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What Is Search Engine Optimization?

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is used in all aspects of web marketing.  You need to understand as much as you can about how SEO works in order to get the proper marketing of your website online.  

When you use SEO in all of your content – both text and visual, you can draw more traffic to your site.  In order to understand how to use SEO, you need to know why people use this type of marketing and rely on it so heavily in order to get the desired traffic to their website.  SEO is what gets a website noticed in the search engines.  

So what exactly is SEO?  This sets up your text, photos and videos so that they are easy to find when someone is searching for them using the various search engines online.  While it is often said that Google relies more on SEO content than Yahoo, which relies more on link building, the truth of the matter is that in order for a website to be discovered online, it must come up in the search engine.  

For example, if you have a website that sells cooking appliances, you will want to make sure that you structure your site so that others who may be looking for the products you sell will be able to find it online.   Those who are looking online for what you have to sell may do it in a number of different ways, although the easiest way for someone to find something online is to use the search engines.   Most of the traffic to your website will come from search engine optimisation.  

You need to know which keywords will work for your website.  These are the words or phrases that people will put into the search engine bars to receive the search engine results pages.  Many people today are putting in longer phrases into the search engines to narrow down their search.  

There are tools that the website owner can use to investigate the best keywords for their website, based on what they sell and what words potential customers are likely to plug into the search bars that will lead them to the site.  In order to succeed at this, a website owner must not only know the concept of SEO but also much about the target market, which is those who are most likely to purchase the products on the website.  

If you are just starting out your website, or if you have a website up and running already, you need to know how to use search engine optimisation in all facets of your marketing.  While there are other ways to market your website and products without using SEO, the fact of the matter is that 60 percent of all traffic on websites comes from those who found the website in the search engines.  These people are seeking out what you have to offer and are finding you online as long as you are accessible.  

Once your site is search engine optimised, you can expect to get more traffic to your site from the search engines.  People who may be interested in your site will find it easier if your website is search engine optimised.  Most people use the search engines to find what they are looking for when they go online.  By having your website optimised and easy to find in the search engine results pages, you can attract more traffic to your website through the search engines.  

There are many internet marketing companies that will help you get your website search engine optimised and keep it that way.  Some of the methods that they use to optimise a website include the following:  

  • Article marketing
  • Blogs
  • Press Releases
  • Video Ads
  • Google ads

All of these can be optimised in order to incorporate keywords that will make the website appear in the search engine results pages or, in the case of Google ads, land them on pages where they are most likely to find people who will be interested in your website.  The entire purpose of making a website search engine optimised is to make it easier for potential clients or customers to visit your site.  

Those who may be interested in your products or services can only take advantage of them if the know about them and where to get them.  You have, most likely, gone online in search of something that you wanted to buy at one time or another.   Chances are that you put the information into the search engine toolbar to pull up search engine results pages.  You probably sifted through a few pages before you came up with what you wanted.  

This is the basic concept of SEO.  Those who understand how to use SEO to make their website more searchable and likely to come up in the first two pages of the search engine results pages are more likely to have clients land on their site.

There are probably many sites out there that offer you interesting information as well as products or services.  Unfortunately, many of them are buried deep in the search engine results pages.  

Most people, when searching online for something, will give up after going a few pages into the search engine results pages.  In some cases, a search may produce millions of hits.  Needless to say, you do not want to go through everyone in order to find what you are looking for.  Most people have neither the time or the inclination to do this.   

This is why it is so important for businesses and others who want to have their website noticed make sure that they use SEO techniques in order to do so.  By using SEO, a website will no longer be buried in the middle or at the end of millions of results.  It has a better chance of getting to the front of the search engine results pages.  

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