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For the last decade, the online world has been inventing its own language. The following glossary records an essential part of this rapidly growing lexicon. In this newest edition of Oneupweb’s SEO Survival Guide, we introduce you to the latest and greatest search marketing terminology – from acronyms and common expressions to insider jargon.
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Here’s just some of what you might expect:
• Visible results possible in weeks, not months.
• Campaign goals agreed upon from the outset are often met—and bettered—far in advance of established deadlines.
• When initial cost per acquisition goals are achieved, revised benchmarks will be set.
• Top search engine positions can often skyrocket within months following site optimization.
• Doubling initial conversion goals in less than 6 months is commonplace.
• Custom site and trafﬁc analysis is the norm—as are tracking and adjustment procedures.
• And with results, trust is established.
Mobile terminology meaning: second generation. This is a term describing the speed of data delivery to a mobile device. 2G is being replaced by 3G or third generation devices which are from 50 percent to 500 percent faster than basic line technology.
A term used primarily by Yahoo in its pay-per-click (PPC) advertising program. (Similar to broad match used by Google.) When a PPC campaign manager speciﬁes a keyword be used in advanced match, then his or her ad will appear whenever a Yahoo user types that word into a query. For example, a jewelry retailer might use an advanced match for “diamond,” and be included in “diamond ring” and “diamond necklace” and even “diamond drill bits.”
Mobile terminology meaning: third generation. This is a term describing the speed of data delivery to a mobile device. Devices with 3G capability are 500 percent faster than the previous 2G technology and make multi-media offerings like short video available to the user.
A set of mathematical equations or rules that a search engine uses to rank the content contained within its index in response to a particular query.
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Listings that search engines do not sell (unlike paid listings). Sites appear solely because a search engine has deemed it editorially important or relevant. Paid inclusion content is also often considered “organic” even though it is paid for. This is because that content usually appears intermixed with unpaid organic results.
Actionable Analytics Consulting
Whereby search marketers decipher data into conclusive, actionable formats—typically through proprietary technologies.
Alternative Channel Availability
Helping consumers ﬁnd products that may not be available through the ﬁrst channel attempted. For example, an e-commerce catalog may be out of an item, but there could be a local retail location that still has the product in stock.
The promotional activities of an organization that bring about business. Examples could be in-store displays, “dynamic” promotional offers on the website, etc. Site search is another example of a tool where online retailers can apply active merchandising. Products can be suggested based on the search query that customers run.
Used in search marketing to refer to technology that helps analyze the performance of a website or online marketing campaign. Analytics often review website user behavior, site usability and search marketing campaign success.
AOV (Average Order Value)
Typical size of an order. Calculated by dividing the total value of all purchases by the total number of purchasers over a given time period.
Identifying accurate historical data of a particular data point so that new initiatives can be measured. In other words, a benchmark will create a picture of where an e-tailer is so that future efforts (PPC) can be properly measured for success. For natural optimization, a benchmark will identify a site’s current positions on search engine results pages.
ARPU (Average Revenue Per User)
Mobile terminology meaning: average revenue per user. Used by carriers (Fast mSearch, MotionBridge, Allato Tribes) to describe the increased value their platforms provide customers (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T).
A way to reach out to customers to encourage repeat shopping, therefore increasing the lifetime value of new customers. There is often an insert included with the delivered product that highlights a promotional offer.
All the links pointing at a particular webpage; also called inbound links.
Brand Proposition Banned
Search engines remove websites from their indexes speciﬁcally because the search engine has deemed them to be spamming or violating guidelines. Or brand statement. This is the central promise a brand makes to its customers. The brand proposition should be appealing, easily understood and relevant to the target market. (Brand Proposition should be considered in respect to quality, price, service, etc.)
A banner ad is usually a rectangular advertisement placed on a website. Clicking on the ad links back to the advertiser’s own website or a relevant landing page.
A term used by Google in its AdWords branded pay-per-click (PPC) program. (Similar to advanced match used by Yahoo.) When a PPC campaign manager speciﬁes a keyword be used in broad match, then his/her ad will appear whenever a Google user types that word into a query. A shoe manufacturer with a very large product offering might use broad match for the word “shoe,” and be included in queries for searches like “tennis shoe,” “high-heeled shoe” and even “brake shoe.” Or, the manager could specify “Manolo Blahnik shoes” and the ad would appear for “Manolo Blahnik evening shoes” and “designer shoes Manolo Blahnik,” but not for “Manolo Blahnik boots.”
A report used to mark where a website falls on search engine results pages for a list of keywords. Subsequent search engine position reports are compared to that initial report.
Here applied to a type of customer, browsers are at the beginning of a buying cycle. Generally, these customers are gathering information and comparing price, features, etc. They are not necessarily likely to complete a purchase in this phase.
The means by which a company moves its products to consumers. Channels could include: resellers, distributors, mail order, online, retail locations, retail outlets, etc.
Click Fraud Campaign
Campaigns refer to speciﬁc initiatives meant to convert interest into a sale. Pay-per-click can be seen as a campaign. Other examples could include banner ads, afﬁliate programs, print ads, etc. A conversion type could also be deﬁned as a campaign conversion. This would be meant to segregate these customers from those who found a site based on direct navigation (e.g., repeat customers) or some other means. The deceitful practice of posing as pay-per-click (PPC) trafﬁc for the purpose of costing advertisers’ money or generating revenue by those afﬁliates serving the ads.
