SEO Articles

Technical SEO Items to Execute Now

Written by Nick Stamoulis

You can break SEO up in many ways: there’s on-site vs. off-site SEO, content vs. link building, etc. but another important distinction is separating these things from the technical aspect of SEO that is essentially web design/development. If the website isn’t technically SEO friendly, all of the...

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3 Things to Earn from Your SEO Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO is all about great web content. Without great content you not only have nothing to optimize, but there’s nothing to set you apart from your competitors and encourage target audience members to invest in your product or services. When creating SEO content, it’s important to keep in mind the f...

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The Hard Work That’s Behind Natural Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links are important for SEO because they remain a top search engine ranking factor. Inbound links pass trust from one site to the next and convey relevancy to the search spiders. You’ll hear that the best links to earn are “natural” links, or inbound links that occur naturally over tim...

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On Site SEO Checklist of Things to Remember!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An SEO campaign is comprised of many steps. The first phase is the research phase. It’s necessary to scope out the competition and figure out which keywords would be the best fit to target. Once keyword research has been completed the next phase is on site optimization. This involves going through...

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What Exactly is Your SEO Firm Doing?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Do you know exactly what your SEO firm is doing for you? What you are paying for each month? During initial meetings with prospects and new clients, we keep hearing a similar story. When we ask what their previous firm did for them, they really aren’t sure. We’ve touched on this topic a few time...

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How To Improve Your Domain Authority

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are numerous signals that the search engines consider when ranking a website and as we know the search engines are constantly tweaking these algorithms and giving more or less weight to certain factors in order to improve search results and combat web spam. While we don’t know exactly how...

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5 Things to Understand About Link Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re new to SEO, there’s a good chance you’re a little confused about link building. That’s because there’s a lot of information out there, but so much of it is now outdated. What hasn’t changed, however, is that inbound links pointing to your site are a search engine ranking signal...

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Are These Things Holding Back SEO Success?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s true that it can take time to see SEO results, however if you’ve been doing everything right for more than 6 months (following white hat SEO best practice, implementing keywords naturally into web content, writing new optimized content, building relevant inbound links to the website) and yo...

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What is the Purpose of SEO?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When people search for information online in the search engines, they go about it by typing in what we’re looking for into the search box. In order for your site to become available when people search for information, the search engines need to determine that the site is valuable so that when peop...

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Want Natural Links? Here’s How to Get Them

Written by Nick Stamoulis

“Natural inbound links” is a common phrase in the SEO link building world. Natural links are links that occur “naturally”; another website owner decides to link over to your website on their own website. You don’t ask for the link or create the link yourself by contributing content/a direc...

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5 Technical SEO Items to Check Regularly

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO success relies on many things. You need to have a well-optimized website, write great content on a regular basis, and earn inbound links from other reputable, industry-related websites. However, you can’t forget about the technical component of SEO that matters just as much. Here are 5 technic...

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High-Level SEO Reporting Guide

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re going to be investing in SEO efforts like on site optimization, link building, content marketing, and social media it probably makes sense to measure the impact of these efforts over time, right? While SEO reporting can be complex, specifically for very large websites or websites that ha...

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3 Reasons to Optimize for Branded Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Some site owners may wonder; why should I bother to optimize my site for branded keywords? I already rank well for them and get all the traffic anyway. Why should I actively make it part of my SEO? This is actually a question we get a lot from many website owners. After all, your brand is everywhere...

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Save SEO Efforts with a 301 Redirect

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There’s a lot that goes into a website redesign. However, because your choices can impact your SEO, it’s important to take a very careful approach before your site goes live. Redesigning the business website may be necessary in order to keep the site looking “fresh” or if the company has und...

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SEO Reasons to Launch a Blog

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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B2B Link Building is Reputation Building

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Besides asking trusted friends and family members, where is the first place that people usually go to in order to find out more information about a company or brand? The answer is that they head straight to the computer or take out their mobile device and start searching online. Information about ju...

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Why Does Black Hat SEO Still Work?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We are What Hat SEO firm, which means that we use strategies that are completely in line with Google's Webmaster Guidelines. We love helping our clients increase their web presence in a natural way. We are transparent about what we do and we don't guarantee results in any way. Every now and then,...

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Black Hat Tactics and White Hat Alternatives

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many tactics that can be used in a search engine optimization campaign to attract the attention of search engine spiders and get a website ranked prominently for specific keywords. Some of these tactics are considered to be white hat, which means that they are tactics that “play by the r...

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3 Things You Must 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. While an important part of a search engine optimization campaign is to actively seek out link building opportunities, it’s also necessary to take steps in order to increase the ...

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SEO Con Men Are Alive and Well

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Do you regularly get emails from people who are trying to drum up business for their SEO services? This happens to me all the time. In fact, I received one just the other day. Typically, the emails read something like this: Hello, You could be doing much better in the search engines. As part ...

