What is SEO (Search Engine Optimization): the complete guide to reach the top results on Google

RockContent

After all, who wouldn’t want to show up within the top organic search results on Google? Through optimizations on your own pages and connecting to other sites, you can improve your users’ search and navigation experience. What are search engines? Google Search Console.

Video Tech Company Leverages SEM to Drive Enterprise Leads

The Point

In 2015, JW Player piloted a small-scale, in-house SEM program on Google AdWords to gauge the potential efficacy of using search advertising to drive qualified leads for its enterprise video platform. Though that pilot campaign didn’t yield any conversions, the company felt reasonably confident that, with the proper guidance and management, SEM could be a viable demand generation engine for the enterprise business.

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The Website Redesign Guide for Search Engine Marketers

QuanticMind

Website redesigns often require reconstructing at least part of a site from scratch, which can send search engine marketers back to square one. Given this, if you’re a search engine marketer in charge of a site that’s going to be redesigned, you need a plan for surviving the website redesign. Even if your sole responsibility is SEM, you’ll quickly be overwhelmed with all that there is to do and coordinate. Search engine optimization specialist.

Seven Expert Search Engine Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

Done properly, search engine marketing (a.k.a. SEM, paid search, PPC) is a powerful complement to SEO and an effective tactic on its own. SEM enables enterprises to rank for specific search terms immediately (including terms for which it would difficult to rank organically), target traffic to specific landing pages, test everything (keywords, bid levels, ad copy, landing page design), and precisely quantify ROI based on sales or leads generated.

26 Awesome Search Engine Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

Search engine marketing (SEM) accounts for roughly three out of every eight dollars spent on digital advertising , with Google alone commanding 31% of the market. That share is even larger within the b2b marketing space, and for good reasons: 88% of b2b buyers conduct online research before making business purchasing decisions, and nearly half of b2b tech buyers say they’ve discovered brands they weren’t previously aware of through a search engine.

How to Solve the Biggest New Problem in Search Engine Marketing

QuanticMind

The biggest new problem in search engine marketing is getting bigger by the day…and is expected to cost companies trillions by 2020. How can you solve SEM’s biggest new challenge? Search engine marketing is complicated. All important concerns for day-to-day search-engine marketing. You’re probably also noticing that search engine marketing is getting harder. Search Engine Marketing / SEM bid adjustments Bidding Search

The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM

Webbiquity

What is true is that search engines have improved their semantic capabilities, meaning they look for the meaning in each block of text rather than just specific phrases. That is, search engine algorithms understand that words like “car,” “motor vehicle” and “automobile” are synonyms. Pricing: $70 to $550 per month. Pricing: $27 to $99 per month. Pricing: $49 to $299 per month. Pricing: free to $279 per month.

4 Tips for Increasing SEM Spend Without Sacrificing Performance

QuanticMind

In this article, we list four tips for increasing SEM spend without taking a hit, ensuring your performance stays profitable. Auditing the search queries report is the best place to look for new keywords to add to your campaign as it shows you exactly how people are searching for your business. If you’re not regularly auditing the search query report, you could be missing out on potential keywords, and phrasing of keywords, that would add great value to your program.

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How to Discover Your Competitors’ SEM Strategies and Tactics

QuanticMind

As a search engine marketer, you don’t have to be the best marketer on the internet in order to be successful. You simply need your SEM strategies to be more effective than your competitors. But what if I told you that there is a relatively easy way to get into the minds of your competitors in SEM? What if, in other words, someone handed you the SEM playbook for crushing your competition? Are any images and/or videos properly marked up for visual searches?

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SMX East 2016 Day 2 – SEM for Brands, SEM Testing Best Practices, SEM + TV, Beyond Search, Multi-Channel

QuanticMind

As QuanticMind continues its journey into the latest digital advertising trends at SMX East 2016, we invite you to check out the tips, tricks and insights we’ve gleaned from a variety of paid search and social panels. For your perusal, here are the quick hits: Brand SEM insight from “Brands Talk Search Marketing”: Featuring: Daniela de Simone, @erinever , @jknob8 , @simonheseltine , @CJSherman. Olson: “Five voice search tips to think about today:”.

