Friday, 15 March 2013

All you really need to know about internet marketing for beginners.

Part 2

If you missed part one you can find it by clicking here.
We previously compared internet marketing to a can of drink. We previously covered off the ‘looking good’ element of the analogy, so this section is on the ‘taste good’ element.

So what do we mean by ‘taste good’? Well this has to do with SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). This is the process of optimising your website to affect its visibility within search engine results, essentially making your webpage appear higher/or more frequently in the page results. SEO can affect different areas of a search engine from image search, local search, academic search, video search and so on. There are now a lot more areas to consider than just traditional text searching.
As you can imagine, SEO is an incredibly important pillar in the Internet marketing scaffold, and therefore has to be dealt with if you want to get the best out of your internet marketing. The amount of time it can take to deal with SEO can sometimes be extensive and requires you to keep up to date with the process to ensure you are not left behind on important changes.

SEO involves everything from the technical optimisation of a site to link building and driving visitors. When trying to get to the top of search engine results you need to consider what keywords you should be aiming for. These keywords can be anything but some rules have to be considered:
Service or product - This might be quite obvious but what you need to do is consider what your business does. For example if you have an estate agents you want to be considering particular keywords which someone will search for in Google like “selling property, residential property, buying residential property” etc.

Location – Identify your business location and the area you wish to aim for to produce business. This is because identifying a specific locations (or locations) allows the ability to gain page ranking slightly more quickly than generic terms.  If you search for keywords like “Clothing”, “Shopping” and wide ranging keywords you will find that massive companies, firms and king retailers will appear in the highest ranking slots of a search engine. The technique we suggest you use is localised keywords that help filter other businesses from having the high rankings.

Competitors – A great way to identify what keywords you want is to look at a competitor’s site and identify what they are aiming for. This allows you to compete against them and identify what you need to do to gain higher rankings. Looking at competitors keywords allows you to adapt them and find others that may cover additional market space.

Amount – This needs to be taken into account how many keywords do you want to cover? Having too many keywords won’t allow you to focus on them enough, and this will affect the overall outcome of the page results, meaning it takes longer to generate results. This isn’t the end of the world, but needs to be considered when setting your expectations.
There are even more parts of a website that get the best out of SEO, like Link Building which is the process of creating links to the site via particular techniques. Once these techniques have been implemented then there should be a steady stream of visitors coming to the site from other areas of the web which are related to your business. Link Building is technical and has to be constantly monitored and maintained. This is a crucial part of the process and is unfortunately fairly time consuming, so time needs to be set aside for this purpose.

We produced an article about ways to gain links and we fully recommend checking it out as an aside to this article:

The world of SEO can take a lot of time and effort, and this can affect other parts of the business, that also need maintaining, which is why specialist SEO agencies are often engaged to carry out the process on your behalf.

There’s a lot more to learn about SEO, but hopefully this article has helped you identify simple strategies in getting the most out of your SEO.

Who are we?
We are Red Cow Media, an online marketing agency specialising in SEO, WebDesign and Social Media marketing. We provide services to enhance your online presence, getting people to connect with you and helping to spread your message and drive revenue. For more information you can talk to one of our friendly team or visit the website by clicking here.

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