Keep an Eye on Your Analytics for Trends and Insights

One of the most important things a site owner can do is keep a watch on their site’s analytics. I don’t recommend that you scour the data daily and panic over hourly dips in traffic, but it is important to know what is going on with your site. SEO is not a set-it-and-forget it kind of thing, so routine changes, tests and general tweaking becomes a critical component of ongoing success.

But you will never know what is or isn’t working for your site unless you look at your analytics and...

By Nick Stamoulis, 22 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

Nick's top Blog Posts to Read for July 21, 2011

Below you will find our favorite blog posts that are related to SEO, search engine marketing and social media marketing from this past week. Please feel free to visit each, we hope you find them as helpful as we do! Want to Build Your Email List? Follow These Steps. This post includes ways to build your email list with the help of your current customers.

The True Cost of SEO

SEO is free because all you need is an Internet connection to do it, right? Not exactly. In order to implement a good SEO strategy it takes time. First, it takes time to learn the complexities of search engine optimization. Sure, there are tons of free resources out there to learn the basics, but SEO is really one of those things that you can’t truly “get” until you actually start executing it. It takes years to truly understand the process and even then, it’s always changing.

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By Nick Stamoulis, 21 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Is Your Site Optimized for Transactional Search?

If you were to look at the average search engine user, their search history would boil down to three basics types of search—informational, transactional and navigational. An informational search is when they are looking for information, perhaps the answer to a question. Transactional searches are when a user is looking to take action, they’ll use words like “buy” or “download” in their search query. Navigational searches are when a user searches by brand or product...

By Nick Stamoulis, 21 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Organic Search.

Get New Blog Post Ideas from Old Content

If you’ve been blogging for awhile, chances are you’ve experienced writers block. Let’s face it, sometimes it isn’t easy to brainstorm ideas that will translate into quality blog posts. If you’re ever stuck, why not look back at some old posts that you’ve written for inspiration? While the old posts may be dated, that doesn’t mean that they’ve lost all of their value.

By Nick Stamoulis, 20 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Categorizing Your Inbound Links

While it’s not fun or glamorous, it is important that site owners conduct a full link audit once a year. Depending on how long you have been engaging in link building, you might have thousands of links to sort through, but it has to be done. Digging through you link portfolio is important for several reasons. First off, it helps you identify any holes in your link building strategy. Do you have hundreds of links from blog commenting but only three local search profiles? Secondly, organizing your link...

By Nick Stamoulis, 20 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

SEO Video Tip – Content Recycling Requires Synergy

Content recycling involves taking a great piece of content and re-purposing it across a variety of platforms to generate more SEO value. Unlike article spinning, content recycling means creating unique pieces of content that fits each medium. Here are 4 best practice tips to make sure you get the most out of your efforts:

Watch this week’s SEO video lesson here!

 

By Nick Stamoulis, 19 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search.

Blog Post Optimization Tips to Follow

Blogs are the original social media outlet. They allow for you to share your ideas and expertise with a target audience in an informal manner and encourage communication. Businesses have long used blogs to their advantage to build brand awareness and establish their online identity as an authority figure in a given niche. Blogs are great tools to communicate with your loyal followers and readers on a regular basis, but they also provide a great opportunity to get noticed by new prospective clients or...

By Nick Stamoulis, 19 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search.

Why 301 Redirects Are Important

I had been doing the link building for one of my clients for a little over two years. Not to pat myself on the back, but there were a lot of good, quality links pointing to this site. At the beginning of the link building campaign I laid out a strategy (as I do for all my clients) to help me stay focused and keep my link building efforts diversified. The site was doing incredibly well, ranking on the first page of Google for all its keywords and getting thousands of unique visitors a month. Their conversion...

By Nick Stamoulis, 19 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Don’t Be a Twitter Quitter

As with any social networking strategy, one of the most important things to keep in mind when creating a Twitter account and strategy for business is that it’s built for the long term. Some companies claim to understand this, but it turns out that they really don’t. They go in full force with all of the best intentions, and then within a few months their presence starts to drop off until all that’s left is an archive of dated tweets.

