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Interview with SEO Expert Ian Lurie

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Recently I had the chance to interview SEO expert Ian Lurie. Ian is the founder and CEO of Internet Marketing agency Portent Inc.  He co-published Web Marketing All-In-One for Dummies and wrote the sections on SEO, blogging, social media and web analytics. He also wrote Conversation Marketing: Inte...

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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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Get Links to Beget Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The best kinds of link building activities are the ones that stimulate other activity. Imagine your SEO campaign is like a racecar and your link building efforts are the turbo boost---it’s what kicks things up a notch and takes your website to the next level. 5-10 years ago most websites could bui...

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What Information is the B2B Customer Looking For?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The goal of a B2B SEO campaign is to improve a search engine presence for specific keywords in order to generate more traffic to the business website. When it comes to optimizing the static website content, that means that keyword research needs to be conducted and keywords that are relevant and hav...

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3 Other Social Media Platforms to Invest In

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We are all intimately familiar with the big social networks—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and to some extent Google+. But those four sites are not the only social media platforms out there. IN fact, they are really only the tip of the iceberg. Yes, Facebook has 800+ million users and Google+ (claim...

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Newsletters Inform AND Promote Your Small Business

Written by Nick Stamoulis

This is a guest post by Steve Klinghoffer of WPI Communications, Inc. When it comes to marketing your practice or small business, it can be tempting to compartmentalize your thinking. You might put useful and educational information in one category and marketing into another category. But in my dec...

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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 Let Google Catch You Plagiarizing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s something we all learned in elementary school. Don’t copy the work of others! During exams teachers kept an eye on the classroom to make sure that students weren’t taking a peek at the answers of their neighbors and when correcting essays made sure that it wasn’t copied word for word ...

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Interview with SEM Expert Kevin Lee

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Recently I had the chance to interview search engine marketing (SEM) expert Kevin Lee. Kevin has been a part of the SEM world practically since its inception (long enough to earn the title of "godfather of SEM") and is a founding member of SEMPO. Kevin is also the Co-Founder & Executive Chairma...

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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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Getting More Value from Your Published B2B Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Most B2B marketers understand the importance of great content and how it can impact their long term B2B SEO success. However, studies have shown that most B2B marketers are concerned with producing enough content to help drive their SEO and social media marketing campaigns forward…and they should ...

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What Are Your B2B SEO Competitors Doing?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When you get started with any new marketing initiative one of the first things that you need to consider is the competition in the market and what the competitors are doing to attract attention. This information will then help shape your campaign so that you are able to stand out and compete in the ...

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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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Don’t Favor Social Over SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The best online marketing campaign is well rounded and includes a combination of search engine optimization, content marketing, and social media. For the best results, all 3 of these tactics should be integrated into one overall campaign. However, there are still businesses out there that for what...

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Achieve Natural Links with B2B Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building as part of a B2B SEO program has evolved over the years. Inbound links pointing to a site are what help to convey trust to the search engines. If a site has a link from an outside source, it means that the site is trusted by that source. In the early days of SEO the focus was on the nu...

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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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Why Pay Per Link SEO is No Good

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re in the market for an SEO provider you’ll find that there are plenty of options to choose from. You could hire an in house professional or opt to outsource the work. Outsourcing is typically the way to go for budget purposes since an in house professional can be pricey. Once you’ve de...

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Interview with Content Marketing Expert Ann Handley

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Recently I had the chance to interview content marketing expert Ann Handley. If you've ever researched content marketing tips and best practices chances are you have come across Ann and her expert advice. Since 2002, Ann has been the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, a training and education ...

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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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Utilize Analytics During Keyword Selection

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A business website is an important component of a marketing strategy today. Everyone has Internet access and everyone is looking for information on products or services online. If your business doesn’t have a website you are missing out on a huge opportunity to inform potential clients or custom...

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4 B2B Link Building Ideas

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Most B2B companies understand that in order to have a successful SEO program they can’t just get a few links here and there from random sites and expect to be successful. Although no B2B link building campaign is set in stone, here are four ideas that should definitely be incorporated into your ov...

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Don’t Make These B2B SEO Errors

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While the overall approach to SEO may be similar for B2Cs and B2Bs, B2B SEO often takes additional care since the sales cycle is that much longer. B2C customers make decisions much more quickly, especially if the product is relatively inexpensive. B2B decisions affect an entire organization and ther...

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Are Your Keywords “In Season?”

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Have you noticed a slight dip in your organic traffic recently? I’m not talking Google algorithm update crisis dip; just that your organic visitors seem to be a little lower than usual. There could be a lot of factors at play here and one of them that should definitely be considered is seasonality...

