SEO and Marketing

There is a considerable sized body of practitioners of SEO who see search engines as just another

visitor to a site, and try to make the site as accessible to those visitors as to any other who

would come to the pages. They often see the white hat/black hat dichotomy mentioned above as a

false dilemma. The focus of their work is not primarily to rank the highest for certain terms in

search engines, but rather to help site owners fulfill the business objectives of their sites.

Indeed, ranking well for a few terms among the many possibilities does not guarantee more sales.

A successful Internet marketing campaign may drive organic search results to pages, but it also

may involve the use of paid advertising on search engines and other pages, building high quality

web pages to engage and persuade, addressing

technical issues that may keep search engines from crawling and indexing those sites, setting

up analytics programs to enable site owners to measure their successes, and making sites

accessible and usable.

SEOs may work in-house for an organization, or as consultants, and search engine optimization may

be only part of their daily functions. Often their education of how search engines function comes

from interacting and discussing the topics on forums, through blogs, at popular conferences and

seminars, and by experimentation on their own sites. There are few college courses that cover

online marketing from an ecommerce perspective that can keep up with the changes that the web

sees on a daily basis.

SEO, as a marketing strategy, can often generate a good return. However, as the search engines

are not paid for the traffic they send from organic search, the algorithms used can and do

change, there are no guarantees of success, either in the short or long term. Due to this lack of

guarantees and certainty, SEO is often compared to traditional Public Relations (PR), with

PPC advertising closer to traditional advertising. Increased visitors is analogous to increased

foot traffic in retail advertising. Increased traffic may be detrimental to success if the site

is not prepared to handle the traffic or visitors are generally dissatisfied with what they find.

In either case increased traffic does not guarantee increased sales or success.

While endeavoring to meet the guidelines posted by search engines can help build a solid

foundation for success on the web, such efforts are only a start. SEO is potentially more

effective when combined with a larger marketing campaign strategy. Despite SEO potential to

respond to the latest changes in market trends, SEO alone is reactively following market

trends instead of pro-actively leading market trends. Many see search engine marketing as a

larger umbrella under which search engine optimization fits, but it’s possible that many who

focused primarily on SEO in the past are incorporating more and more marketing ideas into their

efforts, including public relations strategy and implementation, online display media buying, web

site transition SEO, web trends data analysis, HTML E-mail campaigns, and business blog

consulting making SEO firms more like an ad agency.

In addition, whilst SEO can be considered a marketing tactic unto itself, it’s often considered

(in the view of industry experts) to be a single part of a greater whole.[citation needed]

Marketing through other methods, such as viral, pay-per-click, new media marketing and other

related means is by no means irrelevant, and indeed, can be crucial to maintaining a strong

search engine rank.[citation needed] The part of SEO that simply insures content relevancy and

attracts inbound link activity may be enhanced through broad target marketing methods such as

print, broadcast and out-of-home advertising as well

Internet marketing is a component of electronic

commerce. Internet marketing can include information management, public relations, customer

service, and sales. Electronic commerce and Internet marketing have become popular as Internet

access is becoming more widely available and used. Well over one third of consumers who have

Internet access in their homes report using the Internet to make purchases.

Internet marketing is associated with several business models. The main models include

business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C). B2B consists of companies doing

business with each other, whereas B2C involves selling directly to the end consumer (see Malala,

2003)[1] When Internet marketing first began, the B2C model was first to emerge. B2B transactions

were more complex and came about later. A third, less common business model is peer-to-peer

(P2P), where individuals exchange goods between themselves. An example of P2P is Kazaa, which is

built upon individuals sharing files.

Internet marketing can also be seen in various formats. One version is name-your-price (e.g. With this format, customers are able to state what price range they wish to spend

and then select from items at that price range. With find-the-best-price websites (e.g., Internet users can search for the lowest prices on items. A final format is online

auctions (e.g. where buyers bid on listed items.

Some of the benefits associated with Internet

marketing include the availability of information. Consumers can log onto the Internet and

learn about products, as well as purchase them, at any hour. Companies that use Internet

marketing can also save money because of a reduced need for a sales force. Overall, Internet

marketing can help expand from a local market to both national and international marketplaces.

And, in a way, it levels the playing field for big and small players. Unlike traditional

marketing media (like print, radio and TV), entry into the realm of Internet marketing can be a

lot less expensive.

Furthermore, since exposure, response and overall efficacy of digital media is much easier to

track than that of traditional “offline” media, Internet marketing offers a greater sense of

accountability for advertisers.

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3 thoughts on “SEO and Marketing
  1. Marketing?I am attending University in the Fall but im confused. I have been accepted into Commerce at my university and i was planning on majoring in Marketing. However i am not sure if I am picturing what Marketing really is. I want to be the one who will come up with the ad. I don’t want to make it just create the idea for it. Is that what Marketing would en tale or should i just go into Arts and Sciences?


  2. Marketing is the overall campaign for an item/location etc… From tv to banners and getting radio commercials and creating a feel by donating money to the local baseball team, Marketing does it all, and advertising is a small part of that.

    What you want to be is a graphic designer.References : 10 years as a graphic designer

  3. Marketing is the entire package. It entails everything from creating the idea to getting it in front of the right audience at the right time. It would also entail creating a plan – because few products or services are presented to the public in just one manner.

    So… direct mail, web site, email campaigns, radio, TV, newspapers, magazines, signs, logos, brochures, telephone scripts, white papers, inserts, letterhead – and of course a schedule of which ads go where and when.

    If you want to "come up with the ad" you might want to be a copywriter. Graphic design and copywriting go hand in hand, but as a copywriter, I (of course) believe the words are more important than the graphics.

    Actually, a poor job on either one can wreck the ad – but you can do ads without graphic design if you’re doing email campaigns, radio spots, etc.

    Even if all you want to do is the copy or the graphic design, a good knowledge of all the components of marketing will serve you (and your clients) well.References : Marketing and copywriting are what I do! Visit me at

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