The Demise of Google AdWords
Is it possible we could see that headline in the news any time soon?
Advertising using the big G, Google, can be done by either paying for traffic in what’s called a Pay Per Click advertising campaign which Google brand as AdWords or through the search result naturally showing up in search results through search engine optimisation (SEO).
As the name suggests, Pay Per Click is where the advertiser which is usually the website owner pays Google for each click that it receives from displaying the advert to an internet user that searches for the keywords that they choose when they set up their campaign within their AdWords account.
Developing a successful Google AdWords campaign is both a science and an art and can take months and even years of tracking and testing different keywords, headlines and variations of adverts, so you can get the best return on investment for your advertising spend.
The other method of getting traffic from Google is using the free traffic that comes from the organic search results. Now I know you like the sound of that! Who wouldn’t want free customers coming to their website, right? EXACTLY! However, there is a potentially steep learning curve and implementation period going through a tedious and slightly technical process known as search engine optimisation (SEO). This process serves to enhance your organic (natural) search engine rankings. This is achieved by keyword research and using those keywords as the page title, description and keywords for your web pages and other various elements of your web pages such as audio, video and images.
You could be forgiven for saying that sounded like gargled rubbish. Yes, there is a lot of jargon with search engine optimisation and it can seem as though you need a degree in Computer Science or something to understand all the jargon. However, like anything, it simply takes implementing some key strategies that will optimise your websites ranking in Google searches that relate to your offering’s keywords.
So step aside Google! There’s a new kid on the block which now has more traffic than Google. So who is this “new kid on the block” and how can they help me?
Google allows you to target use of keywords as the trigger to determine whether the prospect is qualified or not.
Facebook allows you to display an advert based upon the user demographic according to the details that they select on their profiles.
If you want to target people by certain specific keywords, then Google may be your best option whereas if you want to target a certain demographic of people, then Facebook would seemingly be the wise choice. The only true answer is to test the keywords and advertising to see which PPC advertising medium offers you the best return on investment for your marketing spend.
Whilst Google is the #1 ranked website on Alexa.com, Facebook.com is the #2 ranked website. The difference being that when people arrive at Google, they leave Google quickly once they find the page they’re looking for, so it can be considered a starting place. Facebook is a place where people stop for sometimes incredible periods of time social networking with others.
The demise of Google AdWords could be the unthinkable headline of the future if Google don’t watch their backs. My Google AdWords advice is to do thorough keyword research first using a high quality tool such as Market Samurai to ensure that you’re not paying over the odds for highly competitive terms which will soon drain your budget without a good return on investment.
You should also read Google’s terms and conditions thoroughly as they do not allow you to send traffic directly to squeeze pages or affiliate offers. You are likely to be banned from using Google AdWords for a long time for this.
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