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9 Ways to Use Inventory and Lead Capacity for More Efficient SEM

QuanticMind

Such is the case when you use both your own inventory and lead capacity to optimize your SEM activities and increase ROI. The combination of the products you have available, along the number of leads you can successfully generate and handle are critical data points that can be leveraged to your advantage — as important indicators regarding the success of your campaign, as well as a foundation from which to make your SEM strategies and campaigns even better.

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Simplify Your PPC Campaigns: How to Focus on Efficiency in SEM Account Maintenance

QuanticMind

If you’ve advertised on platforms like Google Ads or Bing Ads, you know by now that they try their hardest to make the SEM account maintenance process as easy as possible. The more time, money and resources your marketing teams invest into SEM account maintenance, the more difficult it is to create enough efficiency and momentum to steadily increase ROI. SEM Account Maintenance = Managing Your Bid Strategy. Conversions (for Search and Display ads).

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Balancing SEO and PPC to Maximize Search Results

Webbiquity

Great SEO can get sites to the top of organic search rankings, provide valuable traffic from long-tail or high-traffic keywords and play a crucial role in driving growth to your company. That pitfall is paid search. It’s always important to remember that no matter how good your rankings, the top 2 or 3 or even 4 results are likely to be search or shopping ads. They will inevitably cut into the click-through rates of top-ranking pages. Guest post by Max DesMarais.

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SEO vs. SEM: Combining the Two to Maximize SERP Real Estate

Brightedge

Using SEM and SEO together will drive traffic using both organic and paid strategies. While keyword research and implementation are still a ranking factor, search engines are ranking content more predominantly based on the information provided to a user and the user experience.

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Using Bing as an Alternative SEM Tool

The Lead Agency

If until now, you’ve been neglecting Bing as a channel in your search marketing strategy, you’re not alone. This is an accurate assumption, as the latest Netmarketshare report found that 73% of global searches are powered by Google and only 7.91% by Bing. While there’s no disputing that Google is the dominant search engine, there are definite advantages for digital marketers using Bing alongside, if not instead of, the search engine giant.

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5 Simple PPC Landing Page Changes that May Improve Your Quality Score

The Point

Every keyword in a campaign receives a quality score, ranked on a scale from 1-10, that, in combination with other factors – not all of which Google discloses – helps determine your cost per click (CPC), ad position, and other variables that contribute significantly to the success and cost-effectiveness of your PPC campaign. As most PPC advertisers already know, Google’s Quality Score measures what Google perceives to be the quality of your keyword ads.

5 Most Common Fails in B2B Search Campaigns

The Point

Because costs per click in B2B search campaigns can often be extremely high when companies compete the for same keywords, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) for B2B advertisers offers its own very unique challenges. Add in the fact that B2B sales cycles are typically long and complex (meaning that advertisers may not see ROI for weeks or months), and it becomes clear that thriving in today’s SEM landscape requires getting a lot of things right.

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7 Bing PPC Secrets That Expand SEM Beyond Google

QuanticMind

As a marketer, you have access to a popular search platform with desirable and high quality target demographics, accelerating growth rate and profitable long-tail search opportunities. It may be surprising, but Bing is a hugely overlooked opportunity for search engine marketers today. Bing beats out Google in share of long tail search queries. Another major benefit of using Bing for SEM is lower competition. Try Bing’s Dynamic Search Ads.

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SEM is “Most Effective” B2B Marketing Strategy | CMI Manufacturing Report (2015)

Fathom

The report, which surveyed hundreds of B2B manufacturing marketers across North America, ranked search engine marketing (also referred to as PPC , SEM and search advertising ) as the most effective advertising method for manufacturers. On the other hand, a majority (57%) of all B2B manufacturing marketers found search engine marketing (or PPC) to be the most effective marketing strategy. Manufacturing (OEM) Online Advertising / SEM / Display

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What’s the Difference Between SEO and SEM?