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Use Keyword Data to Make On Page Improvements

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Despite what you might believe, keyword ranking data isn’t the “be all, end all” SEO metric to track. That’s because rankings fluctuate and vary depending on the device being used to search and the location and search history of the person searching. While overall organic traffic growth (and...

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The 5 W’s of SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO is a form of marketing and just like any good marketing program, you need to understand certain things before you can be successful with it. One way to look at it is that you should have a clear understanding of the who, what, where, when, and why before you can get anywhere good. The more knowl...

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SEO Tactics that Work

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you know anything about SEO, you know that it’s an ever changing industry. Search engine optimization was a much different game even just one year ago. The search engines are continually changing their algorithms and what worked before may not work now. In fact, what worked before may even g...

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Incorporate Long Tail Keywords into the Mix

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Perhaps one of the biggest indicators of SEO success is whether or not the correct keywords are chosen to target throughout the campaign. These keywords will be used throughout on site content and within every additional piece of content that is published on the web (press releases, blog posts, etc....

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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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Tips for a Productive SEO Consulting Meeting

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Business success today is largely dependent on online visibility, and the search engines play a large role in this. Web users want instant gratification and they won’t spend time looking beyond the first one or two pages of search results. Therefore, it’s extremely important for a business to ha...

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How to Properly Ask for an SEO Quote

Written by Nick Stamoulis

At some point during the hunt for a white hat SEO provider, chances are you’ll need to get an SEO quote from several firms. Obviously budget is a big factor in your decision (although it shouldn’t be the only factor!) and it’s important that you know what kind of work you can expect from each ...

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5 Signs It’s Time to Switch SEO Providers

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Outsourcing SEO work makes a lot of sense. After all, SEO is a specialized industry and a campaign requires time and resources that an in-house marketing team might not have. But how do you know you’re working with the right SEO company? If any of these red flags sound familiar, it might be time t...

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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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Using SEO to Improve Branded Search

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The primary goal of any SEO campaign is to attract people to your website. In general, this means getting people over to your website when they search for non branded keywords. However, a certain portion of your traffic will find you in branded search. You can easily use branded search to attract th...

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Red Flag Warnings to Look For When Hiring an SEO Company

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The growing influence of organic search rank on business success has correlated with a growth in SEO companies. There’s certainly no shortage of them. Unfortunately, the industry isn’t regulated. Anyone can essentially call themselves an SEO professional, which is why if you’re working with an...

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Don’t Believe These SEO Lies

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO isn’t new. It’s been an effective online marketing solution for many years. Yet, for some reason many website owners (and marketers!) don’t quite understand it. We blame this on the fact that there are plenty of lies circulating about the industry and website owners don’t really know wha...

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CEOs Need to Buy Into B2B SEO Programs

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As a marketing professional, you know that it is important that the CEO of the company is on board with everything that you do. Even though your CEO may not be concerned with the details, it is his responsibility to make sure that every decision that is made supports your long-term growth. This is ...

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Want to Earn Natural Links? Here’s What You Need

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Actively seeking out new inbound link opportunities remains an important part of an SEO program. However, some of the best links are the ones that are earned naturally, when another website owner chooses to link over to your website because they find value in its content. Here’s what’s needed in...

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Where Do I Put My SEO Keywords?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keywords are at the foundation of any SEO campaign. People search using keywords and the purpose of SEO is to ensure that your website matches these search queries in order to generate organic search engine traffic from target audience members. To determine how target audience members are searching,...

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Managing Product Pages for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the unique SEO problems that e-commerce and b2b lead generating websites face is that their products can be constantly changing. This means that new pages are being added, content is being tweaked and discontinued or out of stock product pages are being taken down. This kind of  page turnove...

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Making the Case for Nofollowed Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are two types of inbound links: followed and nofollowed. In the world of SEO, followed links are “followed” by the search engine spiders and affect PageRank and domain authority. Nofollowed links include html code (rel="nofollow") on the back end that tell Google not to follow a link, or a...

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Marketers: Are Your Online Passwords in Order?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

This post isn’t about SEO directly, but it’s a topic that is relevant to all online marketers, including SEOs. An important component of online marketing (or any marketing, really) is to expand the reach of your brand and to be found wherever target audience members are. Online, it means setting...

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What SEO is NOT

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO is the practice of making changes to your website in order for the search engines to find and deliver targeted visitors. It's also defined by its white hat practices, such as creating excellent content on a regular basis, performing effective on-site SEO, and building trusted links.  However, t...

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3 Advertising Mistakes That Can Negatively Affect SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

It’s important to take an integrated approach to online marketing and advertising efforts. SEO is important but as an SEO firm, we’ll be the first to admit that it often isn’t enough in today’s crowded web space. It’s worthwhile to invest in other online marketing opportunities and seek ou...

