Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on February 10th, 2007

What is Search Engine Optimization?

Search Marketing. You've probably heard the term before but maybe you don't know exactly what it means.

When a search engine user types a phrase into Google, Yahoo, MSN or any of thousands of other search engines and clicks through to your website then you have just attracted a search engine visitor. If you're very, very lucky then you will attract visitors with no effort. But, if you want to maximize the visitors you attract from the search engines then you must take action to improve your website - making it more appealing to search engines and to the users who use them. Those specific things that you can do are called Search Engine Optimization.

Search Engine Optimization fits well in your existing marketing mix. Your marketing budget is there to attract people to your website. SEO is a huge opportunity and you should make room for it in your company's marketing budgets. It is the most cost effective direct marketing method available today.

Drawing searchers to your website is appealing, but it is harder than you might think. And, the bigger your website, the more difficult it is to do so effectively. But don't worry, there are SEO experts available to help.