Totally agree with catclaws.
I've been in four non-technical forums and vowed I'd never join another because they usually end up in a personalised slanging match.
The amazing restraint of the responses despite what I would consider extreme provocation was so encouraging I just couldn't resist joining, and saying so.
What I've taken from a great read (above) is that, as expected, there are NO quick fixes but there are plenty of people still willing to think positively and offer really helpful thought-provoking suggestions even to someone who asked an open question but only wanted answers that fitted within his tightly-defined parameters.
I'm not personally a lover of emoticons but this thread really deserves
QUOTE(RobertGerace @ Nov 5 2006, 12:24 AM)
I'm not sure I follow the thinking here.
My target market is 20,000,000 small and medium businesses. If they have a computer, an Internet connection, and $80 per month, they qualify.
.... So I don't need the world...just help letting the 100,000 find me.
Well, after re-reading a lot of this thread I think I can see a problem with Robert's original question. His thinking seems to be that SEO is going to help him reach a larger portion of the potential 20,000,000 than would otherwise be the case. And that IS, perhaps, what SEO would achieve.
BUT, and I think it's a HUGE "but," those 20 mil people who COULD need his product or service aren't actually LOOKING on the web for his product or service right now. And it doesn't matter how good or bad his website is, with or without regard to good SEO, if they ain't looking, they are not going to find his website.
And that is why most of the HELPFUL, THOUGHTFUL responses have been mainly about improving his basic marketing of his product, service and, ultimately, website.
Or have I missed something?
Edited by El Jaybee, 11 November 2006 - 10:28 AM.