Many business owners focus all their efforts on building a website, but never set aside any budget for search engine optimisation. As a result, their site looks good but seldom gets any visitors.
Research has shown that 89.82% of all people who search online, never click beyond the first page of Google. In fact, the web page listed in position 1 of Google search results, gets the lion share of all the traffic – a whooping 42.13%.
The second website gets only 11.9%, a difference of just one position means 75% less traffic and that often means 75% less sales! The third website listed – 8.5% of clicks. the fourth only 6.6%.
As we can see the first five websites get close to 75% of all visitors, while the other five listed on the first page, get to share between 15 to 20%. The remaining 5% of all traffic for a specific keyword goes to paid searches and a few odd webpages beyond the first page of the search results.
The importance of your website position in the search results is perhaps better illustrated if we use a specific example.
Online Marketing is a race, where the winner takes it all... Well, maybe not all, but the majority of sales. According to the latest research, the first listing in the search results attracts 42% of all traffic, while the second only 12%. As you can see the difference between the first an the second position can translate into 70% less traffic and 70% less in revenue.
Lets assume that there are on average 100 people searching for your type of products or services per day and only one in 5 visitors buys. Lets also assume that your average sale is €500. If your website was placed first in the search results, you would have made €4000 that day (42% of 100 visitors = 42 visitors. If one in 5 buys = 8 sales x €500 per sale = €4000 per day turnover).
If your website was in position two, you would have make only €1200 that day.
If you had to spend €5,000 or even €10, 000 per year on optimising and promoting your website, it may seem like a lot. However if that helped you move from position 312 to position 2 or even 1 and you started getting qualified leads online, you would have recovered that investment in a few days.
As we see from the above example, Search Engine Optimisation is very important and should therefore be the most important component of any online marketing strategy.
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