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?

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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.


Google Goes Social

August 13, 2009

Google eyes a piece of the social network pie with iGoogle.

Google LogoAmidst a search engine overhaul and talks of Facebook’s aim at Twitter, Google (GOOG) is attempting to expand their already gigantic family of web experiences. By adding social gadgets to iGoogle, you can have the social features and functions of some of your favorite networks right on your homepage.

Will Google’s new social initiative get any traction?

Hear about it straight from Google.
“First, we’re excited to introduce social gadgets for iGoogle. Social gadgets let you share, collaborate and play games with your friends on top of all the things you can already do on your homepage. The 19 social gadgets we’re debuting today offer many new ways to make your homepage more useful and fun. If you’re a gaming fanatic, compete with others in Who has the biggest brain? or challenge your fellow Chess or Scrabble enthusiasts to a quick match. Stay tuned in to the latest buzz with media-sharing gadgets from NPR, The Huffington Post, and YouTube. To manage your day-to-day more efficiently, check things off alongside your friends with the social To-Do list gadget.”


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


Geotargeting Your Campaigns

July 21, 2009

Dialing your advertising spend down can improve your campaigns immensely.

Geotargeting Ad CampaignsWith the ability to Geotarget ads across the major platforms (Google, Facebook, Yahoo, etc.) marketers have the ability to take a microscope to every region of their campaign. Instead of blanketing the entire country or globe with the same cookie cutter banner or ad copy, we can (and should) create ads that speak to the region(s) they are being displayed in.

Not only will Geotargeting lend to a high Click Through Rate on some ads, but inevitably a higher conversion rate as well.


Business Consulting in 2009

July 16, 2009

Business consulting has taken a shift in today’s world.

Business ConsultingEvery business needs a unique solution in order to grow and flourish in the fast paced marketplace we find ourselves in. What does your business need to succeed, or take the next step in your market?

Is it an increase in your online revenue? A new sales strategy, or slick marketing plan?

Search Engine Optimization didn’t cross most CEO’s minds before 1995.

A marketing plan for search engines & social media never used to be an equation in business. Search marketing is now fast becoming less of a competitive advantage, and more of a necessity.

Creating a sound business strategy is as important as ever.

The vast power of the Internet has made it easier than ever to bring a product or service into the public’s eye. With that comes an increasing need to be creative. To think outside the box. To stretch the limits of your business.