It’s like all of those people signing up for gym...

By Nick Stamoulis, 18 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

When It’s Time to Revisit Your Keyword Research

The Internet is not a static thing. With billions of pages already published and more being created every day, there is more available content that could possibly be consumed in a lifetime (or even several lifetimes). User behavior changes over time as well; mobile search has exploded, social networking has forever altered the way people connect online, and search is getting more and more personalized. A big part of SEO is being able to adapt to these changes and adjust your SEO strategy accordingly.

That is...

By Nick Stamoulis, 18 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Relationships Have More Value than Links

Link building is one of the essential components of a strong SEO campaign. The more quality, one-way links you have pointing to your site, the better trust factor your site has. Links also help drive targeted traffic through to your site, which in turn can increase your conversion rate. But I’ve seen a lot of site owners get so focused on getting links that they sacrifice their online reputation in order to get them. Link exchanges, paid links, links to splogs (spam blogs) and “bad” sites...

By Nick Stamoulis, 15 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search.

User Generated Content as Part of a Content Marketing Strategy

A great content marketing strategy needs to attack from all angles. The more pieces of content you can create and push across various platforms the more successful you’ll be. Don’t just limit your content marketing strategy to a blog posts and static articles. Get creative! Incorporate videos, infographics, podcasts, webinars, slideshows and more to make your content that much more engaging. But there is one more piece of content you should also think about incorporating: user generated content (UGC)....

By Nick Stamoulis, 14 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Keep Your Social Media Strategy Simple

Social media marketing has moved out of the “Let’s try it and see what happens” phase and has matured into a powerful marketing tool. With millions upon millions of users across wide vast spectrum of social networking sites (not just the Big 3 of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), companies turn to social media to help them connect with their consumers on a new level, build their online brand presence, create a company voice and more. While most companies (big and small) realize that they have...

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

SEO Video Lesson – Why Use Social Media?

It’s not enough to just have a social networking profile, you have got to be active! While a social network is a great place to build a quality link, social media marketing has much more value when you take the time to develop a real presence and build a community.You have got to be as active as it makes sense for your business and here are 6 reasons why.

Watch this week’s SEO video lesson here!

 

By Nick Stamoulis, 12 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Social Media Marketing.

How to Get More Quality Twitter Followers

You understand that social media plays a large role in internet marketing and have a Twitter strategy in place. But what if you have the best intentions, and only a few followers? How valuable is your message if nobody sees it? If a tree joins Twitter, but has no followers, does it make a noise?

The key to an effective Twitter strategy is to have people follow you. Otherwise, what’s the point? This is where some opinions vary. Some people believe that when it comes to Twitter followers, quantity is...

By Nick Stamoulis, 12 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

The Pros and Cons of Paid Blog Reviews

Blogs are the original social media outlets. Long before Facebook and Twitter dominated the Internet, people started blogs to share their thoughts with the world. Some blogs have generated loyal followings over the years, and advertisers and marketers have taken notice. It wasn’t long before blogs were more than a place to discuss current affairs or share insider tips about a particular industry. Blogging also became a way to earn an income. One way for a blogger to make money is to write a review...

By Nick Stamoulis, 11 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

The Importance of Communicating with Your SEO Partner

SEO and SEO professionals are still waiting for a permanent seat at the marketing department’s cafeteria table. While many companies acknowledge the importance of SEO as a significant component of their overall marketing plan, many still do not have in-house SEO employees. This means that they rely on an outside firm to work as their SEO partner. While there is nothing wrong with outsourcing your SEO to a credible, white hat SEO consultant or firm, good SEO has to be integrated with the rest of your...

By Nick Stamoulis, 11 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

What’s In a Facebook “Like”?

Many companies that set up a Facebook page aren’t sure what to do next. All they know is that in order for their posts to be seen, they need to be “liked”. So, they set out to get “likes”, setting goals such as “100 new likes per month”. Sure, “likes” are great. But what do they mean? Does it mean that the user actually likes your company or brand and has had good experiences in the past? Does it mean that they have never used your products or...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.