May 1, 2015 8:13 am
Pay Per Click (PPC) is a way of advertising your business in a prime position on search engine websites. When a user types in something related to your business that matches the selection of keywords used, your advert will appear at the top, or to the right of, the search results. When someone clicks on your advert, you pay the advertiser a set amount of money. Although it does cost, it’s a great way of getting your business in the spotlight and knowing that the people that click on the advert are the people that are going to be interested in your products and services.
What you need to know about PPC
- You, the advertiser, have control over where your ad is placed and who it should be targeting. When the ad is clicked, traffic is sent to your website and you pay for the privilege.
- You must choose your own keywords and then place bids on them when setting up a PPC campaign. The search engines will then use them accordingly.
With this in mind, it’s obvious how important it is to get the details of the ad right; that is the keywords used, audience parameters set and the copy in the advert itself. One slip up and you could be advertising to an audience that will have no interest in what you do at all which could lead to a chunk of your marketing budget being wasted. The whole point of PPC is to get more traffic and increase your revenue but if a campaign is managed in the wrong way, this isn’t going to happen.
When it comes to PPC, you need to bare these things in mind:
- What are you willing to spend? It’s impossible to know how well a PPC campaign will work for you but you can estimate what PPC is worth to your business. For example, if two clicks out of every fifty purchase something from you, how much per click are you willing spend?
- Once you know what you can afford, you can set a daily budget. The beauty of PPC is that your ad will appear until you’ve reached your budget so you never spend more than you want to. It’s completely within your control.
- You must have exceptional SEO on your website. PPC ads are still subject to ranking so when you choose your keywords it’s going to be no use if they’re not keywords that appear on your website. Be thorough in your research into the best keywords for your business. See our previous blog on keywords.
- Your ad will include a title, short description, and URL, so make sure you make them count because that’s all that the viewers will see. Ask yourself, ‘Why would someone click on this?’
In essence, you shouldn’t expect to use PPC as way out of all the hard work of building your organic rankings. PPC will only result in increased revenue if it is used properly. The combination of your website, the way you set up the campaign, and the reaction from searchers are all vital in the success of PPC.
If you’re unsure of how PPC will work for your business, we can help. As a Google Partner we are well placed to help you get your Google rankings and PPC campaigns on track. Contact us today on 0330 088 9277 or complete our online form.
January 28, 2015 9:21 am
You could have the most amazing website with content that will hook your customers for life but if no-one can find it, it’s completely useless. That’s where keywords come in. Although they are not the be all and end all of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), keywords are a vital part of increasing visibility. In their most basic form, keywords will enable new and existing customers to find you by increasing the chances of your website ranking highly when someone uses a search engine to look for your type of business. Here are some things you need to know about using keywords.
- How to choose the right keywords – Choosing the keywords for your website has a big impact on its success. The right keywords will always relate to your business, what it offers, and the things you want your customers to know about your products. Do your research thoroughly to make sure you make the right organic keyword selections and it’s a good idea to work with an SEO agency that can provide you with guidance and supporting services. Try to think about things from your customers point of view, what words and phrases would they use to search for your business?
- Use long-tail keywords – Long-tail keywords are phrases rather than single words and they are well worth exploring as part of your SEO. If you can imagine searching for something yourself using Google, it’s likely that you’ll type in a few words rather than just one isn’t it? That means that long-tail keywords are more likely to match up to what someone is typing in a search engine. They will generate more traffic and therefore, more revenue. Long tail keywords are also less competitive if you decided to implement Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising.
- Google Adwords advertising – PPC advertising from Google is a great way of targeting your desired audience. When someone uses Google to search for the products or services that you offer, your PPC Ad will appear at the top and down the right hand side of the presented search results. The great thing about PPC is that you only pay if people click on your advert and if you’ve got your keywords and your targeting right then the right people will click through to your website.
- Keep it fresh – If you built your website ten years ago and it still looks exactly same, with no fresh content or keywords, you aren’t going to get very far with it. Keep your competitors, company changes, and marketplace developments in mind when reviewing your keywords and key-phrases to ensure that you are still attracting your ideal customers.
- Try out tools – Using different tools such as Wordtracker or Google’s own keyword planner could give you a better insight into what words and phrases are popular for your type of industry. These tools are free to use and it may just find you suggested keywords that you haven’t thought of.
The world of SEO is constantly changing so it’s important to stay updated on what’s new and what you can be doing to stay ahead of the game. If you’re not informed on how to better your business through the use of keywords, you can bet that your competitors are. With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to get valuable and professional advice from an SEO expert who can share the latest developments with you so you never have to fall behind and find yourself wondering why others are getting all of your business.
For help with your keywords, SEO, and PPC why not speak to the experts. Contact the team at Ketchup to discuss your requirements in more detail on 0330 088 9277, alternatively, complete our online enquiry form.