Tourism, Web-Development, and SEO: A Match Made in Heaven

In 2004, 33 million US and Canadian Leisure Travel Hotel and Hospitality consumers bought, booked, or found their trip online for a total of 65 billion $ in travel revenues through the Internet. This represents a full 59% of the total $120 billion Leisure Travel market. (These numbers are not exaggerations: the source for these numbers is online research leader Forrester Research.)

About 65% of all travelers did at least some of their travel planning online. For example, the ‘young adult’ age group (19-25 yrs) spent $2.5 billion on on-line video gaming, yet that same age group spent a truly astounding $25 billion on on-line travel. The reason for the huge number of people researching their trips online is simple: online travel planning makes sense.

Online travel planners are wealthy consumers who like to travel. They travel more frequently, and they spend more than the average consumer. Average spending is $3,400 per trip and on average they do this 4.9 times per year. Even better – these travel planners that find you online are inclined to be NEW customers who would not have found you otherwise.
These customers are looking for you, but based on our research, they are not finding you. A full 98% of web users use search engines (iprospect.com), and 65% of North Americans use search engines to come to a purchasing decision (Enquiro.com).

Most people are drawn to regular search engine results rather than to paid placements (Enquiro.com) which is why search engine optimization is the best form of search marketing. Consider how you use searches and you will know that the value of showing up on the top of Google’s first pages when someone looks for a hotel, resort, or other facility in your region is huge.

Forecasts show that the Strongest Online Sales Growth areas for the Leisure Travel industry include the following:

1. Hotels (1/3 of all leisure/travel dollars spent online!)

2. Vacation Package Sales

3. Resort and Convention sales

These revenues are there for the taking: showing up on top of searches in your area is the way to capture them. But you need to show up on top because 70% “rarely or never” look past the first results page, and 91% of users modify their search criteria if the first 3 results don’t meet their needs (iProspect.com).

What does it cost to bring in these visitors? The cost of a strong search marketing campaign will surprise you. It can be as little as $1,500-$2,500 for a campaign that will bring in literally hundreds of new guests. Search optimization is simply the most cost effective way to reach a wide audience. Consider how much money is spent on traditional advertising (which often produce questionable results) and compare the results. Shifting some of this purchasing to the Internet will bring a much larger return.

Critical Success Factors: based on consumer stages:

1. The ability for customers to find a website.

2. The ability for customers to find information/functionality within a website.

3. The content offered by a website.

4. The functionality offered by a website.

5. The overall look and feel of a website.

6. The ability for a customer to join into a relationship with a website.

A focused combination of efforts that will produce positive results:

1. Content.

2. Links from other websites.

3. Paid placements.

4. Website submissions.

5. Titles and metatags.

It takes time and a consistent effort to achieve good results. As with anything truly worthwhile, there are no quick fixes, no magic bullets.

Web Development Basics: Understanding SEO and Its Importance

You can help to improve the ranking of your website in the search engines by using SEO, which stands for search engine optimization. The benefit of having a higher ranking with the top search engines is attracting a lot more targeted traffic to your website. SEO is an essential ingredient in building the popularity, traffic and overall sales of your website. There are two main types of search engine optimization, including on-page SEO and off-page SEO.

* Understanding On-page SEO
Relevant optimization of keywords in your website title, tags and content as well as other aspects of your website is what is known as on-page SEO. One of the most important tasks that must be done in on-page SEO is to optimize the website for relevant keywords. You should try to have a keyword density of at least 3%, yet no more than 6%, as anything under 3% probably will not get picked up by the search engines and more than 6% density will likely be seen as spam, getting your site penalized or blocked by the top engines. Keywords should also be included in your website title as well, placing keywords near the beginning of the title for best results, particularly if your website has a very long title. If possible, have your keywords or company name in your domain name as a way to increase traffic by optimizing the value of your website.

* Understanding Off-page SEO
Your options and opportunities for optimizing your website through the use of off-page SEO techniques are limitless. On-page SEO techniques are fairly limited to just a couple of specific tasks, however off-page SEO, which can help you to build relevant, quality backlinks to your website, has absolutely no limits.

* Blogging

* Niche Forums

* Online Ads

* PPC or Pay Per Click Advertising

* Social Networking

* Article Marketing

While it is in your best interest to utilize each and every one of these methods to build up the amount of quality backlinks to your website, you also need to be ready to commit to being consistent, which can be a lot to handle if you try to do too much, too soon. Consistency and variety of resources is key, particularly for the big engines like Google, which give better results to sites that submit one or two articles, blogs, posts or pages each day, rather than dumping them all in at once. Your start-up goal should be to submit at least one article to a top article directory each day and make one blog post each day. Once it becomes easy for you to meet your daily goal, start laying in a single forum post each day and then brush up on your various campaigns for PPC.

You need to set yourself a goal for how many backlinks you want to create in a day and stick with it – that’s the best way to consistently increase the number of off-page SEO campaigns you can successfully master. Your best bet is to commit to a daily, steady stream of quality, relevant content and if you can stick with it, you will be rewarded. Find a pace you can stick with and commit to either daily or weekly submissions for at least 3-6 months before trying something new. You will see a big difference not only in the quantity of traffic that visits your website, but the quality of it as well, if you work to improve and increase both your off-page and on-page SEO.

Understanding the Nature and Processes of Web Design Companies

Among business and marketing tools, the internet could be ranked on top for the immediacy with which it generates leads. Some countries have enjoyed the growth of the software industry and used the same effectively for economic development. The major cities of these countries turned into software hubs. With billions of websites on the internet, website design and development forms a significant part of the software industry with new disciplines as Search Engine Optimization.

Most of the prominent web design and development companies offer both the services combined with Search Engine Optimization. This combination is not only profitable to the service provider but is also highly beneficial to the client. Most of those freelancers, who offer only one service i.e. development alone, charge a very nominal price. Professional companies accuse freelancers of bringing down the price quite drastically. Sometimes, clients who approach companies also ask for very cheap work to be done. Hence, most professional service providers have upped the ante by adopting new methods.

It is nevertheless beneficial to entrust the job to professionals. Another problem in regard to finding web development companies is the problem of having too many to select from. A lot of them have mushroomed in this city in the past few years. There are literally thousands of them vying for your project. As always, it is only a few that stand out due to their ability to deliver on time and at the right cost. You must definitely work out the cost and find which one offers the best service and delivers on time at what cost.

Unless you are looking for low cost service, the first thing to do is to check out if the service provider has a website for himself or his company. Since you are going to have your website developed by them, it would be important to see how they have made their own. It is also equally benefiting to check out their service portfolio. Whether or not you like it will give you an idea of if their services will suit you.

Even if you like their work, do not decide merely by what you have seen. It is important to have your project coordinator or any other representative talk to the developers over phone or online messenger services. By doing this, you can convey what you want quite accurately. Choosing one out of a few that would be suitable for your business would also benefit.

They are always on the lookout for new projects. Hence, they are sure to contact you as soon as possible, if you leave an enquiry on their webpage. Striking a good rapport and communicating your needs perfectly will lead to quality output. Understanding the nature, ways and methods of working of web design and development companies will guarantee a great output that fulfills and satisfies all that you need.