Search Engine Marketing (SEM) In 2012

March 22, 2012

The world of SEO and SEM is changing. Companies used to be able to rely on Pay Per Click (PPC) for their search engine marketing efforts.

In 2012, we find a marketplace with increased Cost Per Click (CPC) for AdWords traffic, as well as a decline in total Click Through Rate (CTR) across a number of search engine advertising platforms. It is estimated that only 15% of all search engine traffic is sent through PPC ads, where as the remaining 85% of clicks come from SEO, or organic / un-paid search engine traffic.

State of SEO / SEM in 2012

While advertisers are scrambling for new opportunities for web traffic from upstart social networks (Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr), there still proves to be a whole world of customers still searching the web.

The truth is, less consumers are searching from their home computers in 2012. The screen time, and attention span has shifted to the smaller screens of mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and netbooks. In a fast paced, ever changing marketing environment, it is important to stay on top of the trends.

What are you doing in 2012 to leverage new marketing channels?


Search Engine Marketing Tools & Tips

April 27, 2010

Search Engine Optimization Strategies for Success

Search Engine OptimizationWeb traffic can become an obsession. Some sites need more. Some sites need to monetize their existing traffic. All sites however must know what they are up against when they are optimizing and updating their content.

Effective Search Engine Optimization requires a healthy combination of Keyword Analysis, Backlink Acquisition & On-site Optimization.

Keyword Analysis
The first step in optimizing your website is conducting research and analysis of relevant keywords. Google provides an excellent tool to estimate traffic and competitiveness surrounding certain keywords.

https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal

Wordtracker provides another excellent tool for determining specific keywords in a specific industry.
http://freekeywords.wordtracker.com/

Increasing Backlinks can increase traffic.

The more links you have coming into your site, the more power, relevance and trust your site will have in the eyes of a search engine. For an in depth look at your domain’s backlinks, there is a suite of free tools available here;
http://www.webseoanalytics.com/free/

These tools will give you an understanding of your pages keyword density, backlinks & overall code structure, to help ensure you are optimizing your content properly.

What Search Engine Optimization Tools do you use?

Related Search Engine Marketing Links:

Santa Rosa SEO Company
Santa Rosa SEO Services


Marketing Strategies

April 12, 2010

Building an effective marketing strategy is crucial

With so many different ways to market your brand it is becoming increasingly important to understand your options and draw up a plan. Since not all brands are created equal, not every avenue is going to make sense for your business. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular avenues to market your brand…Search Engine Marketing .

Search Engine Marketing Strategies

Before venturing into your first Search Engine Marketing campaign, you’ll first want to set some goals. If your goal is to see immediate results, you should look into Pay Per Click Marketing. Marketing your brand with a pay per click campaign will get you traffic very quickly, and a whole lot of it. Keep in mind that this isn’t always cost effective, and the cost of pay per click advertising is increasing year over year.

If you are looking for a more effective long term strategy, you will want to explore Search Engine Optimization. It can take 6 months to a year to get any serious traffic from search engines, however the only cost involved is your time spent researching / coding / optimizing.

Please stay tuned for more tips on building a marketing strategy.


Local Search Continues To Thrive

October 23, 2009

Local searchers are the ones that buy. Or at the very least call.

Local Search

Geo-targetting your campaigns continues to prove itself as a great idea! Dare I say an absolutely imperative idea that is key to the success of your campaigns!

What does a customer do after they search and find you? The number 1 post-search activity is a phone call.

An astonishing 37% of people who conducted an online local business search in 2009 visited the businesses retail location, according to TMP Directional Marketing and comScore.


New Google Search Coming Soon

August 10, 2009

Google Is Changing Their Search Engine.

Lego Google LogoThe household search giant Google (GOOG)  is changing their search engine. Lucky for us all it is for the better. With faster results, more results, and better results, analysts are speculating this new innovation is in direct response to Microsoft’s Bing.

Mashable did an in depth test comparing Google’s current search, versus their up coming search.

“While this test was nowhere near scientific, we do have some solid takeaways:

New Google is FAST: It often doubled the speed of Google classic.

New Google relies more on keywords: SEO professionals, your job just got a lot harder. The algorithm’s definitely different. It has more reliance on keyword strings to produce better results.

Search is moving into real-time: Being able to get info on breaking events is clearly a priority for Google and Bing. With both Twitter (Twitter) and Facebook (Facebook) launching real-time search engines, they needed to respond.

It’s partially a response to Bing: At least, that’s how we feel. This new search has a focus on increasing speed, relevancy, accuracy, and the index volume, things that Microsoft really hit on when it released Bing. It feels as if Google “Caffeine” is meant to shore up any deficiencies it may have when compared to Microsoft’s offering, though it’s been in the works long before Bing launched.

The new Google will only get better as features are implemented and developed. The end result is a better search experience for the user. Competition really does breed innovation.”


Search Engine Ad Click Through Rates

July 27, 2009

Click Through Rates can vary from medium to medium, ad to ad.

A recent study conducted in June of 2009 suggests your ad Click Through Rate (CTR) is also indicative of the search engine the ad is placed on.

Bing’s average Click Through Rate is well ahead of Google, and Yahoo holds strong in the middle of the pack.

Search Engine Marketing Ad Click Rates


Time Spent Searching- Google, Yahoo & Bing

June 27, 2009

When it comes to search engines, Google may have the most traffic, but Yahoo wins out in Time on Site (in minutes).

Bing is slowly but surely getting some traction.

Google’s Avg. Time on Site: 8 1/4  Minutes

Yahoo’s Avg. Time on Site: 9 1/2 Minutes

Bing’s Avg. Time on Site: 2 Minutes

Time on Search Engines

If people spend this much time on each visit to the search engine, just how long does the average person spend per day?

Over an hour. What better way to market your product or service to your customer?

Search Engine Pageviews

The great news for internet marketers is Google’s traffic is increasing. More Traffic = More opportunities for your business.

Here’s Google.com’s 3 Month Traffic Average:

3 month avg 8.37 pageviews daily
3 month change 0.5%