headfirst into your own SEO campaign. Like any other industry, there is no shortage of S...

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