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In the digital world, internet plays a very important role in Search Engine Marketing. The idea of using internet to sell is likely to be the first choice in a marketing business today. Most of businesses in the world have a website as a way to promote their products and services, which means, more websites are built everyday.
Skills Needed For Search Engine Optimization
The most confusing traffic generation strategy is Search Engine Optimization or SEO. There is so much dialog by so called gurus, that to people starting out, it can be very confusing, overwhelming and sickening...it will have you up at night. You will be in a total state of chaos.
Lets try to unwrap all this dialog and break it down to simple to understand dialog. The first thing anybody needs to know, understand and come to grips with is that traffic from the search engines has more to do with demand than it does with keywords. Simply create a site with good content, easy for users to navigate, and to some extent get the word out across the internet...then you have struck the root of the SEO game. The search engines depend on relevant content from authoritative sources. Search engines are not looking to support webmasters playing the game, they want quality providers of content.
There are literally millions of websites that get traffic from the major search engines that have been built by people that never had any intention of getting traffic. Think about that...millions of sites are getting the traffic with no effort on the site owners part.
Think about all the sites from Blogger.com, MySpace.com and a lot of the sites from colleges and universities that ranked extremely well, yet they are not created by design to get traffic. Quite simply they have good quality content created by people a lot smarter than you and I. Perhaps I should only speak for myself, they are a lot smarter than me.
These sites get incredible rankings, that we can only dream of. The content is generally good, and individuals across the web like it enough to add it as a link or resource on their own sites.
The very simple equation, Content and Links = Search Engine Traffic...period.
No need to be a genius, a mathematical wizard or a guru. The equation works, write it down, post it near your desk, and plan your activities around it.
No magic, no simple route, no overnight success. Write some quality content, where in fact all the words count, not just keywords. The quality content published on your domain, and the quality links pointing to your domain, with a product in demand, and everything will be just fine. The traffic will flow.
So to review what the search engines are really looking for, and to get the organic traffic you so desperately want:
1. Build your site visitor friendly...do not get too technical or hung up on keywords
3. Off page factors are incoming quality links.
And that's it! A simple approach to SEO. Test it, try it and when you see the results you will begin to understand how simple the process can really be. Now, I am not saying there is no effort, or it happens overnight, but be patient, make a simple plan, work your plan and see for yourself....
Your plan needs to in place before you begin the process. Make a simple plan and follow it step by step. Keep in mind that those who fail to plan...plan to fail.
Skills Needed For Search Engine Optimization
Let me start by saying that Google are not out to hurt small businesses however they often do. For many small business owners the idea of being on the first page of Google for meaningful phrases within their industry is very attractive. If done properly Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) can have a massive impact on the visitors and ultimately sales or leads a small business generates through their web site.
The problem is most small business owners want to target the most generic of phrases i.e. "New Car" which has a huge amount of searches each month and so is very competitive and therefore a small business would have to invest a lot of time and money to achieve this. Often entry level SEO Companies will promise the earth when it comes to delivering phrases like this and will often give unrealistic time frames and unrealistic costs. The problem here is that it takes a small business 3-4 months sometimes to find out that these promises are unrealistic and therefore 3-4 months have been wasted not only from a cost point of view but from a lead generation / sales point of view.
There are other issues when it comes to targeting generic phrases like this in that even if a small business found a partner that could deliver these phrases in a timely fashion because they are so generic and because the search volumes are massive then the leads generated can often be very high. Just what the Doctor ordered you might think however the leads tend to be wildly different in quality from very early stage researchers, to clients ready to buy now and so unless you have the infrastructure, team and processes to qualify, filter and nurture all of these leads then many will get wasted.
So how does Google fit into this process?
There are typically three types of SEO Company:
Entry level SEO Companies who concentrate on very long tail phrases (very specific like "New Car for sale in the South of England") which generate little if any searches and therefore little if any traffic and ultimately little if any leads / sales. These companies will typically concentrate on a little on page optimisation and very little if any link building.
Agency style optimisation companies - the agency model works very well with bigger blue chip companies who want a bespoke service have the time and money to invest on generating good quality generic phrases and have the people in house to manage and quantify the leads and enquiries. This type of model involves employing real quality SEO specialists who take a bespoke view on each client when it comes to their optimisation both online and offline. This model works well when a specialist has 5-10 accounts to work with and the company charge a lot of money for each project. This means that when Google makes changes to their algorithms they have the time and resource to make the changes necessary for each client. The problem with this model is when it is employed for small business owners because the company cannot charge a lot of money, therefore the SEO Specialist has to work on 60-100 plus clients and so even if success is achieved in the first instance when Google makes changes the SEO Specialist and company are incapable of coping and keeping up. The big problem here is that often the small business owner has come to rely on the traffic and sales from Google and if they lose these the impact can be massive.
