The Advantages of SEO – 11 Important Facts You Need To Know

The advantages of SEO as a source of traffic are many. Here are 11 reasons why search engine traffic is the best option for growing your online business.

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#1 - SEO Targets Quality Traffic

When people visit search engines 99% of the time they are either looking for information or trying to solve a problem.

And that means that when they type a query into Google and find your web page, they are already interested in what you have to offer.

This means that traffic from Google and other search engines is high quality traffic.

Compare this with conventional advertising, where you attempt to interrupt your target audience with ads that they don’t want to see. 

In conventional advertising, your target didn't ask to see your information: they probably find your ads annoying and most likely they will tune out to them. 

But with SEO it's entirely different: they are actively looking for your information and so they are 10 times more receptive to what you have to offer.

In a nutshell, SEO delivers higher quality traffic than any other channel on the Internet.

#2 - SEO Works For You 24/7, 365

Another of the advantages of SEO is that it works for you around the clock, every day of the year.

Put simply: SEO is passive traffic.

There’s a sizable investment in effort when you create a piece of content but once it’s ranked on Google, it can go on generating traffic for months, if not years.

Contrast this with paid advertising: once you stop paying for the ad, your traffic stream dries up.

#3 - SEO Attracts Targeted Leads

Once you have a piece of content ranked at the top of the search results, just add an opt-in form and a compelling lead magnet, and you have an endless stream of new leads flowing into your funnel.

Not only that, but the leads you get from SEO are of much higher quality than the leads you get from paid ads. The leads from SEO represent people who are actively looking for what your business offers.

And those leads keep coming in, around the clock: once you’ve set it up, there’s nothing more you need to do. It’s lead generation on auto-pilot.

That’s why leads generated from SEO are the most cost-effective. According to research by SurveyAnyplace, leads from SEO content marketing are the lowest cost-per-lead compared to other digital marketing channels:

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#4 - Results in Higher Conversion Rates

People who find your content in a search engine are actively looking for the kind of solutions you offer. So it should come as no surprise that SEO has much higher conversion rates that conventional advertising.

SmartBugMedia reports that SEO has an average conversion rate of 14.6% compared with an average conversion rate of 1.7% for direct mail and print advertising.

#5 - Boosts Your Credibility

Credibility in you and your brand is another of the key advantages of SEO.

People trust the algorithms that search engines use to rank the results on a search query. That’s why the top three results on Google get a massive 75% of all the clicks.

And because people trust the algorithms to give them the best results, it means that when they see your page listed at the top of the search results, you and your website get a huge credibility boost.

#6 - Helps Build Brand Awareness

Users may not click on your link in the search results. But the mere fact of seeing your web pages over and over again in Google search creates brand awareness for your website.

SEO and branding are so intertwined that there’s even a term for it: SEO branding

And because SEO is free, the business of branding through SEO really is a level-playing field. If you can create outstanding content, you can outrank big companies with much bigger budgets than yours (at least for long tail keywords).

#7 - SEO Can Be Measured

As Peter Drucker once said: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”. A huge advantage of SEO is that everything you do can be measured down to the most granular detail.

Landing page performance, top viewed posts, pageviews, organic click-through rate, organic bounce rate, organic conversion rate (by landing page, by location, by device, by browser), top exit pages, and keyword position are just some of a multitude of metrics that can be measured in SEO.

And because you can measure these things, that means you can identify what works and what doesn’t work and constantly improve the performance of your content.

Of course, I should mention here that in measuring your SEO you have at your disposal (completely free of charge) what must be the most advanced and sophisticated analytics platform on the Internet: Google Analytics.

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#8 - Targets Every Stage of The Buyer Journey

One of the biggest advantages of SEO is that it allows you to make contact with your target audience at every stage in the buyer journey.

Once you understand searcher intent and the different kinds of keywords that correspond to the different stages in the buyer journey (navigational, informational, and transactional) you can create content that will find your potential customers wherever they are in their buyer journey.

This ability of SEO to find your customers at every stage of the conversion funnel is called customer-centric engagement. It stands in sharp contrast to paid advertising which is much less attuned to where your customers are right now.

#9 - Leads to Better User Experience

In 2015, Google introduced a machine learning-based algorithm called RankBrain. One of the things that RankBrain does is to measure user satisfaction. In SEO jargon, this is called ‘user experience’ or UX.

Although no one (outside of Google) knows exactly how RankBrain works, it most likely measures user experience by monitoring these four metrics:

  • Organic Click-Through-Rate
  • Dwell Time
  • Bounce Rate
  • Pogo-sticking

Organic CTR is the number of clicks you get from your SERP snippet.

Dwell time is the amount of time a visitor spends on your page.

Bounce rate is the rate at which visitors leave your page without visiting any other page on your website or interacting in any way with your page.

And pogo-sticking is what happens when a visitor lands on your page, realizes your page doesn't answer their query and goes back to the search results to find another page that does answer their query.

To perform well in SEO, your web pages have to perform well, as measured by these four metrics.

So, a by-product of SEO is that you end up with a website that gives your user a better than average user experience.

#10 - Builds Your Email List Fast

SEO has the ability to grow your list fast. When people find your web pages in the search engines, they’re looking for information - and very often they want as much information as they can get hold of.

One way to collect email addresses is to offer a downloadable report, checklist, or swipe file that contains more information than your web page offers.

This is called a ‘content upgrade’. 

Here’s an example of a content upgrade. Let’s say you publish an article about ‘stop words’ in SEO. And somewhere in the article you offer your readers a list of 500 SEO stop words.

That’s something your readers will most likely want to have. But to get it, they need to provide an email address (because you need somewhere to send it).

If you create powerful lead magnets on every page of your website, each one tailored to the particular content of that page, you have a mechanism for rapidly building your email list.

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#11 - Reduces Your Advertising Costs

This may seem obvious but it's worth making the point: the more traffic you get from SEO, the less dependent you’ll be on paid advertising.

Of course, the benefit of SEO is not just that you’ll be spending less on advertising: you also get much better quality leads from SEO than you do from advertising. To put it another way, the leads you get from SEO convert at a much higher rate than they do from paid advertising.

Conclusion

Here again are the thirteen advantages of SEO:

  • targets quality traffic
  • works for you around the clock, every day of the year
  • Brings quality leads
  • results in higher conversion rates
  • boosts your credibility
  • helps establish brand awareness
  • can be measured (and therefore improved)
  • targets every stage of your buying funnel
  • leads to better user experience
  • helps build your email list fast
  • reduces your advertising costs
  • gets more clicks than ppc
  • results in mobile-friendly websites

SEO is like an investment - it takes time, but it pays big dividends in the end.

Last updated on August 5th, 2021 at 04:42 pm

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