Website Content Updates and Management
The internet is governed by a "social contract" between websites and search engines. When a website delivers relevant content to the search engines, the search engines will deliver visitors to that website.
Every day, search engines "crawl" the web looking for fresh, relevant content to present to their users. The websites with the right content are the winners in the competition.
It is possible to manipulate the search engines into giving you a higher ranking, but this takes a high level of technical skill and a great deal of time, and the results are short-lived at best. The best way to get real, sustainable high search engine rankings is to give the search engines exactly what they want: knowledgeable, legitimate content that will be of real value to web visitors. Providing valuable content will not only yield the best search engine results, it will also impress the people who come to your site. Because, after all, it's people, not search engines, who will actually buy your products and services.
Posting fresh, useful content on a regular basis takes discipline and commitment. But thanks to blogging software, it's not difficult. Website visitors expect blogs to be informal and relaxed - you don't have to have excellent writing skills to blog effectively. You just have to know your business and be willing to talk about it. And, blog software is so user-friendly that anyone can use it with a minimum of training.
Plus, search engines love brand new pages created by blog posts.
Although updating and adding to your website content is of crucial importance for successful online marketing, the vast majority of small to mid-size businesses don't do it often enough. They worry that they lack the technical skills and the writing ability to do it effectively.
How can iMarket help you update your content?
- Our websites have an easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) that makes it simple to update your site regularly.
- Our user-friendly blogging software makes it possible for even non-technical employees to post regular blog entries - ideally every day, but at least once a week.
- If you don't want to write and post new content yourself, you can outsource it to us! We'll keep your site up-to-date and add weekly blog posts that are customized for your company and geographic region. We'll also make sure that all the content we add to your site is optimized for maximum search engine performance.
Here's what people say:
Everything has been great with the results and customer service from iMarket. Anything that we’ve asked for has been done quickly and exactly as we wished. Everyone in your organization has been very responsive and are all truly customer focused – you have great people working for you.
Specifically, we’ve been blown away by the organic traffic to the site and the leads and revenue generated from the SEO work that iMarket has done for us. Our SEO placement and leads/revenue went from something that wasn’t even worth tracking to our second highest source of both leads and revenue in just 6 months – the only higher source for either has been customer referrals. The investment that we made literally paid for itself in 6 months – maybe less than that. We should have done this years ago.
When we ran our reports from organic/SEO leads and revenue, it was our most abundant source of lead generation and revenue as well as our most cost effective source of lead generation and revenue – even when we had amortized the entire cost of the new site over just a 6 month period.
In comparison to yellow page advertising, it has cost us less than 10% of what yellow page expenditures cost to generate both leads and revenue. As a result of this, we have already reduced yellow page expenditures for next year that will result in savings that are over 3 times what it cost us to build the new site.
As for the social media aspect of things – everything has been great. I’m not well versed in those arenas nor do I have time to get involved with it, so I asked Martina to take care of keeping us up to date and she’s done a great job with it, updating our pages (as well as our blog) 2 or 3 times a week. I may get more involved with it at some point, but I haven’t had to as it’s being managed for us without me needing to do anything.
Finally on the PPC campaigns, we have not spent a lot of money there – simply because we haven’t had to because we are generating so much organic traffic. What we have spent has been worth it, we are averaging around $30 per lead via PPC which is outstanding when compared to any other paid advertising that we are doing. The next closest source in terms of expense is $90 per lead. We may look to increase PPC budgets in the future as a source of growth. For now though, we have our plate full with all of the organic leads as we are on Google’s first page for nearly every keyword that we have targeted.
Kevin Carney, President
Carney Plumbing, Heating and Cooling