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The Value in SEO

Too many businesses large and small look at SEO (search engine optimization) as a nuisance and an additional expense, but since when is promoting your business online a nuisance and expense? Search engine optimization should be viewed as an investment. When you approach your online marketing strategy from just a rankings stand point it can be quite difficult to see the inherent value in SEO.

SEO is not just a load of technical jargon to get you on the first page of Google for a certain keyword or keyword phrase. If your business approaches it from that angle, the true value of SEO can be lost. By proactively marketing yourself online you create little footprints online connecting directly to your brand or business. If you follow all of your tracks, you will see they all funnel down to your website creating many little pathways to your website. The more tracks you make, the more opportunity for really becoming visible online in front of your target audience. The network does take time to build but once it is built a website will see a nice steady stream of traffic, qualified traffic if done correctly. SEO is an effort that takes time to really ramp up and work correctly. This is why it is important to realize that SEO, is an investment.

Building up a website online is no different than building up a brand or offline business. This process is where the investment is very important. The investment comes in many different shapes and sizes which also brings many different types of rewards. The rewards are not just search rankings which many think is the way to gauge if your online marketing campaign is really working. Rewards come in the potential customers reaching out to you on the various social networks and search engine results pages. Do you all of a sudden see a surge in websites sending you traffic? This did not happen by accident, this is a direct result of your online SEO efforts. Over time the traffic and rankings increase. This is why it is very important to realize that search engine optimization is a long term approach that truly requires patience and the ability to think outside the box.

SEO – Still the King

Everyone is a buzz about social media marketing. You can’t turn your head without hearing about it at a conference. Marketing professionals are either engaged today or thinking about how to engage tomorrow. Everyone is suddenly claiming expert status (you don’t need a social media expert, you just need a good marketer).

None of this is surprising. Social media doesn’t require knowledge of technology or staying on top of and technologies, at least not in the same way SEO does. In comparison social media is fairly easy to get right. You just need to know how to market to a connected society, have comprehension in sociology and learn the basics behind some pretty easy to use tools. Patience, helps too.

The truth, though, is social media is not new hasn’t really changed since the message board and forum culture of the late 90’s. There are just more people involved now. And we’re actually a bit nicer to each other. But it’s still just digital conversations. The tools have changed, but the way we interact digitally hasn’t – despite the glorification of certain platforms over others and the new found ability to be anti-social in public (or for some, more social) with the proliferation of mobile.

So here’s the truth: digital marketing hasn’t changed as much as some would have you believe. Search is still the number one source of traffic to web properties by a pretty good margin. Sure there’s some social traffic, but guess what – search still wins month over month, it’s far more consistent and it’s just better quality traffic.

And this brings us to the point: despite early adopters shifting habits and changing the way they use the web with the release of each new tool, doesn’t mean everyone does. Search is still the core function of those seeking content or information.

If you’re engaged in things like content marketing you should become more aware of SEO before social media. Social media and SEO do work together, but without having a search strategy locked down first, you’ll never fully benefit from the intersection. Neither happens in a vacuum.

Search engine optimization intertwines with social media and the engines will only continue to look at social signals more in the future as more users participate. Sites like Twitter won’t disrupt the web’s link graph, eventually it may make it even stronger. But your marketing, your media, your brand – by engaging social without comprehension of search means you’re yielding a higher conversion channel to competitors.

Optimization? or Marketing?

In the wide world of the Internet, there’s a million and one tips and tricks to promote your self and your business. Adwords, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, and all of the ups and downs associated with them. But for you, and your business, with the alternatives out there which one should you consider?

Well if the budget and time allows, all of them.

But realistically, unless you have a dedicated team devoted to each aspect of your online marketing campaign, self managing it can be tedious and time consuming. So pushing aside (for now) all of the social mediums, Twitter, Facebook, blogging etc, leaves with two avenues to explore. Searh engine optimization (SEO), and Search engine marketing (SEM).

SEO, is the holy grail of the internet business, and done properly, can solidify you and your business as an authority in your niche market. It takes time, effort, and a careful eye to ensure it’s done properly and to maximum effectiveness. SEO is how you can grow from relative obscurity on the internet, to success and remain a star. The organic method to climbing the SERPs, Googlers know and embrace websites in the top 10 as the “go to” sites in their queries.

SEM, is a more instant approach to marketing. Using mostly sponsored ads in the SERPs, proper use and care of an SEM campaign can help increase, or begin, traffic flow into your site. The double edged side of using search engine marketing as opposed to search engine optimization however, is that most Googlers know that the sponsored ads are not organic, they’re paid for.

Which method you decide is best for your site, is up to you, just know that you need to look no further than Fresh Traffic to answer your questions.

A step up

OneRiot, a real-time search engine for web and video content, has launched a new Twitter search engine with a unique angle: Rather than focus on what people are saying, the search engine focuses on the web pages people are linking to.

