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Aug. 29, 2013
When I started a new business venture a few years ago, I dreamt of being the next Bill Gates. I thought I had everything perfectly planned and in motion to give my big dream the right start. This was until I realised my website never appears in the search results of popular search engines. I was stunned, what was wrong? I had taken great pains to design a web site that was easy to navigate and well arranged. What then was missing? I found the answer through one of my friends who introduced me to the concept of SEO, to which I was yet oblivious. Definitely, getting your website up and running is the best way to get your business noticed online. However, with hundreds of websites online this is just not enough to be on top. In this article, we will briefly discuss the intricacies of SEO and how it can help your business.
What is SEO?
Search Engine Optimization is an online marketing technique that aims at increasing traffic to your website. It is a process through which you can improve your visibility online by getting a higher ranking on Search Engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. When an internet user types in a query in any of the popular search engines, he gets a list of websites that are relevant to his query. While some websites find a place in the top listings, others may not even appear in the first few pages. Most users trust the authenticity of the search result of the search engine and do not go past the first few sites of the result page. This in turn means loads of traffic to the website on the top of the search results. The end result being a growth in business through direct sale or advertisements for that website.
How does SEO work?
Through this online marketing technique, an effort is made to revamp and advertise your website to make it relevant to most search engine results. There are various methods, strategies and tactics used to help increase search engine ranking. Some of the methods that are used for this purpose are on page optimization, off page optimization, article submission, link building, social bookmarking and so on.
Is it suitable for my Business?
If your business has alimited online presence or if you are just planning to take your business online then this is one of the must have marketing tools. It is good to hire an expert for this job. Like any other marketing technique, if this marketing tool is not used or implemented correctly, it can have an adverse effect on your business online and is a waste of money.
Where can I find a good SEO provider?
You will find quite a few of them online. You need to be careful in selecting the provider though. Go through the website carefully. Look for a list of clients they are servicing and check how they are performing in online search engines. It is always good to hire an experienced vendor with a proven track record.