What is SEO?
Search Engine Optimization or SEO, is something that every business owner is looking into nowadays as a way to get the exposure they need as a business and to stay afloat during hard times and times to come. The topic of SEO can be very confusing to some and although it’s confusing, it is still important to learn about it and make sure you take part in it, because it is an invaluable asset to any business.
SEO is the process of optimizing your business’s website for the search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and MSN Search. Although it is said that you are optimizing it for the search engines… What you’re really doing is optimizing your site for the people who want to find it. Basically, when someone searches Google for a keyword related to your business, for example “restaurant in New York City” — You will want to show up within the first couple of pages of the search results, otherwise your competitors will be there and beat you to the punch!
There are two ways to show up within the first few pages of the search results, one way is to set up a PPC campaign, where you have to pay for each click that you get to your website — but this method can cost a fortune. Then, there is the increasingly popular “Organic SEO” method, where an SEO specialist uses the power of keywords, link building and other factors to optimize your website so that it shows up in the natural, “organic” search results. This is when your website gets indexed on Google for keyword related to your niche, only you aren’t paying for each click or for your position.
People strive to show up in the organic search results which are located on the left side of any search on Google, Yahoo, etc. The right side dsplays the “sponsored links” which are paid for, by running a Pay-Per-Click campaign with the search engine itself and paying hefty fees “per click” to show up on the first or second page.
This is extremely important for any business, being that having a long term listing on the top search engines can bring a significant amount of traffic and therefore potential customers every single day of the year. If you can, try to get a hold of a local SEO expert in your area and see if they can give you a basic consultation or recommendation as to what you should/could do with your website to make it more search engine friendly… It will pay off, trust me!