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"Should my business be using Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads or an organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy?" I get that question all the time. And of course, my answer is, "It depends. What are your goals?
What? You mean it's not a straight "yes" or "no." Of course not. The answer is significantly dependent on what your company goals are. Are you selling a new product or service? Is there a great deal of education involved in purchasing your product or service? Is there a large barrier to entry for your product? Are you well-known in your industry? These are just a few of the questions you need to answer before looking at PPC or SEO.
I've been in the marketing world for a very...very...very long time. Everything from being a Marketing Manager who hires—and fires—marketing agencies, to now working for a web marketing agency. Working on both sides of the fence gave me the ability to be empathetic for each side.
But this blog isn't about me, it's about you, the client. Your needs, your goals and ultimately your successes.
Take this scenario; your current marketing agency does an excellent job at print, radio and billboard advertisements but probably isn't the best at digital marketing campaigns. And that's okay. It stands to reason that not every marketing/advertising agency is the best at everything.
Too often, business owners believe that if they create a website and put it on the world wide web, that customers will start flooding in.
This is usually not the case.
Sadly, some people get discouraged and give up on making their website a tool for converting visitors into leads and even customers. Others (namely you, because why else are you doing research) embrace the opportunity to make changes to their website to create a lead generating machine.
Where does one start to turn their website into the 24/7 sales person they know it can be?
Client: "I want to rank for the keywords X, Y and Z."
Me: "Why do you want to rank for those specific keywords?"
Client: "Because that is what my product/service is..."
Me: "Ah, I see, but do your customers/potential customers use those keywords to search for your specific product/service...in your area?"
And that is a conversation I've had countless times over the years.
Keywords can be slippery little suckers to nail down. It's not just about ranking for keywords for the sake of generating any traffic; it's about getting ranked for the right keywords--the ones that your customers and potential customers enter into the all-knowing search box on Google.
Your website might be the most beautiful in all the land, with content so rich it makes your competitors tremble in fear. That's great, but if the back end of your website runs like a 1985 Yugo, Google is likely to give your site the big thumbs down when it comes to organic search results.
But do not fret just yet. Google provides several tools that gives you everything (well, almost) you need to fix, and eventually prevent errors.
Your website is only as good as the leads it generates for you. So if your site is only generating spam form submissions, or just one or two quality leads per quarter, it's time to address that issue.
Lucky for you, creating an effective landing page is fairly straightforward.
Wait, back up. What is a landing page you ask? In the digital marketing world, it is defined as:
a standalone web page distinct from your main website that has been designed for a single focused objective.
I am often asked what the difference in cost is between pay-per-click (PPC) and organic SEO. As obvious as it is to me what the differences are, when I try to explain it to others who are not as "nerdy" as I am, often the response I get is the deer in the headlights look. Mostly people think that you have to pay for ads on Google, Bing, etc., and not for organic first page rankings. Not the case.
Over time, I have attempted dozens of analogies to explain the differences between the costs of first-page placement for organic and PPC. I think that I may have finally found a way that helps people understand and that they can easily relate to- the cost of an athlete versus a non-athlete going to college.