SEO Articles

3 Things You Can Do to Earn Natural Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links (or links from other websites pointing to your website) are one of the top Google search ranking criteria, but it only works out week if they are obtained naturally. While an important part of a search engine optimization campaign is to actively seek out link building opportunities, it...

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Why You Should Launch a Blog for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

From a marketing standpoint, there are lots of reasons to launch a business blog as a part of your website. Blogging is a way to demonstrate your expertise in your niche and a blog is also a convenient outlet for sharing product updates and company news. However, blogging has plenty of additional SE...

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What to Do if You Have Unnatural Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a part of its effort to be more transparent about its practices, Google has been sending out a notification to webmasters alerting them when unnatural links are detected. The notice itself serves as an FYI and doesn’t necessarily mean that a penalty has occurred (yet). The only way to really...

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Broken Links Can Hurt Your SEO Efforts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Broken links are a part of owning and/or managing a website and if they're not addressed, they can hurt your long term SEO efforts. In fact, they're bad from both a search engine perspective and a user perspective. Marketers need to continually monitor broken links and address them before they can...

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Are Keywords Really That Important?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Search engine optimization is an important part of digital marketing. Many of us look at keywords as an important starting point when it comes to SEO. While that is the case, it is important not to get too attached to the idea of using keywords to help a website get noticed by the search engines. ...

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Reasons to Stop Obsessing Over This SEO Metric

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Reporting is an important part of an SEO campaign because doing so on a regular basis essentially tells you how the campaign is performing and what tweaks need to be made to improve it. There are many SEO metrics to review and report on, but for whatever reason we find that the one that some webs...

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The First 3 Steps of an SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

For those new to SEO, it can be a little daunting. There’s a lot involved: keyword research, on-site optimization, link building, content marketing, social media, etc. Where do you start? What’s the best approach: all at once or start with one thing and build to the next? Different SEO firms wil...

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You Can’t Predict or Forecast SEO Results

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When you implement an SEO program, it's only natural that you want to find a way to predict results. In fact, people ask me this very thing all the time. They wonder if they can not only forecast their SEO results, but also their website visitor growth and the ROI of their overall SEO program. While...

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3 Easy Ways to Enhance Your SEO Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The word is out: content is king. We’ve been hearing it for years but it’s clear that website owners are finally getting behind the statement. Essentially, everyone is creating content. The problem is, a lot of this content is sub-par, at best, which means that there’s still opportunity for yo...

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Patience Is A Necessity When It Comes To SEO!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Once you have decided to implement a search engine optimization campaign, it’s important to understand that the desired outcome may not come for months, sometimes many months. Even if you have done everything correctly you aren’t going to get instant results. However, the wait will be worth it! ...

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Resolve Technical Issues to Help With SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Concerning search engine optimization, it is easy to forget that there are some technical items that need to be addressed. Most of us know that we need to perform certain activities, such as finding great keywords, regularly publishing new content, and having a well developed and high quality link p...

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Brand Strength Correlates with SEO Results

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that brand strength correlates with SEO results. You’ll often hear SEO professionals talk about branded keywords vs. non-branded keywords. It’s all fairly straightforward. Branded keywords include the brand, company name, branded products or services, etc. as part of the search term. ...

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No Need to Focus on Search Rankings

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to SEO, most people think that the best way to measure success is to achieve excellent rankings for as many keywords as possible. While this is surely the mark of a successful SEO campaign, it isn't necessarily the best way to go about measuring success. In fact, rankings should be ...

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Let Us Know Your Digital Marketing Concerns!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that we help our clients increase their organic traffic through white hat search engine optimization practices. We have a proven track record of success and we know that our methods produce great results. Although this is what we focus on, we have learned that marketing should be looked at...

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What to Do as You Start an SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The most important thing to understand about SEO is that it is a long term process. This means that you need to set up your SEO program and consistently execute it so that you can see the results you desire.  It can take months or even years to begin to see traction on your campaign, and if you are...

