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Buy It Or Build It: SEO 101

Last updated 7 years ago

A great search engine optimization (SEO) program should always start with pay per click advertising (PPC).  But why?

At ReachLocal, our pay per click campaigns are focused on quickly learning what keywords are generating phone calls, leads and figuring out buyer intent.  Instead of guessing on what keywords to optimize around for SEO purposes, should you not find out which words are actually worthy of your time, money and focus?  Would that not make more sense than the alternative which is to blindly go into a SEO campaign that focuses on words that may bring a lot of visitors to your site but never create any meaningful business?

These are questions most businesses do not consider.  SEO firms focus on reports and Google Analytics as a benchmark on whether they are successful or not.  What if I told you that the 115 visitors for dentist Baltimore generated 2 phone calls and no patients while 24 visitors for emergency dentistry brought you 10 calls and 6 new patients?  SEO firms would focus on the SUCCESS they brought with the 115 visitors when the reality is that it was a miserable FAILURE for your dental office.

Too often in online marketing we focus on stats and spreadsheets and lose sight that numbers are misleading.  At the University of Maryland, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, I had a professor that said "Figures Lie and Liars Figure."  That is so true when it comes to search engine optimization.

Choose your SEO firm and benchmarks appropriately.

About Alan Moore: Alan is an Internet Marketing Consultant with ReachLocal Baltimore.  His mission is to help you increase your revenues and decrease unproductive advertising expenses through proven, online marketing strategies.  He manages over $1,000,000 in yearly marketing budgets and has worked with local businesses, agencies and the US government.  Give him a call at (877)655-3438 to schedule a free consultation. 

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