Refers to the path that users take on a website to go from initial landing to conversion (or lack of conversion).
Click Stream Analysis Category
A grouping or set of products that have common features or traits. Examples could include: Toys, Watches, Appliances, Men’s, Women’s, Apparel, Housewares, etc. This is the study of customer click streams in order to help maximize a site’s ability to complete sales. This analysis helps e-tailers identify common paths where there might be cross sell opportunities. It’s also critical in identifying potential failure points in a shopping experience. When these points are corrected, the site should be able to generate a higher percentage of completed sales and thus more revenue.
Mobile terminology meaning: a faster, advanced protocol based on code division multiple access (CDMA).
Click-Through CDMA ONE
Mobile terminology meaning: code division multiple access. This is a cellular philosophy rather than a strict deﬁnition. There are dozens of CDMA standards around the world. A more descriptive expression might be, “a cellular network superhighway.” Advanced protocols would then be, “cellular network bullet trains.” The process of clicking through an online advertisement to the advertiser’s destination.
The average number of click-throughs per hundred ad impressions, expressed as a percentage to determine which keywords buyers use and what online advertising attracts them.
In terms of search engine optimization, cloaking is often referred to as a spamming technique. Cloaking uses speciﬁc software programs to send search engine spiders to alternative pages that are not seen by the end user. These pages are designed to mislead the spiders and return results based on these alternative pages rather the pages actually seen by the public. Some SEO Companies implement this practice as a way to obtain rankings. The practice of cloaking is considered by many to be a deceptive or spamming technique. Spamming is a serious offense in the eyes of the search engines and will likely result in the permanent banning of the site in question.
Conversion by Channel
This refers to the practice of assigning a conversion to the channel that drove it, rather than looking at conversions in the aggregate.
The inﬂuences and experiences that result in a purchase. Paths include online and ofﬂine touch points, such as a site visit, banner ads, product reviews, retail experience, and the like.
Conversion Path Analysis
This analysis tries to quantify the effectiveness of different elements that lead to conversion. When applied to large data sets, this method can highlight trends, but can be difﬁcult to implement effectively.
Items that are widely available where consumers can make a decision based on simple factors such as price, shipping, return policies, etc. Commodity based items are generally very competitive and involve little decision time for purchasers.
The percentage of visitors who make a desired action.
Conversion Reporting Contextual Link Inventory
Advertising networks have expanded their network distribution to include “contextual inventory.” Contextual or content inventory is generated when listings are displayed on pages of websites (usually not search engines), where the written content on the page indicates to the ad-server that the page is a good match to speciﬁc keywords and phrases. Often this matching method is validated by measuring the number of times a viewer clicks on the displayed ad. Tracks conversions and lead generation from search engine queries and tells you the originating engine, keywords, speciﬁc landing pages entered and the related conversions for each.
Online advertising ROI model in which return is based solely on qualifying actions such as sales or registrations as measured against the marketing costs associated with reaching that sale or registration.
An analysis of all natural and paid search engine trafﬁc. Analysis includes keywords used in each search, speciﬁc landing page paths and the resulting conversions, etc.
Search engines charge advertisers when users click on a “sponsored link” or pay-per-click ad. Per-click prices range from .10¢ to $10 and up depending on the popularity of the keyword triggering the ads.
CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods)
Examples of CPG include food & beverage, footwear, apparel, etc.
Applies to website design. Understanding how customers view and describe your site and designing navigation accordingly. Make ﬁnding the product on your site a pleasure rather than a pain: quick access to key categories, customer service, cross-channel capabilities and search.
CPM (Cost per Thousand Impressions)
An impression is when a visitor has the opportunity to see a banner ad or a webpage. CPM is the cost per 1000 impressions.
Keeping your customers from going to the competition. The rule of thumb is that it costs ﬁve to ten times less to keep a customer than it does to acquire a new one. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools are used to help increase the retention rate. Providing “preferred customer” discounts and specials is just one way to keep a customer base coming back.
Component of a search engine that gathers listings by automatically “crawling” the web. A search engine’s crawler (also called a spider or robot) follows links to webpages. It makes copies of the webpages found and stores these in the search engine’s index.
Facilitating sales by employing multiple channel methods. An example of a cross channel effort might be mailing a traditional catalog to consumers who then complete an order by visiting the website after browsing the catalog, while referring to the catalog.
Customer Touch Points
All of the physical, communication and human interactions that your company’s customers experience over their relationship lifecycle with your company.
A consumer sales promotion technique in which the manufacturer attempts to sell the consumer products related to a product the consumer already uses or is purchasing.
When pages are removed from a search engine’s index. This may happen because they have been banned or for other reasons, such as an accidental glitch on the search engine’s part.
Aligning the resources of your organization to effectively respond to the ever-changing needs of the customer, while building mutually proﬁtable relationships. The key principle of a customer-centric relationship is that of keeping the needs and wants of the customer base central to business decisions. Catering to the customer base leads to a successful business.
As it applies online, direct navigation refers to those visitors who know a domain name and will enter that name in their internet browsers, rather than having to rely on other online marketing efforts.
A channel whereby goods and services are sold directly from producer to ﬁnal user without involvement of other independent middlemen.
A type of search engine where listings are gathered through human efforts rather than by automated crawling of the web. In directories, websites are often reviewed and summarized in about 25 words and placed in a particular category.
