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If you’re a web specialist, you are probably aware of the latest vocabulary and acronyms. If not, as a novice, it’s time to become familiar with some of the terms frequently used in the digital world.

As a result of the merger between SEO (Search Engine Optimization), otherwise known as organic or natural referencing, and SEA (Search Engine Advertising), or paid search, the term SEM (Search Engine Marketing) is very often used when dealing with digital marketing.

Combining these two first techniques of referencing, the objective of this SEM strategy aligns in the development of visibility on the web by allowing the advertiser to appear in the first results of the pages of search engines, also called SERP (Search Engine Results Page).

What are the noteworthy differences between SEO and SEA? How do these two SEO techniques complement each other and form SEM? What is the real strength of this combination?

Amauta Marketing, an expert web marketing agency in Laval, with clients in the greater Montréal area and elsewhere in the country, answers these queries.

SEM: Everything You Need to Know About How It Works

What Is SEO?

SEO can be defined as a set of actions implemented by an advertiser in order to optimize its position in the organic results of search engine pages.

The term “natural referencing” takes on its full meaning because no advertising investment is necessary. The result is based on several factors such as the quality of the content, the keywords used, the external links (backlinks) leading to third party pages or the internal linking.

Consequently, this method emphasizes a meticulous and technical work. By its natural or organic aspect, a contrast is established with paid techniques.

What Is SEA?

Depending greatly on your advertising portfolio, this second SEO technique is aligned with the same main objective, which is to increase visibility on the web through a comfortable position on the results of various search engines.

SEA differs from SEO by its immediate but costly benefits. Indeed, as opposed to natural referencing, the principle of this strategy is based on a system of advertisements resulting from a principle of keyword submissions. In this situation, if the marketing campaign is well conducted, your ad can quickly land at the top of the search results.

However, keep in mind that the operation depends fully on the budget allocated to the campaign. Without investment, the traffic to your site will be nil.

SEM: A Global Web Referencing Strategy

SEO + SEA: A Winning Combination

If SEO and SEA appear as two techniques that are opposed in form but similar in content, a complementarity exists between them, giving birth to SEM.

Being perceived as a grouping of digital marketing techniques and not as a single method in itself, the goal of the Search Engine Marketing strategy is to develop the traffic of a website through SEO and SEA techniques.

Indeed, the principle of SEM is based on the fact of being positioned in a natural way in the first results of the search engines in the long term, while optimizing the visibility in a punctual way through paid campaigns and rigorously targeted, provoking an impact in the short term. The role of keywords, common to SEO and SEA, will be decisive.

SMO, The Contribution of Social Networks

Last component of this marketing ecosystem, SMO (Social Media Optimization) gathers actions implemented to increase the visibility of a brand or a company on the web through social networks.

Indeed, in the generation of traffic, social networks can have an impact. YouTube is particularly important in search engine results. It is common to see videos from the platform displayed in the SERP.

Also, let’s not forget that social networks are also responsible for brand awareness and, consequently, for search engine optimization.

Finally, it is possible to conduct advertising campaigns via social networks in order to develop its digital visibility. To do so, many tools exist.

Amauta Marketing, Web Marketing Agency Expert in SEO

Definitely, the control of SEO requires real in-depth skills and a certain experience on the subject. Every company has specific needs, depending on its positioning, its budget and its field of activity.

Amauta Marketing in Laval offers you a personalized accompaniment by setting up the best possible strategy to meet your expectations. Composed of digital experts, the web marketing agency, focused on measurable results, helps you develop your online visibility. These real SEO professionals are waiting for you!

We are not going to be lured into cutting corners when it comes to producing content on social media or writing blogs on current topics. Quality can be measured and it will make you more credible. Now read on…

Increasingly, Internet users are looking for quality content that contains accurate information and that allows them to develop a bond of trust with credible sources that they can quickly find in the right place. Amauta Marketing[1] in Laval, near Terrebonne, Boisbriand, Sainte-Thérèse and a few minutes away from Montreal, knows the Google market like the back of its hand and talks to you today about quality and consistency if you want to increase your market share on search engines in Canada and Quebec.

When Quality Content Rhymes With SEO

In the early 2000s, Google’s algorithm was not as sophisticated as it is today and quality content[2] was not registered as it is now. Nowadays, Google, like other search engines, has evolved and the algorithms, i.e., the sets of analytical calculations that aim to determine the Page Rank – the value of SEO – are much more intelligent and demanding.

Henceforth, content that comes from other existing sources and that is replicated in blogs or social media is quickly identified by search engines, especially if it is of poor quality. The result is indisputable: your content will not be indexed and will appear far away in search engines. Your written productions will not compete with those of your competitors and your local referencing will have failed.

While there are many elements and factors to consider in an SEO strategy, the quality of your written productions is an important element. Indeed, not only must you be able to adopt the right strategy for the use of keywords, for example, but you must also produce content that contains good information, that is catchy and well written. The quality of the French language becomes here a powerful asset in your SEO strategy, and it will pay off the more you publish.

Resistance Is Better Than Strength: Consistency and Regularity!

We talk about consistent written production when your blog or your social media posts contain precise, sustained and irrefutable information. The richness of your content will also depend on the quality of your research on the subject, the audience you are targeting and your ability to synthesize. As the trend points out, search engines are looking for unique, powerful and impactful content. Moreover, search engines like Google are fond of novelty and creativity.

Therefore, consistent blogs and posts that engage the audience have a better chance of turning into leads and giving your SEO strategy more weight.

But there is another element that cannot be underestimated: the regularity of your publications. When you start an SEO offensive, you should know that regularity will guarantee success, since Internet users will remain loyal as long as you give them this privileged moment, and at regular intervals. Inconsistent publications will be detrimental to your strategy.

An Easy Equation That Pays Off!

Finally, producing value-added content requires being creative, organized and close to your audience at all times. Publications written in impeccable English with consistency and regularity will guarantee success. Search engines will be interested in what you are doing and your audience will only grow. The benefits for your company become within reach…

Amauta: The Internet Marketing Agency in Montreal!

For many years, the passionate people at Amauta Marketing[3] have been exploring new ways to make your SEO even more optimal. They are SEO and value-added content pros. With their innovative solutions, the quality of their services and the respect of deadlines, Amauta Marketing stands out and plays in the big league at very competitive prices. For your global digital marketing solutions, your unique content and the search for new clients, Amauta Marketing has the tools to propel you far… very far. Amauta Marketing, your partner in success!

[1] https://amautamarketing.com/en/social-media-management/

[2] https://amautamarketing.com/en/search-engine-optimization-seo/

[3] https://amautamarketing.com/en/get-in-touch/

A website is like a shopping window, a window the whole world can look inside. It is the first impression Internet users will have of your company. Yet, almost one third of entrepreneurs create their own website and make mistakes. In the end, this harms their businesses directly, ending up costing them money. The best advice is to call a specialized web marketing agency to develop your website, instead of jumping into an expensive adventure. But if you are intent on DIY, here are some pitfalls to avoid while creating your website:

No call-to-action

Your call-to-action is most often a clickable button. It starts with an action word (Click Here, Enter to Win, Call 1 800, etc.) to provoke the Internet user to do something. If your contact info isn’t obvious, clients will question why they are visiting this website or wonder what you have to offer to fulfill their needs. Yet, 93% of small and medium size businesses have a website with no email address and 49% don’t have a telephone number on the home page.

Obsolete design

Creating a website entails the web interface i.e. architecture, page organization, tree and navigation. Effective web design takes in consideration specific constraints specific to the Internet such as bandwidth, usability and accessibility. Around 41% of entrepreneurs wishing to improve their website estimate that design is their most important factor.

Complicated updates

When you update your website yourself, you risk losing precious time especially if you don’t have an easy to use CMS (Content Management Software). In fact, 64% of business owners think that updating their website is a major challenge. And 25% declare that maintenance costs are the main obstacle to updating their website.

No stats

Without data analysis linked to their website, companies are depriving themselves of an essential information source with which to measure their website performance. They can’t identify their website’s strengths and weaknesses, Internet user’s navigation preferences and ways to increase conversions. Yet, 75% of companies still don’t use any analytic tool such as Google Analytics. And 60% estimate that they do not have the necessary competencies to first understand the data, but also to solve problems and improve their website.

Non-existent or inefficient search rankings

The search ranking performance of your website is essential since it allows your potential clients to find your company when they are searching for your products or services. However, 26% of small and medium size businesses’ websites do not show on search engine results because their Google ranking is non-existent or too weak.

Not linking to social networks

By allowing your clients to share their experience with your company on social networks, you gain access to their contact network, and increase your visibility.

Not mobile compatible

Now a days, most Internet users consult websites on their mobile devices. Without responsive technology, small and medium size businesses are shortchanging themselves of a wide clientele. Yet, 60% of websites aren’t mobile compatible.

Lack of IT support

Without a dedicated IT technician, small and medium size businesses are exposing themselves to security breaches or expensive programming errors. When collaborating with experienced web marketing professionals, IT support is often included in the website creation costs. In total, 44% of small and medium size businesses have been victims of cyber-attack with an average cost of $8,670.

Offer your customers a professional, functional website, with elegant design, mobile compatibility and search engine optimization for a better interaction with your company.

Looking for an expert to review your website? Get in touch with the web marketing experts at Amauta Marketing either by telephone at (514) 907-2131 or by email at info@amautamarketing.com