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Hiring a Search Engine Optimization Professional

difference between free SEO and paid SEMDifference Between SEO and SEMSEOP and SEM - the difference

Briefly, a Search Engine Optimization Professional focuses on optimizing your website to attract the attention of search engines and improving your rankings. Their specialty area are "organic" search engine listings - i.e. free. A Search Engine Marketing company also markets a website via search engines, but usually through purchasing paid listings. The terms are somewhat interchangeable and many companies cover both areas.

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Profiting From Small Search Engines

Pay Per Click Advertising 1Pay Per ClickOnce you venture into the world of Pay Per Click advertising, you'll soon discover that the marketplace is sharply divided between tier 1 Search Engines (Google and Overture), and everyone else. While it's difficult to imagine a comprehensive, successful Pay Per Click Advertising campaign that doesn't include the major players, companies that limit themselves to Google and Overture may be missing out on profitable traffic.

Defining Tier 1 And Tier 2 Search Engines:

Two things separate Google and Overture from the rest of the Pay Per Click Search Engines. The big players deliver more traffic, and the quality of the clicks is often better. Simply put, if you advertise on Google and Overture your ad will be seen by more people, and these people are more likely going to buy from you. This is why it’s difficult to ignore the big players when crafting your Pay Per Click Advertising strategy. However, if you're willing to put in the effort, you'll often discover it's the smaller, lesser known, Search Engines that ultimately deliver the most profitable traffic to your site.

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Why Dot-Coms Fail - a Webmaster's Perspective

Everyday we hear that another company goes out of business.

dotbombDot BombWhen and why does a dot-com become a dot-bomb?

After checking a few dozen defunct companies, I think the main reasons for dot-com failure are:

  • Poor business plan. In the last years, a lot of investment capital was spent on poorly planned companies that clearly couldn't reach profitability.
  • Poor company promotion. This applies both offline and online. Two newspaper ads and word of mouth are not enough.
  • Poor financial management. Fancy offices, free food, does it ring a bell?
  • Poor Human Resources management. With lots of cash in their hands, many start-up companies hired too many people or, even worse, hired unqualified staff. The hiring of friends and relatives often returned no value on investments.
  • Errors in the company's Web site. Sometimes hundreds of errors could be found in one Web page. Yes, those Web site builders should go back to school, if they ever went to school for HTML at all.

    I'll focus my comments on the last reason:

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