Misspellings Won’t Help Your SEO

Ever since we started school we were taught the importance of spelling and grammar. If we made spelling mistakes in a paper we were docked points. Sure, Microsoft Word’s autocorrect feature comes in handy, but mistakes still slip through the cracks. Spelling in the business world is just as important, if not more so, as it is in the 8th grade spelling bee finals. People can make a snap decision based on a small typo in a correspondence that can result in losing a million dollar account. What it...

By Nick Stamoulis, 23 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, E-Commerce, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

3 Inbound Marketing Myths

Inbound marketing could also be called “opt-in marketing.” The basic premise of inbound marketing is to make your site appealing to those that are already looking for it. Instead of trying to force your message on your target audience, you are setting your site up to be found when your audience needs it the most. Inbound marketing (which involves social media, SEO and content marketing) is an incredibly powerful online marketing tactic. It seems like a simple enough approach, but can actually be...

By Nick Stamoulis, 23 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Social Media Marketing.

Does Twitter Really Help Your SEO?

Twitter is one of the Big 3 of social networking (alongside Facebook and LinkedIn) and a valuable component of any social media marketing strategy. There are probably hundreds of blog posts out there telling site owners to get a Twitter account because they are “supposed” to. But what are the real benefits of incorporating Twitter into the online marketing mix? Can Twitter actually help your SEO or is it just another place to make noise and hope someone notices?

Here are 3 ways Twitter affects your...

By Nick Stamoulis, 20 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Social Media Marketing.

Are you a lazy marketer?

We are all a little guilty of taking the easy way out sometimes. Maybe we didn’t have the time or energy to give it our all or maybe we thought we could get away with doing the minimum for a while. Whether it was your personal or professional life, just about everyone has taken a few shortcuts here and there. However, if you’ve take the “good enough” approach with your marketing (either for your own business or on behalf of clients), you’re going to end up doing more harm than...

By Nick Stamoulis, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding.

The 3 golden rules of SEO

Like any other marketing campaign that you have ever or will ever implement, there is a certain amount of work that should be done before you can start optimizing your website and building inbound links to increase search engine traffic. Without having enough background information or doing proper research beforehand, you are essentially wasting your time on SEO activities.

By Nick Stamoulis, 16 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

More content doesn’t equal better content

In the world of SEO, it is very easy to lose the forest for the trees. Sometimes it seems like the entire industry is only focusing on one thing and its importance for a site’s SEO. That one ranking factor gets analyzed, over-analyzed and blogged to death by the industry. One such ranking factor is content. “Content is King” is replayed over and over online, and while that is true, some sites are cutting corners because they think it’s just a numbers game; the more content they pump...

By Nick Stamoulis, 14 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

Are you ready to outsource social media?

While businesses are finally warming up to the idea of social media marketing, many still don’t entirely get it or trust themselves to carry out a legitimate strategy. So, they think about outsourcing. While there are plenty of pros and cons to think about when it comes to outsourcing social media, there is another thing that needs to be considered- are you actually ready to outsource?

By Nick Stamoulis, 13 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

5 Surefire Ways to Annoy the Search Engines

The search engines don’t take kindly to sites that try to manipulate the search results in their favor. Black hat SEO firms and spammers are constantly looking for new ways to twist the ranking factors. For instance, having a lot of links pointing to your site is important for SEO, so spammers get links from low quality, spammy sites to boost their link number. Never mind that these links are coming from spam blogs, they choose quantity over quality. 1. Throwaway domains Google specifically warns against...

By Nick Stamoulis, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

6 Social Media Don’ts to Consider

Social media has become a huge part of internet marketing. Any marketing guru will tell you that you need to get involved in social media. They’ll tell you everything that you need to do in order to succeed- but what about the things that you shouldn’t do? Here’s a list to get you started:

Don’t Avoid It There’s really no longer any excuse to not be involved in social media. No matter what industry you are in or who your target audience is, there is a place for you...

By Nick Stamoulis, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

SEO Advice for New Site Owners

I know it sounds strange—an SEO firm telling potential clients to NOT outsource their SEO? What kind of business sense does that make? Shouldn’t I be trying to get as many clients as possible? Here’s the catch, I only want to work with clients that I know I can help! Otherwise, it’s a waste of my time and their money. New site owners (even if they are lucky enough to the have the startup funding) shouldn’t be outsourcing their SEO for at least the first year of their site’s...