TrustRadius Marketing

SEO stands for search engine optimization , and SEM stands for search engine marketing. SEO experts focus on generating traffic and leads through organic search whereas SEM experts aim to generate traffic and leads through organic and paid search. When it comes to practicing SEO and SEM, it’s not an either/or–SEM actually includes SEO tactics. While social media may not seem connected to search, it absolutely is!

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Marketing Tactics in 2019: A Guide With 200+ Tactics Worth Testing

Ladder.io

Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Naturally, organic strategies still cost money because you must pay someone to execute them. They’re just more sustainable: You just don’t have to invest a per-dollar amount into each initiative as you do with a paid campaign. Some paid marketing strategies include: Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. Search advertising (Google Ads). Search engine optimization (SEO). Learn More via Search Engine Land.

New Tool Helps SEO, SEM Consultants Pinpoint Local Clients

Webbiquity SMM

The SeoQuake team, the group behind the SEMRush tools for SEO and keyword research, recently released a new tool to help SEM consultants and agencies find local clients. Clicking on any businesses opens a small pop-out with additional information (which is also displayed in the left sidebar). The free link displays only partial data; a Pro subscription to SEMRush (at $50 per month) is required to view all of the AdWords data, plus organic keywords, history and export capabilities.

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Seven Common AdWords Mistakes to Avoid

Webbiquity

As Google’s standard search results page has evolved from displaying ten organic links on the left and eight ads on the right to a more varied page (see example below), featuring more or fewer ads and different media types depending on the nature of the search, the old pattern of organic results receiving 70%-85% of all clicks has also gone by the wayside. That makes AdWords a critical component for any company seeking to dominate the first page of search results.

Baidu Limits PPC Ad Space: What This Means for B2B Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

On May 24, Chinese search engine Baidu made significant changes to the configuration of its paid advertising, including limiting the amount of ads that appear on the search engine results page. As a result, the company was criticized for unethical search ranking and ad placements and a public debate ensued over the ethical responsibilities of the search engine giant. Recommendations for Search Engine Marketers.

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Google AdWords for B2B Organizations: 8 Questions Leadership Should Ask

KoMarketing Associates

As I reviewed Salesforce 2015 State of Marketing report, I was encouraged to read that even though search engine marketing took a backseat to more “popular” programs such as social media and mobile marketing, it is still considered a highly valuable and effective component of the marketing mix. As the chart above reveals, SEO and SEM were ranked 4th in popularity and effectiveness, and 31% were piloting or planning an SEO / SEM initiative in 2015. At what cost?

How Landing Page Design Impacts PPC Efficiency

QuanticMind

It’s well established that landing page design impacts many facets of an SEM program’s success. Before a user even clicks on your ad, various aspects of your landing page are factored into whether your ad is served, the amount of the required bid, ad placement, and, in some cases, ad quality. After clicking an ad, the user flow and prominence of conversion actions impact not only your bottom line but also the bidding insights and optimizations.

Best AdWords Tips and Tactics of 2009, Part 1

Webbiquity

How can you calculate the potential advertising value of AdWords before making a costly investment? Setting up PPC Campaigns 101, Part 1 by Search Engine Watch. The prolific and always helpful Ron Jones steps through the basics of setting up a search marketing campaign, from sorting keywords into ad groups to identifying negative keywords to use. by Search Engine Land. 5 Common AdWords Myths Absolutely Destroyed by Search Engine Journal.

Become an Expert on Google Shopping, Chapter 1: Google Shopping, Then and Now

QuanticMind

Product Listing Ads (PLAs) are a hugely important part of the search engine advertising ecosystem – for Google Shopping in specific. Now that right-rail ads are a thing of the past, PLAs are arguably the biggest winner in paid search, with top placement on search engine results pages (SERP) and massive clickthrough rate (CTR). Of course, PLAs are the image-plus-text ads that appear in both Google Search and Google Shopping.

