Content Marketing Articles

Content Marketing and Plagiarism

Written by Nick Stamoulis

You could be guilty of plagiarism and not even know it. Maybe you “borrowed” a sentence or two from a research book for an English paper back in college. Maybe you didn’t give full credit to your coworker for their idea that you ran with. Maybe you were more inspired by the exact wording than...

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What You Need to Know to Perform a Content Audit

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Do you know how effective your existing content really is? Before you can truly move forward with your content marketing strategies, you need to perform a content audit. This will help you uncover any gaps in your existing content, show you how well your existing content is performing, and will also...

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Essentials of B2B Content Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a B2B company, you know that effective content marketing is an important element of your success. However, many of the strategies that work for B2C companies won't work for B2B companies and vice versa. It is important to consider these nuances, otherwise you could come up with a strategy that i...

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Top 5 Reasons Your Blog is Useless

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Business blogging can be extremely beneficial, but only if you are doing it properly. If you find yourself frustrated that you’ve invested time and money into your blog but aren’t seeing any kind of return, it’s likely that you are doing it wrong. Too often, people believe that find blog post...

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How Content Impacts Your Brand

Written by Nick Stamoulis

These days, marketing departments have at least a basic understanding of how content impacts the brand as a whole. The goal is to build a "content brand", which is a form of business storytelling that puts the needs of the audience in the forefront. In fact, a skilled writer can do more than that - ...

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Why You Should Revamp Old Posts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

At some point in your blog's life span, you may feel as if you're running out of unique things to say. No matter what industry you're in, there will come a time when you'll likely start repeating yourself. While having a lot of useful articles on your site can be a positive thing, continually repea...

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Content Tactics to Improve Brand Awareness

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The number one thing that any online marketing professional will tell you that you need to be doing to succeed online is to be creating, publishing, and sharing content on a regular basis. If your business is smart you’ve gotten the hint and have started writing for a company blog and submitting a...

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Viral Content is Unpredictable

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s every marketer’s dream to have some of his or her content go viral. These days, viral content is about more than just watching a few adorable cat videos. From a business standpoint, it can take things to a whole new level and give your content the attention it deserves. It can help quic...

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Consistent Blogging Gives You an Advantage

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a full service SEO firm, we are able to write and post blog content for our clients if they don’t want to use their in-house resources. While your in-house marketing team may think they can handle the writing, blogging is one of the things that often get pushed aside as your team addresses...

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Roundup Blog Posts Help Your Content Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Creating roundup blog posts is a good way to enhance your content marketing. Since an effective content marketing strategy can make or break your entire marketing campaign, it’s only natural that you’ll want to use all the tools at your disposal. To make your readers happy, you’ll want to vary...

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A Guide to Writing Great Blog Post Titles

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are millions of blogs out there competing for readers’ attention. Maybe they aren’t all direct competition, but it’s doubtful that you are the only blogger in your niche. People only have so much time to spend reading blog posts so what can you do to make sure that yours is one of them? ...

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How to Give Old Posts New Life

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When creating content for your marketing campaign, you may reach a point when you feel like every topic has been covered. It happens all the time. The problem is, that in order to keep your site fresh, you need to keep churning out new content so that your visitors will have something new to read. H...

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Make Sure Your Blog Posts Don’t Have Too Many Links!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

How many links do you have in your blog posts? When people write content for their websites, they often feel the need to include links to relevant sources. In some cases, this is the right thing to do. For example, if you list a statistic or leave a quote from a medical study, you should give reader...

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Performing Content Research for Blog Posts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Research is an essential part of the writing process, especially in the beginning stages. In order to write effective content for your blog, you’ll definitely need to put some research into it. This will help with things like content structure, to generate ideas, and to even give an existing artic...

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Content Strategies You Need to Ditch

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s true that content is the backbone of your online marketing efforts, but only if done right. There are some content marketing practices out there that can do more harm than good, especially if they’re outdated. This is especially true for strategies that are also linked to SEO. Here’s a li...

