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Do you know the advantages and disadvantages of digital marketing?

Understanding digital marketing strategies can take years.

Understanding Google’s latest algorithm change can seem impossible.

Understanding Search Engine Optimization can feel overwhelmingly complex.

Are these efforts worth your time and energy or are there too many disadvantages of digital marketing?

That is the subject of this post.

Today’s contributing author shares the advantages of digital marketing, and I will share the disadvantages.

By the time you’re done reading, you’ll learn seven advantages and disadvantages of digital marketing.

The Advantages of SEO for Your Website

Gaby Alexander

Search Engine Optimization is the best way to further a business endeavor. You might have already heard what the term means somewhere, even if you are not directly related to the field of SEO.

The techniques of SEO when rightfully engaged can work wonders for the cause of your business website, and in turn, for your business. Small-scale businesses, especially, seek refuge in the services extended by SEO to reach out to their target audience and grow their business.

But, what are these benefits that can help a business scale the heights of success, and why are they so important?

We shall try to answer these questions in the article, and enlighten you about how you could use the same hacks to tweak the ranking of your website on Google’s SERPs.

disadvantages of digital marketing

Search Engine Optimization- In a Nutshell

Before we proceed with our discussion about the advantages of using SEO for your website, we shall first try to explain what SEO is all about in a nutshell.

The age that we live in depends mostly on digital marketing and services of the internet. Businesses need to create the right online presence to be able to grow. And SEO is the handiest tool that you can use to create that presence.

Search Engine Optimization uses techniques that help in optimizing a website in a way that it can be ranked at a decent spot by Google. When your website is ranked at a convenient spot, you get all the visibility, and hence, the traffic that is required to gain more conversions.

So, now that we have provided a bit of information about what SEO is, we shall look at the ways in which your business website can benefit from the same.

Advantages of SEO for Your Website

The most important perk of using the techniques of SEO for websites is the visibility that a website gets on Google.

But that is not all that there is to the broad area of Search Engine Optimization.

SEO has several other benefits, some of which you might not be aware of. Besides providing the required visibility and driving traffic to your website, it also does not require you to pay for ads.

Plus, no matter how different the two concepts of SEO and PR might seem, SEO can contribute significantly towards the cause of PR.

We shall shed some light on these perks in the subsequent sections for a better understanding of the same. 

SEO Drives Organic Traffic to Your Site

The most important thing that your website must be aiming for is organic traffic.

The greater is the traffic, the better are the chances of ranking and higher are the conversions. SEO helps in accomplishing exactly this.

Building organic traffic without the use of SEO might take a very long time. But, when you use the right techniques of SEO, you shall be able to do so in a very short while.

Initially, people used to use techniques of spam emails and cold calling to drive more traffic to a website. But, these methods have now become redundant and are not much agreeable with users.

Spam mails, especially, are downright annoying and extremely inconvenient for users. SEO steps in as a welcome relief in such cases, and helps a site build traffic as organically as possible.

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SEO Does Not Require You to Pay For Ads

The only investment that you need to make with SEO is roping in a reliable SEO agency by seeking their services from their website, like, to optimize your website if you are unable to do it yourself.

You do not have to pay for ads each time a user clicks on them. SEO saves you that cost. Your website shall be found by Google solely based on the value that it has to offer to its users.

One way to offer value to your users is by optimizing the content for your website. Google loves a website that has high-quality content.

You must keep updating and upgrading the content of your website at regular intervals to see to it that it is in alignment with the searches of users. This is the only investment that you need to go for with SEO, unlike PPCs.

SEO Helps to Further the Cause of PR

Some might think that SEO and PR are completely unrelated to each other, and this is true to some extent. But it is incredibly wise and a smart move to use both the techniques together to reach out to your target audience.

Link building is one of the most important parts of SEO. You need healthy and supreme quality links from various sites with high authority to add credibility to your webpage.

Google ranks a page with healthy backlinks faster and better than other webpages. And one way to go about acquiring and building links is by the method of PR. Therefore, when SEO and PR are used hand-in-hand, both benefit each other and helps in a website to rank higher on the SERPs.

Conclusion: Advantages of Digital Marketing

It is crucial that businesses of every scale learn to use the techniques of SEO in an attempt to scale their growth and emerge as the industry specialist.

SEO is an integral part of every business endeavor, and it is important that organizations rope in experts who can optimize their websites in a way that will help it acquire all the visibility it needs.

Once you have your SEO game sorted and have roped in all the required techniques, you shall be able to bring your website to Google’s notice, and stay ahead of the curve in the industry.

It is also vital that you keep your SEO game in tandem with Google’s ever-evolving metrics. That, indeed, is the only way to grow your business in this digital world and make a mark for yourself in the market. SEO shall always stay in vogue, and that is why it is important to rope in the right strategies.

