So, What exactly is search engine optimisation? Search Engine Optimisation otherwise known as ‘Natural Listing optimisation’, ‘Organic optimisation’ and ‘SEO’ refers to the processes, strategies and thought process for improving a websites positioning on the search engine results pages or ‘SERPs’.
Search Engine Optimising started gaining interest and momentum in 1994 as it started to become apparent that websites that appeared higher up in the search engine ranks performed much better as they were exposed to a much bigger audience which meant they received a higher level of traffic and therefore made more money. The interest was infectious and by the time Google launched in 1998, SEO was a mainstream marketing tool and has since continued to grow at a rate which has out run all other forms of traditional marketing. Today Search Engine Optimisation is considered to be not just a commodity but a necessity of any online business that is hungry for online success.
From a business point of view SEO should not be ignored; Sure, There are some websites that may never need to consider the prospect of a higher search engine ranking. For example personal websites, personal blogs, members only sites or companies that are lucky enough to gain sufficient new business from word of mouth alone don’t really need to be concerned with search engine optimisation.
But certainly any business that is offering a product or service should put Search Engine Optimisation to the top of the list every year when it is the time to allocate marketing budget. The internet now plays an astounding role in the day to day routine of companies in most industries. As an increasing number of the UK population choose the internet to find what they are looking for, even small localised companies cannot rely on the walk in custom that they have become accustomed to over the previous decades. Simply putting search engine marketing on the back burner can be and has been a disastrous mistake for companies. What should also be considered is branding, It is certain that a strong internet presence is what is expected by customers of today! People trust Google to deliver relevant results – after all, relevance is their proposition and is the reason why Google became synonymous with search. If Google says your site is number one for your main search terms for example then in the mind of the searcher it probably is the best website offering that service.
By promoting and nurturing your websites’ optimisation, you will significantly increase the exposure to potential new customers. New Customers generate revenue for your business and new income generates more possibilities and growth for you as the site owner. However if your target audience can’t find your website because you have chosen to ignore search engine optimisation then there is the looming and ever increasing chance of a stagnant and ultimately deceased business.
At SEM UK we will give you honest and professional advice, talking you through the whole process from start to finish, ensuring you have a good understanding of the task at hand, and the rewards that it will bring. Get in touch with one of our professionals today and get your website optimised by the best!