Internet marketing is the key for any business wanting to increase profits via their web site(s).
The main elements of internet marketing are usually pay-per-click (PPC) and search engine optimisation (SEO) and the business generated via the internet could be the difference in making your business a success.
Using proven, ethical methods, your website can bring your dreams and business goals to life. No matter if it's a hobby or an established business, using a combination of tried and tested marketing methods, you could see traffic levels increase by up to 2000%, or even more, and most of this can be targeted traffic, which could result in a sale, enquiry or affilliate click revenue.
Too many companies rely on their web site alone to generate sales or leads, and this is a fatal mistake.
Unless you have a successful name or web site already, the majority of your budget should be spent on Internet marketing or pay-per-click (PPC) to get the traffic to your site. Only when you start to receive revenue from your site, should you then update, upgrade or enhance your site with all the functionality that you require.
This theory only works if your site has been optimised for accessibility, content and has "calls to action", to make the visitors perform the function you require, whether it be subscribing, purchasing or just emiling via an enquiry form.
Any SEO agency should be able to show previous experience and successes from search engine rankings on Google, Yahoo and MSN and be able to provide reports and statistics to back this data up.
One of the most important factors of any Internet marketing campaign, is the choice of keywords used to obtain targeted traffic. Always ask to see the keywords used for your campaign and do not be afraid to ask questions and get statistics to show the number of searches made per month for each keyword.
Your time and money will be wasted if the keywords used are not the best ones for your business, service(s) or product(s).
All Internet marketing agencies should use an established and successful statistics package to track and monitor your web site's visitors, and also to see what web sites or search engines they are coming from.
With these statistics, you should be able to see what is working and what isn't, so you can adjust or optimise your Internet marketing plan accordingly. With a good SEO consultant or marketing agency behind you, you will be on the road to success and before you know it, you'll be seeing turnover increase and wondering why you never did it sooner.
Lee Smith is a London based Internet marketing specialist at Utopia solutions.
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