SEO Articles

These Technical SEO Items Still Matter

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Today, most of your SEO program is actually wrapped up in your marketing efforts. How are you building you brand? Sharing your content? Developing your social authority? There aren’t really any coding “tricks” you need to follow in order to do well organically. However, how your site is built ...

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Web Development Mistakes That Harm SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

For a business website, hiring a professional website developer is an absolute must. Potential clients and customers will judge your company based on first impressions, and today, most first impressions are made online, specifically with the company website. A DIY website or a website created for fr...

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Tips for Hiring an SEO Consultant

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you own a small business, it probably doesn’t make financial sense to hire someone to do your SEO in house. Small to medium sized businesses can benefit from outsourcing the work to an SEO firm, but we understand that sometimes that isn’t financially possible either. The next best thing is...

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Are You Really Ready for SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A prominent organic search listing can be a boon for business, which is why executing an SEO campaign is really a no-brainer. The majority of website owners know this, but at the same time they also think that they can jump right into SEO whenever they feel like it. But that’s just not the case. B...

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SEO, Content and Social Media All Work Together

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The way people search for information online isn't necessarily linear, which means that they may arrive at your website in unpredictable ways. Will they find your website based on search results, social signals, or a combination of both? The reality is that social media and SEO work together and enh...

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Your Technical SEO Might Need a Refresh

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When was the last time you performed a technical SEO audit on your website? We see this all the time. The common idea is that once you take care of performing the audit and taking care of any technical issues you might have once is enough. Well, this isn't necessarily the case. You should check up o...

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Keywords Should Align With Audience

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When putting together a digital marketing plan, SEO is certainly going to be part of it. Keywords are always at the core of any good SEO plan, but the days of coming up with long lists of keywords are over. While this may have been commonplace ten or fifteen years ago, Google's many algorithm change...

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Everyone in Your Organization Should Learn SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Most people delegate SEO to the marketing department without giving it much thought. If the marketing department isn’t equipped to handle it, they outsource it to a specialty firm. No matter which scenario your company embraces – outsourcing or doing it in house – it’s important for everyone...

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Don’t Put Your SEO and Social Media on Hold!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you thinking of putting your SEO and social media on hold? Over the years, we have seen clients come and go for various reasons. However, no matter why they decide to walk away from our partnership, they need to remember one important fact - that SEO and social media are both ongoing and should ...

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SEO Checklist for Site Redesigns

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Does your site need a redesign? If so, it's important not to ignore the SEO aspect of your new site. In fact, redesigning your site presents you with an excellent opportunity to refine your SEO strategy and optimize even more effectively than you were before. You certainly would want to hurt your si...

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Why SEO Is a Continual Learning Process

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Even if you decide to outsource your SEO campaign execution and management to a full service SEO company I believe it is incredibly important that site owners and marketing managers take the time to learn SEO for themselves, even if it’s just an understanding of the basics. I know what you’re th...

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Understanding User Search Patterns for Effective SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Every SEO strategy begins with keyword research and in many ways, information gathered during the research phase will set the tone for the entire campaign. Every good keyword list will incorporate hard data gathered from keyword and analytical tools with manual tactics, such as creating lists of rel...

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On Page SEO Is More Complex Than You Think

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There is a lot that goes into an effective full service SEO campaign. You need to produce great content on a regular basis, earn quality links, and your on page SEO needs to be as effective as possible. In the past, it was enough to come up with a bullet list of things that need to be addressed as p...

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Develop an SEO Mindset for Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Are you ready to embrace SEO success? This may seem like a silly question, but it is worth asking. Search engine optimization takes a while to get going, and the work can often be thankless for a long time until everything suddenly clicks together. It's worth examining this question so you can know ...

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SEO: A 5 Step Program

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Sometimes it seems like almost anything can be done in “5 easy steps” these days. Losing weight, building a business, earning extra income, getting over an ex, and the list goes on and on. SEO can also be categorized as a 5 step program, but it certainly isn’t easy. In order to find SEO succes...