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Top Reasons Why SEO is Slow

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most important points that we try to make to prospective full service SEO clients is that SEO is a slow and sometime very long process.  It’s not the kind of marketing tactic that’s going to have immediate results or a quick ROI. The complete opposite is true. In fact, it can take ma...

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Do These Things Regularly for SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The key to achieving SEO success and maintaining SEO success is to keep at it regularly. It’s not the sort of campaign that you can turn off and turn back on, expecting to be right where you left off. If you take any time off from SEO work it will likely coincide with a gradual dip in organic traf...

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Why Fixating on Rank is a Waste of Time

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It is a misconception that rank is a measurement of how well your SEO is performing. These days, while it is still being measured, the end result is one that doesn't seem to have much of a bearing as to how well your website is performing organically overall. Also, at the end of the day, none of tha...

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Do You Need to Improve Content for SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It is true that content can help boost your organic search results because it is closely tied to your SEO program. Content marketing programs will naturally change over time, and they will also differ depending on the nature of the business or the industry. Although most content marketing schedules ...

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4 Reasons Why Your Search Traffic Has Dipped

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Have you noticed a sudden drop (or even a steady decline) in the amount of visitors coming to your site from search? On some level, traffic dips are normal. But, when they are noticeable enough, they can really attract your attention. It is important that once you see these traffic dips that you ...

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Website Usability is Important to SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There is a clear link between website usability and digital marketing, particularly with SEO. However, it can be a struggle balancing usability with the desire to get the website noticed in the search engines. Although SEO is the primary traffic source for a substantial amount of website owners, th...

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It’s Impossible to Put a Timeline on SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When a potential client is interested in getting started with an SEO campaign one of the first questions that they ask is, “how long will it take for this to work?” Unfortunately, it’s a question that’s nearly impossible to answer, especially since a successful SEO campaign looks different t...

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Why SEO Shouldn’t Wait Until “Later”

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you getting your business website up and running? There’s so much to do, it can be difficult to prioritize your tasks. In the beginning, you’re likely focused on tasks that are immediately important, such as making sure your site looks great, is easy to navigate, and has some decent content ...

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5 Ways to Keep Your Website Safe from Hackers

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Cyber attacks are nothing new but have received newfound attention after the infamous WannaCry and subsequent attacks went after huge corporations, showcasing that nobody is immune. If you own a website, it’s important to do what you can to protect it. From an SEO perspective, it’s important bec...

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4 Things to Do Before Launching an SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’ve finally decided to get around to the whole “SEO thing” that’s great! Welcome aboard. However, before you get started there are a few things to take care of. Doing so will ensure that the campaign is as effective as it can be. Here are 4 things to do before launching an SEO campaign...

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Can You Prove That SEO Works?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There's no way to avoid this - receiving organic traffic from the search engines is something that has to be earned over time. When executing an SEO program, it could take months, if not a year or more, to really see that the consistent efforts of the program are paying off over time. However, when ...

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Your SEO Firm is Your Partner

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There's an art to choosing the best SEO firm for your business but once you do, it's important to make the most of it. What you really need, though, is a firm that treats you like a partner and not just a client. However, it does work both ways. If you treat them as "hired help" and not like a true...

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Don’t Take a Cookie Cutter SEO Approach

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you looking to hire a digital marketing service provider to take care of your search engine optimization? If so, it's important to do your research in advance so you can know if you are a good fit to work with one another. Depending on the industry you are in, you might find that there are SE...

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SEO Blog Writing Myths to Ignore

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Blogging is an essential part of an SEO campaign. Every blog post is a new page on a website that creates an additional opportunity to rank prominently in search, driving organic search traffic, and to be linked to, helping to earn SEO trust. While there’s an abundance of advice out there about...

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Rankings Aren’t a Good Measure of SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Clients often come to us and ask how long it will take before they can start to rank for keywords that will get them noticed in the search engines. At face value, the question is an innocent one, and is designed to assess the results of the SEO program. However, the question also completely misse...

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SEO Mistakes Web Developers Make

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO and web development go hand in hand. SEO work in conjunction with web development work attract both the search engine spiders and target audience members to a website. However, web developers aren’t SEO professionals (just as SEO professionals aren’t web developers!). Sure, they might have s...

