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The Top 5 Search Engines You Need to Optimize For 2018

When you’re trying to optimize your website, chances are you’re thinking about keywords and links for search engines like Google. And while it’s true you should, there are other search engines to consider and optimize for as well. When you hire us here at SEO Inc. to help you, we’ll take a look at your industry, products/services, and end goals. Then, we’ll help you build and execute a SEO strategy for others, such as Bing, Facebook, and YouTube. This post will discuss the pros and cons of the Top 5 Search Engines You Need to Optimize For in 2018

 

Google

This is likely the first name you think of when someone says search engine. It does, in fact, have nearly 75% of the market share. They of course provide their own search results for desktop and mobile, but provide the results for other search engines as well, including Ask.com. Started in 1999, the company once offered to sell for $750,000. Now? The parent company, Alphabet, is worth nearly $780 billion.

Pros and Cons

Since they have so much of the market share, ranking high on Google gets you a massive amount of traffic. But, because everyone else wants that traffic, organic search is highly competitive. And, paid search is often more costly than it is with other sites and search engines. With this, we’re also seeing Google moving people away from clicking through to websites, and getting their answers directly within Google. (Just search for a measurement or currency conversion to see what we’re talking about.) There’s also fewer organic results on the first page, more paid search results. This translates to more expensive competition with less potential reward.

How We Optimize for Google

We begin with an audit of your website and a competitive analysis. We look for keywords with less competition, and look for ways we can beat your competitors current position on keywords that are harder to rank for. It’s a rather complex process that definitely takes time, but is totally worth it.

YouTube

This is another Google owned property, but before Google bought it in 2006, PayPal veterans built the platform in 2005. This is the number one video search platform. More than 1.5 billion users login every month. YouTube feeds more than 1 billion hours of video to users every day.

Pros and Cons

If successful, you can get massive traffic from YouTube. But, like Google, competition is awfully fierce. 300 hours worth of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, so getting in organic search results and standing out from the rest of the content there is becoming increasingly difficult. And, like with Google AdWords, using paid search to drive traffic to your videos can get expensive.

How We Optimize for YouTube

We’ll look at your current channel and video content, to make sure it’s as optimized as it can be. We’ll look for other searches that may be worth adding to your strategy to increase your ranking. It’s important to know what’s ahead on your editorial calendar so we can help you shape your content and know what words and phrases you should be trying to target from the initial upload.

Facebook

This is first and foremost a social media network, but over the years, it too has morphed into quite the robust search engine. Last year, it past 2 billion searches per day, putting ahead of Bing in terms of search volume. They too, have more than 1.5 billion users logged in a month. Businesses and advertisers can reach any market under the sun, and because they’re most likely to be using it when they’re not at work – if they see your offer and like it, it’s easier to distract them from Facebook itself and get them to make a purchase.

Pros and Cons

The major pro is the size and diversity of the user base, along with the highly specific targeting options. But, that user base is also the con because the more people you can access with it, the more it’ll cost you. It can be cheaper than AdWords, but still expensive, depending on the audience you’re trying to target.

How We Optimize for Facebook

When it comes to Facebook, it’s important to optimize your Page so it comes up in relevant searches. We focus on making sure your Page is properly categorized, making sure you know exactly who your target fans are so we can help you grow an audience, and make sure you have stellar content that not only helps users learn something, but engages them, too. Beyond Page optimization, we’ll also take steps to split test and optimize your ad campaigns, whether they are trying to build more fans for your page, or send traffic directly to your website.

 Bing

This is Microsoft’s search engine – and has been since 2009. They’ve steadily taken their piece of the market share, and provide the results for AOL’s search engine. The latest data shows they’re accounting for ⅓ of web searches in the United States. They;re making improvements to their paid search options, so those who are already familiar with AdWords can more easily make use of Bing Ads.

Pros and Cons

Though the market share isn’t as good as Google, it’s still got a decent size market in the U.S> and UK. Because their search algorithm isn’t as complex, you can more easily understand and optimize for it. While we don’t expect it to remain this way forever, it’s okay to expect it over the next couple of years, so ranking high in Bing can still bring you a decent chunk of traffic.

Because there is a lower traffic volume, there are less professionals attempting to rank and studying the algorithm, so there’s less competition. This means those that are willing to give it a shot have a better chance at a good return on investment.

How We Optimize for Bing

With our understanding of the Bing algorithm, we’ll follow a process similar to the one we use when optimizing for Google.

Bonus: Amazon

This is an essential search engine for anyone who’s in the ecommerce space. The website launched in 1995, making it one of the first large ecommerce companies. It expanded beyond books in 1999, and remains so popular that 55% of shopping related searches start at Amazon rather than Google.

Pros and Cons

If you sell anything – you want to be on Amazon, because people will go there to search, and possibly find you, even if they’ve never heard of you. If you’re having trouble gaining traction for your online store’s website, starting at Amazon and other marketplaces that allow for third-party sellers can be a great way to get started.

But, just like Google, the competition is tough. Since the pricing and other information is incredibly easy to compare, it can be hard to convince someone to choose your product over someone else’s. The cost of selling your products there can add up, and become quite costly. If you don’t have a unique product, sales and reviews are important to rankings, so it can be hard to break through the entry barrier.

How We Optimize for Amazon

We focus on individual keywords. We focus on making sure you have as many product details as possible, and well written descriptions that include relevant LSI keywords, too. Sales is the largest ranking factor, so make sure you’re promoting other ways, and keeping those customers happy! If you opt to sell your products as fulfilled by Amazon, your products will automatically rank higher than the same thing not shipped by Amazon.

Want us to help you improve your site and how it ranks in any or all of these search engines? Get in touch today! Or book a meeting directly with our CEO Garry Grant just click the following link to Schedule a call with Garry.