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Ways to Integrate Trade Show Marketing and SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There was a time when trade shows were incredibly common, and even though there aren't as many as there used to be, they are still a crucial marketing tactic for many industries. However, if you decide to attend a trade show, it stands to reason that you want to leverage the experience as much as po...

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Develop a Mindset to Make SEO a Success a Reality

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to marketing your business online, it stands to reason that you want to achieve success sooner than later. With plenty of digital marketing strategies at your disposal to use, though, it can be difficult to decide the path to take to give your business the success you want. One of t...

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4 Ways to Supplement an SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Probably the most frustrating thing about SEO is that it takes time for a campaign to have a positive impact. It can take months, or in some cases, years, for a website to be rewarded with a ranking boost in the search engines after on-site optimization, posting great content, and building high-qual...

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Where to Start Your SEO Efforts

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Quality. You’ll hear that word a lot in SEO circles. You need quality website content and quality inbound links pointing to your website in order to rank prominently for valuable keywords in the search engines. But where do you start? Creating content, building links, or both? To make the most of ...

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Intangible Factors That Make SEO Success a Reality

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s true that SEO is a vital part of your digital marketing strategy. However, success doesn’t come overnight. Success with SEO is something that needs to be earned, and it can only happen if a specific set of steps is followed on a regular basis. Activities such as onsite SEO, content marketin...

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Improve Your SEO Content in 3 Steps

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most challenging things about writing SEO content is that there are so many web pages out there that you’re competing with. Unless you are the only person to write about a specific topic, there’s going to be competition. And, if you are the only person to write about a topic, it’s p...

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Blogging Doesn’t Create Instant SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to search engine optimization, a lot goes into making sure the program is successful. There are multiple components that make up a successful SEO campaign, including technical elements, strategically written content, and the link portfolio. In between all that, certain tasks, such as s...

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Broken Link Building How-To Guide

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Broken links happen for many reasons – websites go defunct, URL changes are made and pages are removed during redesigns and the webmaster forgets to 301 redirect, etc. The end result is millions of broken links out there that are not only causing bad user experiences, but are also missed SEO oppor...

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Make Sure Your SEO Goals Are Realistic

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When starting a digital marketing campaign, it's a natural impulse to want to see results right away. Some strategies within digital marketing yield quicker results than others, as is the case for something like pay per click advertising. Other digital marketing strategies, such as search engine opt...

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What SEO Data Should I Look At?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to SEO, there are many things that come into play that could impact results. Known as ranking factors, these elements need to be constantly monitored to insure that the results are as good as they could be. Ranking factors include things like page speed, inbound links, and a secure web...

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Take a Conservative Approach When Finding Backlinks

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to SEO, most of us know that backlinks are important. The search engines are incredibly picky as to which backlinks they value and which they don't. This can be frustrating because our impulse as marketers is to control the situation. However, trying to actively find backlinks can actu...

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SEO Numbers Don’t Tell The Whole Story

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It is true that you have to look at the big picture constantly while working an SEO campaign. The problem is, you have to do this while working the day to day elements of the program, such as writing new content for the website, posting on social media, and building links. It is hard to achieve a se...

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6 Things to Analyze to Determine the Value of a Link

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An important part of SEO is link building. It’s a manual process of looking for inbound link opportunities on other websites. A link opportunity can be a directory listing, profile page, sponsorship link, partner link, or guest post, among others. These inbound links get crawled by the search engi...

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Be Sure to Check SEO Statistics for Year Over Year

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There's no doubt that search engine optimization is all about the long game because it could take some time before you can really assess how effective it is. If the SEO program is executed well, you will surely see results. However, when those results happen could be somewhat unpredictable because a...

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Knowing Your Target Audience is Important for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that SEO is about more than just considering which keywords to use. Search Engine Optimization requires a lot more strategy than that in order to be effective! In fact, SEO is all about how each of the elements tie into one another to form a cohesive strategy. In other words, everything fr...