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SMX East 2017 Day 1 – Online-to-Offline, Shopping, Display

QuanticMind

QuanticMind is covering the latest trends and tactics in paid search and digital marketing at SMX East 2017 from search publishers and expert practitioners. Reporting & Analytics: “Effective Data Storytelling: The Key to Search Reporting” by Michael Barthalow. Reporting & Analytics: “Must-Have Reports for Search Advertisers” by Bradley Giddens. O2O: “Offline Attribution in SEM: Getting From Good To Great” by Aaron Levy.

Why PPC Automation Technology is the Future of Paid Search

QuanticMind

Search engine marketing is constantly changing. That makes it hard to keep up with new ways of approaching SEM every year. They’re a solution that can help advertisers follow the future of paid search without having to reinvent their strategy time after time. We take a deep dive into why it will soon be essential for all search engine advertisers. Google Ads offers automated bidding features for search and shopping advertisers. Dynamic Search Ads.

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The Ultimate Guide to Accurate PPC Forecasting

QuanticMind

Most business leaders today know the importance of investing in search engine marketing (SEM) to reach target audiences and desired goals. Whether you’re an independent marketing agency pitching to clients or an in-house SEM manager, you need accurate PPC forecasting to succeed in your role. Google Ads forecasts can also help SEM managers understand the impact of different campaign adjustments on future performance. Creating SEM Forecasting Reports.

SMX East 2017 Day 2 – Paid search trends, Amazon and Automation

QuanticMind

Day 2 of #SMX East offers new insights on paid search trends, what Amazon is doing in search engine marketing, and SEM automation. Day 2 Keynote: “Search Marketers Are The Trailblazers In The Emerging Martech Era “ by Scott Brinker. Day 2 Keynote – Search Marketers Are The Trailblazers In The Emerging Martech Era. Search marketers will, according to Brinker, “inherit the earth, or at least martech. ”.

3 More Tips for Optimizing SEM Campaigns

WebMarketCentral

The previous post on this topic advised search engine marketers to bid on their own company name and branded terms, keep keyword lists clean and cross-pollinate SEO and SEM efforts. Here are three more tips for optimizing results from SEM programs such as Google AdWords. Used properly, content networks can add significantly to paid search lead generation. In Google AdWords, click Tools in the Campaign Management tab, then go to Site and Category Exclusion.

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How to get a Bigger SEM Budget

WebMarketCentral

In a recent Search Insider post , Gord Hotchkiss asks the question: "Will Agencies Get Search?" After making a convincing argument that search "blows away other channels"—because it makes your product service easy to find when buyers are actually looking for something like it, rather than interrupting them while they are doing some else (which is what most advertising is about), Hotchkiss identifies four reasons: Search is small. Search is measurable.

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The Black Box Wine Shop (A Metaphor for Using Google Ads for B2B Marketing)

Heinz Marketing

I haven’t met anyone yet although there are a seemingly infinite number of SEM agencies who claim to have mastered it and yet don’t seem to deliver the results. I’m using Google Ads as a representative example of all the other search engine marketing options out there.

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Bing PPC Ads: How They Work (and Compare to Google Ads)

Hubspot

If Googling has ever let you down, you may have come across another search engine called Bing. This search engine is powered by Microsoft and strives to outdo Google at every turn. Bing wants to revolutionize digital search and rival the industry's long-standing powerhouse. It's an ambitious goal, but one place where Bing differentiates itself is through its Pay Per Click ads or PPC. Cost Per Click.

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Big List of Digital Marketing Acronyms

TrueInfluence

BR = Bounce Rate – Percentage clicking on CTA or navigating to other pages on web site from landing page. CAC = Customer Acquisition Cost. CPA = Cost-Per-Acquisition/Cost-Per-Action. CPC = Cost-Per-Click. CPL = Cost-Per-Lead.

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