Engines Work For Your Website - Website Findability
— the ability of a Website to be located online.
Your website is only as good as it is findable. A recent
study showed that nearly 90% of Internet users use search
engines to locate the web pages they are looking for.
90%! MANY sites are built with no regard for "Findability"
at all - some are basically invisible to search engines.
Websites that are not finely tuned to be found by the
big search engines -- Google, MSN Search and Yahoo --
won't be found by potential customers either, turning
what should be a valuable marketing tool into a waste
Looking for a cost effective way to get new customers?
Look no further than public search engines like Google,
Yahoo, and MSN. Americans conducted 6.4 billion searches
online in June 2006, according to comScore Networks.
Even more compelling is comScore’s finding that
86% of searches were in one of the three major search
engines. The simple fact is that customers are increasingly
finding companies to do business with by starting with
one of the major search engines.
People don't surf the web anymore, they search the web.
Search is the most frequently used function on the internet.
Web users find that the URL (website address) of the websites
they seek may not be obvious. It’s easier to type
a keyword phrase into a search engine and bring up relevant
In order for a website to rank highly in a web search,
the search engine -- be it Google, Yahoo or MSN Search
-- must be aware that the site exists. To find websites,
search engines compile massive indexes, numbering in the
billions. Software programs known as "bots"
and "crawlers" follow links on the web to find
and index new pages, and if a company's site is not in
the index, it won't be listed in search engine results.
How can YOU become more visible on public search
Many people think having a website is enough. It’s
not. You need to have a search-engine-friendly website.
Many rely on “paid placement”, which involves
bidding for keyword placement on search results pages.
There is an entire industry devoted to paid placement
However, reaching customers online doesn’t have
to involve paid advertising. Instead, improve findability
in natural or organic search engine results. Any type
of company can have its findability maximized.
Most web searchers don't bother to click on paid-for
search results, instead opting to click on links from
"natural" searches. According to Enquiro, a
search marketing company, 70% of click throughs are from
“organic” or “natural” listings.
Recent data suggests that with Google this may be even
higher, at about 85% organic and 15% sponsored (paid placement).
Users will generally click on at least one of the top
10 results on the search results page, however, click
through rates on pay per click ads are usually well under
Actually getting customers to your website is the first
challenge of using search engines as an effective marketing
tool. When a searcher enters a term into the search box,
pages and pages of search results are returned, generally
displaying 10 results per page. The results are displayed
in order of relevance to the search term. Each search
engine uses different algorithms to determine the results
How does a customer decide which listing on the search
results pages will best answer their search?
The content from your title tag, 1-2 lines from your
meta description and your URL. The customer will quickly
move on to the next, more relevant result listing if your
title has been left blank, includes only company name,
or contains code gibberish.
What Should You Do?
Even though your company may be well branded in the offline
world, visibility in search engines isn’t automatic.
Just because WebPages and content exist on your website
doesn’t mean they can be read by search engine web
crawlers and added to their indexes. If your web pages
can’t be found, you are missing more than just hits
to your homepage, you are missing business.
Having multiple pages on your website is important, as
search engines such as Google don’t index websites,
but web pages. Create lots of pages and target a search
phrase with each. Include clear links to all pages; search
engines will have an easier time sending their "bots"
and "crawlers" out to catalogue/index your website.
Next is content, and lots of it, using pertinent keywords,
terms and phrases. Website operators must make an effort
to put in place as many links as possible, to and from
other sites. Finally, updating your website regularly,
search engines will see that a site has been updated regularly
and will usually rank the site accordingly. Why would
a search engine rank a website high if the website hasn't
been updated in months or even years? Search Engines prefer
to provide current results containing the latest information
on a subject, product or service.
Website Optimization can be as simple or as complicated
as a company pleases. The more you put into a site, the
more you will get out of it, website development and optimization
is an ongoing process.
BEWARE - Not all Search Engine Optimizers are
Many SEOs provide useful services for website owners,
from writing copy to giving advice on site architecture
and helping to find relevant directories to which a site
can be submitted. However, a few unethical SEOs have given
the industry a black eye through their overly aggressive
marketing efforts and their attempts to unfairly manipulate
search engine results.
Avoid search engine spam at all costs, as well as website
design and search consultants who "guarantee"
top search placement. Don’t cheat. Search engines
One thing people don't realize is that a bad website
will not only reflect poorly on the company, it could
actually cause you to lose sales.
Are you listed in Google, Yahoo, and MSN?
Experts agree that a well-designed site is a key element
in improving search engine rankings. While websites that
are already up and running can be modified to improve
search results, a website built from the ground up and
optimized to be found by search engines is likely to perform
the best -- which means that it's worth talking to an
Would you like to improve your website's "findability"
in the Search Engines?
For years, Andrechelle has successfully placed her customers
WebPages’ into the Top Ten -- the front page --
of the major search engines... and would love to also
help your website.
Obtain prominent search results positions, for your website,
in Google, Yahoo, MSN and other major search engines.
Contact Andrechelle firstname.lastname@example.org