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Can SEO Bring In Local Foot Traffic?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to operating a business, you want to make sure it is represented in the best way possible online. Everything from your website content, social media profiles, and even your link profile can have a huge impact on the traffic that your website attracts. Although each digital marketing an...

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The Buyer’s Journey Should Impact B2B Keyword Research

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It stands to reason that you want to target the right keywords when formulating your SEO plan. Getting to know what your ideal customer looks like will go a long way to help you find the best keywords. In order to really find the best keywords, you should take some time to also understand the buyer'...

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Have Realistic Expectations for SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that when you're involved with SEO, you need to make sure that the expectations are realistic. Part of being an SEO agency means educating our clients and making sure that they understand the rules of SEO, see the big picture of what SEO actually entails AND ensure they understand that SEO...

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Why Security Is Important for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many factors at play in search engine optimization. Some may depend on the search engine you use. There are various factors that impact SEO such as keyword optimization, technical considerations such as the URL structure of each link, site content, and also other factors such as the qualit...

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How to Set Yourself Up for SEO Success

Written by Nick Stamoulis

How do you know if your SEO program is up to par? How effective your SEO program is depends largely on how you prepare. In other words, there is a right way to do things and then there's a wrong way. There is also a bit of an in-between where your actions could be effective, but your SEO program cou...

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Don’t Forget to Address the Technical Aspects of SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Most of us understand that SEO helps improve your presence in the search engines. Executing a solid SEO program can help increase traffic over time, and this is something that requires consistent effort in order to reap the rewards. It's true that excellent content, social media, building natural li...

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Have Realistic Goals for Your SEO Program

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that search engine optimization is an important component of digital marketing. When done correctly, it helps attract people to your website via organic results in the search engines. SEO enables your site to get noticed in search results. It can even result in your website holding the top...

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SEO Content Marketing Can Help With B2B Sales

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to SEO, content plays a big role. It has many purposes, such boosting organic presence in the search engines, branding, and developing ways to engage with your audience. Another item that content can help with is that it can absolutely be part of the sales process, especially if you cr...

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Do Web Developers Need to Know SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to creating a website, there is a lot that goes into it. From planning the website's content, designing the page layout, and making sure it runs properly, the developer is in charge of making sure the end result is one that will best represent the company. What does this mean exactly? ...

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Determining the Preferred Domain for Business

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Business in all industries are often faced with a choice, and this voice can have positive or negative repercussions for years. Choosing a domain name is even more important than actually naming the business since it will form the cornerstone of your business and marketing dealings, especially onlin...

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Hiring a SEO Firm in India is a Bad Idea

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When looking for a digital marketing or SEO firm, a business has many options. Outsourcing oversees to firm in a country like India is one of the possibilities. These firms claim to handle most forms of digital marketing, such as content marketing, social media, PPC, and even search engine optimizat...

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3 SEO Ranking Signals to Improve with a Blog

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The Google search engine algorithm has hundreds, if not thousands, of ranking signals. Google notoriously keeps all of these signals and how they affect each other a secret but there are some things that we’ve been able to figure out over the years (or Google has come right out and addressed). And...

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Do Keyword Rich Domains Still Work?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There is some debate as to whether or not keyword rich domains can help with search engine optimization or whether overall, they can cause more harm than good. We have seen this on many occasions. Every now and then, a website that has a keyword rich domain will experience great rankings in the sear...

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Should You Still Write Guest Posts?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There was a time when guest posting was an incredibly popular marketing tool, particularly for SEO. Those days are long behind us, thanks to Google cracking down on how websites obtain backlinks. These days, backlinks should be natural and not forced. Back when this was a viable tool for backlinks,...

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Established Brands Should Invest More Into SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We get asked the following question from time to time: If we're a solid brand in a thriving industry, is it worth it to invest money into an SEO program to rank for other keywords in the search engines? In other words, they're asking if it is worthwhile to invest money into an SEO program so t...

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Turn Broken Links into SEO Wins

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links remain one of the top search engine ranking factors, which is why it’s in the best interest of website owners to continue to seek out relevant inbound link opportunities over time. While it’s important to create entirely new links from a diverse profile of relevant websites, perhap...