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Adapting Your Content to the Customer Life Cycle

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When was the last time you made a major purchase? What was the process you used to buy it? Let’s say you decided you needed a new car. What’s the process you take to buy it? If you’re like most people, chances are pretty good you’ll start by researching the various cars that are out there un...

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Coming Up With Ideas for Great Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A good website will have plenty of content that will please your visitors first, search engines second. One thing that visitors especially value is when your website is fresh and unique. There is so much information online that people who come to your site need to feel as if they are getting special...

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How to Engage Your Customers With Your Blog

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The next time you perform an audit on your blog, analyze whether or not it actually engages your readers. Your blog is about more than just crafting articles and posting them. In order for it to be truly effective, it also needs to interact with them. This will not only make your blog more enjoyable...

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Effective Content Marketing Begins With Great Writing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

To be an effective content marketer, you first need to become a great writer. In this business, the standard of great writing is measured according to how effectively the content achieves its purpose. But, don’t let the apparent simplicity of the writing fool you - many of the same tactics literar...

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Strategies for Developing Compelling Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Since a good content marketing strategy distributes content across multiple platforms as a way to attract the right audience, it stands to reason that the nature of the content you write does matter. This means that whatever you create needs to be in line with your overall strategy, otherwise it wil...

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Guest Blogging Should Be Mutually Beneficial

Written by Nick Stamoulis

By now we all know that guest blogging shouldn’t be done strictly for links. That approach could land you in hot water with the search engines. However, guest blogging is still a worthwhile marketing tactic since it’s great for building brand exposure (for the author) and providing website visit...

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The Rules for Re-Using “Old” Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The highest content marketing priority is always quality. Never sacrifice quality for quantity. However, the frequency in which you publish content does play a role in your content marketing success, which is why you should allot as much of your marketing budget to content as possible to keep both q...

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Use a Ranking Report to Improve a Content Strategy

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many reasons that we advise clients to not get hung up on the keyword ranking report. After all, it’s not the most accurate way to measure SEO success. Keyword rankings fluctuate on a day-by-day or even minute-by-minute basis and are based on factors that can’t be controlled including ...

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5 Ways to Get Your Content Noticed

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Once you hit “publish” on a piece of content, don’t think that your work is done. Think of all of the new pages of web content published each day. That’s a lot to compete with! If you want to ensure that the right people see your content it’s necessary to not only share it in the proper ch...

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Don’t Forget the “Marketing” in Content Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content marketing should really be viewed as a two-step process: first is the creation of the content and second is the promotion, or marketing, of that content. Of course, how content will be marketed may determine how it’s written/produced, etc. The content itself is nothing without the promotio...

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Is That Blog Post a “Hit” or “Miss”?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A content strategy should be continually tweaked as you move along and see what works and what doesn’t. Once you have a significant number of blog posts under your belt, it’s important to take a look at the data in order to determine what was a “hit” and what might have been a “miss”. Ov...

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Why You Shouldn’t Rely Too Heavily on Newsjacking

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re not familiar with the term “newsjacking”, here’s a quick overview. The term became popular after the publication of David Meerman Scott's book, “Newsjacking: How to Inject your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage”. The title includes a brief exp...

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Ways to Maximize Your Content Marketing Potential

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s one thing to be “doing” content marketing. Nearly every business today can say they are “doing” content marketing to some extent. It’s another thing to have a strategic content marketing plan and to be taking advantage of all of the resources and outlets available to you in order to...

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Stop Overthinking Your Blog Posts!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We find that website owners come up with all sorts of excuses as to why they don’t have an active blog on their website. The two most common excuses are that they don’t have time to blog and they don’t know what to write about. To these website owners/businesses we say, stop overthinking it! ...

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Blog for Better Customers and Clients

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are so many benefits to business blogging. It’s a way to share your industry knowledge and be viewed as an authority figure. It’s a way to earn trust, inbound links, and grow your brand online. Tied together, this results in generating better customers or clients for your company, customer...

