Intermediary analysis

Chapter 2 highlighted the importance of web-based intermediaries such as portals in driving traffic to an organisation's web site. Situation analysis will also involve identifying relevant intermediaries for a particular marketplace and look at how the organisation and its competitors are using the intermediaries to build traffic and provide services. For example, an e-tailer needs to assess which comparison services such as Kelkoo (www.kelkoo.com) and Pricerunner (www.pricerunner.com) it and its competitors are represented on. Do competitors have any special sponsorship arrangements or microsites created with intermediaries? The other aspect of situation analysis for intermediaries is to consider the way in which the marketplace is operating. To what extent are competitors using disintermediation or reintermediation? How are existing channel arrangements being changed?

12 SEO Myths Busted

12 SEO Myths Busted

Within this guide you will find 12 cold, bitter truths about search engine optimization myths that have been busted. This is a common myth that is fed to new website owners as a quick way to get backlinks and traffic. If youve got a new site, the best thing to do is to find a lot of related blogs and post comments, right? Wrong. Most, if not all, blogs have nofollow tags within their code. Nofollow tags will stop the page rank and SEO from one blog from going into the other.

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