SEO: An Effective And Inexpensive Marketing Strategy

Individuals are online today.  They’re online at home and in the office where they can easily access the internet using personal computers or laptops.  Tablets and cell phones have taken our ability to be plugged in a step further.  While away from personal computers or laptops, individuals can still connect to the internet, check email, and remain in synch with the outside world as they use tablets and cell phones.  In fact, people are so online today that many experience feelings of anxiety and frustration when they are away from their computers or mobile devices for prolonged periods of time. While on the go, a person may occasionally find himself in area where he is outside of cell phone range and that may mean he can’t access the internet on his phone.  Being cut off from the internet addiction that humankind craves can be challenging.  With so many people online at home, at work, and on the go, wouldn’t it make sense to use SEO marketing to reach potential customers? Search engine optimization is an effective and inexpensive marketing strategy employed by thousands of businesses and organizations.   It’s a powerful tool that can be used to promote a business even while the company’s marketing executives sleep.  Here are a few reasons organizations today use SEO to influence their businesses: Appropriate SEO use can reduce competition. It can increase traffic to a website, and consequently, can increase sales. Makes a website more visible. It is inexpensive marketing. Competition buster Let’s be honest.  Many internet users want to get the best search results while putting forth the least effort possible.  This...

SEO Can Make Or Break Your Business

Nothing new in this post if you are a veteran of the SEO game and were involved in the Google wars of 2012 (namely Penguin and Panda). But if you are new to the game and wondering if SEO is a worthwhile investment of time and money, here are some things to consider. If you feel like you are ready to take the plunge and see how search optimization can help your business succeed, give us a call at BigOakInc.com, 804-741-6776 or email us at contact@bigoakinc.com. If there was one thing that could increase your profits if done correctly or that could drop your online business off the map if done wrong, wouldn’t you want to know what it is?  Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is one of the most important things businesses can do to boost their online visibility.  Many people have worked with SEO, but with the Panda and Penguin updates by Google, it is more important than ever that it is done correctly.  If SEO does not meet the criteria of the search engines, your site can be penalized. Increase Traffic to Your Site One of the biggest reasons to use SEO is so that you can increase the volume of traffic that comes to your website.  You want people who type in keywords that relate to your business to see your company’s website pop up in the search results. If your site is not within the first couple of pages, most people will not keep searching to find you.  SEO is the process of improving your search engine rankings so that your company will move...

Why Most SEO’s Waste Their Time

I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. – Wayne Gretzky Blog commenting, article spinning, article directory submission, profile links: such methods are still in the search engine optimization tool box for many internet marketers because they still work here and there. What these site owners don’t want to come to terms with is the fact that their success has a very short life span. Sooner or later, Google engineers will update their algorithm and their rankings will evaporate in seconds. Rather than spending months trying to trick Google into ranking your content based on hundreds or thousands of subpar quality links, spend months on generating links that will last for decades. Realize that although those subpar quality links will get you a quick payoff in the short term, you are wasting a massive amount of your time because, sooner or later, Google will devalue those links. Even short term success isn’t guaranteed. If you’re getting traffic from high ranking keywords, inevitably you’ll have people looking at what other type of content you have on the web. If people find thousands of spun articles that link directly to your site, written in language only Jabba the Hut would understand, you can be sure that they aren’t going to buy anything associated with your site’s brand. It’s pretty obvious when a site is looking to provide useful information and when it is looking to cash in by gaming Google. Eventually, your site won’t be a visited by harmless Googler, but a Google engineer who will manually inspect your site and determine its fate...

Google Guy Debuts in SEO Comic

In case you don’t follow our SEO comic, Ranked Hard, here is a reminder to head on over to the site. It has new design and more importantly a new comic. If you haven’t read any of the previous SEO comics get ready for a treat. We take a look at the comical side of the SEO industry and poke a little fun as well as give a little criticism at the crazy world of search engine optimization. Give us some feedback on your favorites and let us know if there are any topics or taboos you would like satirized by the Ranked Hard (mythical) staff. Here is a glimpse of our latest comic, introducing our superhero, Google Guy who fights for Internet City against Black Hat! Click here to read the rest of the comic and find out who...

Online Reputation Management Advice

Good news travels fast; bad news travels faster. Recent spurt in cases of rampant, and sometimes baseless, negative online publicity has affected brand image of many companies. In 2005, a single post by a blogger criticizing Dell’s support services pulled down the company’s reputation by a couple of notches. The corporate world is waking up to the necessity of playing an active role in online reputation management. Online Reputation Management involves not only analyzing all that is being written about your brand online but also repairing any damage found and constructing a positive image. A successful ORM campaign should involve public relations and search engine marketing. You have to ensure that good things are being said about you on various websites and these websites get top search engine rankings. How to monitor/track your online reputation Regular monitoring of online media will help you keep tabs on your public perception. It will also alert you in cases of copyright violations, competitor smear campaigns, domain squatting, etc. There are many online tools you can use to keep one step ahead and take immediate action. Google Alerts is the most popular monitoring tools that will track and inform you if your brand name comes up in news, feeds, videos, blogs and web results. There are blog-specific search tools like Technorati and Feedster. Twitter Search and Social Mention can also help you catch the buzz about you in social networking sites. How to repair your online reputation With the growth of user-generated media like blogs, Tweets and Yelps, the chances of creating negative publicity have also increased. The first step towards tackling negative...