Curt Miller asked:
If you are operating a home business, your website plays a critical role in the success of that business. You may have developed the best-looking website on the Internet, but if no one is visiting your home business website, you are not going to see any results. Eighty-one percent of consumers use search engines to find the products, services and information they need. If you are not using search engines to market your home business, you are overlooking one of the best marketing tools available and you may be setting your home business up for failure.
Getting in the Search Engines
If you want your home business to show up in the search engines, you need to get your website listed. You can do this in one of two ways. You can either optimize your website with a technique called search engine optimization, also referred to as SEO, and submit your website to the different search engines or you can pay to have your website listed in the search engines using pay-per-click advertising.
Search Engine Optimization and Submission
If you do not want to pay for each and every visitor to your home business website, you are going to want to utilize search engine optimization and search engine submission tools and techniques for your home business. If you want to utilize search engine submission to get your home business website listed in the engines, you first need to know a little bit about SEO.
When someone refers to SEO, they are talking about optimizing your website so it is friendly to the search engines. Websites that have been optimized for search engines get higher placement in search engine listings than websites that have not been optimized.
If search engine submission is going to be your main avenue of search engine advertising for your home business, you may want to consider hiring an SEO consultant to help you get top rankings for the keywords that relate to your site.
Once your home business website has been properly optimized, it is time to submit it to the search engines. To do this, you will need to look into the submission requirements for each search engine you want to be listed in and follow the instructions found at those search engine websites.
It is important to note that, when using this technique to get your home business listed in the search engines, you will not see your website immediately after you have submitted it to the search engine. Some search engines can take up to two months to list your home business website once you have submitted it and some search engines may not accept your submission at all.
Pay-Per-Click Search Engine Advertising
If SEO optimization and search engine submission sound like too much hassle and you feel like it would take too much time, you may want to opt for pay-per-click search engine advertising. By using pay-per-click search engine advertising for your home business website, you can get your site listed in the top positions for the keywords related to your home business.
The biggest search engines, such as Yahoo and Google, offer pay-per-click search engine advertising programs. With these programs, you bid on a keyword and whenever someone performs a search for that keyword or keyword term, they will see your listing in the search engine results. Where it appears in the search engine listings will depend on how much you bid for the keyword and what other advertisers are willing to pay for the same keyword.
If a consumer sees your pay-per-click advertisement and clicks on it, you will be charged the amount you bid for that keyword. For example, if your home business were a dog washing business in the Chicago area, you would want to bid on "Chicago dog washing" as a keyword term.
Let’s say the person currently listed in the top paying search engine position for that keyword were paying fifteen cents for each click. You would want to bid twenty cents for each click to have your home business appear first whenever someone searched for "Chicago dog washing" at that search engine. If someone saw your ad and clicked on it, you would have to pay twenty cents for that click. If twenty people clicked on your ad each week, you would only be paying about $16 a month to get twenty visitors to your website each week.
If you are going to go the pay-per-click advertising route for your home business, make sure you go with one of the top search engines. If you use a search engine that no one goes to, it is not going to do your home business any good.
Business Will Boom
Once you have implemented effective search engine advertising into your home business marketing plan, you will notice that business will start to boom and you may be surprised at how much business is actually generated from your search marketing efforts