SEO vs PPC for Small Business
Which one wins?
Which one wins?
With the current state of technology, getting new customers for your business doesn’t look like it did twenty years ago. You need to have a quality website, and you need to have a fundamental understanding of what you need to do to get people to find you online no matter how much technology scares you.
To get your site noticed, consider two main tools at your disposal: SEO and pay-per-click advertisements. We take a closer look at each to help you decide which is best for your small business.
SEO is short for search engine optimization. To put it simply, it is a method of getting more traffic to your site by including words those potential clients use to search for your products or services in the content on your site. Think of SEO as an organic method of increasing site traffic.
Search engines like Bing and Google use crawl bots to gather site information and place them on indexes. An index is similar to a library where sites that are most relevant to what a person searches pop up in results first.
To determine the order that these pages appear in results, algorithms analyze the pages for many factors to determine where they will fall in the search results. SEO success is determined by how closely your website matches what the searcher is looking for.
SEO is unlike PPC ads because you cannot pay for a higher ranking. This means that SEO rankings come organically. In other words, to get ranked high with your site’s SEO, you must have lots of quality, relevant content.
There are several factors that go into your SEO. It is more than just keywords. Quality of content, as well as keywords, are important factors. You also need to factor in speed and crawlability for your SEO quality.
At first, site owners could just put a few buzzwords in specific areas of their content and a site would start ranking. However, algorithms are advancing and keeping relevant sites at the top of search results. As such, you need to put in more effort.
There are also multiple SEO categories, including local SEO, e-commerce SEO, and news/publishing SEO.
If you are looking for ways to get more people to notice you online, you have likely come across pay-per-click marketing. This is where you pay a fee each time one of your ads gets clicked on. It is basically a way of purchasing visits to your website rather than getting those visits organically.
This allows a client to bid for placement in the sponsored links when a search is done. When bidding on a keyword such as “dog grooming,” your ad may get the top placement.
When this sponsored ad is clicked, you will pay a fee. When used well, it is a nominal fee because you will make more in traffic and conversions than you pay for the marketing. For instance, if you pay $3 for a click but get a $300 sale, you have a solid gain.
At first glance, PPC may look like a no-research option, but you still need to select and research quality keywords and get those worked into great campaigns and advertisements. While it may seem like busy work, Google and other search engines reward you for creating relevant content that is targeted. With these ads, you will pay less for your clicks. This discount means it truly does pay to know what you are doing with PPC.
Differences Between PPC and SEO Campaigns
To help consider which is best for your campaign, think about your budget and resources, your objectives and goals, your industry, as well as how your site is currently doing.
With all these in mind, should you use PPC or SEO?
It depends, as they are different ways to drive traffic to your site. Most companies will use both to get the advantages of each.
Most small businesses will want to use a combination of SEO and PPC tactics to get the best results and make the most of their overall marketing budget. This lets you harness the advantages of each while minimizing the downsides.
It’s not about choosing one or the other. It’s about leveraging both. But where do you find the time? And you might have outsourced to an agency before and simply do not want the high overheads anymore.
Book a chat to see how you can get this outsourced for you in a way that works for your business long term.