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The Content Marketing Bar Has Been Raised

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content marketing is where it’s at. Slowly but surely, brands and businesses of all sizes and in all industries are realizing this and are throwing their hat in the ring. This means that the content marketing bar has been raised and it’s becoming harder and harder to stand out among all of the c...

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How Small Businesses Have a Content Marketing Advantage

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Small businesses often have limited marketing budgets in comparison to their large business counterparts. But that doesn’t mean that small business owners should just sit back and think that they can’t compete with the big guys. This is especially true when it comes to online content marketing, ...

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Create a Content Series to Maintain Engagement

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In case you weren’t aware, Google pays attention to bounce rate as one of its many, many search algorithm signals. That means that if someone lands on your content and immediately clicks away, Google takes note. Many things can lead to a bounce but one of thing that could lead to a bounce that you...

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What Your Target Audience Expects From Your Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

First thing's first, when it comes to publishing content online, you need to remember who you are writing it for. Your primary target audience is prospects and current customers, not the search engines. Yes, it’s important to consider SEO and incorporate keywords naturally where you can but the co...

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Use Your Business Blog as Bait

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When developing your blogging strategy, it’s important to understand the purpose of your business blog. A business blog should be designed to lure target audience members to your content and as a result, to your business website. You may think of bait as what we put on the hook to attract and catc...

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Questions to Answer While Developing a Blog Strategy

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re just getting started with blogging, the first step is obviously to hire a developer to integrate a blog platform with an easy to use CMS into your website. As the developer is working on that, you should get started on creating a blog strategy. Once the blog is up and running it’s in y...

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Blog on a Daily Basis (If You Can)

Written by Nick Stamoulis

According to HubSpot’s 2013 State of Inbound Marketing Report: Seventy-nine percent of companies who have a blog report a positive ROI for inbound marketing this year, compared with just 20% of those companies that do not have a blog. In fact, 82% of marketers who blog on a daily basis acquired...

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Why Readers Lose Interest in Your Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Ongoing content creation, publication, and distribution have become crucial components of online marketing success. Great content has the potential to increase not only website traffic and social media follower counts, but over the long term is what nurtures leads and generates sales. Some companies...

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Content is For Your Target Audience First, SEO Second

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Any good SEO company is going to tout the benefits of producing high quality content on a regular basis for SEO purposes. Content is what fuels an SEO campaign, generates natural inbound links, and improves social media efforts. However, it’s important to note that ultimately, content needs to be ...

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How to Conduct an SEO Friendly Website Content Audit

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a business evolves, its website needs to evolve along with it. A website redesign is recommended every few years to keep things fresh, but what also needs to stay fresh is the website content. When redesigning a website, it’s a good time to conduct a content audit too so that the new site launc...

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What Makes Content “Share Worthy”?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content creation doesn’t come easy. It takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to create quality content. If you’re investing so much in content, you obviously want to get the absolute most out of it. To some, the goal is to create content that will “go viral”. Let’s be honest here, of ...

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Reasons Why Your Content Isn’t Getting Shared

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many reasons to be creating content on behalf of your business. Content informs your target audience and establishes your business as a thought leader in the industry, which generates trust. This is the top goal of content, but another goal of content should be to get it shared. Conten...

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Where to Look for Content Inspiration

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A necessary component of online marketing today is content. Marketers must be writing and publishing content on an ongoing basis. This content improves SEO efforts because it helps to generate natural links back to a website. Content also improves brand visibility across the web. Unfortunately, cont...

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Enhance Blogger Outreach Efforts with These Tactics

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many benefits to guest blog posting. It’s a way to showcase your expertise on another industry site in order to gain visibility where your target audience members are spending time. In most cases a guest blogger is allowed a short author bio at the end of the post. This is a great place ...

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3 Steps to Content Marketing Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you want to do content marketing right, it’s not something to just dabble in when you have some free time. After all, who has free time today? Content marketing needs to be incorporated into the business and marketing plan and ample time/resources need to be dedicated to it in order for it to b...

