How to Use Web Marketing to Optimise Results for Your Business
In order to ensure your business grows and becomes a success, it is important to make use of web marketing to help achieve better results. Web marketing has very little cost associated with it, but it can help with your branding and to build your customer base. Most businesses make use of web marketing in one way or the other these days and it is important to take advantage of all the benefits it can offer. There are various marketing strategies you can use to help optimise the results for your business.
In order to engage consumers and keep their attention, you need to take careful consideration with your website content. Instead of throwing your content together, you need to make sure it is interesting, up-to-date and relevant; otherwise it is highly unlikely that you will gain enough interest to convert your visitors to sales. You should also incorporate search engine optimisation into your content, as this is the how you will drive traffic to your website and improve your ranking on Google. You can find out more about the importance of content and SEO by reading this article.
Writing articles and posting them onto other sites is known as ‘guest posting’ and it can be a really effective way to get your business name known to the masses. Again, you need to make sure the content is informative and relevant to the website you are posting on; otherwise visitors to the website will be unlikely to click on the link to read more about what you have to offer. There is usually no cost associated with this form of marketing, although high ranking website may ask you to pay a small fee.
Pay per click does have some associated costs and will depend on how much you are willing to spend. This type of web marketing involves bidding for keywords, in order to rank in the sponsored part of Google. It can be hit or miss and there is no certainty that you will achieve results from it but if you have a marketing budget to work with and are a larger sized company, it may be worth giving it a try.
If you want to let consumers know about your new business, special offers or perhaps a new collection, press releases are a good way to do it. The content of your press release must be written in a way to entice consumers to your products/services, otherwise you won’t really benefit from it. If you are not really sure how to write these effectively, it may be worthwhile to enlist the help of a marketing agency to do it for you. You will usually find these to be relatively inexpensive, but they can help you achieve some good results. You will also need to know about the most popular PR websites to publish your press release, in order to attract as much traffic to your website as possible. For more information on writing press releases, please take a look at this short video.
How to beat the next Google Penguin update?
Many websites experienced a major decline in visitors in the last Penguin update and this was due to the penalties that Google inflicted to webspam. As a website owner there are ways to avoid this and ensure your rankings are maintained and we’ve covered it in this article.
Google rolled out Penguin 2.0 back in May 22, 2013 and many webmasters, SEO’s and bloggers were trying to understand what to do to avoid being penalised or how to recover from a penalty.
Unfortunately, for some website owners, Penguin led to a significant drop in traffic and according to Matt Cutts about 2.3% of English US queries were affected to the degree that a regular searcher might notice. This was the fourth update from Google and the target was webspam and catching websites deemed to be spamming Google search results.
Although Google has been silent about the next roll out, it is expected that a new update is due before the close of 2013 and its function will be similar to the last four updates; and that’s to weed out spam sites from search results.
To beat the next Google penguin update and maintain your search rankings and even improve them, you will need an effective all-round strategy and we’ve included below some of the things you need to do or avoid:
Creating great content should be a priority for any webmaster that’s serious about his or her search engine rankings. You should be proud of your content and always create it with your visitors in mind and the search engine robots too. According to Matt Cutts, Google’s head of webspam, your time is better spent creating great content and steering clear away from anything that doesn’t add value to your visitors needs.
Your content should be lively and should address your visitors’ needs and it should include amazing pictures that are well optimised with alt tags. Where available it should also include videos – and the benefit of adding such media is that it reduces bounce rates and increases the stickiness of your web pages.
Our next advice is to avoid any artificial link building for your website. Google Penguin is particularly focused on this SEO task which is abused by website owners to improve their rankings using questionable methods. Some unnatural methods to avoid include buying links and acquiring links from bad neighbourhoods.
The best way to acquire links is by creating great content that will get a lot of attention and will receive many links from forums and websites that have found your website to be valuable. A few of these quality links could greatly increase your rankings and avoid the dreaded Google penalties.
Google now includes a page in Webmaster tools that notifies you if your site has been penalised for webspam and it tells you want to do to recover it.
- Engage Social Media Marketing
You should be actively engaged on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and other social media sites and help build trust and brand awareness. The obvious benefit is that it helps to increase search rankings and the links acquired from these sources look natural in Google’s eyes.