Keywords – key for all doors

Written by Zoran Makrevski

Keyword research is certainlyrepparttar most important phase in Search Engine Optimization process. Whether you hire a SEO company to dorepparttar 127859 job or you are doingrepparttar 127860 SEO process in-house, take your time during this process. You should not be a spectator, but you should be an active part ofrepparttar 127861 decision making process.

Try to think as a customer

Before to startrepparttar 127862 keywords analysis & research process, be sure that you know how you should perform this process. Try to think about your keywords as a customer. How would you search for your product or service? Which keyword or key phrase would you use? Think about which words or phrases describe best your product or service.

Generic keywords vs. highly targeted key phrases

Surprisingly many companies still believe that increased traffic will necessary lead to increased sales. Unfortunately this is very far fromrepparttar 127863 truth. If traffic is not well targeted, visitors will not found what they are looking for, and they won’t order anything.

Many companies still makerepparttar 127864 mistake to attempt to get ranked for generic keywords. This is often costly mistake. You will simply loose your time, money and resources to get ranked for generic keyword. Chances are that if you are in competitive industry you won’t succeed to achieve top ranking. In many cases, even if you succeed to get high ranking for generic keyword you won’t benefit much from that. Let’s elaborate this with an example.

Key phrase “shoes manufacturers” will return worldwide results, and your competition will be very strong. Even if you manage to rank high, “conversion to sales rate” will be fairly low. Some ofrepparttar 127865 people would actually search for “shoes manufacturers” which are located in Asia. They might enter on your site, and they will leave without to order anything. You will get more traffic, and you want increase your sales or establish new business contacts. None of your goals will be achieved.

That is because your product or service is not exactly whatrepparttar 127866 people are searching for. Key phrases like “UK shoes manufacturers” or “EU shoes manufacturers” will have better conversion and you will get high ranking faster. Why? It’s easier to get ranked for these key phrases because of smaller number of competitors. Fromrepparttar 127867 other side, because of better targeting your conversion rate would be higher, because your traffic is better targeted.

When to Hire a Professional SEO Firm?

Written by Corey A. Wenger

In efforts to increase sales and profitability, more and more companies are turning to online marketing initiatives – specifically, search engine optimization. Search Engine Optimization or (SEO) isrepparttar art and science of blending technical and marketing skills together into a finely tuned website that is both search engine-friendly, ranks well for specific keywords and phrases, and is tailored to your audience from a buyer and seller perspective.

According to a recent U.S. study, only 20% of all businesses outsource search engine optimization programs to professional SEO firms. The remaining 80% either do not conduct search engine optimization at all or they believe they haverepparttar 127858 resources and skills to do it in-house. Of this 80%, it is probable that 90% of these companies can’t be found onrepparttar 127859 web – they don’t exist. In order to generate any amount of significant web visibility, your website must typically rank withinrepparttar 127860 top-30 results.

So,repparttar 127861 question comes down to what is in your company’s best interests? Conduct your SEO program in-house or out-source it. To answer this question, let’s first take a look atrepparttar 127862 knowledge, skills and resources necessary to implement and maintain a successful search engine optimization program.

SEO knowledge and skills required

1) Basic understanding of how search engines and directories work. This may seem overly obvious, but you would be amazed how many people do not understand how they actually work. This knowledge providesrepparttar 127863 foundation for your SEO program.

2) Website design Although SEO is not completely a technical marketing process, it does require a fair amount of technical knowledge of what constitutes search engine-friendly web design. Certain web design elements can either help your search engine rankings or hurt them. You simply have to know which is which.

3) SEO experience This isrepparttar 127864 most important and most difficult knowledge to obtain. If you have never implemented a SEO program, then you are in for a big surprise. Search engine optimization programs require a lot of research and are extremely time consuming. Most importantly, they require actual SEO experience. This means knowing what SEO strategies and tactics work and which ones don’t. In-house vs. out-sourced SEO programs

If your company is considering conducting your search engine optimization program in-house, here are some questions to consider.

• Who will be responsible for analyzing, developing, implementing and measuringrepparttar 127865 success of your SEO program?

• Is this consideredrepparttar 127866 role of your IT department, Marketing department or some other individual(s) within your company?

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