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The Double Whammy of Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing

Feb 28, 2008
Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing are both very important strategies for elevating your business into higher profitability. Yet most beginners think only of Search Engine Optimization. The fact is that it is only a part of the bigger marketing picture for a business online. You need to employ them both to propel your internet business forward.

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) refers to the full array of promotional technologies used by internet marketers to increase their online traffic as well as visibility for their web pages. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one only one of the important SEM tools that aim to make a page easier to evaluate, and consequently ranked higher by search engines.

SEM experts employ several methods concurrently to achieve this:

1. Pay-per-click or PPC Advertising
Paying advertisers submit bids for mega tags or keywords. Advertisers pay for listings in search engines (Yahoo, Google, Dogpile, and others). Search engines display ad banners at various frequencies and sites based on the prices they receive. Google Adsense is currently the most successful PPC program in the history of internet marketing, as it specifically picks out the niches that would prove the most effective for an ad based on a techno-intelligence way of assessing the needs of webpage visitors.

2. SEO
This is the active practice of optimizing a web site to improve both it's internal and external aspects to increase the traffic the site receives from search engines. If your site does not come up in the search engines when people search for a phrase or term that your site has content for, you miss out on the wealth of search - people who want what you have visiting your site. Employing these strategies, marketers will insert strategic keywords (or meta tags) to websites often after carefully studying those used by their competitors, in an effort to increase their own rankings and site traffic. Entire websites can also be structured around these tags and words, and content is often developed to access certain statistically popular keywords. It can also be used to take advantage of Image Search capabilities.

3. Paid Inclusions
For advertisers, it often pays to be a part of marketing or shopping search engines such as BixRate, Froogle, Shopzilla , MySimon, DealTime, and many others. It helps them to lure shoppers to their own websites for other purchases and customer lists.

In the current high-tech marketplace scenario, consulting, web developing and marketing solutions have become big business and lots of businesses seek them out in the hope of increasing their success scale. Larger companies often have their own in-house staff to handle and implement internet marketing strategies. Yet, neither are difficult to learn or apply. The objective is to create search-engine-friendly websites and pages that attract and appeal to your target niche markets. That's the double whammy of the two together. Learn the techniques and apply them consistently, focusing on your content and niche market and audience interest and you'll greatly increase your business reach.
About the Author
Cynthia Mosher has been working online since 1998. She shares her advice and experience on working at home and internet and affiliate marketing at her website Wahm Daily. http://www.wahmdaily.com
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