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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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Know When to Really Use PPC

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Pay per click advertising is a digital marketing strategy that allows you to spread the word about your business in a calculating way. It enables you to specify target audiences, which enables you to showcase your ads only to the most relevant of situations. This type of advertising is keyword drive...

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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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B2B Touchpoints Keep You In Front of the Customer

Written by Nick Stamoulis

In the business world, a touchpoint is defined as a way that a customer interacts with a business. This includes digital marketing activities such as  an email newsletter, social media, new website content, and more. For marketers, the touchpoints give businesses a chance to deliver customers and p...

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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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Get to Know the Types of Inbound Marketing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The sole function of inbound marketing is to use content to create positive online experiences for your audience. Goals for inbound marketing can differ from increasing brand awareness to making sales. Ultimately, inbound marketing's purpose is to make connections with people online and supply them ...

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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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Where to Go for SEO Content Inspiration

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you know anything about SEO you know that fresh content is an extremely important component of an SEO campaign. However, creating fresh content on a regular basis can be anything but easy, especially if you don’t have much writing experience. Perhaps the hardest part of producing quality conten...

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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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Add These to Your Blog Posts Today

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you’re consistently blogging and incorporating SEO elements into your blog posts (incorporating keywords naturally, writing optimized titles and descriptions, etc.), you’re already way ahead of many websites. But there’s a good chance that you can still be doing better. We’re avid blog re...

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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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SEO Has a Gray Area

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We are a white hat SEO firm, which means that everything we do is in line with Google's webmaster guidelines. Google is all about creating a good user experience through their search results, and their guidelines are designed to help encourage usability of the results when a query is made. Websit...

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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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Should You Use a Proprietary CMS?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to creating a website for your business or brand, there are two basic options. You could opt to use an open source content management system, such as Wordpress, or you could customize a CMS exclusively for your business. There are some definite pros and cons to using each of these opti...

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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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Customize a Web Marketing Strategy for Your Brand

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Your business is unique and it makes sense that you want your marketing plan to reflect that. When it comes to web marketing, there are certain activities that should be in the mix, such as social media, content marketing, online advertising, such as PPC and social media advertising, and SEO. Howeve...

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Social Media and Content Should Work Together

Written by Nick Stamoulis

There are many components that make up a robust online marketing campaign today. It’s not enough to just have a website. In order for that website to be found you need to participate in numerous online marketing tactics that need to be integrated together into one strategy. Two important parts of ...

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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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Don’t Rely on Sales Departments to Generate Leads

Written by Nick Stamoulis

We all know that in order for a business to be successful, plenty of new business needs to be generated through the combined efforts of the marketing and sales teams. Too often, however, companies make the error of relying on sales professionals to keep the pipeline filled with prospects. Known as r...

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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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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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Do Keywords Still Matter for Content?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to writing content, you might be wondering if keywords still matter for SEO. There was a time when keyword stuffing was the general rule of thumb when it came to ranking higher in the search engines. Keywords and phrases were used throughout pages whether or not they flowed with the co...

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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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B2B Social Engagement Is About Lead Nurturing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Social media is different for every business and there is no one size fits all strategy. For B2B companies, social media is all about lead nurturing, and it will serve a similar purpose as email marketing does. Since the sales cycle is fairly long for most B2B companies, your goal should be to not o...

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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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Make Sure Your In-House Marketing Team is Well Trained

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to marketing, you have two basic choices. You can either hire a firm to take care of your marketing for you, or you can take care of all your marketing tasks in-house. Although many companies prefer to do their own marketing, there is a slight problem with this. The staff may not have ...

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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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SEO Tips for Seasonal Businesses

Written by Nick Stamoulis

While your business may have slow and busy periods or even close entirely for parts of the year, the Internet never stops, which essentially means that ideally your SEO program shouldn’t either. Sure, there may be more SEO related work to do during certain parts of the year but since your website ...

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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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3 Quick Tips for Improving SEO Content

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The problem with the whole “content is king” mantra is that it has resulted in a lot of not so great content out there on the web. Website owners feel pressured to be publishing content regularly and they don’t always have the resources necessary in order to do it well. There’s a lot of cont...

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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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