Short answer: yes, yes you do.
Why? Picture all of your website visitors as a massive pie. For the average website, 50% of that pie will come from search engines like Google.
Search engines are a discovery tool, meaning that many of these website visitors are discovering your website for the first time. As more and more people discover your website from search engines, you’ll see each other traffic channel (email, social media, etc.) increase as well. In other words, as this part of your pie gets bigger, the rest of your pie will get bigger as well.
Here are a few more SEO stats that should help you to see how important SEO is to your website’s success. And if you happen to own a software-as-a-service brand, our SaaS SEO guide will teach you how to drive traffic to your site.
No, but how much is 50% of your total website traffic worth to you?
Similar to almost any other profession, you can do it yourself, but will always see the best results when you bring in experts to help. You can do your business’ taxes on your own, but choose to hire a professional because you know that they will be worth the investment.
If your business’ marketing budget is less than a few hundred dollars per month, take the DIY approach to SEO. Any “expert” charging less than a few hundred dollars per month is going to be a risky investment. They may land you in some hot water with Google.
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