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Email Newsletter Marketing Helps Your SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to search engine marketing, there are two items at play, and both factors need to be considered when developing an SEO strategy. The first is that there are direct factor that impact rankings. Although Google hasn't publicly released statements about what these ranking factors are, the...

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Analyze Page Load Time As Part of Your SEO Audit

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Like any service provider, the search engines want to create a service that will keep customers happy. This means that they want to rank the best possible pages that are relevant to keyword search terms. If the websites that the search engines suggest to users aren’t relevant or are poorly develo...

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3 Steps to Take to Prepare for an SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Ready to jump into an SEO campaign? Not so fast. While it might be tempting to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible, the campaign will be much more fruitful over the long term if you take important steps to prepare for it. Trust us, SEO success is slow to build. The difference between startin...

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History of Google Panda and Penguin Updates

Written by Nick Stamoulis

These days, when Google makes an algorithm update, it is part of the core updates. There was a time when this wasn't the case, and algorithm updates were majorly disruptive, often causing penalties and a dramatic decrease in organic traffic. These issues still happen today, but not nearly to the sam...

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How a PPC Campaign Complements an SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Everyone today knows how the search engines work and that there are two sections on the search results page: paid listings and non-paid listings (PPC and organic). So as a business and website owner – where should you dedicate your time and resources? Obviously, we’re an SEO firm so we’ll stro...

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Completed Keyword Research: What Happens Next?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO is about keywords. While it’s true that search behavior has changed and the search engines have a better understanding about the meaning of a search (as opposed to exact keyword match), it’s still about keywords. If your content includes the words and/or phrases that match up to what someone...

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Be Careful When Optimizing Pages With Different Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It's true that optimizing pages with keywords is a key component of search engine optimization. However, it isn't enough to place keywords sporadically throughout the page. A lot more thought needs to go into this than you might expect. The ultimate goal is to match each page on the website with ...

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Have Realistic B2B SEO Goals

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s necessary to take a strategic approach to B2B SEO. In the campaign planning process a business needs to determine what the goals of the campaign will be to measure the success of the campaign as it moves along. The important thing to remember when setting B2B SEO goals is that they need to be...

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Optimize Every Page of a B2B Website

Written by Nick Stamoulis

After reviewing the competition and the industry online, the next phase of a B2B SEO campaign is to conduct keyword research for every page of the business website and then incorporate selected keywords into the content and meta tags naturally in order to generate organic search engine traffic. Whil...

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Follow Google’s Webmaster Guidelines for White Hat SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When a digital marketing or SEO firm says that they use white hat Google SEO strategies, what exactly does this mean? The marketing industry has borrowed the term "white hat" and "black hat" from theater and movies, particularly in the silent film era, when it was typical for the hero of the story t...

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SEO Tasks to Complete Every Month

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Unless you’re a powerhouse brand, you need to be doing SEO in order to generate traffic from the search engines. And, unlike other marketing tactics, SEO isn’t something that you can start and stop. SEO is all about long term gains and there are tasks that need to be completed every month in ord...

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6 Tips to Create an SEO Friendly Blog

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most important SEO tips today is to add a blog to your business website and publish new, high-quality content there on a regular basis. This is because new blog posts keep the site updated and “fresh” which brings the search engines back to the site to re-crawl and index it, every blo...

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Don’t Over Optimize Your Site

Written by Nick Stamoulis

For all of our full service SEO clients, we start the process with on-site optimization. This involves conducting keyword research for each page of the site, writing new and better targeted Meta tags and descriptions, and tweaking H1 tags and page content to seamlessly include the new keywords. The ...

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Audit Your In-House SEO Program

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you're running an in-house search engine optimization program, you may be wondering if it is as effective as it could be. When it comes to SEO, there are certain strategies that create the core of successful program. However, each business is unique, which means that no program will look exactly ...

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Benefits of Running a Link Audit

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Every site owner should run a link audit on their site at least once a year. When conducting a full link audit, it’s important to visit each and every link in your link portfolio no matter how many links there may be! For some site owners, this may mean you have thousands of links to check out. In...

