Tips to expand your search-engine marketing efforts
A big blocker to an integrated search engine marketing approach is simply lack of knowledge about the different areas. Commonly, pay-per-click (PPC) advertising guys don’t really “get” search engine optimization (SEO), while SEO guys are kind of put off by PPC campaign work. But rich rewards await those who stretch beyond their comfort zones and embrace something new or unknown within the realm of search marketing.
What follows are some tips to help you take the information and knowledge you may currently have and start to expand your search engine marketing efforts in an integrated fashion.
PPC for the SEO Guy
If you are used to SEO and are starting PPC, be prepared for a fast pace game, and get ready to spend money on those clicks.
Use what you already know – start off with your SEO data
1) Actual search queries. Look at your keywords list in your analytics system. Use the keywords that are relevant as your target keywords and use any terms that are irrelevant as negative keywords.
2) Look at the geographical source of your visitors and compare the bounce rate, average time on site and conversion rate. Target the most effective regions for your PPC campaign geo-targets.
Here’s your PPC blueprint:
1) Organize your keyword list into very tiny ad groups. The keywords within the ad group should be almost identical with only plural or other very minor variations.
For example, the following keyword list:
Blue shiny widget, Blue shiny widgets, Pink widget, Blue widget supplier - shoulld be organized into ad groups as follows: Blue shiny widget ad group with keywords: blue shiny widget, blue shiny widgets, Pink widget ad group with keywords: pink widget, pink widgets, Blue Widget Supplier ad group with keywords: blue widget supplier, blue widget suppliers, blue widgets supplier and blue widgets suppliers
2) Write ad copy for each of the ad groups that includes the keywords (multiple times), your unique value and a call to action. Always try more than one ad in each ad group:
Blue Shiny Widget Ad Group:
Blue Shiny Widgets
50% Off Blue Shiny Widgets.
Blue Shiny Widgets
Blue Shiny Widgets – 50% Off!
Order Now for Free Shipping.
3) The destination page on your Web site for ads in this ad group, should take the visitor directly to the blue shiny widgets page.
SEO for the PPC Guy
If you are expanding from PPC into SEO, you’ll need to develop some patience. Changes can take a very long time to happen, but once day do you’ll love the free clicks!
Here are some baby steps to get you on your way:
Use what you already know. Keywords are also the name of the game here.
Put your keywords to work. Keywords with high impressions and strong conversions. This will be your target keyword list for SEO. Make sure to target the most relevant keywords for each individual page of your website. If you have a high volume of candidate keywords, start off with those with the least amount of natural search competition first.
Use geographic information. Review your geographical performance of your visitors to see if you should be targeting any geographic names along with your keywords.
Page optimization. Make on-page optimizations to ensure your page is relevant to your target keywords. For example your Page Title should include your most important keywords. Use your best-performing ads and landing page copy for hints about what effective SEO copy will be.
Page configuration. Make sure your web page is properly configured and in good overall shape – for example, fix broken links, trim down excessive outbound links, and make sure your page loads fast – ideally in around 2 seconds.
Page content. Now for the big one – create truly valuable and unique content on your page that emphasizes your keywords. This one can take some time so leverage any resources you can,
Links. Set up the internal linking structure throughout your site to point to your content using variations of your target keywords.
Promotion. Now go market your page’s content to build links.
Your content placement report from PPC can include some clues for good link sites. Look for other high authority sites in your space – industry organizations, partner sites, etc. that also rank well for your top terms.
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