The total of activities by which the seller, in effecting the exchange of goods and services with the buyer, directs efforts to a target audience using one or more media (direct selling, direct mail, telemarketing, direct-action advertising, catalog selling, cable selling, etc.) for the purpose of soliciting a response by phone, mail, or personal visit from a prospect or customer.
Doorway, gateway or bridge pages are low quality pages used to help increase rankings on speciﬁc key terms. These pages are often engine speciﬁc and are created by inserting the key terms in speciﬁc positions within the HTML code and text. These pages often contain repetitive key terms listed over and over, invisible text and other barred practices. Through the use of these practices a poor user experience is created.
Direct Response Advertising
An approach to the advertising message that includes a method of response such as an address or telephone number whereby members of the audience can respond directly to the advertiser in order to purchase a product or service offered in the advertising message.
Used to describe the rate in which customers who shop online fail to complete a purchase, or abandon the shopping cart.
Consumer goods that have a relatively long life cycle. Examples of durable goods include major appliances, furniture, cars.
Direct Response Transaction
Any correlation between an inﬂuencing factor (advertisement, buy now) and a customers response to take part in a transaction (sale, download a white paper).
The promotion of products or services via email.
Potential customers who know speciﬁcally what they are looking for and are ready to complete a purchase.
A term used by Google in its AdWords branded pay-per-click (PPC) advertising program. (Similar to standard match used by Yahoo.) When a PPC campaign manager speciﬁes a keyword be used in exact match, then his or her ad appears only when a Google user types that exact query. For example, if a shoe manufacturer speciﬁes an exact match keyword, “Manolo Blahnik shoe,” its ad would not show up for, “Blahnik shoe” or “leopard skin Manolo Blahnik.”
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Mobile terminology meaning: general packet radio service. Popular wireless internet technology that is different than what is currently called “wi-ﬁ.” This system allows cellular networks to use idle capacity for data transmission, sometimes even while voice data is transmitting. It allows access similar to wi-ﬁ, only via the cellular network. It is considered faster than 2G (second generation), but not as fast as 3G (third generation) networks.
The process in which Macromedia Flash movies—a staple of most corporate sites, supported by 98% of web surfers—are reworked to make content more “spiderable” by search engines. The focus of effective Flash optimization lies in optimizing not just the HTML code surrounding the Flash movie, but the Flash movie itself.
Graphical Search Inventory
Banners and other advertising units which can be synchronized to search keywords. Includes pop-ups, browser toolbars and rich media.
Mobile terminology: a global system for mobile communications primarily a European standard now being supported by some U.S. companies. GSM is the most popular system in the world with more than a billion subscribers in 85 countries.
A webpage created expressly in hopes of ranking well for a term in a search engine’s non-paid listings; it does not deliver much information to those viewing it. See Doorway Page.
The ability to determine what geographical area your web trafﬁc is originating from.
Mobile terminology meaning: handheld device markup language. A web design language that can be used only on Openwave browsers.
Geographical targeting focuses marketing. Often, marketing analytics will provide insight on where companies should focus. Local search marketing is a tactic used for geo targeting.
Provides a way for pages to be ﬁlled with enormous amounts of key term text. This easily detectable spamming technique is considered by some to be appealing to the search engine spiders. When discovered, hidden text can cause major problems including penalties or even banning.
Refers to a method of customer service/interaction whereby a company provides several points of communication with customers. Often a critical element to the successful sale of ‘considered’ purchases, those items with higher prices or durable goods.
Units of the product sold to retailers or consumers through a sales promotion effort over and above the amount that would have been sold in the absence of the promotional deal.
The collection of information a search engine has that searchers can query against. With crawler-based search engines, the indexes are typically copies of all webpages they have found from crawling the web. With human-powered directories, the index contains the summaries of all websites that have been categorized.
Request from a web server for a graphic or other element displayed on a webpage. Every time an internet user calls a page, there are dozens of hits recorded.
Mobile terminology meaning: high-speed downlink packet access. Faster than 3G (third generation) networks although often still classiﬁed as a 3G process; promises 10Mbps versus two. In keeping with a travel metaphor, HSDPA must be warp speed, if more typical 3G technologies are bullet trains.
Search engines scan their databases for webpages related to keywords. Found URLs are listed, thereby creating indexed pages that identify these URL’s and store those pages in their indexes. A website’s pages strive to be indexed so they appear in search engine results listings.
Mobile terminology meaning: a mobile device is capable of accessing HTML coded sites.
Any person or persons researching or browsing a web site for general information on the industry or general product/service. (see also Browser)
A single view of an online advertisement being displayed. When a visitor has the opportunity to see a banner ad or a web page that is a single impression: the slang of this is “pairs of eyeballs.”
All the links pointing at a particular webpage.
Internet marketing will mean different things to different people depending on their situation. Internet marketing is a conduit that enables customers to interact with your business from any computer connected to the web. In terms of search engine optimization, Internet marketing involves any and all steps taken to increase the rankings and positions of your site for returned queries. The reach of internet marketing, also known as site promotion, website promotion and search engine |marketing provides ample opportunities for companies to increase their market share.
Mobile terminology meaning: kilobytes per second. This refers to the speed of data transfer.
Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
Also known as key success indicators (KSI), KPIs help an organization deﬁne and measure its progress toward organizational goals. A quantiﬁable measurement agreed to before a campaign begins that will deﬁne success.
The word (or words) a searcher enters into a search engine’s search box. Can be used to refer to the words a search engine marketer hopes will lead to a particular page. Also called search term, query terms or query.