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How FAQ Pages Can Help SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Frequently asked questions pages are obviously useful from a user experience perspective. If a website visitor has a question, they can head over to the FAQ page to (hopefully) find an answer. Having this content listed prominently on the website also makes the lives of the customer service/sales te...

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The Argument Against Specialized SEO Services

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Many companies understand the importance of SEO, but just don’t have the time or resources to do it themselves. So, they make the smart decision to start looking for an SEO company or consultant to assist them. When researching SEO options you may come across companies that specialize in SEO withi...

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Local Search: Optimizing for “Near Me” Searches

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There’s no question that search behavior has changed drastically since the advent of mobile search. People can now search whenever and wherever they might be. On the go searches have resulted in the “near me” search phenomenon and Google launching mobile-first indexing. For local businesses, i...

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Moving from Local SEO to National SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Generally speaking, there are two different types of SEO campaigns, local SEO and national SEO. With all of our b2b full service SEO clients, we carefully consider whether it’s best to focus on local SEO or national SEO when developing our strategy. In most cases, we incorporate a combination ...

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Outbound Linking Guidelines to Follow

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to SEO, website owners are so concerned about generating inbound links that they sometimes forget that on the opposite side of the spectrum, outbound links matter, too. Yes, it’s important to generate inbound links because they instill search engine trust in a website, but outbound l...

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Scam Alert: Negative SEO Extortion Emails

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Spammy SEO firm emails are certainly nothing new and we’ve covered this topic before in the blog. Still, these emails are still prevalent as poorly run and spammy firms try to suck unknowing potential clients in by using negative, fear based tactics. Here's a look at what these emails look like an...

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Find a Balanced Working Relationship with Your SEO Firm

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Signing on to work with an SEO firm is a big step for any company. It’s an attractive option for SMBs that don’t necessarily have the budget to hire an SEO professional to work in-house, but understand how critical the work is. Outsourcing to a trusted firm is the next best option. Yet, the clie...

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3 Ways to Make Your Website Conversion-Friendly

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO works to increase organic search engine traffic from target audience members over time. It’s a necessary part of a marketing campaign today, since pretty much everything is web-based. But we understand that website traffic isn’t the ultimate goal. What you really want is for website visitors...

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The Various Types of Searches

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When a user plugs their query into a search engine, they usually have a certain motive driving the search. Their reason for searching ties in with the actions they take once they get to your site. In some cases, as is the case with "questions" searches, it can even impact how google displays the sea...

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The Easiest Way to Gain Inbound Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Taking a white hat (Google approved) approach to SEO link building is hard work. It’s a manual process of finding relevant websites that have link opportunities, such as industry/local business directories and industry blogs that accept guest submissions. The days of paying for links for SEO or ex...

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Don’t Forget to Ask for These Links

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Building links for an SEO program has become more and more challenging as the years have gone on and the search engines have become stricter with what types of links actually pass on any authority. The best types of links are those that appear naturally, when another website owner finds the content ...

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SEO Data to Look at Regularly

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to SEO reporting, the most obvious data point to report on is organic traffic growth. Unfortunately, as we know, this can be slow to build. It’s easy to get frustrated after a few months if it doesn’t seem to be increasing. This is when some website owners scale back on their SEO e...

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How Bounce Rate Relates to SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Bounce rate is defined as the percentage of visitors that enter a site and leave without viewing other pages on the site. It is thought that when the bounce rate improves, this could also improve search engine rankings. In this article, we'll examine how bounce rate relates to SEO and also what to d...

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The Pros and Cons of an In House SEO Expert

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While most small businesses can’t afford to hire an in-house SEO expert, for some larger brands it might actually make more sense than hiring an SEO company. It might sound strange hearing that from an SEO provider but I’ve always believed in working with clients that we’re a good fit for and ...

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How to Get Natural Links? It’s No Secret

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Inbound links pointing to a website remain a top ranking signal for Google. Having high-quality, relevant websites linking over to your website is a sign of trust which is why an important part of SEO is to actively seek out inbound link opportunities. However, this type of link building is somewhat...

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Voice Search SEO Best Practices

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As voice search increases in popularity – is it on your radar when it comes to your SEO campaign? If not, it should be. People are searching for pretty much anything using voice search, it’s not just for traffic information or recipes anymore. Why? Because it’s so easy to use. It takes less ti...

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How Your Competitors Can Help Your SEO Campaign

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The best SEO campaigns are the ones built on research. The first step is to thoroughly research SEO best practice. You want to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing before embarking on a campaign. Once you have a handle on this, it’s a good idea to see what your competitors are doing. Not ...

