Search Engine Optimization
Search engine optimization, or SEO, is the process of increasing awareness about — and traffic to — a particular website by making sure it appears among the top unpaid (or “natural”) search results on search engines like Google, Bing!, and Yahoo. While there is a common misperception that it’s a stand-alone marketing tactic, SEO is accomplished by many tactics working together and is central to an effective inbound marketing strategy.
While social media, email, banner ads, and other marketing tools generate website visits, SEO visibility is particularly important because search engines are the primary way users navigate the Internet. SEO automatically increases your audience in a relevant, targeted way — they self-identify as someone who is interested in your product or service.
Search engine optimization is effective because it:
- Continues to evolve to keep pace with mobile and local search engine use
- Simplifies searches for customers interested in your product or service
- Is a cost-effective way to keep your brand competitive with similarly situated companies