What is your most effective Search Engine Marketing (SEM) tip?


Let's hear your most effective SEM tip.

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asked May 16 '10 at 07:35
Mark Bao
604 points
Top digital marketing agency for SEO, content marketing, and PR: Demand Roll

2 Answers


Effective for PPC & besides Test, Test, Test

Make sure you align your keywords, ad text, and landing pages. Don't bid on keywords and send them to your homepage and expect great conversion rates. for most of us it takes more effort. You pretty much need a landing page for every adgroup...if possible.

  1. Keywords target your audience and speak of user intent
  2. Ads promise to answer the need of the search/ intent
  3. Landing pages should deliver on that promise (really pay attention to the user intent, don't try to sale something to a customer who is using "informational" keywords. Make answering their questions a priority).

There are lots of good blogs on PPC, but I really enjoy http://www.clickequations.com/blog/

answered May 16 '10 at 10:04
146 points


You content needs to be great, but remember the rule is "Share, not Sell!"

Help others achieve what they need, and they'll refer you as a trustworthy source. That will send more visitors to you. Some of those visitors will take a look at what other things you have to offer, and some will eventually buy from you.

So, it all starts with great and useful content. Write it and get it online continuously and consistently (and optimize it following all the best practices).

One thing to keep in mind when optimizing your content is to use the keywords that people search for, not the keywords that you think you are about (an example I heard the other day
was someone trying to optimize a website using the keyword "orthodontist". Most people can't even spell that word, so try something like "correcting misalignment of teeth" instead)

Hope this helps

answered May 25 '10 at 09:15
825 points

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