Pay Per Click versus Organic Search Engine Listings
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One of the questions I'm asked most often is what's the best option for advertising a web site, Pay Per Click adverts or search engine optimising to achieve top crawled or "organic" listings.My usual answer is "a combination of the two". Both have their uses and their own pros and cons. In this issue we will focus on "Pay Per Click versus "Organic" Search Engine Listings" and aim to give you some clear guidelines and business scenarios to help you plan a successful, integrated campaign that is tailored to your business goals and market situation. What's the difference? For those who aren't quite clear what the term "natural" or "organic" search engine-listing means, they describe the "editorial" search results on any particular engine. These results are professed to be non-biased - meaning that the engine will not accept money to influence the rankings of any individual sites. This is quite different than the paid advertising (Pay Per Click) that appears in the "sponsored" or "featured" results, in which higher positions are awarded to the companies willing to pay the most per visitor or click. Why is organic search important? Although paying for Pay Per Click listings initially seems the obvious answer, organic search listings are still very important to both searchers and web site advertisers. Knowledgeable searchers, who understand the difference between paid and organic results are more likely to hold the natural results in a higher regard, much like a person reading a newspaper or magazine would be more positively influenced by an article about a particular product or service than by a paid advertisement from the company that sells it. In addition, organic results even the playing field.
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