What is SEM anyway?
Search engine marketing or SEM is generally considered to encompass the overall marketing strategies and services for promoting a product or service via search engines. The term Internet Marketing is probably a better overall description, since other non-search engine methods, such as email and affiliate marketing, are frequently incorporated into the overall marketing mix.
Internet Marketing can include:
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO – for organic listings)
- Pay Per Click (PPC)
- Pay For Inclusion (PFI)
- Cost Per Acquisition (CPA)
- Email marketing and advertising
- Content Advertising (articles and press releases)
- Banner Advertising
- Contextual Advertising (like AdSense)
- Affiliate Marketing
- Performance Analytics
Getting Targeted Visitors is the first step to conversions.
What do you really want from your website traffic? You probably want to convert visitors into sales. Finding the best way to reach your potential audience is the first and often most difficult step. Search engine marketing provides several ways to get the targeted traffic you need, especially if you are in a hurry or in a very competitive market.
Search Engine Optimization – SEO
Search engine optimization is the process of choosing the optimum keywords for your products, then enhancing and optimizing your web page’s wording and structure to make the page search engine friendly. This will improve the pages rankings in the natural or organic Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs), as opposed to paid listings. See Search Engine Optimization for more information.
Pay Per Click (PPC)
Pay Per Click advertising consists of paying a bid price for each “Click Through” to your site from an ad displayed on the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) or affiliated sites. These ads are usually displayed on the right side or top of the SERPs when a person enters a search query. Google AdWords and Yahoo’s Overture programs are the major source of these ads. There are several other Tier 2 or 3 PPC programs that can provide inexpensive traffic for certain situations.
Generally the higher the bid, the higher your ad is placed on the search engine results, but this is only half of the equation with some programs. With Google AdWords the “Click Through Rate” (CTR) is the other component of the ranking formula. Selecting the correct keywords or phrases and optimizing the ad title and description are crucial to the success of your PPC campaign. Managing your bid price and monitoring your ad placement is critical to your overall PPC budget. We include all these services in your campaign management program.
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Pay For Inclusion (PFI)
Several search engines or directories use a Pay for Inclusion (PFI) model. This means you pay to be included in the engines results or the directories listings, but does not guarantee a certain position in the rankings. You need to optimize your page for the best results in the search engines (this is not applicable for directory listings, as they are usually alphabetical within a category).
Yahoo! Directory and Overture SiteMatch are two of the most popular PFI programs. There are several other programs that can meet specific needs. Yahoo! Directory charges an annual review fee for all commercial listings. This does not guarantee inclusion in the Yahoo! Directory, only the guaranteed review of your submission and site. We know the correct way to get your site listed in the directory. Overture SiteMatch charges both an annual review and PPC fee on a per page basis. SiteMatch is most beneficial for hard to index sites, such as certain dynamic generated pages or Flash sites without a text component.
Cost Per Acquisition (CPA)
The Cost Per Acquisition model, also called Pay for Performance, is an alternative to PPC for delivering sales to your site. With CPA, you only pay for each conversion or sale. This model is popular in the online casino market. Some specialty marketers offer this service.
Email marketing and advertising
Opt-In or Permission Email marketing can be a very effective method of gaining and maintaining customers. Utilizing direct email and/or email newsletters can help to cultivate new customers and convert existing ones for repeat sales.
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Other Internet Marketing Programs
There are several other forms of internet marketing which may fit into your overall mix:
Performance Analytics is one of the most important parts of a successful Search Engine or Internet Marketing program. Simply put, analytics monitors the performance of your website and advertising endeavors. Much can be learned by tracking a visitor’s path through your site. When utilizing organic listings, paid ads or listings you can track the rate of conversion from different ad campaigns, landing pages and other factors affecting the visitor. This is a crucial step in determining your Return on Investment (ROI), the most important metric of all.
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