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There’s No Quick Money When it Comes to SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to SEO, there’s no such thing as making “quick money”. In fact, chasing fast money can do a lot more harm than good. When you hire an SEO firm, you need to treat them as a partner. This comes in especially handy when you’re presented with opportunities that may seem a litt...

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SEO Responsibilities to Execute Monthly

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are essentially two phases of an SEO campaign. The up-front work like competitive analysis, keyword research, and making on-site SEO recommendations for existing content is phase one. Once that’s complete, you move onto phase two, which is the ongoing component of SEO that supports that up-f...

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5 SEO Basics to Implement Today

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many misconceptions about SEO. While to those who aren’t “in the know” it might seem confusing, the truth is that SEO on a basic level is hardly rocket science. In our line of work, we come across plenty of websites in a variety of niches every day and we’re shocked to see the numb...

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Want to Earn Natural Inbound Links? Do These Things Now

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are essentially two ways to generate inbound links. 1. You spend time scouring the web and actively look for inbound linking opportunities, network with other website owners, and take an action (write a guest blog post, submit to a directory, post a blog comment, etc.) that will generate an in...

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3 SEO Misconceptions and What to Believe Instead

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Even though it’s been a viable online marketing tactic for many years, SEO is still shrouded in mystery. There are plenty of business and website owners that don’t quite understand it, and it’s difficult to invest in something you don’t understand. Many SEO misconceptions have popped up over...

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Ways to Build a Solid SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to executing an effective SEO campaign, how it's structured makes all the difference. There are certain elements that every SEO program needs to have. Besides that, items beyond your control, such as Google's algorithm changes, can also have an impact. No matter what kind of business ...

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3 Reasons to Run SEO and PPC Campaigns Together

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s common knowledge that when someone wants to know more about, well, just about anything, they turn to the search engines and type in (or say) a search query. This means that if you have a business website, you’ll want it to be found in the search engines. There are essentially two ways to ge...

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SEO Reporting: More Than Rank

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In order to be successful with SEO long term, it’s necessary to get out of the “it’s all about rank” mindset. We’re not saying that rank doesn’t play a role, of course it does, but it isn’t the be all, end all metric to pay attention to during SEO reporting. Ranking fluctuates based on...

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How to Increase Organic Click Through Rate

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The best indicator of a successful SEO campaign is an increase in organic search engine traffic over time. Of course, that isn’t the only reporting metric to look at. It’s also worthwhile to look at impression and keyword position data, too. Ideally, search engine results page impression growth ...

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Why Blog Commenting is Important

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to search engine optimization, blog commenting is always considered an important part of the strategy. It's also one of those strategies that only gets better over time. Long term consistency that actually gets results. If you complete a certain number of blog comments per month, it'...

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4 Things SEO Content Must Be in Order to Have an Impact

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Website content is what generates inbound links (helping to create trust) and establishes keyword relevancy for the search engines. That’s why content marketing plays such a huge role in an SEO campaign. Yet, there are still plenty of website owners and SEOs that aren’t taking a good approach. T...

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SEO Shouldn’t Be a Standalone Strategy

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you own a website, SEO should be a part of your online marketing strategy. However, notice that we said “a part of.” It certainly shouldn’t be the be all end all of the entire strategy. An SEO strategy works best when it’s integrated with other online marketing efforts. That’s because S...

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5 Signs You’re Working with a Reputable SEO Firm

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO requires a significant investment, mostly because it’s a service that never really “ends.” An SEO campaign should really be ongoing, so unless you have the resources to do the work in-house, you’ll always need to be outsourcing it to an SEO firm. Of course, you want to make sure that you...

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6 SEO Reporting Items to Look at Every Month

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An SEO campaign is only worthwhile if you’re going to take the time to analyze its success on a regular basis. Reviewing monthly SEO reports allows you to see where you are making progress and what areas might need additional work. Our SEO reporting go-tos are Google Analytics and Google Search Co...

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