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My trip to Los Angeles for the Search Engine Strategies local conference was a real eye-opener for me as to how many big (and not so big) corporations view the Internet.
Amazingly (to me) there are huge companies paying no attention whatsoever to organic search engine optimization, while spending tens of thousands of dollars on Internet Yellow Pages, banner advertising, and pay per click. To many of the people I met, organic just wasn’t important, even though it a far larger source of traffic than any paid options.
My own theory is that this happens because with paid options, everything is trackable down to the dollar and the click, so measuring ROI is much simpler. Organic traffic just skews those figures, since it’s harder to justify what those clicks actually “cost”. Therefore, lets just ignore organic completely… Makes sense, right? 😉
I still learned a lot, and I’ve posted my “nuggets of knowledge” roundup of the entire conference over on the SEMpdx blog –
SES Local Los Angeles – Day one roundup
SES Local Los Angeles – Day 2 & 3 roundup