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Putting a Value on the Top Spot in Google

I heard an SEO nerd-type joke not too long ago:

Where do you hide a dead body? Page three of Google search results.

While it is funny to those of us who do SEO and online marketing for a living, it does make an important point. The further back you are on search result pages, the less likely anyone is going to find you.

It can be hard, however, to explain this to business owners and potential clients. These are intangibles that can take a long time to build up. A recent study released by Chitika works to quantify the value of number one position in Google.

According to the study, a website with the first position in the search results contributed to 33 percent of the traffic, compared to 18 percent for the second position. The third position drops to 11 percent and the fourth is a dismal 5.4 percent.

So what does this mean?

There is a a direct correlation between the rank in search results and the amount of traffic a site will receive. And as we all know, the more traffic a site receives, the better the chances of a closed sale or potential customer.

Now this doesn’t mean that getting to that top spot, regardless of the keyword or phrase, will be easy. This is where having a solid SEO strategy and quality website content comes into play. But this study just provide proof that it is worth the effort.

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Top Five SEO Tips

When a company first begins to think about SEO, it can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips when starting an SEO plan.

Keywords are Key: From content to blogging to link building, keywords are key! Really think about the service or product your company can provide when building your keyword list. Start out focused on 10 or so keywords and phrases and build from there.

Build a Brand: Go beyond just online marketing or SEO and think about your brand. Who are you? What is your company all about? What sets you apart from your competitors? What do you do to make a positive impact on your community?

Stay White Hat: Think about what you don’t like when surfing online and what spammers do and DON’T DO IT. You will not only alienate your potential customers, you will detract from your SEO campaign. Don’t be a spammer!

Use Analytics: Make sure to utilize an analytics program for your website, your blog and other other online site your company may manage. Analytics programs provide key data on how your potential customers are finding you, how long they stay on your site, how many pages they visit and most importantly what keywords they are using in their search.┬áRemember, this is not a “set it and forget it” type of plan.

Do More than Just “Sell:” When people go online, they are most often looking for information. If a potential customer feels like they are just getting a sales pitch, they will quickly navigate away. By providing information, you are essentially helping your potential customer while simultaneously showing you have in-depth knowledge in your field. Help solve a potential customer’s problem and they will go from a potential customer to a customer!

These are just a few considerations when building an SEO or online marketing campaign. It is always a good idea to work with an SEO specialist or online marketing consultant when it is time to manage your company’s online presence. These individuals can really help build your brand and make a positive online impact!