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Are You Really Ready to Publish that Blog Post?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Blogging has become an important component of online marketing and SEO and what’s great about it is that is has essentially leveled the playing field for companies that are trying to build their brand up online. Any company can set up a blog on their website and publish content to be shared with t...

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Understanding What Content Topics Work Best

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most difficult things about content marketing is deciding what topics to write about. Many businesses tend to overthink it, which usually results in content marketing not getting done at all. No matter what line of business you are in, there is plenty of information to share with your tar...

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A White Hat Guide to Content Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are plenty of tips out there about “white hat link building”, and many can be found right here on this blog. However, the face of link building has drastically changed over the years. In fact, we’d even say that “link building” isn’t even the correct term for generating inbound lin...

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Characteristics of Content That Gets Shared

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Online content is only worthwhile if people are actually finding it and reading it. The first step is to optimize the content so that it will appear organically in the search engines for related search terms over time. However, in order to create content that is “share worthy” and generates inbo...

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Trade Shows As a Source of B2B SEO Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Perhaps the most difficult part of delivering B2B SEO content on a regular basis isn’t the actual writing itself; it’s mostly deciding what to write about. B2B SEO clients often over think the content marketing component of SEO. What it really comes down to is simply creating content that your t...

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3 Types of Posts to Share to Keep Your Blog Active

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are numerous benefits to operating a business blog. It’s an avenue to share your expertise with target audience members and be viewed as a trusted source of information. It helps SEO efforts by adding an additional page of content to the site each time a blog post is published that can be c...

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Content is the Most Important Component of B2B SEO Today

Written by Nick Stamoulis

With all of the SEO rules changing as often as they do, and SEO tactics that were once beneficial now on the “bad” list, website owners that want to improve their search engine presence are now left wondering, “what can we do?” What we always tell our clients is that the most important thing...

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The Benefits of Evergreen Blog Posts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Whenever clients ask what kind of content they should be writing to share in their blog, we always recommend that the content be evergreen, meaning that it will be just as relevant in the future as it is now. This is something that website owners sometimes struggle with. It’s much easier to write ...

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Using Your Blog to Create B2B Demand

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Many B2B companies rely heavily on their content marketing and SEO campaigns to generate new leads. After all, content marketing and SEO help a B2B brand connect with potential customers at the exact moment those customers need them. Unlike traditional advertising, which relies on interruptive tacti...

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3 Common B2B Blogging Mistakes

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content is an essential component of an online marketing strategy, specifically in the B2B sector. One of the best content outlets for a B2B is a business blog hosted on the business website which will help to improve both SEO and social media efforts. Each post is an opportunity to target relevant ...

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How to Improve the Visibility of Blog Posts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you want to be found online, you need to be creating content. It’s really that simple. Well, the concept is simple. Actually creating the content and publishing it on a regular basis can be quite tough! But it’s all the more reason to do it. It will give you an edge over the competition that ...

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Tips to Ensure that Content Marketing Gets Done

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The most crucial component of marketing your business online today, and more specifically with SEO, is the content that is being created and published on behalf of your business or organization. Content is at the foundation of all online marketing activities. Without quality content, it’s difficul...

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Consider Unlocking Your Gated B2B Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Many B2B companies use their long-form content, such as white papers and on-demand webinars, as a form of lead generation. Readers simply give their email address in exchange for access to this gated content and they get great (hopefully!) information and the B2B website gets a new email address to ...

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Why Your Content Marketing Isn’t Successful

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO has changed a great deal in even just the relatively short time period that it has existed as a beneficial way to market your business. Originally the focus was on gaining backlinks and utilizing keyword anchor text to tell the search engine spiders what a page was about. Now, these SEO tactics ...

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User Friendly Content Improves SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While inserting keywords into SEO content is important, there’s a lot more to it than that. In order for SEO content to be successful it needs to be user friendly, or have good “readability”. User friendly content improves SEO efforts because the more “readable” the content is, the more it...

