Liberty League International,
Absolute Top Five Search Engine Marketing Myths Uncovered!
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Tue Jan 8 01:41:18 PST 2008
Liberty League International, Absolute Top Five Search Engine Marketing
It's no secret that Search Engine marketing can drive significant amounts of
very qualified traffic to a web site – as 85% of Internet users utilize
search engines to find/research for goods and services. The problem for many
companies is the difficulty they face sifting through conflicting
information and hyperbole! Here is my top five list of myths that need to be
run to ground.
Big Picture Myth One – Search engine ranking leads are not as good as those
which originate from other forms of traditional marketing (print, direct
mail, PR, etc.) – this is absolute hogwash, the truth is many agencies don't
have a clue about s/e ranking, so they push their clients to ignore this
form of advertising. They simply don't want to recommend anything they don't
understand and/or utilize an interactive marketing vehicle that requires a
blend of very specialized technology and processes.
We've in fact found just the opposite when we've analyzed s/e traffic versus
other types of leads for our clients; i.e. search engine traffic can be much
better, as it is comprised of individuals who are actively seeking info, not
just people whose curiosity has been piqued by an eye-catching publication
ad or press release. And, when we've analyzed the data by tracking leads via
a landing page (on a web site) we've discovered that CPL (cost per lead)
numbers can be much lower for s/e ranking than other more traditional
Big Picture Myth Two – Effective s/e marketing can be done in house – this
is rarely the case, the sheer complexity and online competition (digital
warfare!) for rankings makes this extremely difficult for most companies.
Based upon our analysis over 73% of corporate accounts don't understand the
basic fundamentals; i.e. how to properly use keywords, meta tags and titles
and worse, don't submit their web sites to top tier Directories (Yahoo,
LookSmart, OPD) and the hundreds of second tier directories.
Most companies delegate the s/e submissions to the webmaster or web site
development staff and they just don't have the time to understand the
daunting complexities required to generate page 1-3 rankings - or to stay
abreast of the shifting submissions and ranking criteria standards, as
modified monthly by top tier search engines. And, in many companies the s/e
ranking is added to the over worked webmaster's tasks purely as an
afterthought – as opposed to being addressed formally by the marketing
department, with dedicated personnel and a budget.
Big Picture Myth Three – off the shelf software that submits a site to
thousands of web sites and presents snazzy reports can do it all. This is so
inaccurate and nothing can be further from the truth – it takes a tremendous
amount of labor and time to identify keyword sets (not just words), optimize
the content for these keywords, submit the pages while obeying the rules of
the road and then continually analyzing rankings and tweaking to maintain
and drive rankings (web site visibility).
Software can certainly help to automate some facets of the process and be
used for back end analysis – but you can't expect any application to make
the job easy, there is too much inherent complexity in the processes. And,
competition for keyword sets is fierce – as there are an estimated 5-10M
registered domains (the numbers vary widely) with 60K new domains being
registered every day.
Big Picture Myths Four and Five – Any page listing will help to drive
traffic to a web site – this is another misconception. If you are aren't
achieving page 1-3 rankings then your wasting a great deal of time and
resources – most people never drill down below these pages. Another common
mistake is trying to achieve s/e rankings for a specific URL or product – if
people know the name of a company or product they will find your web site
easily, it's a waste of resources to optimize for these specialized terms in
80% of most cases.
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