But whenever the subject of real-time search and/or Twitter search comes up, inevitably the argument heads to “too much meaningless chatter to find anything of value”. It’s a generally fair argument. But OneRiot thinks it’s found a way to cut through the layers of noise.

How Does It Work?

One Riot crawls Twitter, looking for tweets with embedded links, then crawls and indexes the content being linked to. The OneRiot search algorithm includes spam checking and has checks for relevance, and a “hotness” factor for URLs that are being talked about a lot in recent tweets.

As you do a search, you can see the focus is on content — the URLs people are discussing and sharing on Twitter. But Twitter being a social site, OneRiot’s search results also include some social elements for anyone who wants to dip into the conversation. Each result includes a reference to how recently the link was shared on Twitter, how many tweets mention it, and who first posted it on Twitter.

It’s a unique approach to Twitter search that should prove particularly beneficial to the business community embracing social media advertising. In a short time testing the service, I found that it does bypass a lot of the chatter, and leads more quickly to relevant content. And there’s convenience too, in that OneRiot’s search expands shortened links, so you can see the actual content link.

An alpha version of their Twitter search engine is available now at twitter.oneriot.com.

Winnipeg Free Press Time for Change

The Internet has taken another Winnipeg victim in the battle of the medias.

The Winnipeg Free Press announced recently that it was ending its Sunday edition due to lack of readers.

Why?

Simple, new consumers are not interested in reading dinosaurs anymore, They want media on their terms and on their devices 24/7.

Yes Winnipeg the world has changed.

The Free Press like many other newspapers have seen the ad revenue mountain getting steeper and steeper to climb with each passing day.

The smart players are taking their advertising dollars and getting online, Why? because they want to be where the eyeballs are.

The Internet is surpassing all other media channels in it’s wake so why not get on board? better late than never and you get measurable results in real time?

If your looking for internet advice in Winnipeg, call the experts at Fresh Traffic, we deal in website eyeballs.

Web Analytics Is Easy!

Web analytics is easy. Actually incredibly easy. Assuming the desired outcomes are changes that will positively impact your site (what other purpose can you think of?), you’ll find that even complete analytics beginners can drive surprising value.

Web analytics is made this easy because your site has more issues than you’d care to admit. Starting with some metrics like bounce rate by landing page, it’s a walk in the park to identify a host of issues with your site, your marketing plan, your calls to action and more.

Bounce rate aka. percent of single page view sessions (times where users enter your site and leave almost immediately) is the online version of your wife saying “hell no” when you walk up with that new shirt you thought was so snazzy. Don’t take it personally when people reject your content, especially when you think it’s great. It isn’t a personal jab. Just get past it and change it for the better. Test it using a website optimizer. Your site is there to make you money, not generate pride points.

Web analytics is also easy because you can learn as you go. Almost all of the insights you will come across in your web analytics journey are a result of you saying, “Interesting..” Then you dig a little, find an answer, and come up with a new way of doing things. It’s often full of surprises, your findings when you’re digging through Google Analytics or any other tool, because what you’re really looking for are things that you don’t expect.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a complete newbie, you’re going to have to dig in and figure out what’s causing that drop in page views per session or conversion rate or video completion rate or whatever else you’re measuring, and it’s almost always going to be a learning experience. The conclusions and efficiencies that come from the seasoned veteran may be superior, but the newbie can definitely hold the fort, much more than we often give them credit for.

BBC been paying Google

Apparently it has been discovered that the BBC have been paying Google to place its website at the top of listings for a series of keywords, as part of its internet marketing plan.

With a guaranteed £3.5 billion revenue each year, the BBC holds a strong position in the market obviously, making its competitors struggle. It is said that the BBC has been paying Google – as part of a £100m marketing spend – to improve its search ranking. The corporation itself recognised the importance of high Search rankings and stated:

‘ Promoting content like the Mercury Prize online is an effective way to inform the licence fee payers who will want to watch it or read about it’

The BBC sees a huge opportunity in capitalising on Search and making sure it is achieving top organic search results.

One of the things most search marketers will (and should) tell their clients is that a top result in Google cannot be bought. Therefore the news is quite surprising. There are rumors that in some cases deals can be made with Google, but there hasn’t been any real proof. BBC had a deal before with Google, where they had put up content on YouTube.

Still, if the rumor would be true, it would be a big thing. It could however very well be another case of a reporter not knowing the difference between an organic or a paid result.

Cost-Effective Brand Growth Through Search Marketing:

Often the success a company experiences in growing their brand rests in the resources they allocate toward marketing. How much and where are normally the questions that follow. In the past, the question of “where is my market” was often a major determining factor in deciding which form of media to choose. Are my potential customers reading the newspaper or trade magazines? Are they tuned into the radio? Will bus ads or billboards be enough to capture their share of mind? With 90% of consumers now searching the net before making major purchases, this age-old question has been answered.