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Where Can I Post Content?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content is a necessary component of SEO and online marketing overall, and we’re not just talking about the content that exists on your website. In order to be successful with SEO (to generate inbound links) and to improve your online visibility in places where target audience members will find you...

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Tips for a B2B SEO Content Strategy That Works

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Perhaps the most important tip that an SEO provider will give to a B2B looking to improve their search engine presence is to get involved with online content marketing. Content is what ranks in the search engines for targeted keywords and generates inbound links from other sites. A B2B SEO strategy ...

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Utilize Existing B2B Content for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content creation is one of the most difficult aspects of B2B SEO, but it’s also the most necessary. An SEO campaign that has a strong content foundation is going to perform much better than one that doesn’t. Optimized content is what will rank in the search engines for specific keywords over tim...

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Reasons to Keep B2B SEO Content Evergreen

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A B2B SEO campaign is nothing today without a strong content marketing component. Content is required because it’s essentially what can be optimized and then found in various outlets online, including within the search engines. B2B online marketing content can take many formats and the primary pur...

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B2B Content Marketing Is Only As Boring As You Make It

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The number one complaint I hear from many of my full service B2B SEO clients is that they don’t know what to write about. They feel like they don’t have anything new to say; that their industry isn’t exciting enough; that no one actually cares anyway—so their content marketing strategy gets ...

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Boost the Visibility of B2B SEO Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In order for a B2B SEO campaign to be successful, it must include a strong content component. The static content that exists on a website just isn’t going to cut it these days. The most powerful links to a website/blog are the ones that occur naturally when an outside party decides that what you h...

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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, most B2B marketers are concerned with producing enough content to help drive their SEO and social media marketing campaigns forward…and they should be. In my experience, a...

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Don’t Host a Business Blog on a Separate Domain

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the best ways to give your SEO program a boost is to become a content marketing machine. Content that includes targeted keywords is what gets noticed by the search engine spiders and content that provides useful information is what gets noticed and shared by target audience members. Win win. ...

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What to Look for When Hiring an SEO Copywriter

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Not every business owner or marketing manager is going to be a great writer, and that’s okay! For some people writing just comes naturally—they know how to craft a story, make a point, teach the reader something and keep someone engaged for 1500+ words. Others struggle to come up with even a 500...

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Is Your Business Blog Conveying the Wrong Message?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Business blogging is highly recommended for any business that is looking to improve upon its SEO efforts, social media efforts, and online marketing efforts overall. For SEO purposes, a blog post is an opportunity to target relevant keywords. Each blog post is a new page of content on the website an...

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Make Content Creation a Top Priority

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you want to grow your business it’s necessary to have an online marketing presence today. If you want to succeed in online marketing it’s necessary to create quality content on a regular basis. Content is really at the foundation of an online marketing strategy. Without good content you reall...

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Guest Blogging Isn’t Just for Link Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the best ways to build links to your site is to participate in content marketing. After all, content based links are very valuable. As long as the content is good it will get noticed by the search engine spiders and target audience members. When speaking to anyone in the SEO industry about bu...

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Should You Accept That Guest Blog Post?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you a blog owner that has received an email that looks something like this: Dear Brick Marketing, We came across Brick Marketing, and found many blog posts interesting. "Tips to Succeed in Local Search" is one of the best blog post we liked in the blog section. After reviewing your website...

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Retraining Your Brain to Focus on Content Creation

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Content creation is definitely one of the biggest challenges facing B2B marketers these days. While you might not think turning out a quality blog post every once in a while is all that hard you have to remember that a strong content marketing campaign requires consistency and a continued commitment...

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Content Marketing Tips for Small Business

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound marketing tactics, specifically content marketing, is all the rage these days. Potential customers and clients don’t want to feel like they are being advertised to. The companies that get their business are the ones that earn it over time by providing useful information that garners trust....

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