Is SEO right for my business?
SEO isn’t right for everyone, but it may be right for your business if you…
- Are willing to wait for results
- Have the resources to invest in a long-term content and backlink strategy
- Want long-term, sustainable future SEM results
- Are looking to establish an authoritative voice within your industry
On the other hand, if you’re looking to make an immediate impact on Google Search then you may be better spending your budget on PPC.
Why you should spend your budget on PPC
Marketing is a fast-paced discipline, meaning it’s important to act quickly and strike while the iron is hot. PPC makes this possible by allowing marketers to bid for advertising space on Google Search and instantly rise to top SERP positions. With PPC, you pay for this positioning, bidding for it against other advertisers. By spending your budget on PPC you can ensure that your business is visible for specific keywords without the need for an extensive backlink profile. However, just as content is important for SEO, it’s also important for PPC. Google uses the content on your landing pages to determine quality score, which is a key component of ad rank; the calculation used by Google to rank your ad amongst other advertisers.
Where to get started with PPC
Advertising on Google is done through the Google Ads platform. There are many layers to Google Ads, from display and shopping, to apps and video. However, the most commonly used is search advertising, or PPC. The platform allows you to target your ads based on specifics such as device, age and location. You can also use bid modifiers to increase or decrease bids for different variables based on which users may be more likely to convert. This flexibility enables advertisers to home in on their potential customers, maximising click through and conversion rates.
Before you get started, you will be asked to enter some payment information so proceed with care. Setting up advertising campaigns is easy enough, but it’s also very easy to spend large sums of money on keywords that may not bring you relevant traffic. To make the most of your ad budget, I’d recommend doing your research or consulting a professional so you can get the best ROI.
Is PPC right for my business?
It’s possible to get some fantastic results from PPC, but is it right for your business? It might be if you…
- Are looking for instant traffic
- Need to establish instant brand awareness
- Have a set budget for advertising spend
- Want to target a very specific audience
- Operate in a relatively uncompetitive industry
In isolation, both SEO and PPC can be very effective, but to truly dominate the SERPs you should look into adopting a strong strategy across both.
Why you should spend your budget on both
Search queries with conversion intent will often return both paid and organic results. To ensure you get clicks through to your website from these types of queries it makes sense to rank amongst the paid and organic results. Furthermore, the landing pages used to improve your SEO efforts can also function well as landing pages for the same keywords in your PPC campaigns. The only downside of this approach is that you could end up spending a lot of money, but the results that can be gained from SERP domination can be huge, giving you tangible, long-term ROI.
The image below highlights the results of a search for “B2B Marketing Agency” which returns our domain within the paid and organic results. Below this is the Google local pack; a type of SERP feature used by Google. SERP features are highlighted elements that appear on the SERP. These features are provided by Google to improve the experience of using Google Search, serving quick answers to queries and increasing the information available to searchers within the search results. This adds another challenge towards achieving SERP domination and should not be neglected.