Search Engine Optimization Marketing (SEO/SEM) FAQs
In this section we will provide you with answers to commonly asked questions. They are separated per website promotion service that U-C WEBS offers.
- What type of promotion tools can you offer me?
- What is search engine optimization?
- What does a search engine marketing campaign involve?
- Why would I need a link development campaign?
- What are search engine spiders?
- Can’t I just put a ton of meta tags in the HTML code?
- Can’t I just trick the search engines?
- Do you offer any guarantees?
- Does a search engine marketing campaign need maintenance?
- Which search engines do you submit to?
- What’s the difference between pay-for-placement (PFP) and pay-for-inclusion (PFI)?
- Why use a pay-per-click search engine?
Our regular search engine optimization package consists of competitive and keyword research, website optimizing recommendations, link building and continuing optimization steps. But we can also build lead conversion sites for you, do article marketing or social media marketing.
Search engine optimization (SEO) or search engine marketing (SEM) is the process of making your site easy to find through search engines. It requires research, writing and coding optimized search phrases in order to achieve high rankings on search engines.
At a minimum we research key phrases that your audience is really looking for, and suggest where to put which phrases in order to optimize your pages. We do this is a way that the pages appeal to both search engine spiders and your human visitors. And we don’t use optimization methods that might offend the search engines. Please take a look at some practices that used to work, but have now been cracked down by search engines. This will give you a presence with search engines. For top positions two other elements come into play: link development and link popularity.
More and more the search engines have reduced the weight they attribute to the meta keywords, in favor of link popularity. It is not about what you know, whom you know. We can help you develop a campaign to find quality links, which will increase your ranking with the search engines. And we don’t mean links from so called link farms or free-for-all sites.
A spider (also called “robot”) is a software program that tries to index web pages on the world wide web. It does this by following links, thereby “crawling” through the Internet while cataloguing pages. Some search engines also index PDF files, images, and sound files.
In the early days search engine optimization it was about the meta tags, and especially the keywords. Just dump all the keywords you thought people were looking for in here, with some well searched words like “free” or “sex”, as well as the names of your main competitors, and you would be at the top of the lists. Nowadays this “keyword stuffing” doesn’t work anymore. Keywords have decreased in value dramatically. Because of all the abuse. You didn’t know this? Then you better read about some other practices that used to work, but might put you into trouble now…
Several people have tried, and keep on trying. Things that are now considered worst practice by the search engines:
- Nearly invisible text (tiny text, or text with (almost) the same text color as the background of the page);
- Keyword stuffing (meta description=”books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books, books”)
- One-pixel images: invisible to the eye, but containing key phrase-rich text in the explanatory text attached to it (ALT tags).
- Feeding highly optimized pages to search engines, but redirect visitors to different pages (doorway pages, cloaking).
Basically any trick that only serves search engines, and not your target audience, should be considered spam. That’s why U-C WEBS practices ethical search engine optimization.
We guarantee our best effort. We feel that’s the best we can do. In a dynamic field with changing competition, and rules that the search engines use, we have too little control over the variables to guarantee any ranking positions. Some firms guarantee e.g. “10 top 10 positions”, but that might mean achieving top 10 positions for only one highly specialized phrase. Things are not always what they seem. We want to make sites easy to find + easy to use: your success is our success.
It is definitely recommended to continue optimizing your pages, and building your linking campaign. Links will increase your popularity, hence ranking, but you also increase the number of places where your target audience can find you. A Search Engine Optimization maintenance program allows you to monitor your website rankings, and respond to dropping search engine rankings almost immediately. The Internet is a highly dynamic place. If you snooze you lose. Maintenance is recommended in combination with visitor analysis: if you measure it you can improve it.
Over the years we have built an extensive list of websites, search engines and directories to submit to. These may be global websites or sites with a more regionalized focus. Some of these may readily accept new submissions, while others may take a while. But we don’t mind that, as this will make the mix of websites we submit to more natural, organic. And the more natural a linking pattern looks, the less suspicious Google and the other search engines will be – rewarding you with better search engine rankings.
With pay-for-placement (PFP), or pay-per-click (PPC), you pay a specific amount (a bid) for a specific position with a specific search engine or directory. These are sometimes shown as “sponsored links”, and you can find them offered by Overture, Google Adworks (?*) etc. With pay-for-inclusion (PFI) you pay a yearly fee to be included in a database. Sometimes, like in the case of Yahoo!’s Directory, this only guarantees a review; it doesn’t guarantee actual inclusion. Pay-for-inclusion is often a flat fee, although some use a paid-inclusion-per-click model. Read more information on Pay Per Click campaigns in our services section.
Pay-per-click search engines deliver almost immediate traffic. This can be used either to cover the period until better free search engine rankings can be obtained through ethical search engine optimization (SEO), or as supplemental Internet advertising. It can become less economical with increased competition and higher fees. U-C WEBS can still purchase keywords that are highly targeted yet with little competition. We will increase your click-throughs by crafting an appealing ad.
Better search engine placement
Can’t seem to find your own site in the search engines? Or are you currently beyond the top 30 results? Contact us with your website address, and we will recommend what website positioning strategy would work best for you. What good is your site if nobody can find it?
* Yes, we know that it is Google AdWords and not Google Adworks. But many other people don’t: some even think the search engines is called “Goggles”: Goggles Adworks. There is still a lot of educating to be done.