While internet marketing is a broad field, it has largely been dominated by search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. This means that the bulk of internet marketing is Search Engine Marketing, which can be divided into two practices: SEO and PPC.
SEO vs. PPC
What is the difference between SEO and PPC? Both are fundamentally concerned with generating website traffic (and sales conversions) through search engine results. The difference is in how that end is achieved.
Pay-Per-Click (PPC) consists of paid advertisements that are generated based on a particular search query or set of queries. As its name suggests, the advertiser pays the search engine a certain amount of money (the “cost per click,” which can flat rate or competitively bid on) each time their ad is clicked.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) consists of results that are generate “organically” (meaning without payment to the search engine). Simply put, the SEO strategy is to rank as high as possible on these organic search results.
Any time you type a query into Google, you have likely noticed the coincidence of both types of results. The paid advertisements occupy the top and right-hand side, with the organic results spread throughout. Typing “DSquared Media” into Google, we come up with these results:
Having determined the differences between these two marketing strategies, the obvious question is: “SEO vs. PPC — which is better for my business?” Both can cost a significant amount of money, but both can have huge pay-offs. Let us take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.
You get what you pay for — no clicks, no cost to you
Fast & instant results
PPC conversion rates are 150% what SEO conversion rates are
Fraudulent clicks on your ad by competitors to inflate your costs (although search engines try to counteract these)
Does not generate as much traffic as SEO
Extremely expensive for highly competitive industries
Effective for entering a highly competitive market
Compliments aspects of design & development such as user experience, engagement, and brand awareness
It takes time (often up to a year) to really see results
SEO is all or nothing — most people do not go past page 1
SEO vs. PPC — Are They Mutually Exclusive?
Here are a few questions to ask in order to understand how each marketing tactic might apply to your business:
Type of Business — PPC if you sell a product/products SEO if you sell a service/services
Years in Business — PPC if you are new SEO if you have been in business for a while
Time — PPC if you need results ASAP SEO if you can invest a few months to a year
Budget — PPC if your budget is large SEO (particularly, in-house SEO) if your budget is small
Competition — PPC if your market is relatively unconcentrated (competitive) SEO if your market is relatively concentrated
Note that these are only general guidelines, and the answer for one may contradict the answer for another (e.g. if you sell a product but have been in business over a decade). So, to be sure: SEO and PPC are different…but not so different that we ought to think of them in terms of “either/or.” They can be complimentary, and many companies do implement both SEO and PPC as part of their web strategy.
Upon graduation, with little money and a ton of risk, Danny took his project and put his degree into action by starting his own website design business. With little direction, he began to learn the ins and outs of running a website development and marketing agency through trial and error. To start, Dsquared Media resided in a tiny 210 square foot office space located in Delray Beach, Florida that was barely room enough for employees to work. As time progressed, so did Danny’s knowledge on maintaining and running a successful business based on progressive marketing strategies. Currently, Dsquared Media employs 12 media professionals and is located in a space over 7 times larger than the tiny office in Delray. Danny attributes his success to a keen eye for intelligent design and an inspiration to live according to his passions.
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