Internet Marketing Consultant
An internet marketing consultant is an individual who assesses a site, and using their knowledge of the search engines, develops a plan of action to help optimize the site. In addition to consulting, many internet marketing consultants also provide search engine optimization services. An internet marketing consultant may also be referred to as an SEO professional or SEO specialist.
Keyword marketing is simply ﬁnding a way to put your message in front of the people who are searching on the internet using particular keywords and keyword phrases. Keyword marketing is an important element of search engine optimization. Without proper keyword marketing, a great deal of the effectiveness of a marketing strategy can be lost.
Internet promotion relates to any steps taken by a company or individual to promote their site on the internet. The scope of internet promotion includes everything from television and radio spots to billboard and magazine advertisements. Internet promotion, as it relates to search engine optimization, consists of any and all measures taken to help increase the rankings of a particular site. Internet promotion techniques will vary depending on the SEO ﬁrm you choose. Search engine optimization services, website promotion and website marketing are a few of the other names for internet promotion.
Keyword submission is most notably associated with pay-per-click search engine optimization services. Keyword submission provides immediate short-term results. With a pay-per-click agreement, the advertiser will only pay for qualifying clicks to the site based on a per-click rate. Keyword submission does not require any changes to be made to an existing site.
The speciﬁc webpage that a visitor reaches after clicking a search engine listing, pay-per-click ad or banner ad. Marketers attempt to improve conversion rates by testing various landing page creative approaches, which encompass the entire user experience including: navigation, layout, promotional offer and copy.
A sales process that requires very little interaction between a retailer and a consumer. Often can be applied to CPG purchases or commodity based products.
A marketing program that recognizes and rewards customers based on their purchasing behavior. Key to successful customer retention and a critical element of customer relationship management (CRM) strategies.
By linking all future purchases back to a speciﬁc campaign or visitor’s acquisition source, it is possible to measure the true value of a new customer. In many cases, even with an effective search engine marketing campaign, the ﬁrst sale to a particular customer may not be proﬁtable. However, if that new customer becomes a repeat customer, the campaign could be very proﬁtable over a 12 to 36 month period.
A reduction in selling price.
The difference between the selling price and the cost of an item.
A raw count of how “popular” a page is, based on the number of backlinks it has. It does not factor in link context or link quality, which are also important elements in how search engines make use of links to impact rankings.
The process of dividing the total market into smaller sections based on shared characteristics.
Marketing Analytics Link Text
The text that is contained within a link. The use of online information to evaluate and improve marketing strategies and tactics.
The information that appears on a search engine’s results page in response to a search.
Mobile terminology meaning: megabytes per second. This refers to the speed of data transfer.
Long-term action implemented to achieve a broad strategy. These require more upfront investment and longer lead time… personalization features, loyalty and direct marketing programs.
Meta Description Tag
Allows page authors to say how they would like their pages described when listed by search engines. Not all search engines use the tag.
Meta Keywords Tag
Allows page authors to add text to a page to help with the search engine ranking process. Not all search engines use the tag.
Selling in more than one channel simultaneously—selling in retail stores, on websites, through a catalog, etc.
Natural Optimization / Listings
Another way to say organic listings. Search engines do not sell these listings. The listings appear because a search engine has deemed it editorially important for them to be included.
Meta Robots Tag
Allows page authors to keep their webpages from being indexed by search engines, especially helpful for those who cannot create “robots.txt” ﬁles.
Natural Search Engine Optimization
Your site will achieve optimum visibility in natural search engine results; the place where more than 80 percent of your potential customers will look. Best practices should include professional copywriting, technical analysis, keyword targeting and day-to-day support.
Meta Search Engine
A search engine that gets listings from two or more other search engines, rather than through its own efforts.
Meta tags are the descriptive terms used within the HTML code of a webpage that provide a summary of the page’s content for a search engine spider. In the early days of the internet, web masters often stuffed their Meta tags with popular keywords unrelated to their sites in order to gain trafﬁc. The practice of abusing Meta tags in order to gain trafﬁc on keywords unrelated to your site is considered Spam. Most search engines no longer use Meta tags in their ranking algorithms because of the past abuses of web masters. Often however, Meta tags may be used by search engines to display information about a webpage in the search results pages.
A term used by Google in its AdWords branded pay-per-click (PPC) advertising program. Used also by Yahoo. Negative matches allow PPC campaign managers to focus Google’s broad match or Yahoo’s advanced match features. Managers designate keywords that prevent an ad from showing. For example, a shoe manufacturer may designate “brake” as a negative match so that its ad doesn’t show up for “brake shoe.” “Drill” would be a good negative match for a jewelry retailer to use for the keyword “diamond,” to keep from putting ads in front of people looking for “diamond drill bits.”
Measurements, collections of data about activities, resources and/or deliverables.
A search feature speciﬁc to the website. The onsite search can be used by consumers to ﬁnd speciﬁc products through keyword queries. The onsite search used properly is instrumental in both customer-centric navigation and active merchandising.
Mobile terminology meaning: multimedia message service. This provides ring tones, wallpapers, animated icons, animated jokes, and small videos on request.
Optimization services consist of any service that a search engine optimization company offers designed to improve the positioning of a site with one or more of the search engines. Optimization services provide a platform from which potential clients may be introduced to a new site. Optimization services encompass a variety of services and techniques including site redesign, optimization of meta and alt tags, and more. The term optimization services is also referred to as: Site Optimization, Internet Promotion and Search Engine Placement Service.
