Building Your Own Authority Website

Written by Andrey Milyan

Lately, a lot of articles talk about achieving better search engine ranking by building an authority website. So what is an authority website and how do you go about building one? In general, authority website is a large website full of resources on a specific topic. A good example of an authority website for search engine marketing industry is Let's now take a look at how you should go about creating an authority website for yourself.

Pick a Niche

When building an authority website keep in mindrepparttar niche you are targeting. Try to pick a niche that is as specific as possible. For example, if you are a travel website it would be pointless to create a travel portal; you stand very little chance against existing websites. But you can create an authority website that focuses on handicapped travel and their needs. There is a lot less competition and you will have much better ranking forrepparttar 142189 keywords you want.

Get Up-to-date Content

Content isrepparttar 142190 key to building a successful authority website. Fresh content differentiates commercial and authority websites inrepparttar 142191 eyes of search engine spiders. Commercial websites usually write content for their pages once and do not update it very often. Authority websites, onrepparttar 142192 other hand, usually provide content inrepparttar 142193 form of articles, news, blogs, etc. so information is always fresh and is frequently updated.

Looking atrepparttar 142194 we see that they show content from their articles and blog right onrepparttar 142195 homepage which means it is updated very often. There are several ways you can get content for your website.

  1. Write articles and publish news yourself. You are a professional in your niche. Why not write content yourself? Who else if not you knows more about business you are in? Start adding content under your name and you will see that your visitors will start seeing you as a professional that you really are.
  2. Syndicate content from other websites. Look for other authority website in your niche and if possible syndicate their content. You can find RSS feeds on many topics on website like .
  3. Contact other professionals in your industry. Another way of getting content is to contact other professionals in your industry and ask them for resources. They might have written some articles which you can use; or some of those people might be interested in posting information on your website.

Why You Should Care About Internet Marketing

Written by Hillary Stone

Why You Should Care About Internet Marketing

Any successful business—from a small, locally owned dry cleaner to a colossal, nationally operated department store—will agree that a large part of their success can be attributed torepparttar marketing technique they employ. The simple truth is that consumers need to know about you andrepparttar 142164 products or services you offer before they can buy them from you. This is a truth companies have been acquainted with and been exploiting for years. Fromrepparttar 142165 first newspaper advertisement printed inrepparttar 142166 early 1700s torepparttar 142167 latest Internet marketing technique available today, advertising has had an impact onrepparttar 142168 economy, on society, on culture, even on politics—this venture has transformedrepparttar 142169 twentieth century intorepparttar 142170 age ofrepparttar 142171 advertising firm.

What many companies don't realize, however, is thatrepparttar 142172 advertising technique that was so effective for their company five years ago is no longer their best option. Traditional advertising techniques, while still beneficial, are not as effective as they once were. Evenrepparttar 142173 once all-powerful 30-second spot on television is losing its strength withrepparttar 142174 development of such innovations as TiVo and other digital video recorders (DVRs). Now TV viewers can do more than just changerepparttar 142175 channel to avoid commercials: they can actually program commercials out. Consumers are gaining more control and it's beginning to have an effect onrepparttar 142176 marketing industry.

If consumers are gaining control, how canrepparttar 142177 marketing industry use this to their advantage? Here's a novel advertising idea: instead of pushing advertisements at people about what we think they like or will be interested in—assumptions based on general trends of an audience's demographic type—why not target what we know they want? This is exactly what Internet marketing can do for you.

The Rise of Internet Marketing

Since its birth in 1989,repparttar 142178 World Wide Web, and its worldwide use, has exploded. According to Nielsen/Net Ratings, there are now nearly 900 million Internet users worldwide, over 200 million inrepparttar 142179 United States alone. Research firm eMarketer reports that U.S. adult Internet users will spend an average of $878 online this year which equates to more than over 100 billion dollars in e-commerce business being generated fromrepparttar 142180 United States alone.

In spite of these astounding numbers, Internet marketing—which includes such marketing techniques as e-mailing, display ads or banners, rich media, andrepparttar 142181 most effective: keyword search—is only a $3 billion industry. That may seem considerable, but a study conducted by ZenithOptimedia reports that Internet marketing makes up less than 4% of global spending on advertising, putting it far behind television and newspapers which combined compose more than two-thirds of total global ad spending.

However, statistics show that spending on Internet advertising is increasing at greater percentages than spending on advertising in other media. As reported by JupiterResearch senior analyst Gary Stein atrepparttar 142182 2004 Search Engine Strategies Conference: "Spending on Internet advertising increased 27% from 2003 to 2004, while cable advertising increased 14.1%, broadcast TV advertising was up 8.2%, radio advertising was up 7.0%, magazine advertising increased 5.0%, newspaper advertising increased 4.8%, and Yellow Pages advertising was up 3.2%."

Internet advertising is growing so much faster than other forms of advertising for a reason: The Dieringer Research Group reported in late 2004 that "online product research conducted by consumersrepparttar 142183 past year was responsible for driving $180.7 billion in offline spending, compared to $106.5 billion in direct online consumer spending." Interland's Business Barometer for Spring 2005, a nationwide survey of over a thousand leaders of small- and medium-sized business, showed that those businesses that are applying Internet marketing techniques are getting "a clear return in top-line revenues for their investment."

The simple truth, then, is that if your company is not dedicating a significant percentage of its advertising/marketing budget torepparttar 142184 Internet, particularly to search engine marketing (SEM), you're giving up a valuable opportunity. Marketing Sherpa claims that "so few marketers are budgeting enough for SEO [search engine optimization] that it can be a massive competitive advantage for you still." Here's why you should.

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