By Nick Stamoulis, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

How to Get Your Content Shared

Links have always been an important search engine ranking factor. The more relevant, inbound links pointing to a webpage, the better the chances are that that page will show up in a search result for the targeted keywords. In addition, social signals is now an important ranking factor as well. If people are sharing links to content in social media with one another, it tells the search engines that that content is beneficial.

What this means is that it’s not good enough to just produce content these days. ...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Social Media Marketing.

Change Your Keywords to Match Evolving Search Behavior

The most important thing to remember when it comes to conducting your keyword research is that you have to understand your user. If you don’t understand how people are searching for your product, you’ll never be able to target the right keywords. For instance, you might call your product a “workforce analytics and planning software” but your potential clients are searching for “business intelligence software.”

While the two keyword phrases may mean the same thing (more or...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Do You Need to Change Your URLs?

The URL is more important than you’d probably think when it comes to SEO and usability. After all, it shows right there along with the meta title and meta description that you so carefully crafted in a search result. It seems kind of silly to have a perfect looking title and description and a URL that looks like junk. The URL can contribute towards a user’s decision to click on the link or not. If it’s easy to understand and accurately conveys what’s on the page, users will be more...

By Nick Stamoulis, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Organic Search.

The Risks of Writing a Company Blog

In my 12+ years as an SEO professional, I’ve found that just about every business can benefit from publishing a company blog. It doesn’t matter if it’s B2B or B2C, or what industry your business operates in—a good business blog can be invaluable for your SEO and Internet marketing in general. There are probably hundreds of blog posts out there full of great reasons why you should start a company blog. (I have even

How Infographics Help SEO

An infographic is a visual representation of information. Instead of writing an article or blog post that covers a lot of ground and uses enough stats and percentages to make the reader’s head spin, you can create an infographic that ties it all together in a handy dandy image.

You may be thinking, “Wait, I thought that images didn’t have SEO value because the search engines can’t read them?” Well, this is true that the search engines won’t know what your infographic is...

By Nick Stamoulis, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

Tips for Redesigning Your Website

Your website is an incredibly important and powerful online tool. First off, it’s your business’s calling card. When someone arrives on your site, they way it looks will influence whether they stay or bounce out. Your brand is (at least it should be) well reflected in your website design. An outdated website creates a bad user-experience.

Websites need to be fast, clean and well organized in order to convince your traffic that you are worth doing business with. We can all spot a website that...

By Nick Stamoulis, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, E-Commerce.

4 Ways to Get More Value out of Your Blog

Blogs are great because they provide a place for individuals and businesses to share their thoughts and knowledge to a wide audience in an informal and easy to use format. Unfortunately not all blog owners use their blog to its fullest potential. They brainstorm a topic idea, write about it, post it, and that’s it.

In order to get the most out...

Why Are You Buying Fans, Friends and Followers?

I came across this article on PCMag.com a few weeks ago. The story focused on an SEO firm that has started selling Google +1s. “Plussems, which is owned by SEOShop.biz, is selling 50 clicks for $9.99, 250 clicks for $69.99, and was selling a bundle of 2,000 clicks.” This isn’t the first time I’ve come across an SEO or social media marketing company that was selling bundles like this. I’ve seen companies promise...

By Nick Stamoulis, 02 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce, Organic Search, Social Media Marketing.

SEO Isn’t the First Priority for New Websites

Search engine optimization is obviously an important part of an online marketing strategy. It’s a smart idea to hire an SEO agency to handle the work for you, but for a new business with a new website it’s best to wait a few years. While you may be thinking, “An SEO company telling people to wait on hiring an SEO company? That doesn’t make sense”, hear us out.

By Nick Stamoulis, 01 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

Are You Missing the Point of Social Media?

It’s great that businesses are starting to get that they need to be involved in social media, but in many cases they are still missing the point. Their main focus is on getting lots of fans and followers and they don’t even consider that it’s really about much more than that. They see it as a numbers game. Of course fans and followers are crucial to a social media strategy, but it’s important to really think about social media as a long term branding tool.

By Nick Stamoulis, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.