Listings that search engines do not sell (unlike paid listings). Instead, sites appear solely because a search engine has deemed it editorially important for them to be included, regardless of payment. Paid inclusion content is also often considered “organic” even though it is paid for. This is because that content usually appears intermixed with unpaid organic results.
directories, you can increase the position of your site among the rankings. These listings are typically served at the top of a results page giving companies the opportunity to be in a premium spot above the rest of the “basic” paid listings. The beneﬁts of this type of paid inclusion include faster listing times, more access to your listing when changes needed to be made, as well as better overall reporting on those who click through to your site. Remember, paid inclusion in no way means that your site receives any sort of ranking privileges within the engine. Those sites that purchase paid inclusion get just that, a listing within the database of site results and optimization is still needed to create an effective listing—so don’t be fooled.
Listings that search engines sell to advertisers, usually through paid placement or paid inclusion. In contrast, organic listings are not sold.
Advertising program where listings are guaranteed to appear in response to particular search terms, with higher ranking typically obtained by paying more than other advertisers. Paid placement listings can be purchased from a portal or a search network. Search networks are often set up in an auction environment where keywords and phrases are associated with a cost-per-click (CPC) fee. Yahoo! and Google are the largest networks, but MSN and other portals sometimes sell paid placement listings directly as well. Portal sponsorships are also a type of paid placement.
Links on a particular webpage leading to other webpages, whether they are within the same website or other websites.
Paid inclusion refers to a fee based listing that occurs with several of the major search engines and directories including Yahoo, LookSmart, Teoma, Ask, Alta Vista, Lycos, Inktomi and FAST. The fees for paid inclusion range from a “per URL” cost for each page to a one-time fee for a directory listing. In addition to paying for inclusion within their listings, the engines and directories are instituting additional opportunities for companies to receive better placement within listing results. By paying an even higher sum of money to these engines and
The pay-per-click system works on the premise of paying for a ﬁxed position through a bidding system within the engine. The cost of maintaining this ﬁxed position can range from mere pennies per click to well over $10.00 depending on the amount of competition for that speciﬁc keyword. The more competitive the market and keywords, the more you will pay to have that user visit your site. Pay-per-click campaigns are typically short-term solutions. Funds can be eaten up quickly, and when you run out of funds, your paid placement is over. Unlike traditional search engine optimization, the longevity of a pay-per-click campaign is only as long as you can fund it. Pay-per-click also carries the risk of click fraud. Click fraud is the simple act of a competitor clicking away on your listing, running up your costs without return.
The use of segmentation as a foundation for dynamically populating onsite. For example, a site showing recently viewed products at the homepage might include a different introduction and brand messaging at the homepage for a new customer compared to the messaging and offers for return shoppers.
A term used by Google in its AdWords branded pay-per-click (PPC) advertising program. When a PPC campaign manager speciﬁes a keyword be used in phrase match, then his/her ad appears when a Google user types a query that uses that combination of words in that order. Other words may precede or follow the phrase, but the phrase itself must be intact. For example, a shoe manufacturer designating phrase match for the keyword string “Manolo Blahnik shoes” would have an ad appear for “Manolo Blahnik shoes for evening” but not “Manolo Blahnik evening shoes.”
Pay-Per-Click Advertising Management
Success in paid search marketing requires high-touch and high-tech service. Best practices should include keyword analysis, strategic planning, competitive evaluation, ad copywriting, budgeting, analytics, performance tracking and landing page development.
How well a particular webpage or website is listed in search engine results; positions 1-10 are the most visible. Visibility drops to negligible rates for positions below 30.
Pay For Performance
Term popularized by some search engines as a synonym for pay-per-click, stressing to advertisers that they are only paying for ads that “perform” in terms of delivering trafﬁc, as opposed to CPM-based ads, where ads cost money, even if they don’t generate a click.
Reports tracking position movement based upon your initial benchmark position for each keyword along with daily changes and indexed URL’s.
Post Visit Opportunities
The efforts made by online retailers after a consumer has visited the site. Examples of this might include newsletters, follow-up e-mail campaigns, mailing catalogs, etc.
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How well a particular webpage or website is listed in a search engine’s results. For example, a webpage about pears may be listed in response to a query for “pears.” However, “rank” indicates exactly where it was listed—be it on the ﬁrst page of results, the second page or perhaps the 200th page. Alternatively, it might also be said to be ranked ﬁrst among all results, or 12th, or 111th. Overall, saying a page is “listed” only means that it can be found within a search engine in response to a query, not that it necessarily ranks well for that query. Also called position.
Professional Search Engine Optimization
Professional search engine optimization is optimization that has been done by an individual or company in the search engine optimization ﬁeld. The main goal of professional search engine optimization is to increase the trafﬁc and placement of a site. Professional search engine optimization should be in accord with current search engine optimization best practices and work to help create better rankings through the implementation of these techniques.
A link exchange between two sites.
The act of submitting a URL for inclusion into a search engine’s index.
Promotional domains exist as alternative domains that are often located on the SEO provider’s own server. These promotional domains are secondary domains, but are integrated with the main domain so the spiders visit them. Promotional domains are often built if the primary domain has had past problems with the engines and does not wish to risk future problems. One of the major drawbacks of promotional domains is the fact that these promotional domains will not brand your primary domain, which is one of the main goals of a good search engine optimization program.
