How do your customers discover you? Maybe through a friend of a friend. Maybe at a trade show. Maybe by reading a brochure.
Of course, they may also discover you through Internet search. 89 percent of consumers surveyed used search engines to make their buying decisions according to the Fleishman-Hillard 2012 Digital Influence Index. A snappy print ad may plant the seed, but it’s a safe bet that your newest customer looked you up online before committing to buy.
The good news: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can help you be in the right place, in front of the right customer, using the right words on their computer, tablet or phone, at the right time.
Connecting customers to you on their terms.
By learning a little about SEO via our QuickStart Guide to Search Engine Marketing, you can ensure that potential customers find YOU, and not just your competitors.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The easiest place to start is your own website.
Customers search using Google, Bing, or Yahoo, looking for a key need that you might fulfill. Customers type in descriptive “keywords,” – maybe rubber gaskets, custom trailers or commercial real estate – and a search engine like Google crawls, looking through millions of websites to return a page of results. The order of these search results matters. A study by Chitika, an online advertising network, found that moving from the second result to the first can almost double the traffic you receive for that keyword.
Where your company falls in the list is largely determined by your popularity and content. High up? Second page? At a glance, Google is looking to see how many sites link to your website and if your content includes relevant keywords that match what a visitor is searching for.
SUCCESSFUL SEO PRACTICES
STEPS YOU CAN TAKE
In the time it took you to read this article over 6 million Google searches have been conducted.
Download our QuickStart Guide to Search Engine Marketing that walks you through boosting your business’ online profile to drive more traffic your website. These starter steps will help you position your business for SEO, and should also serve as a road map for your future online marketing efforts.
Let us know how it works for you! And feel free to share these simple tools with others!
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