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May 20, 2009
What Every Small Business Should Know About SEO
SEO is not just something for the big players in any industry to use. Actually it is quite the opposite as it helps level the playing field for many smaller businesses. A small business that does not have the resources to purchase a one page print ad might have the ability launch online PR in order to gain visibility. There are many ways for smaller budgets to gain visibility online compared to offline.
Local search engine optimization is very important for any small growing business. More and more people search for items they need locally right online. The days of being visible in the yellow pages are slowly coming to a close. Being visible online is the name of the game now. Some small local business owners feel that their business won’t grow from internet exposure because they don’t know enough about it. Local SEO is becoming even more important with the emergence of smart phones and PDA’s. People search on the run, while they are in the car or while waiting in line at the store and not too many people bring a phone book with them when they leave the house. If you are scared that your business will not be able to handle the sudden capacity of traffic, don’t be. With these difficult economic times it is important for all small businesses to reach out online as far as possible in get in front of their audience as much as possible.
Search engine optimization does not have to break the bank. There are many ways to incorporate this into your marketing budget without going broke. If you can’t afford to hire someone you can hire a consultant to train you on what you should be doing. If you are somewhat savvy online and have some time throughout the day you might be able to get yourself started with some SEO efforts online. Local SEO is now a crucial component for any small business. Chances are your competition is already visible online. If you are wondering why your phone doesn’t ring as much or why your door does not swing open as often there is a good possibility that your competition having more visibility online in the search engines plays a big role. Search has changed the way people shop all together. A shopper will consider a company showing high up in the rankings as a major player and pick up the phone and call or stop by their store. If you want to create new business and clients for yourself you will have to get serious about taking your business online.

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Nick Stamoulis is the president of the full-service Internet Marketing Firm, Brick Marketing.  Nick’s philosophy and strategies can be found in his SEO blog the, Search Engine Optimization JournalNick Stamoulis is also the editor and publisher for seven Internet marketing-related blogs: Pay Per Click Journal, Social Marketing Journal, Blog Marketing Journal, Email Marketing JournalLocal Advertising Journal, and Online Publicity Journal.

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