Search engine optimization (SEO) is the most important aspect of any Internet marketing strategy. There is so much to be gained for a website that shows up for keywords that will bring the target market to them instead of continuously having to pay to reach their target market. Not taking advantage of optimizing your website can result in a loss in sales and customers. Sure you might not be able to match the budget of a fortune 500 company in terms of advertising spending but they probably don’t have the budget to match your business on the local level. SEO optimization is a strategy in which a website can obtain higher rankings in search engines such as Google and Bing. This may be achieved in a variety of different ways because of the complexity that goes into Googles algorithm. SEO companies will use a variety of strategies to create one well orchestrated SEO campaign. There are a few common elements that every website owner should consider when trying to optimize their website for search engines. This includes being cognizant of factors such as keyword density, META tags, titles and inbound links. Keyword density is a very common SEO strategy and essentially involves using relevant keywords in the content, title, alt tags, and meta description to demonstrate the relevance of these keywords to the the search engine. This is important because search engines are likely to give a higher ranking to webpages with optimal keyword densities. Search engines tend to also take into consideration social factors such as the number of shares content receives, like, comments, and backlinks. I would also believe that Google takes into consideration on page elements such as time on the page and the bounce rate. Another important factor for websites that implement SEO is inbound links. Inbound links are links that point from other websites and direct traffic to your website. These links are considered important because they place a value on how relevant the webpage they’re pointing to is. It’s like referring a business to a friend. Its important to obtain links from relevant and high quality websites. If you obtain a lot of low quality links or have another website spam links to your website then your website will suffer. SEO is about long term results and staying relevant to search engines for years so you can continuously receive leads. Don’t jeopardize this opportunity. If you need clients now then stick with pay-per-click, networking, or cold calling. SEO is so important because most people begin their search for a new product or service on search engines. Internet users tend to trust search engines to serve the most relevant content first and are not likely to visit a website that doesn’t show up on the first page. They’re more likely to revise their search then to continue looking. If you don’t invest in search engine optimization you will unfortunately miss out and a lot of new customers.