Here's part 2 of this new series of posts on pay per click advertising, courtesy of our colleagues at Bing.
The difference between PPC and SEO
By Simone Shuurer, Bing
As we mentioned in this blog post we started a blog post series to make sure anyone is able to find information on our blog about pay per click advertising ‘basics’. When I ask people running their own business if they are investing in pay per click (PPC) advertising I get told every so often that they don’t need to as their site is already showing up on search engine result pages. This prompted me to write this post on what organic and paid for search engine results are. Most people will agree that a combination of both will bring you the best results so - if you are a bit in the dark on this topic – read on!
What are organic listings? If your site is showing up on search engine result pages and you haven’t set up a pay per click account, chances are you are looking at an organic listing (unless you have an unknown beneficiary J that is doing PPC for you). Organic listings are generated by an algorithm and a set of rules devised by the search engine to find the most relevant results on the web. The task of attempting to help a website rank higher in the Search Engine Result Page (SERP) when certain keywords are typed in is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
What are paid listings? These are sponsored links, which are paid for per click by advertisers.
Paid search is in essence an auction for advertising space on a SERP. Advertisers place bids on how much they are willing to pay the search engine for a click-through to their website. The bids help determine where the advertiser's ad appears, from the top position, all the way down through the right hand side of the page. The position of an ad is also influenced by the relevancy of the advert to the keyword. Our previous blog post touched about the specific benefits of pay per click (PPC) advertising. If you’re interested to advertise on the Yahoo! Bing network you can set up an account here.
So where organic listings appear as a result of an algorithm and a set of rules devised by the search engine to find the most relevant results on the web (aided by search engine optimisation efforts) paid per click listings appear as a result of paid advertising efforts.
Benefits of PPC
Paid for listings have their advantages as set out in the blog post ‘Why you should care about PPC’ such as immediate results, control over the ad copy, being able to amend ad copy quickly, reaching a targeted audience and being able to closely measure results.
Benefits of SEO
To me the main benefits of SEO seem to be that organic results are ‘free’ (although you may pay for someone to look after your SEO) results take much longer to show that paid for results but will keep doing so whilst PPC is reliant on a budget. So you’re looking at long-term cost effective positioning.
Benefits of combining the two
Both PPC and SEO are search engine marketing techniques and have the joined goal of improving your web presence. They both have unique advantages that will help you achieve your online goals.
When using both techniques at the same time each method can benefit from the other
In the PPC Back-to-Basics series we’ll help you to set up a successful paid search campaign. We’ll soon start another blog series in which you’ll be able to find plenty of other digital marketing tips for your business, including SEO!
List of PPC Back to Basics Topics:
If I’ve interested you then follow this series as we’d like to make it easy for you to set up your PPC campaign and help you get the foundations right for PPC success. For a list of all planned topics look here
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