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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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Carefully Consider Outbound Links Too

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to online marketing, and SEO in particular, when people are talking about links it’s typically about inbound links. This is because inbound links pointing to your site are what help to convey trust to the search engine spiders. A link from another website over to yours serves as a ...

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Making the Case for B2B Blogging

Written by Brick Marketing

In case it wasn’t immediately obvious, Brick Marketing is a huge proponent of B2B blogging. As a B2B business ourselves we go through the same challenges when it comes to content marketing as many of our B2B clients—what are we going to write about? When is the best time to write about certain t...

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Incorporate Competitive B2B Keywords Over Time

Written by Nick Stamoulis

B2B keyword research is a necessary component of a B2B SEO campaign whether you are just getting started with SEO, are looking for ways to improve upon a current campaign, or have added additional pages to your site that need to be optimized. Using the Google keyword research tool, Google will provi...

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Go From No Blog to 6 Posts a Month in 3 Easy Steps

Written by Nick Stamoulis

I realize that a lot more goes into designing and building a blog so there are a few extra steps that will need to be taken in the beginning to ensure your blog is properly launched. And once you get the blog up and running there is also the issue of content promotion and social media sharing, which...

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Keep B2B SEO Content Fresh

Written by Nick Stamoulis

At the start of a B2B SEO campaign things usually seem to be rolling along just fine. Keyword research is completed and on site optimization recommendations have been implemented. This can result in a small boost in the search engines for targeted keyword phrases if the site had never been optimized...

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Interview with SEO Expert Ruud Hein

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Recently I had the chance to interview SEO expert Ruud Hein. Ruud is the Senior SEO at Search Engine People, Canada's top SEO firm, as well as the editor-in-chief for the company's SEO blog which routinely pushes out great and fresh content. If you don't already read it, the Search Engine People blo...

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Google Tells Us “How Search Works”

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As part of its continued effort to be more transparent, Google has recently published “How Search Works” on its Inside Search site which tells the “from algorithms to answers” story. The main “How Search Works” page tells the story in image form as you scroll down and it is separated in...

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Why B2B Content is Essential for Link Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building is the ongoing component of a B2B SEO campaign. Link building is never really “done” since the search engines like to see that inbound links pointing to a site grow naturally over time. If a site is steadily growing links and then suddenly stops, it will eventually result in a dip ...

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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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Don’t Focus on B2B Keyword Search Volume

Written by Nick Stamoulis

After industry and competitive research has been completed, the next step in a B2B SEO campaign is keyword research. B2B keyword research is necessary in order to understand how people are searching for the products or services that you provide. Best practice is to conduct keyword research for every...

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The Long Term Impact of Evergreen Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Evergreen content is content (blogs, articles, white papers, videos, etc) that will be useful and informative for your readers for a long time to come. The beauty of well-written evergreen content is that it will continue to naturally attract visitors, links and social shares long after its initial ...

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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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The Secret to Withstanding the Next Google Update

Written by Brick Marketing

Panda, Penguin, ads above the fold, exact match domains, Venice---it sometimes seemed like a new Google update was rolling out every other week in 2012. If you want to see exactly how many Google updates actually went live SEOMoz has a great algorithm change timeline. Panda and Penguin were undoubte...

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What to Look for When Researching an SEO Firm

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a firm that specializes in B2B SEO services we understand the complex process of B2B decision making. Deciding that an SEO firm should be hired to improve the search presence of a business website is a step in the right direction, but it also means that there will be some work involved on the par...

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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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Ways to Gauge Social Media Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There is often a struggle between the marketing department and the finance department. The marketing department knows the importance of long term efforts like SEO and social media marketing, both of which require some of the budget in order to execute the strategies efficiently. However, those res...

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Are Your Referral Links Driving Traffic?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Also known as inbound links, referral links are the links you’ve built on high-quality sites that help drive targeted traffic over to your site. One of the best ways to ensure that your link building stays white hat and doesn’t run afoul of the Google Penguin update (which targeted web spam and ...

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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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Interview with B2B Marketing Expert Michael Brenner

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Recently I had the chance to interview B2B marketing expert Michael Brenner. Michael is the author of B2B Marketing Insider, co-founder of the social news site Business 2 Community (both of which are great sites for B2B business owners and marketers looking to stay on top of their game) and current...

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Don’t be Afraid of New Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Upon taking on a new client there is a specific process that we take. It begins with getting to know the client, the industry, and the competition. Once there is a better understanding, we move on to the keyword research phase of the campaign. Keyword research is essential because the keywords th...

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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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Use B2B Social Media to Nurture Leads

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Social media often poses more challenges for B2Bs as opposed to B2Cs. B2Cs typically have a wider audience and are more likely to appeal to the masses that are already actively engaged within social media. B2Cs can hold contests in social media and offer coupons, discounts, etc. that keep followers ...

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