Chapter 4. How Searchers Work

Management Would Be Easy…If It Weren't for the People is the whimsical title of Patricia J. Addesso's excellent book (American Management Association, 1996). Similarly, search marketing would be a lot easier if we did not have to worry about those pesky searchers.

You know the best search query to use to find your hit product, but searchers might not. Searchers might not know your product's name, or might not be able to spell it. Or they might not know that you call them “notebook computers” because they think of them as “laptops.” If you optimize your pages for “notebook computers,” you sure are going to miss a lot of those “laptop” searchers.

Searchers are not experts. They are not experts in what is on your Web site. ...

Get Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Site now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.