Techronyms for Search

In the technology business, there’s a new acronym for every new product, idea, or process. They call these “techronyms.”

Anyway, I find that mnemonic tricks sometimes help me remember techronyms and people’s names.

I wanted to share a quick one that comes up all the time when I talk with people about Google Adwords and Yahoo Search Marketing. Here’s one to help you remember the difference between Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

Remember that the “M” in SEM stands for “money.” The “O” in SEO is for “zero-dollars.” That’s because SEO is free.

As I think of more techronyms, I’ll post ’em. If you’ve got any, post ’em.

  • SEO, I’ve heard of. What is SEM–paid ads? Just wondered. I’ve never worked at a place that was wise to these matters!

  • kim

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  • Amy,

    That’s a great question. I’m going to write a blog specifically to address this for you.

    But in the short term, the answer is all in your browser.

    If you Google something, you will (usually) see two sets of results. The main body results are on the left. These are the natural or organic results that Google offers based on their search algorithms.

    The stuff in the skinny column on the right is paid search. That is, we pay to have those results there. We pay every time someone clicks on one of our ads.

    I’m going to address this in a future blog. Thanks for asking about it!

    Buddy