Will your business fail if you don't pay for SEO?

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laganlas
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10 Jan 08 09:30:55 pm
Is it true if you don't pay a company for SEO that your online store will sink, never to be found? I have been reading that without investing in SEO you will make no sales. If this is true, then it is a little daunting for small businesses with little start up capital. Can any one suggest a less costly way to promote your online store?

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fm1234
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11 Jan 08 12:06:48 pm
Is it true if you don't pay a company for SEO that your online store will sink, never to be found? I have been reading that without investing in SEO you will make no sales.


I bet I know what the person who told you that does for a living ...

SEO yourself. It's not hard, it doesn't take too much time, and it's good to learn things.


Frank


"Failure is not when you fall down. Failure is when you don't get back up."

--J.J. Luna
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laganlas
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11 Jan 08 12:51:01 pm
Thanks Frank for the advice.

Any further tips on how to promote your own site? Willing to learn when pointed in the right direction.

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wholesalelist101
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11 Jan 08 01:15:05 pm
Here are some shoestring marketing ideas that can help you get the visitors you need at the least cost possible:

1. Create the best content you can with the best products you can possibly offer. Your content is your best advertisement - if visitors love your content, then they will go back and spread the word to others.

2. Make it easy for users to recommend your site. Viral marketing is very important -- and easy to tap on the Web. But give your users the tools. Get a Recommend this Site script from websites such as cgiscripts.com and similar directories of scripts. Some even go as far as giving incentives to those who recommend the site to their friends. If only 10 people go to your site, but these 10 people invite 10 more - that's additional traffic that you get for FREE!

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3. Rank well in the search engines (organic search results, not the pay per click). SEs can be a big source of traffic. The key is to create the best content in your niche. If you have good content, other websites will gladly link to you and offer your site as a resource to their audience. Check the on-page factors and be sure to get linked from authority sites in your topic area.

If you are going to read only one piece on search engine optimization, I suggest you read Brett Tabke of WebmasterWorld.com's 'Successful Site in 12 Months with Google Alone: 26 steps to 15k a day.' Link hidden: Login to view.


4. Send out press releases. While outfits charge as much as $650 per release, there are free press release submission places on the Web. Press releases allow you to (a) attract media attention; (b) get more back links to your website without sending each website an email request; and (c) get more visibility especially if your press release gets in Google News or Yahoo News.

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5. Submit articles. Write articles and submit them to websites accepting author submissions. You get exposure for your business; establishes you as an authority in your field, and allows you to get backlinks for your website. If 50 websites publish your article and it contains a link back to your website, then you easily get 50 links from a single article. The more links you have, the greater your chances for increasing your search engine rankings.

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6. Improve your conversion. Getting visitors is one thing; getting them to buy your products is a whole different story. Read the article ' How To Sell More on the Web: 30 Tips To Increase Conversion Rates For An Ecommerce Site ' Link hidden: Login to view. for tips on how to improve your conversion rates.

7. Post a link to your site for free where it is allowed (always read the Terms of Use). Examples are:

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grahamg
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11 Jan 08 03:55:26 pm
I 100% agree, do it yourself and kick the SEO salesperson in the wallet....

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laganlas
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11 Jan 08 11:06:51 pm
Thanks wholesalelist101. Plenty of reading in that one.

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