Website rankings in the search engines are perhaps the most important part of any website and yet the most understood part of the website by many website owners.
So let's try substituting a different word for rankings. Let's use the word recommendations. If you were competing for a job often it comes down to who has the best and most recommendations. Well the same is true of your products and services on the Internet. If the search engines do not recommend you, by ranking you high on people's searches, then it's possible for you to have the most beautiful website in the world without getting a single visitor from the search engines. Or to put it in financial terms, if Google and the other search engines don't recommend your website then your website is pretty much useless for attracting new business from the Internet. It's a boat anchor.
On the other hand if Google recommends you in it's very top spots for the products and services you sell then your company has a very good chance of making a lot of money. The simplest way to put it is....
Rankings = Profits
The following is the three ways that Google and other search engines recommend (rank) your website to potential customers for your products and services. Understanding the difference between the three is critical to your success and also the best way to avoid getting ripped off by bad website companies.
Sponsored links are advertisements that you pay for each month. They display at the very top of the Google page or on the right hand side. It is rare for any keyword phrase for even 1% of the people who did the search to click on a sponsored link. In addition you have to pay for each and every click even if they do not buy. For most businesses sponsored links are a bad idea. For a few they are sources of additional profits.
Free Local Listings
Free local listings are a good idea if you have a local brick and mortar establishment and this article will teach you how to get them, and improve your rankings. However, only up to 5% of all people using Google click on the local listings so it's far more important to show up in the Organic Listings.
Organic Search Engine Rankings for the right keywords for your products and services are like a gold mine. 90% of Google users ignore local listings and sponsored links and instead click on the the first few items on the first page of Google's Organic Rankings. Why? Because the information is usually much better and more relevant to their search. The real key to success on the Internet is understanding how to get your website to show up on the first page of Google's Organic Rankings for your products and services.
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