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Technical SEO Audit – Check Your Website for Problems

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO is an important piece of digital marketing because it is responsible for increasing organic traffic over time. The technical SEO audit is always the first thing that occurs when it comes to SEO because you need to check that the technical elements of your site are best poised to optimize results...

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Handling Multiple Cities and Locations with SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to search engine optimization, several factors need to be taken into account. One of them is the question of whether or not you need to optimize on the national or local level. We believe that optimization should happen on both a national and local level, but the strategies should chan...

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When Business is Slow Don’t Give Up on SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One thing that I am constantly stressing to my clients is that they can’t let month-to-month fluctuations (visitors to site, ranking in SERPs and so forth) shake their faith in their SEO campaign. Too often, site owners panic during a slow month and decide that SEO isn’t working for them and the...

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Website Mistakes that Harm SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We might not know everything about Google’s search algorithm that determines where websites should rank for keyword searches, but Google has given us enough hints over the years about what’s important. At the top of the list: quality. Google wants to rank sites that fulfill the needs of searcher...

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Signs That You Have Unrealistic SEO Expectations

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s common for website owners to have a love/hate relationship with SEO. They love it because if done correctly, it means an increase in traffic from the search engines, which means more leads and more sales. They hate it because if done correctly, it takes a long time to see those results, which...

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3 Easy Ways to Elevate the Quality of Your SEO Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

You might not think that there’s anything easy about writing SEO content. And to some extent, that’s true. Writing SEO content certainly requires an investment of time and resources to ensure that what you’re publishing is high quality and will actually generate traffic, clicks, and links to b...

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How Your SEO Program Can Add Value

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to search engine optimization, we tend to go through the motions. There are certain elements that need to be executed - such as checking the technical aspects of the site that can impact SEO, researching and optimizing for keywords, posting regular articles to the blog, and making post...

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Is Search Engine Rank Important for B2B?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to marketing your B2B business, there are many strategies available. For those wanting to promote their businesses online, having a website will be at the core of the strategy. From there, other digital marketing strategies, such as content marketing and social media marketing will be ...

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Match SEO Keywords to User Intent

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When doing the keyword research for your site, it’s tempting to simply choose the ones that get the most searches and leave out the rest. Though this is the general idea, there has to be a little more thought that goes into it. Factoring in user intent while assembling your keyword list will not o...

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SEO Musts for Local Business Owners

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The days of searching for a local business in the Yellow Pages are long gone. Today, when someone is looking for a local business, they type what they’re looking for into Google and pick from one of the top results. This is why it’s so important for local business owners to invest in local SEO. ...

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SEO Success: Are You Getting in Your Own Way?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Smart business/website owners know that they don’t want to get on Google’s bad side since SEO success translates to business success. So, they do everything to “play nice” and follow Google’s SEO best practices. They optimize their website content in a natural way, look for relevant inboun...

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Don’t Create Pages Just for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When we visit a website, we have certain expectations concerning what we want to gain from this website. In other words, we are looking for a certain experience or specific pieces of information, and since we clicked the link to visit the website, we have this expectation that the website will deliv...

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Keywords Help You Connect to Your Audience

Written by Nick Stamoulis

On the surface, search engine optimization may look like it has the simple task of boosting a website's prominence in the search engines. While this is certainly true, there is more to it than that. The process of SEO actually provides you with a way to connect more deeply to your audience, because ...

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Building Links Should Be Natural

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It is true that building a high quality link portfolio is an important part of your SEO program. There was a time when SEO experts would talk about link building all the time, and the tactics that were used back then were very effective. The algorithms were written differently back then, and methods...

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SEO Items to Execute Regularly

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The first thing to understand about SEO is that it’s not like other marketing campaigns that you can start and stop. In order to be effective long term, an SEO program never really “stops.” The search engines favor websites that remain active by posting great content and steadily increase the ...

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3 Reasons to Stop Stressing Over Rank

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of our goals when working with clients is to really educate them about SEO. What “white hat” SEO is and isn’t and that the best SEO campaign is one that follows Google’s Webmaster guidelines to a T. One of the most difficult things to convey to prospects and clients is how little emphasi...