Specialist Small Business SEO Companies - There are surprisingly very few companies who are specialists in this field and the big difference between this model and the agency model is that the companies who do this have developed world class processes and often software so that their specialists can handle multiple accounts and therefore truly keep the cost of optimisation low. The major difference here is that if Google do make changes then because of these processes and software the specialists can implement the necessary alterations to client sites instantly, seamlessly and with minimal impact to results ongoing. This type of company tend to focus on quality long tail phrases which do generate good profitable traffic however they will also have software that helps the small business owner maximise this traffic by making improvements to the whole of the online sales funnel and turn it into leads and sales.
Google are always making changes to their algorithms to prevent spammers, unscrupulous affiliate programmes and companies involved with the likes of click fraud. The problem is a lot of these companies produce small poor quality web sites to do this and so Google are always moving towards better quality, content rich, constantly updated web sites to feature high on their rankings. Unfortunately small business owner web sites tend to be more like the spammer model than they do the blue chip model and therefore often get affected by Google's changes albeit quite innocently.
It is essential therefore if you are a small business owner that you look beyond the initial three months and the glamour and allure of the "Big Phrase" and work with a partner who can deliver long term sustainable leads and sales via your web site and can cope with the whims and moods of Google.
When you use Google (or any other search engine) to search for a term, have you ever wondered how the websites in the first search results page got there, when there are probably thousands of other competing websites which match your search term? Well, the answer to that question is Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Those first few websites had better SEO than their competitors. So, what is SEO? Simply, it is a marketing strategy used to increase the ranking of a website in search engines.
Some of those websites (such as Wikipedia, Facebook and Microsoft) got to the first search results page without much help from SEO because, their brand names are sufficiently famous to get them listed in the first page. The other websites rely on SEO to get them to the first or second search results page. You may wonder why SEO is so important. Well, users rarely go beyond the first few search result pages when searching for a term. When was the last time you clicked on the fifteenth search results page?
SEO can be done in many ways. The main (and effective) SEO methods are the following:
1) SEO titles, headers and URL addresses
3) Writing SEO content
4) The use of multimedia
5) Regular updates
This article will briefly touch on each of these SEO techniques. Each of these techniques will be described in detail in subsequent articles.
SEO titles, headers and URL addresses
The title of a webpage is different from its heading. The title is displayed on the 'tab' of that webpage while the heading is displayed in the webpage itself. When you enter a search term (known as the keyword), the search engine tries to find websites whose title, heading and URL address matches the given keyword. If the title, heading or the URL address of a website matches your keyword, then that website is given a higher ranking than others. For example, if the keyword you entered is "phoenix", a website having the URL address: "http://www.phoenix.com" is given a higher ranking than a website having the URL address: "http://www.mystical_birds.com".
When you visit a website, you will usually see several hyperlinks linking that website to other websites. These links are known as back-links. Wikipedia is a good example for back-links. All the reference websites are listed at the bottom of a Wikipedia article. These hyperlinks (at the bottom of an article) are back-links of the respective reference websites. Back-links help to increase the ranking of a website. Generally, the more back-links a website has, the higher its ranking.
Writing SEO content
Search engines try to match the entered keyword with the content of websites. For example, if your keyword is "golf player", the search engine will search for articles having the term "golf player". However, there will be millions of articles having the term "golf player" in them. The search engine will rank these articles according to the "keyword density" of the articles. Keyword density is calculated by dividing the number of keywords in the article by the total number of words and then multiplying the result by 100.
For example, if a hundred-worded article has the keyword "golf player" repeated twice in it, the article has a keyword density of 2%. Articles having a keyword density of 0.5-2% are generally given the highest ranking.
The use of multimedia
Everybody prefers graphical websites, compared to plain-text websites. The major search engines know this and therefore; they give websites containing multimedia (graphics, videos and flash applications) a higher ranking than other websites.
People have an unquenchable thirst for new information and facts. The major search engines address this need by giving the websites which are regularly updated a higher ranking than other websites.
We hope that we answered your question "What is SEO?" satisfactorily through this article.