Delving into search marketing can be an intimidating task.Right off the bat, most companies are faced with the same dilemma – do we invest in PPC or SEO? While paid and organic search are often viewed as two exclusive initiatives, they are in fact two sides of the same coin: search marketing.
Every day, millions of people turn to Google to find what they are looking for. They enter in a query and within a fraction of a second, they are presented with a detailed list of results, both organic and paid. Amazing, right? But how does Google do it? In the most basic terms, think of Google as an enormous book with an extremely detailed index that tells it exactly where everything is located. When a user performs a search, Google scans its index for matching pages and presents you with the most relevant results based on your keywords. It’s a very impressive system.
Local search – we’ve all done it. You’re walking down the street and you get hungry. So what do you do? You pull out your phone, and search “sandwiches”. Google Maps then tells you that there’s a deli just two block away, and hey – they’ve got pretty great reviews. Problem solved.
Well, you’re not alone. [...]
Google raised the bar again yesterday for companies looking to improve their organic search rankings. Just as we are getting comfortable with Google Instant, Google Instant Preview is launched. Without ever clicking through to a site, searchers are now offered a visual of websites contextually highlighted in a preview pane with the keyword phrase they [...]