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SEO Won’t Solve Your Business Problems

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A search engine optimization campaign, if implemented properly, can do many wonderful things for your business. It can help improve your brand visibility in the search engines and online overall in order to bring more targeted traffic to your site. An increase in visitors to the site will generate m...

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Don’t Let Your SEO Process Define You

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that SEO is a valuable part of any digital marketing strategy. It's a long term strategy and one that is effective at eventually bringing in a steady stream of targeted, organic traffic. Since success through SEO is something that needs to be earned over the long term, it can be tough to s...

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Don’t Let Analytics Make SEO Too Complicated

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that there is a lot that goes into creating a great SEO program and one that is tailored to the specific needs of the business. However, there are certain components that will always be present, such as content marketing, social media, and link building. Despite that, there is still a d...

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How to Make Social Media Work for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When someone tells you that social media doesn’t impact SEO, they’re only half right. It’s true that there aren’t any direct ties to your follower count, number of likes and shares, and links that you share in the search engine algorithms. Yet, that doesn’t mean that social media doesn’t...

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Make Sure You Put Your Customers First

Written by Nick Stamoulis

You've spent the last few months executing your SEO campaign. You research keywords, write great content, share your content on the social media sites, and constantly tweak things until you get the results you want. After a while, you notice that it's been paying off because your organic visitors ar...

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Why Your New Website Isn’t Ranking Yet

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you are launching a new business website you certainly have a few things going for you. It’s a fresh slate and you can really take the website in any direction that you choose. You have the opportunity to hit the ground running by implementing on site search engine optimization right from the s...

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Online Advertising: Not Set and Forget

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While SEO isn’t considered to be online advertising, because there is no money exchange for specific placement, it certainly plays in the same space which makes online advertising worth discussing. SEO and online advertising work well together. While SEO efforts gain traction slowly in the backgro...

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In Addition to SEO, What Can I Be Doing?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A common question we often hear from SEO clients is, “what else can I be doing to get more traffic to my website?” Since SEO is a long-term strategy (slow and steady wins the race), if a client has the budget, we often recommend executing additional online marketing efforts to coincide with the ...

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How to Make Content Marketing Work for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Yes, content marketing is a big part of SEO today. But content marketing in and of itself is not SEO. No matter how great your content is, it’s not going to improve your SEO efforts unless you have an SEO mindset while you create it. Here are 5 things to do to make your content marketing work for ...

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5 Ways to Get More Website Leads from Organic Traffic

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The purpose of running an SEO campaign is to increase organic traffic to a website from the search engines. And while an increase in traffic typically results in more leads, it’s important to ensure that your website is set up in a way that makes it easy for website visitors to fill out your lead ...

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How to Prepare for an SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you new to SEO? Or maybe you’ve been out of the game for awhile and are looking to re-start? If that’s the case, you might be wondering what the first steps are and how you can prepare yourself for an SEO campaign. Here are 5 of the most important steps to take: Research SEO It’s in your...

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SEO Tasks to Complete Daily

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most important things to understand about SEO is that efforts need to be ongoing in order to maintain and improve a website’s presence in search results. Unlike an ad campaign, you can’t turn it off and on as you please without impacting performance. In order to achieve steady organic...

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3 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Earning Natural Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links are still considered to be one of the top SEO ranking factors, which is why link building should remain a priority. Of course, link building has changed. The quality of inbound links is much more important than the quantity of inbound links. And when it comes to link quality, a link th...

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Don’t Forget About These Pages for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

On site optimization is the process of incorporating targeted keywords into the on-page content, title tag, meta description, and URL of each page of the website so that the search engines can match the page with related search queries. While primary service/solution/product pages are certainly a pr...

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5 Questions to Ask an SEO Service Provider

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The SEO industry has come a long way in recent years but it sometimes still can’t shake that “shady” vibe. Well, that’s because, unfortunately, there are still plenty of shady characters trying to sell SEO services to inexperienced and naïve website owners. If you’re thinking about workin...

