Businesses need to advertise their products and services. Many organisations and individuals list their products and services on their websites as the number of Internet users has been increasing and customers prefer to see the product listing compare prices of various companies on the Internet. This allows the customer to make smart choices without depriving him of the comforts of home. For optimal utilisation of the website, enough traffic should be driven to that particular website. This is done by Internet advertising, an important chunk of which is Search Engine Marketing.
Search engine marketing relates to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, AltaVista, MSN, AOL and Lycos. If the website appears on the first page after searching through a particular search engine, the probability of the Internet user visiting it is more as compared to it appearing on subsequent pages. Search engine marketing increases the chances of the website appearing among the top few with a large range of keywords which in turn increases the number of visitors to the website. There are no set standards for this. Different methods of marketing work for different kinds of offerings.
The most popular way of search engine marketing is search engine optimisation. This includes link baiting where articles and blogs with a lot of keywords that can lead to the website are included. This makes users who get free access to informative stuff visit the website and bring along with them more traffic. Sometimes, web designers add an invisible page to the website or the link with all the relevant keywords. The placement of keywords on the web pages is also significant. Another method that is widely used is pay per click where professionals are made to artificially visit the website and thus attract more public as most search engines return more frequently visited websites. One can also resort to paid advertising on search engines.
The search engines charge the website owners according to the number of visits to their web page. They charge extra for any sales made via search engines. There are professional SEO (Search engine optimizers) available who review the website and make necessary changes in the content as well as the Html coding for optimization and solve indexing issues.
One must ensure that one chooses the SEO according to one’s needs and products. A seller of small items must not spend a fortune on marketing as search engine marketing does not guarantee any yields. It can increase the visitors to your website but not necessarily lead to increase in sales. The website owner can monitor results for a period of time and decide accordingly. For better results, the website must be user friendly and must describe all the offerings in detail along with requisite illustrations.
SEM has been widely used all over the world and gives ensures quick visibility for new businesses. One can, however, use it in combination with other Internet advertising forms for optimal results. Once you have mastered the tips of search engine marketing, there is no way to beat you in competition.
Originally posted 2010-03-06 14:47:45.