A daily snapshot of all your online activity through an RSS feed. See www.oneupweb.com/setuprss for more information.
After a user enters a search query, the page that is displayed is called the results page. It may also be called SERP, for “search engine results page.”
The words (or word) a searcher enters into a search engine’s search box. Also used to refer to terms that a marketer hopes will ﬁnd a particular page. Also called keywords. Component of search engine that gathers listings by automatically “crawling” the web. A search engine’s robot (also called a spider or crawler), follows links to webpages. It makes copies of the webpages found and stores these in the search engine’s index.
A ﬁle used to keep webpages from being indexed by search engines. The Google Robots Exclusion page provides ofﬁcial details.
Search Engine Marketing
Search engine marketing ventures are endeavors taken to help increase the rankings and visibility of a site. The scope of search engine marketing is vast in its applications and implementations. Also known as website marketing, internet marketing and website promotion; search engine marketing can help create a solid internet foundation on which a business can build.
Stands for “Return On Investment” and refers to the percentage of proﬁt or revenue generated from a speciﬁc activity. For example, one might measure the ROI of a paid campaign by adding up the total amount spent on the campaign (say $200) versus the amount generated from it in revenue (say $1,000). The ROI would then be 500 percent.
Search Engine Optimization
The process of choosing targeted and relevant keywords and keyword phrases related to a site and driving trafﬁc to that site based upon those keywords and keyword phrases is known as search engine optimization. Search engine optimization methods provide a conduit through which businesses and potential clients are able to become aware of each other. Search engine optimization involves making the pages of a site more easily accessible to search engine spiders and emphasizing the key topics relating to a speciﬁc site. Search engine optimization is also often referred to as SEO, search engine positioning and search engine promotion.
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RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a format for syndicating news or other content.
Search Engine Optimization Company
A search engine optimization company is a company that provides services associated with search engine optimization. The main job of a search engine optimization company is to generate trafﬁc and rankings for its clients. These optimization services will vary in style, technique and delivery depending on the company.
Any service designed to allow users to search the web or a specialized database of information. Web search engines generally have paid listings and organic listings.
Search Engine Optimization Consultants
Search engine optimization consultants are individuals or companies who analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a site as it pertains to the various search engines. Search engine optimization consultants use their knowledge to suggest possible solutions to help increase the rankings of a particular site. Many search engine optimization consultants also perform SEO services as well. Search engine optimization consultants may also be referred to as SEO professionals or SEO specialists.
Search Engine Optimization Strategy
A search engine optimization strategy is an approach or methodology used to help increase the rankings of a speciﬁc site. A search engine optimization strategy should be speciﬁc and individualized to a site depending on the needs of the site. Often referred to as site promotion or website optimization, a search engine optimization strategy provides a sturdy platform from which to start the optimization process.
Search Engine Placement
Like search engine optimization and search engine positioning, search engine placement is a term that is used to describe the process used by SEO ﬁrms to obtain rankings for their clients. Search engine placement also refers to the position of a site within a search engine of directory query. Search engine placement is often synonymous with search engine positioning and search engine optimization.
Search Engine Optimization Firm
A search engine optimization ﬁrm is a company whose major revenue is obtained through search engine optimization services. The main responsibility of a search engine optimization ﬁrm is to obtain trafﬁc for sites as a result of search engine queries. Search engine optimization ﬁrms are also referred to as internet marketing consultants or as SEO professionals.
Search Engine Placement Service
Search engine placement services are those methods implemented by SEO companies to help clients achieve rankings on one or more of the search engines. These search engine placement services are designed to help guide search engine users to sites relevant to their searching criteria. Search Engine Placement Service is also referred to as internet promotion, search engine optimization services, website promotion and website marketing.
Search Engine Optimization Software Systems
Search engine optimization software systems are reasonably priced software systems that allow marketers to easily generate site data including individual page URL’s. Popular among entrepreneurs and small business managers, these systems also allow the launch of a custom submission schedule, automatically. Software systems can be a valuable tool when properly used. However, they can actually cause more harm than good when used improperly.
Search Engine Positioning
Search engine positioning refers to the ordering process that search engines and directories use to deliver relevant results to queries. Search engine positioning is also known as search engine optimization, search engine promotion and SEO optimization. Better positions are gained through either search engine optimization, pay-per-click or a number of other methods.
Search Engine Promotion
Search engine promotion is a term that can be used to describe the different techniques that are often employed by SEO companies to help sites achieve high rankings. Search engine promotion provides a cost-effective manner for sites to reach potential clientele. Search engine promotion is often equated with search engine positioning, search engine placement and search engine optimization.
Search Marketing Analytics
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Search Engine Ranking Report
A search engine ranking report is a documented report of the rankings of your top keywords in the major search engines. This search engine ranking report will give you a way to track the progress of your search engine optimization campaign and provide you with valuable information about future steps that may need to be taken. Most SEO companies will be able to provide you with some type of search engine ranking report. These reports will be updated at a variety of intervals depending on your SEO ﬁrm. A search engine ranking report is updated monthly, weekly or even daily depending on the SEO ﬁrm you choose.
The words (or word) a searcher enters into a search engine’s search box. Also used to refer to the terms a marketer hopes will ﬁnd a particular page. Also called keywords, query terms or query.
The regular changes occurring in the production or sales of products due to such factors as climate, vacations, holidays and customs.
Acronym for search engine marketing and may also be used to refer to a person or company that does search engine \marketing. See Search Engine Marketing.
