It never ceases to amaze me how many people do not understand the difference between Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Pay Per Click (PPC).
It never ceases to amaze me how many people do not understand the difference between Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Pay Per Click (PPC). I am also conscious that, education particularly when it comes to online marketing is incredibly important, a little while back I heard of another instance where PPC listings were being sold as SEO. I'm also fed up with people championing SEO and rubbishing PPC (which can be a very effective form of marketing for many websites). So to this end, I have decided to briefly explain the differences between SEO and PPC.
The image below shows a search in Google and highlights where the PPC advertising and the Natural (or Algorithmic) search results appear. While Google is not the only search engine it is probably the one that most people use and the results of Yahoo, Ask, Bing etc. appear in much the same way.
SEO is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic achieved through the Natural (or Algorithmic) search results. The search engines are trying to return quality relevant content and the aim of SEO is to help make your site pages as relevant as possible for the phrases that you are targeting. SEO normally involves keyword and competitor research in the first instance followed by input into both the site itself and also into offsite elements.
To put it (very) simply PPC works by the advertiser selecting appropriate keywords that will then trigger their adverts. When a user types in the keywords the advert is displayed (there are other variables involved but this is a short article). If the user clicks on the advert then the advertiser pays, hence the phrase Pay Per Click.
You can use PPC to test your business ideas
PPC can be set up immediately, SEO can be a slow burn
PPC can inform your future SEO strategy
It is flexible; you can turn off the campaign, reduce spend, refocus your adverts etc.
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