All I really need to know about search engine marketing I learned in kindergarten. Or something like that.

The goal of search engine marketing is to get your pages to show up when target customers make relevant searches. As search engines get better at finding relevant content and preventing SEO-spam, search engine marketing success comes not from tricks known to only a few, but from basic common sense.

These are the things I’ve learned about search engine marketing:

Everything we need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and SEO and SEM and basic manners. Pay per click and social media and Web 2.0.

Think what a better internet it would be if we all followed these rules. If everyone created quality content, shared relevant links, and regularly took some time off from online marketing. If spam wasn’t a problem and everyone had a policy to put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how high your page rank, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Jon Miller is VP of Marketing for Marketo, a provider of marketing automation software that helps B2B marketing professionals drive revenue and improve accountability. Download Marketo’s new eBook, Building Effective Landing Pages. Jon’s blog, Modern B2B Marketing, explores best practices in business marketing, ranging from pay-per-click management to lead nurturing to marketing accountability. The Strictly Business column appears Wednesdays at Search Engine Land.

Opinions expressed in the article are those of the guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land.

Related Topics: B2B Search Marketing Column | Channel: Search Marketing

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About The Author: is VP of Marketing for Marketo, a provider of affordable, easy-to use-marketing automation software that helps B2B marketing professionals drive revenue and improve accountability. Jon's blog, Modern B2B Marketing, explores best practices in business marketing, ranging from pay-per-click management to lead nurturing to marketing accountability. The Strictly Business column appears Wednesdays at Search Engine Land.

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  • rogerthedodger

    This post, imho, is pure fluff, written solely to promote the website and business of the writer. The only lesson, although perhaps not what the author intended, is: you can get away with serving up pablum, if you make a little effort, and the reward is a good link and exposure. Come on Search Engine Land. I know you have so much space to fill each day, but what about some editorial standards?

  • http://searchengineland.com Chris Sherman

    >Come on Search Engine Land. I know you have so much space to fill each day, but what about some editorial standards?

 

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