Search Engine Registration
Search engine registration is the process by which search engines and directories are informed that a new site or page needs to be indexed. Search engine registration is also known as search engine submission, website submission, URL submission and keyword submission.
Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization. This is a non-proﬁt entity formed to increase the awareness of, and educate people in, the value of search engine marketing.
SEO is the abbreviation often used to describe search engine optimization. SEO is also often referred to as SEO optimization.
An abbreviation used to describe a search engine optimization company. Also referred to as SEO ﬁrms or search engine optimization ﬁrm.
SEO Services is a term used to describe the many different outputs offered by SEO companies. SEO services are numerous and diverse in their techniques and effectiveness and can range from the very basic to the extremely in-depth and thorough. SEO services are also referred to as SEO optimization, site promotion, keyword marketing and website promotion services.
An abbreviation for the term search engine optimization ﬁrms; used to describe ﬁrms that provide search engine optimization services. SEO ﬁrms are also referred to as search engine optimization ﬁrms, internet marketing consultants or as SEO professionals.
An SEO specialist is someone with extensive knowledge and the ability to perform search engine optimization techniques. An SEO specialist is versed in the intricacies of the different engines and is able to adapt accordingly. An SEO specialist is also often referred to as an internet marketing consultant or as an SEO professional.
SEO optimization is often used to describe the work done by SEO companies. This work often consists of in-depth analysis of a site in addition to redesign and/or suggestions to improve the site. Many companies use SEO optimization as a way to help drive targeted trafﬁc to their site. Search engine optimization, SEO and search engine placement are other phrases often substituted for SEO optimization.
SEO strategies or search engine optimization strategies are the techniques and plans used by SEO ﬁrms to gain higher rankings in the search engines. Search engine optimization ﬁrms and companies will use one technique or a set of techniques in their SEO strategies. Some of the techniques nclude optimizing HTML code, cloaking, paid inclusion, doorway pages and more.
SEO professionals are those individuals who work in the search engine optimization ﬁeld. These individuals possess the knowledge and ability to carry out search engine optimization techniques. SEO professionals are also sometimes referred to as internet marketing consultants or SEO specialists.
Search Engine Results Page. After a user enters a search query, the page that is displayed is called the results page, or SERPs.
Shopping Cart Abandonment
Term used to describe when customers shop online, but fail to complete a purchase.
Shopping search engines allow shoppers to look for products and prices in a search environment. Premium placement can be purchased on some shopping search indices.
An evaluation of the components of a usable website; the ability to use the site and understand the content. Site usability entails detailed study of customer interaction with a website in order to create navigation that leads to greater success and higher conversion rates.
Short-term action undertaken to achieve implementation of a broader strategy. These temporary tactics are meant to spur action on the part of the customer such as price drops, free shipping offer and seasonal events.
Stock Keeping Unit. An identiﬁcation number assigned to a unique item by the retailer. The SKU may be an internal number to that retailer or may be tied to an item’s UPC (Uniform Product Code).
Site Level Conversion
A conversion that occurs on the website (can extend beyond a purchase to include newsletter sign-ups, contact form ﬁll out, white paper download, etc.)
Smart Search™ Services
As your search marketing partners, Oneupweb continually seeks to understand your customers’ online behaviors by reaching beyond the obvious. Smart Search™ Services refers to specialized marketing services based upon sound practices developed from traditional media experience combined with years of online search engine marketing. They serve to extend your brand and reach. These services include: eyeGroups™, PReach™ and A:B Labs™, among others.
Site optimization services include the many different techniques used by search engine optimization companies to help clients achieve rankings on the different search engines. Site optimization is used as a way to introduce potential business to a site. Site optimization strategies vary from one SEO ﬁrm to the next and can include both accepted and unaccepted optimization strategies. The term site optimization is also referred to as: Optimization Services, Internet Promotion and Search Engine Placement Service.
Mobile terminology: short message service. This provides simple information such as weather, stock quotes, sports scores, ﬂight information upon request, etc.
Site promotion includes all of the steps that a website takes to help increase trafﬁc, name recognition and business. Site promotion includes, but is not limited to, search engine optimization. Also referred to as internet marketing, website optimization and a variety of other terms, site promotion provides a platform to introduce potential customers to new businesses.
Search engine optimization software systems are reasonably priced software systems that allow you to easily generate your site data including individual page URL’s. These software systems have proven to be popular among entrepreneurs and small business managers. These systems also allow you to create your own custom submission schedule that is automatically launched from your computer. Search engine optimization software systems can be a valuable tool when properly used. However, they can actually cause more harm than good when used improperly.
A term used primarily by Yahoo in its pay-per-click (PPC) advertising program. (Similar to exact match used by Google.) When a PPC campaign manager speciﬁes a k eyword be used in standard match, then his/her ad will appear whenever a Yahoo user types that exact query. For example, if a jewelry retailer speciﬁes “diamond engagement ring,” its ad would not show up for, “diamond ring,” “engagement ring,” or “custom diamond engagement ring.”
Clearly detailing the steps in the checkout process so the customer knows exactly where they are in the purchasing process.
Any search engine marketing method that a search engine deems to be detrimental to its efforts to deliver relevant, quality search results. Some search engines have written guidelines about what they consider to be spamming, but ultimately any activity a particular search engine deems harmful may be considered spam, whether or not there are published guidelines against it.
