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12:12 am on Nov 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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this is what i am currently doing in regards to my sem

exactseek service
yahoo directory
ms small biz directory

does anyone have any suggestions for other iniatives that worked for them that they care to share. thanks

11:25 am on Dec 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Don't forget DMOZ (www.dmoz.org).
6:41 pm on Dec 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Build BUZZ Content, Get Links, Repeat steps.
6:48 am on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It depends on your market and what your site is selling and to whom.

Some markets are ideal for paid advertising, and they'll make money with no organic SERPs. Others depend on free search engine rankings.

about.com has a huge network of sites and traffic you might want to include. business.com might be good too.

Then there's a whole different ball of wax that is the organic listings, which you pay for in effort, but it's not X amount of dollars for M amount of clicks. You should contact other sites in your industry or who's users might have an interest in your site and get them to link to your site.

7:04 am on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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And optimize the site and pages to be compatible for good placement in the SERPs.
10:42 am on Dec 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Build Adwords campaign into a profit making machine. Both Adwords and Overture together would get you more then your own targets if you manage them well. Also would recemmend using Google content network, which is now getting as much conversions as the Google search network.
10:37 am on Dec 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'd break the SEM plan down into:

- PPC (which you have covered, and others have commented on)
- Affiliate advertising (if appropriate for your site)
- General advertising (banner ads, sponsorships, etc)
- Viral marketing (largely link building, but can be focused on one off promotions)
- Press releases (online and offline)
- General link building
- Competitor research (I find it useful to do this first - nice way of building some ideas)
- RSS feed marketing
- Partnerships / Business Development (is your site compatible with other, non-competitive sites? Can you take advantage of this?)
- Research (Are there any product lines that you could be offering that you currently don't? Are there any keyword areas you could be targeting that you currently don't?).
- Email marketing strategy
- Content writing / generation

I'm sure there's tonnes of other stuff that can also be added to the strategy (tagging, social networking, etc).

The thing about search engine marketing is that it really should encompass all areas of online marketing - it's all related and should be treated as such.

For example, you might not think that email marketing directly affects your search engine positions, but what if a successfull email campaign results in a quantity of organic links?

Or, what if Google decides not to like you for a few months? Surely other areas of online marketing should be part of the mix to bring an element of stability to your business?