The purpose of search marketing is to place a company’s website in a position of high visibility on the search engines for key terms that are relevant to they type of products or services that company may offer. Anytime a consumer is searching on the web for a specific product or service, it is because they are in the market to buy. The companies that invest in positioning their websites atop the search engines will have the first opportunity to present their products/services to that qualified audience, therefore giving them first chance at the sale. When optimized correctly for the key terms a company wants their brand associated to, their website acts as a 24/7 salesperson, capturing the attention of the consumer while they are in the market to buy. For this reason, search marketing is a very cost-effective strategy for any business in any geographic market.

Traditional media or mass media is much more expensive in comparison because it is looking to scream out a message to a large audience hoping some of them are in the market for what they offer. The louder the shout, the larger the expense, still with no guarantee that anyone in that audience will be looking for what they are selling. If a company shouts enough, of course the one effect is that people may gain recognition for their brand, which could lead to them using their company in the future. However, the effect is less than if you are there when the consumer is actively looking.

In addition to the repetition required for traditional media to be effective, it also is costly to shout across a larger market. On a local level, traditional media has a much greater opportunity for success with success measured as return on investment. However, once you move into national, and certainly global markets, search marketing is where a company will see the greatest opportunity to turn eyeballs and ears into qualified leads.

As a whole, a company will see the best return on investment by allocating their marketing dollars to an SEO professional that will position their brand directly to those consumers actively in the market for their products or services.

Internet Marketing Winnipeg Manitoba

Why spend dollars on TV, Print, and Radio if your company keywords are not also found on the first page of the search engines? If you’re not found, then you’ve advertised for your competition. We bring to market the most effective tools in generating cost-effective search engine results and we are committed to constant research and monitoring of the search engines’ algorithms so that our clients can act on them before their competitors.

An upgrade from your local Winnipeg Internet Marketing firm is Fresh Traffic. We serve clients around the world and deliver excellent performance. We can reach your target market more effectively because we have the experience and proven strategies. You can leverage our productive capabilities from optimized content, analytics, on-site optimization, viral marketing with video, and more.

The economy is a troubling factor however there are immense opportunities via the Internet. Search engine optimization in particular, when done well, can breathe new life into your sales volumes and help you maintain visibility with old and current customers.

It is a difficult challenge to dominate search results and be seen on the Internet. With our years of Internet marketing experience, we are the right choice of Winnipeg marketing companies. We work for several major marketing companies delivering the level of results they must have.

Internet Marketing is one of your most important aspects to having an effective website. We hear countless clients telling us that they have spent thousands of dollars on developing their website but they still cannot be seen online.

Internet Marketing is the piece of the puzzle that joins your development efforts with actual sales. At Fresh we closely follow and master the trends that are used by search engines to index and identify websites. This allows us to place our clients’ websites in the first page of search engines’ results and connect them to their target market.

We specialize in Internet Marketing in the forms of Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click advertising campaigns, E-Commerce, Web Analytics, and Web Market Research. These areas of Internet Marketing are complementary to each other and, with the right balance, can be very effective in helping you achieve your web goals and marketing targets

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SEO Basics – The Beginning

Optimizing your site takes time, effort, and knowledge. If you’re willing to take the time and learn, apply the effort to your site, then allow this little bit of knowledge to help you with those first few baby steps into the internet jungle.

We’re going to go way down to the beginning..

Keep your site friendly for the engines, there’s a ton of scripts, code, and fancy tricks that look great, but the search engines will pass over. Be careful with these common search engine obstacles

* Flash sites/elements – Some web designers love it, site visitors have a love it or hate it feel, and most importantly, search engines cannot read it. If you are determined to incorporate flash into your site, be sure to also include keyword text for the flash page/elements. Home pages and entire sites done entirely in flash are completely invisible to search engines. What is the value of a site that is invisible to the spiders?

* Dynamic URLs – Typically these urls are associated with a database driven website (www.yoursite.com/143?=5aswe for example) Although the engines can read them, they won’t dig too deeply. Simple URLs are Google/Bing/Yahoo friendly URLs.

* JavaScript menu navigation – A dated style to build off of, but your web developer will know about this type of menu. The engines don’t follow JavaScript links, so avoid them as often as possible for navigation links (Home, About, Products, etc.).

* Write for People, not bots/spiders
Is your website an effective marketing or sales tool? Or has it been crammed full of keywords and doesn’t read like a person has written it? Once you’re able to get visitors to your site, compelling, relevant content will keep them on your site. Possibilities include making a purchase, sign-up for news or promotional email letters, add the site to their bookmarks (to make it a regular reading stop), add your site to their Twitter or Facebook accounts, etc.

Short, simple, and extremely basic. The above points are merely a drop in the sea of SEO, but seeing as every website out there is just another fish, why not do your best to be the hunter amongst the prey?

More to come..