As budgets for marketing shrink, we need to make every penny pay, making each pay-per-click advert profitable. PPC is a tried and trusted marketing technique for your web presence that has been proved to attract new customers. Whether you’ve tried it or not, we have all seen paid advertising.
On all of the main search engines, e.g Google, Yahoo, when you type in a search term the listing that appears in the centre of your screen, is called the natural or organic search. To the right of the screen, and also sometimes the top few listings above your organic list, are the sponsored links or pay-per-click links. Advertisers have paid for their website or landing page to appear in this keyword search. The search engine only receives payment if you click on the link (pay-per-click).
A well-managed PPC campaign, with the best choice of keywords can bring in a large volume of targeted traffic. Start by really understanding your customers and what they are looking for by doing your homework and researching your keywords. To discover which keywords to use, there’s help online from several free sources, together with member-only paid tools. With the help of these tools you can find that the words you may use to search your site are not necessarily the ones your customers will use. The most expensive keywords, but still only costing cents, are the most searched ones.
When running advertising campaigns, advertisers bid on keywords they want to use, this has the knock-on effect of the price you will pay. An experienced and trained Internet marketing professional like your WSI Consultant, understands the value of good long-tail keywords, (a short phrase relevant to your product or business rather than just keywords) that reaches your target audience by being more specific, and also has the added advantage of not being as expensive.
Begin your PPC advertising by identifying your goals and then prepare your campaign with this knowledge. Whether your goal is to sell a product, receive calls or emails, or gather subscribers to a newsletter or online feed, decide on the outcome you require before you start. When you know your goals, the PPC campaign can be tested and refined at any stage, copy can be changed, call to action and landing page altered, to ensure your adverts help you reach your goal.
PPC is inexpensive and a fully measurable method of advertising. WSI Consultants are trained and certified to use advanced tools and techniques like Google Adwords, Yahoo! Search Marketing and Microsoft adCenter to help you make money through paid advertising online. Contact your local WSI Consultant to utilise the power of PPC for your online business.