Disadvantages of Digital Marketing

Janice Wald

If you’ve read my posts, you and I both know I’m a huge advocate of search engine optimization.

However, trying to market on the internet has its drawbacks:

Digital Marketing Takes Time

I am in my sixth year of blogging, and I am still learning the ins and outs of search engine optimization which I need to know to market my content, blogging courses, and services on the internet.

To truly learn SEO or anything, you need to study. I spend hours watching YouTube videos and reading blog post articles. I also study my metrics to replicate what works.

As my post about submitting my blog posts to Google Search Console explained, I update three posts daily to make sure my posts stay at the top of Google’s Search Engine Results Pages. Just updating posts takes as many hours as a part-time job.

Digital Marketing is Complicated

Case in point: When I first started blogging, search engine marketers were taught to make their anchor text their keyword. Now marketers are taught to avoid making your keyword your anchor text.

Apparently, in 2020, Google thinks that it is the same as trying to game the system.

It’s true: Just when you learn one rule of search engine optimization, another contradictory rule comes along.

Next, much of what bloggers do entails manipulating code. For example, in order to get Google Analytics to track our analytics, we need to put code on our blog.

Have you been ever asked to put code in your blog’s header? I sure have, to my dismay. Confusing! Complicated! Complex!

Do you want to hear more disadvantages of digital marketing?

Read on.

Digital Marketing Runs Contrary to Our Passions

Do you remember why you started blogging?

Was it to help people?

Was it to write?

Was it to make money?


Understanding SEO is nowhere on that list. Your blogging skills have improved as a result of digital marketing but I’d be hard-pressed to believe you started your blogging journey because you had a burning desire to learn SEO.

Digital Marketing is Expensive

Do you know what I requested for my birthday present in 2015? I requested an Ahrefs account which I thought was $99 a year. When I discovered this popular SEO tool starts at $99 a month, I switched to a less expensive gift idea.

Earlier I talked about my confusion when asked to put code in my header. I have a custom theme. When I need to manipulate the theme, I contact my theme developer. Does he come free? Of course not.

Wrapping Up: Advantages and Disadvantages of Digital Marketing

In closing, Gaby Alexander shared the advantages of digital marketing while I shared the disadvantages.

Readers, please share so people considering internet marketing learn the advantages and disadvantages of digital marketing.

I look forwards to your comments. Can you add any additional advantages or disadvantages of digital marketing?

  1. Bella

    Yes I agree with you that the disadvantage is getting the tools to do the SEO which is expensive. Ahref is good tool to use for SEO but I think it is expensive. . Another thing is link building link which can be tedious and one need to check google search console to see if the backlinks are working. There are some tools available that are free that I use to check on my backlinks and keep it updated.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Bella,
      Thanks for writing. I agree that link building can be tedious, and time-consuming as well.
      I love discovering new tools. Which tools do you use to see if your backlinks are working?? I look forward to your reply.

  2. Hatim

    This is a great article since im a beginner in web

  3. Amit Garg

    Hi Janice

    You have shared the advantages and disadvantages of digital marketing in the right way.

    Being said that I want to include that everything has its own pros and cons, be it blogging or any other business.

    Amit Garg

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Amit,
      Thanks for the compliments and comments. I agree that everything has pros and cons which is why countering my guest author to add on to what was said was easy.

  4. Andrew Meyer

    As a small business owner, I have limited time to spend on digital marketing. When my business does devote time to digital marketing, it needs to be worth it. The Google Maps box that shows up in Google search results for local businesses is invaluable. Allow me to provide details of how important Google Maps is to us.

    We run memory care homes in Central Florida. Referral companies like A Place for Mom (APFM) and dominate the top search results for anything related to senior and assisted living. Companies like APFM are virtually SEO companies, and they typically request smaller companies like ours to pay them 90% to 120% of the referral’s first month’s rent and care costs. When a first month’s rent and care costs can start at $4,500, this is a high fee to pay for someone who beats you to the first click.

    We succeed when we focus on providing exceptional care to our residents. It also helps to get feedback in the form of reviews from our residents’ families. Reviews play a significant role in how a local business displays in the Google Maps box, which is one of the few ways small businesses like ours have any chance to show up in the top five search results.

    • Andrew Meyer

      If anyone wants to do a story on this, I’d be more than happy to provide more details.

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Andrew,
        Thanks for the suggestion. If I could find a keyword I could potentially rank for, I’d invite you to guest post on this topic. I know nothing about local SEO except for how to use the geotag on Instagram Stories =).

        • Andrew Meyer

          Yes, I’d be more than happy to write a guest post on local SEO. I’ll email you.

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