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What Does an SEO Campaign Look Like?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you want your website to rank organically in the search engines and generate targeted organic traffic over time, you need to launch an SEO campaign. Or, you need to hire an SEO professional to launch one for you. But, what does that mean exactly? What does an SEO campaign look like and what does ...

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SEO Results Can’t Be Promised

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the first questions that prospects often ask during the sales process about our SEO services is, “So when can I be on the first page of Google?” While it seems like a fair question to ask an SEO firm, the response that we give is always the same. We cannot promise that kind of result from...

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Why Communication Matters

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When we take on a client, we know that we can really improve their SEO. We have a trusted and established process that really produces results and our clients have had a lot of success. Not only that, but we are a white hat firm and we know exactly what needs to be done in order to produce the resul...

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Ways to Win at Local SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When someone is looking for a local business or service, they might ask trusted friends and relatives for suggestions, but more often than not the first place they head is Google. They type in what they want, browse the search results, and go from there, which is why any local business that wants to...

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Why the Meta Description Still Matters

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Way back in the early days of the Internet the search engines considered all of the meta information of a website as part of the ranking algorithm. But that led to problems since sneaky webmasters were stuffing the tags with irrelevant keywords designed to generate a lot of traffic. It wasn’t resu...

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Don’t Let SEO Get in the Way of Branding

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When search engine optimization first became a household name, it had negative connotations because it was associated with shady tactics and subpar content. In today’s online world, the climate is much different. Businesses who merge effective SEO tactics while still building their brand identity...

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Local Business SEO Tips to Follow

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you operate a local business, you might not think that SEO is all that important, especially if you’re successful and already have a steady stream of business coming in. You might think that the advertising channels you’re already using are working just fine. However, even with a basic SEO pl...

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Reasons Why Your SEO Campaign Needs a Blog

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many reasons to have an active blog on your website. Publishing informative blog posts is a way to convey your authority in your niche and build a following. A blog is also a great place to share company and product news and updates. These are great reasons to have a blog regardless of SEO...

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3 Key Responsibilities of SEO Clients

Written by Nick Stamoulis

For many businesses, especially of the small to medium sized variety, it makes the most sense to outsource SEO work to an SEO company, rather than hire in-house SEO specialists (too expensive) or assign the work to an already overstretched current employee (the work won’t get done). However, just ...

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What to Look at to Measure SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The first thing you should do as you embark on an SEO campaign is ensure that you have Google Analytics and Search Console set up on the website. After all, you don’t want to invest in a campaign that you can’t measure the results of. If you’ve never optimized your website and you’re comp...

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SEO Basics Never Change

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to search engine optimization, things change constantly. SEO strategies that worked five years ago may not work today, or worse – they can cause penalties. It gets especially sticky when Google rolls out another algorithm change. SEO strategists and web developers often scramble to...

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Do you Really Need to Optimize Your Content for SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Search engines are in the business of making sure that returned results best match search queries. In order to make sure that your website is amongst those search results, it is a good idea to follow a solid SEO program. Content is an essential piece of a solid SEO plan because it gives the search e...

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Don’t Make These Costly SEO Mistakes

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Search engine optimization is an essential component of online marketing since an organic search presence for targeted keywords will result in website visitors which can lead to sales and conversions. Most website owners know this today and understand that they need to get involved in this “SEO th...

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3 Keys to Building a Solid SEO Campaign Foundation

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re just getting started with SEO, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that SEO is all about the long-term. There’s no such thing as overnight success and anyone who tells you differently is lying. This is why it’s so important to take the time up-front to build a solid S...

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Why A Business Blog is a “Must-Have” For SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that businesses must have a blog. Of course, you don't need to actually refer to it as a blog because frankly, some industries don't respond well to the term. The main point is to have a section on your website where you regularly add new content, and you can call this anything you want, w...

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Trust the Established SEO Process

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that the SEO industry has changed over the years, and these changes are largely dictated by Google and the various algorithms updates that have occurred over the years. What has worked in past years doesn't necessarily work today. The only thing that remains consistent is that what hat SEO...

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