Internet Marketing Myths
Internet marketing is comprised of organic search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising and social media marketing. Many marketers don’t use pay-per-click (also called SEM). Other than for some of the most competitive keyword phrases in your market niche, you are best served driving traffic from organic search engine rankings.
I argue that marketers should be actively working on their Internet marketing plan on an ongoing basis. This isn’t a self serving comment as much as it is just reality. It’s true that a new SEO plan for a website which has not previously gone through the conventional SEO process requires some heavy lifting that usually takes months to complete. But, once it’s complete, it’s NOT done.
To think you do SEO as a one time activity is the biggest Internet marketing myth on the planet. I’ve actually read that and I’m amazed that people can actually think that.
Search engines crawl your website regularly and ongoing. Imagine if search engines just crawled your website once then never again. You wouldn’t like that would you? You want credit for your great new content and for the new incoming links you’ve received over the past weeks, months and even years.
Search engines crawl websites because they are in the business of providing search results to you and me based on the most relevant content and incoming links. A website that was less relevant last week may be more relevant this week due to new content and links. What if your top competitors have made their websites more relevant to your favorite keywords in the past week? They will probably move up in search engine rankings.
So how can anyone actually believe that once you set up your SEO plan you are done? That’s like saying once you roll out a marketing campaign, you’re done. Or, like saying once you go to the gym and exercise, you’re done. Or, once you …………ok, you get my point by now.
Earlier I stated that Internet marketing includes social media. If you have not yet acknowledged the importance of social media in your marketing strategy, I urge you to. Social media has allowed your prospects to learn more about you and your competitors than ever before. The good news is you are less dependent on outside media to deliver good content to your prospects and customers. And, the good news (there is no bad news here) is you get to do it as often as you want without needing a Fortune 100 marketing budget.
The second Internet marketing myth point I’m making is that any business of any size (down to the sole proprietor) can deliver a great message using social media. If you don’t have your own blog (which you should consider) visit popular blogs in your industry and post comments with your insights and thoughts. Visit the websites of the main publications in your industry. They probably have a blog where you can also post comments and see what people are talking about.
These Internet marketing myths can be summed by saying that working on organic SEO in part through active social media marketing can take time and effort, but the choice is do on an ongoing basis or not. If you don’t you run the risk of being out-marketed by those competitors of yours who are.
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