The Affiliate Marketer’s Quest for Effective SEO

The questions about SEO

With today’s sophisticated technology tools and resources, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) software, IT pros and the techniques they employ are light years ahead of where they were only a decade ago; and SEO is immense; so there are no secrets on how to rank high with the major search engines. However, there are still be a few questions relating to SEO and how it can be used to improve a Web business’ bottom line. Let’s first understand how search engines work before we start getting into details about how a business can benefit from SEO.

Search engines generally specialize in providing their users with the most relevant and up-to-date information, intended to match certain search terms which those users place in search boxes to find specific items, topics, or people they’re interested in. Search engines are some of the most sophisticated pieces of technology which allow users to quickly find relevant websites by searching for a word or a phrase; and the results mean nothing to users if the information they get back does not relate to the search term, or if the results are old.

Users expect fresh, new, relevant information from their searches, which is why webmasters and website owners update their websites everyday by adding fresh, new content intended to help them get noticed by the search engines. So, if you are going to sell any type of product or service online, you have to optimize your website for the search engines, in order to increase traffic and boost sales.

The effectiveness of SEO

Keep in mind that over 90% of a business’ sales and revenue will likely come directly from search engine results; and for that reason, it is absolutely important for a business to optimize its website for search engines in order for it to have the largest number of visitors, amount of interest and eventual sales. With this thought in mind, it is understandable that the most practical description of SEO is the process by which webmasters or online business owners utilize strategic copy to augment their website’s status.

There is no doubt that the internet has grown at what has been said to be the fastest pace of any entity, era, or industry in history; and competition for the best search engine position has created an enormous market. Thus, a better understanding of the fundamental elements of SEO is vital for the success – and in many cases the very survival – of an online busines; so making use of effective search engine optimization techniques will improve the page rank of your website.

There are many tricks that can be used to increase page rank; the most effective method being, to provide high quality content on a consistent basis; and while this may seem like a simple concept, there are many websites that fail to provide content that visitors may find interesting. Sites that provide content that is interesting (compelling?), well-written and regularly updated create highly engaged visitors who are more likely to return to the website at regular intervals.

Developing a viable SEO strategy

Consider setting your website apart from those boring, lifeless sites by providing the kind of content outlined above, but do it as a routine and according to a set schedule, and you’ll establishing yourself as a credible and reliable source of information while putting your site a step closer to achieving high page rank through search engine optimization.

Another significant aspect of effective SEO is the inclusion of keywords and phrases within your site’s content; but in order to do this you must also take steps to properly target your (niche?) market by making sure that the keywords and phrases you place on your site are the keywords and phrase that the website is actually optimized for. Said another way, the more keywords you use in your content, the more likely it is that online visitors will find your site when they do some research with those words. If you use these techniques your overall SEO will increase and boost your page rank.

Try also to develop a linking strategy as a part of your overall SEO strategy, as such a strategy will not only provide free advertising for your site, but it gives the impression that your site is imperative because of its affiliation with links of other interesting sites with topic relevance and similar content. For each link you have pointing back to your site is another chance for your potential customer to find you. The more inbound links you have pointing to your site, the higher you will be ranked in the search engines.

Website plus content and SEO equals…

Developing a content stratagem have been proven to be effective in SEO success, because people who get to search the internet are almost always looking for information; so the more information you provide for them, and the more helpful it is, the more likely you are to make the sale. Writing articles is the most effective way to build up content for your site; but when writing articles to post on your site, you must make sure to develop a clear and consistent method of arranging their content.

You can write articles, arrange them and post them per the above suggestion by simply adding a new page to your site, as this will allow room for extra articles to be added when you write them, and will allow you to build up an archive of articles which will be maintained with the intent of attracting online visitors. Make sure also that your archived articles have been included in a directory that is next to the root web of your site so that the search engines will catalog your online articles.

Is your site doing SEO?