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Are You Building an SEO Pyramid or House of Cards?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There is a difference between SEO best practices today and the SEO best practices of the past. Google is constantly changing its algorithm, and when it does that means there is the possibility that the methods could change slightly. Back in the early days of SEO the SEO hierarchy of needs (based on...

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How to Evaluate an Inbound Link Opportunity

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Along with the quality of your website content, inbound links are one of the most important ranking factors that the search engines consider. Inbound links, or links to your website on other websites, essentially help tell the story of your website to the search engines. It shows them what your webs...

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SEO Software Won’t Do the Work for You

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO isn’t just something that’s needed for big websites or large corporations. Every website that exists needs to be optimized in order to increase its online visibility and build brand awareness. Think about how many websites there are out there. Without an optimized site, it’s easy to get lo...

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Where Do SEO Keywords Go?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While it’s true that SEO has evolved over the years, there remains one constant: keywords. Search behavior has changed and the search algorithms have gotten better at understanding the context of a search query, but keywords remain important. They are still what tell the search spiders what a web ...

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Today’s SEO Link Building Best Practices

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Despite what you may have heard, link building is still an important part of SEO. That’s because the search engines still use a website’s inbound link portfolio as a ranking factor. The more high-quality, relevant links a site has, the better. However, it’s true that link building has drastica...

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URL Writing Best Practice for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Is your URL structure SEO-friendly? On the surface, it may not seem as if such a small detail would matter. However, an effective URL structure helps increase usability to your website, which could increase traffic and also give you an advantage over your competition. When creating your website, it ...

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Top Local SEO Priorities

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While there might be a few people out there who still use the Yellow Pages to find a local business, these thick booklets are more likely to be used as a doorstop, or tossed in the recycling bin. That’s because the majority of people looking for a local business are turning to their computers, tab...

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Make Sure Your SEO Strategy Helps with Branding

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Over the years, it has become clear that Google favors business websites that show a strong brand presence in addition to creating a website that users will find valuable. Back in 2008, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, said that, "Brands are the solution, not the problem," and that they give us ...

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Pros and Cons of Hiring Different SEO Service Providers

Written by Nick Stamoulis

You know that you need some with your SEO and for this, you have a few options. You can hire various SEO service providers to improve your SEO program, including: SEO consultants, SEO firms or agency, or you can do the ongoing SEO work in-house. How do you know which choice is the best? Well, there ...

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A Guide to SEO Hats

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In the SEO world, there’s a lot of talk about white hats, black hats, and gray hats. When talking amongst fellow SEO co-workers or others in the industry, we know what’s being discussed when one of these terms pops up. But what if you’re somewhat new to SEO? Do you have any idea what these SEO...

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Pre-SEO Campaign Launch Checklist

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Like any other marketing initiative, taking the time to plan ahead and get all of your “ducks in a row” before launching an SEO campaign helps to set it up for success long-term. SEO work takes time and results can be slow to build, which is why taking a few extra weeks or months to set the camp...

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Technical SEO: How Is Your Website Performing?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are so many things that go into a successful SEO campaign. And that’s because there are so many search engine ranking factors. The search engines are looking at what visitors are seeing on your website to determine rank, but they’re also looking at what visitors aren’t seeing; the back-e...

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How to Measure Organic SEO Traffic

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In my opinion, one of the best ways to measure to overall success of your SEO campaign is to look at your organic SEO traffic. Rank just isn’t a good SEO metric for a variety of reasons including the increased personalization of search, the impact of social signals on the search results, the effec...

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Can You Trust Your SEO Firm?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

As the Google search algorithms have gotten smarter and stricter over the years, lots of the phony SEO firms out there got filtered out of business. However, every time we think we’ve seen the last of the outdated, spammy, black-hat SEO practices, we have a conversation with a potential client and...

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How to Research New Link Building Opportunities

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Link building isn’t hard. It’s just time consuming. And what typically takes the most time during the process is the research, or actually finding new link opportunities. That’s why it’s so important to be organized so that you aren’t essentially re-doing the same work over and over, which...

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Why You Still Can’t Beat Your Search Competition

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO is a long term process. You aren’t going to see results quickly, but within six months to a year of an SEO campaign you should start to see some improvement in your search ranking. What if you’ve been working at it for a year and don’t see any significant change? What if you just can’t s...

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Yes, Branded Pages Should be Optimized Too

Written by Nick Stamoulis

SEO best practice is to optimize every page of a website by writing unique titles and descriptions for each page and optimizing on page content where applicable. A common mistake that we see some website owners make is to only optimize their “priority pages” which are typically their primary ser...

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Make Sure You Have Time to Work With Your SEO Firm

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When you hire an SEO firm, it's important to make sure you have enough time to work with them. Sure, you trust their expertise. You have complete confidence that they'll deliver great results. However, if you don't have enough time to work with them, it will make it harder on them to execute the ...

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