Who Needs SEO?
Any website that is geared towards business or commerce should posses search engine optimization elements. The ultimate goal of a website is to attract internet users, and studies have shown that the vast majority of users find websites by using the major search engines.
If your company is considering building a new website or updating an existing one, then search engine optimization should be one of the top priorities in mind. We tell our customers this: "If you spend a significant amount of money to develop the "Look and Feel" of your website but users can't find you, then all of your “development” money has gone to waste."
Keep in mind that SEO can be geared for large competitive industries as well as small "niche" markets. Also, SEO campaigns have a much higher return on investment than other traditional internet marketing techniques.
What is SEO?
Search Engine Optimization, also known as SEO, is the science of producing web pages that are attractive to the search engines.
The better optimized the page is, the higher a ranking it will achieve in major search engine results. This is especially critical because most people who use search engines, such as Google or Yahoo, only look at the first page of the search results. For a page to get high traffic from a search engine, it has to be listed in that first page.
Search engine optimization focuses on techniques such as making sure that each web page has appropriate title tags and meta tags, and that the keyword or key phrases for the page are distributed throughout the content in a way that the particular search engine will like.
Search engines find and catalog web pages through spidering software. Unfortunately, not all search engine spidering software works the same way, so what gives a page a high ranking on one search engine may not give it a high ranking on another.
One of the things that search engine optimization specialists do is keep track of all the changes in search engine operations so they can optimize pages accordingly. They also keep up with changes in the different search engine submission policies.
When you choose a designer to create a business web site, you should ask him or her about search engine optimization, as search engine optimization should be built into your pages. While it's never too late to optimize or tweak pages that have already been published, it's a lot easier and more sensible to include search engine optimization when the page is first written.
When will I see results?
You will see some tangible results within days, but typically it takes between 1 to 3 months to see a positive return on investment. For example, your homepage might be indexed by Google and/or Yahoo within days. However, it typically takes 4 to 8 weeks to have your interior pages indexed.
Achieving a favorable ranking in the major search engines is a gradual process. We must consider several factors when determining the timetable for achieving a favorable rank.
What keywords or key phrases will be targeted?
How competitive are those keywords and key phrases?
These factors, along with others, determine the size and scope of a search engine optimization campaign.
Where will my site rank?
RND mainly targets Google and Yahoo. These two search portals account for over 90% of all web searches! Your site will achieve desirable rankings for specific "Keywords" that are relevant to your company’s products and/or services.
Google and Yahoo use different methods for deriving the ranking in their search engine results, so it is important to utilize RND's SEO strategy that is aware of the subtle intricacies that differentiates these two unique portals.
Why is SEO important?
Although search engines are extremely competitive (in terms of placement), the major search engines account for over 90% of all traffic. With that though in mind, companies that are serious about earning a share of the internet market should be committed to securing top 10 rankings for the keywords or phrases that pertain to the products and services that they offer.
The best way to ensure a solid return on your website investment is to employ the services of a search engine optimization firm with a proven track record of success, knowledge of current and cutting edge techniques, and experience working with the business community.