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Search Engine Optimization All-in-One For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Susan Esparza, Bruce Clay

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Introduction

Since the late 1990s, Internet marketing has taken off as a dynamic marketing channel because of its accuracy and how easily you can track traffic. The Internet has come a long way in a short time: As it grew, finding the sites you were looking for with a directory became impossible. Search engines appeared as the way forward, offering a way to bring the web to you. Savvy marketers began to realize any business that wanted to take advantage of the web needed to be on search engine results pages. Search engine optimization grew out of the need to develop pages in a way that tells search engines that your site offers the best content for a particular topic.

Search engine optimization isn’t a difficult discipline, but it is complex and has many different parts that you need to tweak and adjust so that they work in harmony. You aren’t chasing search engine algorithms. Instead, the goal of search engine optimization is simply to help you present your pages as the most relevant for a given search query. Resist the urge to assume that one part is more important than another. All the various aspects of SEO need to work together in order to succeed.

About This Book

Throughout this book, we reference tools and other experts in the field. Search engine marketing (SEM), as an industry, is very active and excels at knowledge sharing. Although we cover the basics here, we strongly urge you to take advantage of the community that has developed since search engine marketing began. ...

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