SEM for Hotels

Lately, the hotel industry is starting to focus heavily on the search results displayed in Google and the other major engines. Top rankings for a highly trafficked phrase can result in a tremendous boon to business’ bottom line. Lately, even some of the larger players seem to be realizing this and are employing the services of search engine marketing companies.

As a case study let’s take a look at the largest vacation destination in the world, Orlando and a company that caters to its visitors. It might surprise a few people to hear that this Florida spot is the number one travel destination in the Globe, but it is true. Throughout the year, people from all across the Globe stay in Orlando hotels to visit Walt Disney World and the other major theme parks. The climate is ideal most of the season and the city is also a major convention area.

Previously the top search results were dominated by booking engines that search a wide array of properties. Only a few days ago ranked near the top of the search results for the highly competitive and coveted phrase “Orlando Hotels”. As of this morning, the site is now located at the bottom of Page 1 in Google. Instead there are multiple other sites owned by the Wyndham and the Marriot that are appearing above this company’s site. While these results are likely nothing more than a temporary fluke, during the time Google is making internal changes to the way it displays search results, it is still a temporary disservice to searchers who rely on Google for results and guidance.

Usually, people searching for a general phrase, such as Orlando hotels, are looking for a plethora of options rather than viewing a specific hotel’s website. Users are looking for choices and suggestions not specific properties. I am certain Google realizes this and in a short time everything will return to “normal”, but it does not take away the fact the users are deprived of finding vacation booking engines such as the Orlando Hotels site mentioned earlier.

Putting aside my views of injustice for a moment, the bottom line is that Google wants to help its users and soon enough will return back to the top of the search results for one its key phrases. Search engine marketing is tough, no doubt about that. That is why most companies in competitive industries hire professional SEO companies. I suspect you will see an ever growing number of marketing firms popping up wanting to help both booking engines and the larger hotel chains appear at the top of the rankings.

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