In this model, a client recognizes that in an organic SEO campaign, they will be limited in the number of keyphrases that they can target by the amount of real estate on their website. With a PPC campaign, however, there is no downside to targeting thousands upon thousands of relevant "long tail" keyphrases, that is, search terms that are comprised of longer strings of words. Using the hybrid model, a company removes keyphrases from the PPC campaign on a granular level as they achieve top organic results for those phrases, but continue to bid on keyphrases that the site does not currently target. … [Read more...] about Search Engine Optimization and Paid Search: What Should Your Philosophy Be?
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Step 4: Your website must be error free Your search engine optimization efforts will be in vain if your website contains technical errors. For example, search engines won’t list your website if your pages deliver a “404 not found” HTTP status code to search engine crawlers. Unfortunately, even pages that look fine can send the wrong code to search engines. … [Read more...] about How organic search engine optimization works (and how it will improve your business)
For the purpose of this article, I'm ignoring the multitudes of companies that decide to dump the job on somebody already in their organization (usually an IT person who already has too much to do) rather than hiring a search engine optimization company. It has been my experience that while some of these people eventually provide decent results, they are the exception. More often than not, the project never leaves the ground, or the effort is halfhearted at best. In a worst case scenario, your internal person may embrace tactics that no expert search engine optimization company would ever use because they can put your site at risk of penalization or outright removal from the engine indexes. … [Read more...] about Using a Search Engine Optimization Company vs. Hiring an In-House Expert: The True Dollar Cost
There are hundreds of modifiers that can give a competitive advantage by reflecting a company's differentiators, including words such as "free", "affordable", "high-end", "full service", "proven", "turnkey", etc. The point is that by making use of your unique differentiators in the search terms you target, your search engine optimization company is already setting the table for your prospect before he or she even clicks over to your website. When the message that is seen on your site then supports the keyphrase that was typed, you now have an engaged visitor. This can mean more leads, less site abandonment, and better overall website performance. … [Read more...] about Using Differentiators in Keyphrases: What Every Search Engine Optimization Company Needs to Know
The same thing holds true for the content on your site. While I understand your marketing and PR department may have certain ways they like to refer to your offerings to make them sound all fancy and special...the general public just wants to know what you have to sell. Choosing the keywords and phrases you'll focus your content on is probably the single biggest decision you'll make in terms of your search marketing efforts. … [Read more...] about What My Kids Taught Me About Search Engine Optimization