Search Engine Optimization in an eCommerce World
Before one can fully understand the importance and necessity of
implementing a search engine optimization program into their marketing mix, it
is important to look first at the phenomenal statistics regarding Internet
use. For example:
- There are 7 new people on the Internet every second.
- Every 4th person online is buying something right now.
- One billion dollars in e-commerce transactions will be conducted this month.
- Over one trillion dollars in e-commerce business will be generated this
- 1 out of 8 dollars spent by consumers is spent on online transactions.
(Source: ACCUTIPS.com, December 2003)
Furthermore, according to glreach.com, there were 649 million Internet users
online worldwide in March 2003---a 14 percent increase in just one year!
That comes out to be about 88 million new users in that year alone.
There can be no question that the Internet is continuing to grow at an
amazing pace. While the fact that so many consumers are online is
important, it is even more crucial to understand what these consumers are doing
while online. The two most outstanding reasons people use the Internet is
to communicate (e-mail) and to research (using search engines).
Again, here are a few statistics regarding how people spend their time online
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- 88% of all Internet users use search engines
- 37% of online shoppers used Google to search for online retailers.
Searching was used by 25 percent of consumers searching the Web for holiday
- For car buying decisions, search engine advertising proved itself a stronger
influencer (26 percent) than TV ads (17 percent)
- Virtually all affluent adult shoppers (HHI $100K+) use the Web to make or
research their purchases. For automobile, computer and travel purchases,
Internet use is extraordinarily high (over 90 percent of those
When consumers go to the Internet, they use search engines because they are
able to find the products they want, reviews, descriptions, consumer ratings,
and the lowest price possible. Consumers are less concerned with where
they buy their products as much as they are concerned with how much product they
can get for their dollar.
Thus, each day millions of people use search engines to look for items they
want to buy on the Internet. Those businesses that appear on the first
page of these searches are getting 50% to 70% of the business from these
customers. There is little doubt that potential customers are currently
using search engines to search for the products and services your company
sells. The only real question is, What are you doing to help them find
you, instead of your competitors?
There are two ways to have your web site to appear on the first page of any
search. The first is to engage in a pay-per-click campaign. The
second is to appear on the first page due to free or natural search
results. Getting high, natural rankings in major search engines is one of
the most efficient and cost effective ways to market and sell your products on
Search engines use complex, mathematical algorithms to determine which web
sites are ranked high and which are not. If your web site matches the
criteria, you are ranked high. If it does not, then you are not. Its
Search engine optimization, then, is designing your website and all of your
eCommerce actions so that when consumers search for keywords that are central to
your company, your website will appear at the top of the search results.
For example, if your company sells running shoes (a keyword that receives
127,575 searches per month), it would be very beneficial to be one of the top
websites on the search engine. If you received only a small percentage of
new visitors each month from that top ranking, it would still result in a
significant source of revenue.
It might help to think of it this way: At least 10 million Internet searches
are performed every month within each major business category. If only 1%
of those searches found your website, you would have over 100,000 new visitors
to your site each month. If only 1% of those visitors purchased your
products or services, you would be making more than 1,000 new sales per
month. (The worldwide average is 2.5%, making these conservative
The scope of this article is not to look at the methods behind search engine
optimization. Instead, it is to look at the importance the Internet is
playing in business development today and in the future. The traditional
marketing schemes of the past still have their place, but advertising dollars
must be allocated to Internet marketing.
As Bruce Carlisle, CEO of SFInteractive said, "If you are not putting money
into search engines you are letting business walk out the door."
This article was written by Mike Barton of 10x Marketing.
provides companies with Internet marketing solutions that will increase consumer
visits on a regular basis, thus increasing potential sales and revenue.
10x Marketing has helped companies of all shapes and sizes increase their
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