What is SEO?
SEO is the science of attracting search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo among others, so that they rank the content of your page within the first page or so of their search lists.
This might sound easy but it is actually highly complex and involves a lot of different elements to make it work. Being ranked on any page further than page 2 becomes fairly useless for the busines. Although some people think that just having a website will automatically set you up to be found through internet searches, that's just not the way it works! The TV ads stating that just contacting them will result in a great business website in an hour is not exactly in keeping with the reality of web design and effective SEO!
The most well-known "search engine" in North America in general and in Canada specifically, is currently Google, although there are some other fairly big players out there, such as Bing from Microsoft. "Let's Google it" has become a general expression in the English language.
What is SEM?
This popular buzz word means paid advertising. Search Engine Marketing (also often referred to as Pay-Per-Click) is a strategy using paid advertising to gain visibility on the search engines.
Search Engine Marketing can sometimes be effective, but it can also be extremely costly with very little return. It all comes down to how much you're willing to pay to have your "ad" show up at the top of a search page and how effecvtive it will be for you. Every time someone clicks on your ad, whether they intend to buy something or not, you are charged for it.
Search Engine Optimization is the main "buzz word" used to explain how to attract what is referred to as "bots". An internet bot or robot is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. These are used by Google and other search engines in order to "rank" a website, to show how effectively that website measures up compared to its competition.
Should I believe them?
As a member of the Affordable Web Design Ltd family, we are proud of our own and our clients' success rate in being highly ranked through internet searches, and this is how we do it: