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Internet marketing has turned from a laughable proposal a decade ago into the primary source of income for many companies. This transition developed rather quickly over the course of the past 10 years. Today Internet marketing consists of ISPs, search engine ads, pay per click advertisements, SEO techniques and SEM techniques.
The first step you need to take when developing a successful Internet marketing campaign is to find an ISP (Internet Service Provider), that is worth your monthly subscription fees. Your ability to market your services and close online sales is going to depend on the reliability of your ISP and web hosting service. If you get both, your Internet access and your web hosting, from the same provider, then the reliability of that service provider's Internet access and technical support is even more important. When shopping around for ISPs you need to look for one that (1) offers affordable plans, (2) is known for reliable access to the Internet, (3) has superior technical support and customer service and (4) provides you with the tools that you need to build and manage your website.
One of the latest trends in Internet marketing is Google AdSense. Google AdSense is their keyword ad program. It allows website owners to create a short keyword advertisement that links directly to their money pages. Other website owners sign up to host the ads for a small commission. The price you pay for your ads will depend on the number of impressions and the number of click throughs that your ad receives. The best part about this Internet marketing program is that you are in complete control of how much you spend. You set a monthly budget and the Google program distributes your ads until your budget is expended. You are then billed at the end of the month for the actual cost of your advertisements. This has been an effective tool for many different companies.
This is another Google Internet marketing program which uses something called a pay per click advertisement. Pay per clicks, also referred to as PPCs, charge you based on how many clicks your advertisements receive. There have been mixed reports on the effectiveness of PPC marketing campaigns, however, if you can afford a PPC on a high profile website, then you can expect to generate a lot of income with this marketing strategy. If you have a small advertising budget then it's probably wise to stick with the Google or other search engine keyword ad PPC programs, and carefully select your keywords to improve your results.
SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization. This is a term used to describe an Internet marketing strategy that modifies a website's content so that it is receives a higher page rank from Google, Yahoo, and MSN. If you are not familiar with SEO techniques, or if you have a large website, then you can benefit from enlisting the help of an SEO boutique. However, if you want to go it alone, then you will need to keep up with the changing criteria top search engines use to rank web pages and then adjust your content to reflect the new criteria.
SEM is short for Search Engine Marketing. Search engine marketing is a strategy that focuses on getting your website to the top of the search engine results pages. To do this you will need to use SEO strategies, as well as paid inclusion and paid placement strategies to get your web pages consistently listed at the top of search results pages.
Internet marketing is a fast paced, ever changing arena. The categories we have discussed here are the basic ones. Many people are exploring the use of viral campaigns using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Foursquare, GoWalla, and many other popular methods that rely on readers to promote their website. These are powerful tools that are evolving daily. There have been many incredibly successful marketing programs that have relied on the power of social media. If you are thinking about using this method of promotion, we would encourage you to do a lot of research on these sites to see what works best.
Another popular method of promotion is the use of companies like CommissionJunction.com. Companies such as Commission Junction function as a type of clearing house for companies seeking additional ways to promote their site and enjoy building revenue through their own website by hosting ads for other companies too. This is another successful and profitable form of Internet marketing.
There are many other forms of creative marketing that are being used on the Internet. Many of these will be explored on other pages linked to this one. You can find these topics listed on the right side of your screen. If you have a topic that you would like us to explore that is related to Internet marketing, please contact us at support@CardAdmin.com with your request.
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