Always keep in mind that search engine optimization methods are important in developing your site’s status; and with that thing in mind, make sure that you write high-quality, keyword rich content and link your site to and from a deliberate family of other sites. These things will help improve your site’s popularity and attract increased interest in your online business through a consistent flow of visitors to your site.

Landing Pages: Essential to Affiliate Marketing

Put a landing page in your marketing toolbox

As an affiliate marketer, you will need to perform certain tasks and you’ll need a set of marketing tools to assist you in the performance of those tasks. However, what you don’t need to be concerned with is the development or creation of the products and/or services (‘products’) you are going to market, because they are all ready to go whenever you are. Consider the following scenario.

You have already signed up with the Google Adsense program or with other affiliate marketing programs, and you have already prepared the ad you want to post on your affiliate’s site. Your mind is now set on being the next most successful online businessman; but is there something else you might have forgotten to prepare? Maybe nothing! However, have you thought to prepare landing pages? Are they all set for your business?

Landing pages are simply web pages where visitors are directed to when they click a search engine results page link or an ad on the Web. For affiliate marketers, landing pages are utilized to entice website visitors to spend more time browsing their pages; and for merchants they are used to direct potential customers to particular product pages on their websites. Keep in mind that most product links on an affiliate’s website would lead to unique landing pages created by the merchants.

Landing pages are, at most times, not really different from other web pages in a particular website, especially if the website referred to is an e-commerce site. Some online business persons would even use the homepage of their websites as the landing page for their ads. Are these business persons making a big mistake? Or should you follow their method in creating landing pages for your ads?

Well, you can always follow what most online retailers do: direct their potential customers to the homepages of their websites. But if you want to achieve something more from your online business, and if you want to earn a lot of profit, you’d be better off creating a special landing page for your web ads. Why? There are a few reasons why you need to use landing pages for your web ads. And take note that it would be much better if you create a great landing page as oppose to a so-so one.

It is the only way affiliate marketers get conversions

There are a variety of affiliate marketing programs today, but most of these programs let the merchant pay the affiliate in a pay per click basis. Basically, all you have to do is sign up with the program and submit your ad. The program owner would then distribute your ad to various affiliates who would then place your ad on their websites. Whenever your ad is clicked, a visitor would be directed to your landing page and you would have to pay the affiliate for his/her service.

As a merchant, you earn money through conversions —that result when a visitor is directed to your site and actually buys a product before leaving. Without these conversions, you actually earn nothing from the program. Also, the more visitors your affiliates have directed to your site, the larger would your expense wpould be. And the only way you can recover from these expenses is through conversions.

Of course you probably won’t get any conversion if you post an ad on your affiliate’s site without an actual landing page for the potential customer to be redirected into. It’s just like advertising a product without actually having a store from which to sell your product. Your advertisement may be enticing enough to encourage people to purchase a product, but without the landing page, how will they know where and how to purchase that product?

It is therefore important to have landing pages for your ads because it is the only way for you to earn some money in an affiliate program. Without landing pages, all you do is spend money paying your affiliates without actually getting anything in return.

Other web pages may just not be enough

Many affiliates make the mistake of making their website’s homepage as the landing page for their ads. The same is true for those who make use of other pages like a “contact us” page or a product page. Homepages are often designed to serve multiple users and contain a lot of links to other pages or to other websites.

The same is true for the other two pages mentioned. If you want to be successful in an affiliate program, it is best not to have your landing page to cater to the needs of various people, most of which may not be really interested in your product.

When choosing a landing page, you must always have the customer directed into that page you intended. Therefore your landing page must be relevant to the keywords and content you placed in your ad. It is also important that the landing page induce your visitor to take action by clicking on one of your product links or at least provide leads for potential customers.

Final Word

You probably entered into an affiliate marketing program with these things in mind: to save on advertising expenses and to gain more profit. But if you get into an affiliate marketing program without actually having a landing page, you’ll end up paying too much without getting anything in return. So if you still don’t have a landing page for your ads, you better start creating one now; and don’t get wrong idea; it isn’t enough for you to have just a landing page…it should be a great landing page. Good luck!