When you hear the words “online marketing”, what comes to your mind? Social Media? Facebook? Search engine optimization? Blogging? WordPress? Or maybe you think about online advertising, pay-per-clicks, and search engine marketing. I believe there is one word that everyone thinks about when they hear the term “Online marketing“, and that word is “difficult.” Online marketing is difficult.
Have you ever talked to a marketing guru about online marketing? Don’t they all give the same, vague, generalized advice when it comes to online marketing? First, they tell you to hire a SEO firm, then they tell you to blog, then they tell you to use social media, and after you’ve done all of this, they tell you that you’ll start receiving traffic to your website. Every marketing guru says the exact same thing, and the advice is always vague. Even the in-depth advice about online marketing is vague. Have you ever read an article about online marketing? Try this when you have some free time. Research “online marketing strategies” on Google and click on and read some of the articles. You don’t have to look past the first page on Google. Just read some of the top articles that Google returns. This is a compare and contrast exercise. Once you complete this, you’ll realize that all these articles sound the same. The first paragraph gives you a brief overview of what online marketing is and why it is so important. Then the list starts. Now after you’ve completed this exercise, you probably realize that the titles of the article all have something in common; they’re all formatted as a top-ten list. They all look like this: “7 Online Marketing Facebook Strategies to Increase your Fan Base.” Now, this isn’t problem. I like the top-ten list format. It makes the article more appealing to the reader. What I don’t like about majority of these articles is that almost everyone’s top-ten list is the same. They all give the same online marketing strategies and advice. I mean c’mon; these are the experts! These are professional writers, writing for some of the biggest companies in the world. Why do majority of the articles sound the same? Because again, online marketing is difficult! No one likes to be wrong or give bad advice. The writers are just writing the same vague, generalized advice that the marketing gurus say. I could go on-and-on, especially when it comes to online marketing workshops, but I’m not going to; I think you’ve gotten the point by now.