How To Get Found on Google
Google AdWords is one of the most popular ways of online advertising. Even though it is easy to set up and anyone can make an AdWords account, it has proven to be rather difficult to optimize for good results. Neon Computers can help you optimize, maintain, and improve your advertising campaign.
Adwords allows for marketers to bid on sponsored positions for desired keywords that searchers see when they use Google. These sponsored links are bid upon, much like an auction. Marketers bid on how much they are willing to pay per click or per impression (consumer view). Google relates the bid amount to the marketers “quality score” (how relevant the landing page is, how relevant the ad itself is, and the average click through rate the marketer has obtained) and the position for the ad is determined. This makes for a very effective (yet potentially expensive) marketing campaign.
When you are looking at adwords, think of the slope as climbing a cliff. It is taxing, requires much more immediate investment but is ultimately a fast way to the top (of Google rankings). However, if at any point you stop putting in this investment, you will immediately plummet to the ground. This method has many advantages and just as many disadvantages.
The advantages are as follows:
- Quick way to the top of Google – Instant Reach and Market Share
- Cost per Click does not charge unless someone clicks on your link
- The higher your click-through rate, the lower your cost per click will be to obtain the same position
- Setting daily budgets allows you to keep very good track of your marketing money
- A powerful tool for driving large amounts of traffic quickly, great for brand awareness
- Top notch customer targeting
While the advantages are alluring, there are many disadvantages as well:
- Without a high conversion rate or very high average revenue per conversion, Adwords can cost much more than it brings in as you pay per click even if the customer does not convert
- Without constant management you can rocket straight to the bottom in a matter of minutes (competition can outbid you, you can reach your quota per day, etc…)
- Requires incessant fine-tuning of ads and keywords to maximize profit
- It is possible to spend enormous amounts of money extremely quickly for very little in return
- Only around 20% of all search traffic clicks on the sponsored links
Organic SEO is much more like a long incline. It requires a lot of slow and dredging work, but in the end it is hard to lose your position. If you stop for a bit you will remain relatively static (with a little variation). It is also far less taxing on your energy (or in this case your marketing budget). This one is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Long lasting flavor (it is an investment for the future)
- Once you get to or near the top you can scale back your efforts and it won’t destroy your rankings
- 80% of search traffic heads straight for the organic results
- No cost per click means that you are paying nothing outside of your SEO investment for each conversion
- You won’t have a “crazy day” where your ad spending goes through the roof
- Google Local has made it easier to appeal to users in your area with organic SEO
- It is a long process requiring a large amount of drudgery work
- It is really difficult to oust the top rankers for the highly competitive keywords if they are well entrenched
- It is a lot more complicated than just writing an ad and landing page then bidding
- It can change really quickly if someone comes out with a killer piece of content (like this blog) that goes viral (not quite yet) but this is rare. However if it does happen it can be a major setback for your SEO
- Some top level ranking sites can prove an insurmountable challenge in any reasonable time-span
So what is right for me?
The answer to this question really depends on your goal. If you are looking to drive large amounts of traffic to your site in a short period, adwords is probably the way to go. In that same vein if you are looking to make a long term investment and have the time to wait around for things to grow then go with organic (it is the better long run choice).
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