Danny Sullivan has a great write-up in Search Engine Land relaying his experiences in searching for small businesses and coming up frustrated. He had assumed that every business owner, large or small, must understand by now the importance of appearing before these customers in search. However as he recently sought out local businesses to help with his needs after a recent move, Danny was reminded of just how far behind some companies remain.
There are times where it can be difficult to almost impossible for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) to compete in the paid search environment. As the cost of targeting keywords on venues such as Google AdWords continues to increase, many small businesses are finding it difficult to keep pace. They either have to accept the fact that they can afford only a very thin slice of the pie or abandon paid search marketing altogether.
I published a piece today at Search Engine Guide entitled “5 Ways Small Business Can Benefit From Social Media/Networking Sites” which lists five ways small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are benefiting from the social media/networking space. Sites like Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, YouTube and many others are providing numerous opportunities for SMBs to brand themselves, build link popularity, attract traffic to their sites, interact with consumers and network with others in their industry.
Small Business Brief, a site devoted to all aspects of small business, which is produced by Robert Clough and company, the same folks who also bring us
Search Engine Guide, has re-invented themselves by converting into a Digg type of site where anyone can submit stories, vote them up or down and of course comment. Built off the same platform as Search Engine Land’s Sphinn, Small Business Brief is now a lot like Sphinn however, not strictly limited to the topic of search engines and search marketing.