Submissions to search engines are a key part of search engine optimization. Submissions are done when you, your web master, or your SEO ﬁrm submit your site to a search engine in order to be included in the index or directory. The submission process should be done carefully and by someone who is very familiar with the current rules of each search engine. Stay away from automated submissions as they often cause more harm than good to an SEO campaign.
Component of a search engine that gathers listings by automatically “spidering” the web. A search engine’s spider (also called a crawler or robot), follows links to webpages. It makes copies of the webpages found and stores these in the search engine’s index.
Mobile terminology meaning: time division multiple access. This is similar to GPRS in that it allows data to travel cellular networks by dividing up channels into time slots.
The title tag is the most important overall component of search engine optimization. In addition to the fact that title tags are given great consideration by all the search engines, title tags are also important because they are usually the hyperlinked sentences that lead to the site from the search engine results pages (SERPs). Because of this, in addition to being optimized, title tags must also be appealing so users will click on them.
The load on a communications device or system. The amount of visits to a website.
When tracking the amount of trafﬁc on a website, it refers to a person who visits a website. Regardless of how many times a visitor returns to a site, a unique visitor is counted only once.
Every contact a customer has with your brand and site. Touch points represent an opportunity to fulﬁll your brand promise and foster the overall brand experience.
Uniform Product Code. A coding system that facilitates scanning, item level inventory and identiﬁcation. UPC-A is the most common barcode used in retail product marking in North America.
There are three basic levels of trademark poaching: 1) An ad is purchased to trigger on another brand’s trademark. There’s no mention of the brand in the ad, but they are trying to take advantage of the marketing done by the brand. 2) The trademark is used in the text of someone else’s ad. This is one of the only times that some PPC engines will step in on behalf of the brand as this does violate the terms of service (TOS). 3) A combination of both the previous tactics is used to create confusion amongst consumers, leading them to believe that the competitor is actually the brand sought.
A procedure designed to get more money at the point of sale. You implement it by offering your customers an upgraded product or related item. Can also occur post initial sale in an effort to retain customers. By offering a product or service meant to compliment the original purchase, a company has the opportunity to both increase revenue and maintain a strong customer relationship.
Trademark Infringement Tool
A proprietary tool of ROI trax that hunts through search engine paid search results and seeks out instances of trademark infringement on a daily basis. When an infringement is found, a snapshot is taken and can be used as evidence to challenge the person or company responsible for the misuse of your brand. This tool enables corporations to quickly and easily identify and take action against brand abuse. It identiﬁes lost revenue due to diversion of website trafﬁc, similar domain names and copycat sites, and unauthorized linking relationships.
The unique added value an organization offers customers through its operations.
A situation in which an industrial product is used by only one or a very few industry or trade groups. The market is narrow, but deep in the sense that most prospective customers in the industry may need the article or product. Vertical Markets serve a speciﬁc niche.
The differentiating of users to a site perhaps by categories like age, sex, etc.
Website marketing encompasses everything that is done in the attempt to promote a site. As it pertains to search engine optimization, website marketing includes any measures taken to help increase the positioning and ranking of a site within search engines or directories. Website marketing is also often referred to as website optimization and internet marketing.
Visuals that move beyond the product image. Examples might include wardrobe: shop-the-outﬁt functionalities that allow visitors to select, view and buy in a single screen or “mix and match” and simultaneously edit. Another is “view in a room” (think of furniture shopping) which helps shoppers visualize select products in a photo-realistic environment.
Website optimization services include the many different techniques used by search engine optimization companies to help clients achieve rankings on the different search engines. Website optimization is used as a way to introduce potential business to a site. The strategies used to implement website optimization will vary from one SEO ﬁrm to the next and can include both accepted and unaccepted optimization strategies.
A generic term used to describe analysis of website trafﬁc and performance. Technology that tracks and organizes visitor activity on the internet including, but not limited to: • Number of unique visitors that visit a site (unique trafﬁc) • Number of visitors to a site, not unique (gross trafﬁc) • Number of times a visitor views a page (page views) • Number of times the loading of a page requests information from a server (hits) • Amount of sales generated by a website (sales) • Number of interactive actions performed by visitors such as subscribing to a newsletter, downloading a white paper, applying for employment, requesting information (conversions) • Percentage of unique trafﬁc that purchased (conversion rate) • Advanced systems have data covering click fraud, trademark, search engine positions, etc. Very often the technology will organize the data into charts and graphs covering a period of time.
Website promotion includes anything that is done to help promote a site. As it pertains to search engine optimization, website promotion includes any measures taken to help increase the positioning or ranking of a site within search engines or directories. Website promotion relating to search engine optimization has many facets including keyword marketing, keyword submission and site promotion among others.
Website Promotion Services
As it relates to search engine optimization, website promotion services are those services designed to help increase the visibility of a site through search engine optimization. Website promotion services may also be conveyed as a search engine optimization strategy, as search engine marketing or website optimization.
Website submission is the act of supplying a search engine or directory with a URL in an attempt to make the search engine or directory aware of a site or page. Website submissions are a search engine optimization technique that can help guide search engines and directories to more quickly ﬁnd and index important pages within a site.
eXtensible Markup Language. A form of paid inclusion where a search engine is “fed” information about pages via XML, rather than gathering that information through crawling actual pages. Marketers can pay to have their pages included in a spider based search index either annually per URL or on a CPC basis, based on an XML document representing each page on the client site. New media types are being introduced into paid inclusion, including graphics, video, audio and rich media.
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