A new study by Cyveillance shows that Web has grown to more than 2.1 billion documents and is growing at rate of 7 million pages per day. Another study by Berrier Associates indicates that people who spend five or more hours a week online spend about 71% of their time searching for information. That goes to show power search engines still wield over traffic. To keep you up to date on what online marketing professionals are now doing to win search engine wars, here is a brief look at some of latest strategies being employed.
Pay-Per-Click Search Engines
Pay-per-click search engines are becoming an extremely effective way to get targeted traffic to websites. Basically what happens is that you submit your site to them and bid for a top ranking. So for a few cents per click through, your site is ranked at top for your selected keyword searches. Whenever someone clicks through to your site, your account is debited amount of cents you bid earlier at setup time for each click through. The most popular pay per click search engine, one that started it all, is GoTo.com. The best thing about these engines is that you set amount of money you are willing to pay for per click through, and you know exactly how highly your site will be ranked for your selected keywords. It is a guaranteed way to drive traffic to your site at a price you select. For more information, see:
Search Engine Demographics
Have you ever wanted to know what each of major search engines' visitor demographics was? Perhaps you wish to know which engine to focus on when optimizing your pages for higher rankings, or you want to buy banner ads and want to know where you will get most bang for your buck. Well, here is a list of sites that tell you all that you need:
http://www.cyberatlas.internet.com http://www.internettrafficreport.com http://www.keynote.com http://www.mediametrix.com http://www.netratings.com http://www.nielsen-netratings.com http://www.nsol.com/statistics http://www.nua.ie http://www.searchengineshowdown.com http://www.statmarket.com http://www.traffick.com
Cloaking and Page Optimization
There are two sides to clocking issue. Cloaking, by way, is using scripts that hide certain pages from browsers while giving them out to search engines only. On one hand, according to a recent I-Search Special Issue on cloaking, Marc Krellenstein Senior VP of Engineering for Northern Light said "If we find out 'your' page is cloaked we will ban your URL and sites for life." According to I-Search, Inktomi and AltaVista share similar sentiments towards cloaking. On other hand, cloaking is something that is very commonly used by high-level web designers for legitimate reasons such as directing users with different browser capabilities to different pages, and also by advanced web marketers to improve search engine rankings while hiding high ranking HTML from competitors. Despite fact that most engines frown upon it and indeed do penalize some pages that use cloaking technology, a great majority of cloaked pages still go un-penalized, working effectively towards their goal. One reason is that its not easy for engines to find cloaked pages, another is that cloaking can be very legitimate so it is let by anyway when found. So where does that leave you? If you know what you are doing and have a legitimate reason to use cloaking, proceed carefully. It can be highly fruitful. If you don't know what you are doing, it is best not to cloak your pages. In general, it's a good idea for most webmasters to stay away from cloaking. If you would like to know more about cloaking, see following pages: