Yes, penguins and pandas sure are cute, but in search marketing, they are cute little animals you want nothing to do with.
Panda and Penquin are two of the larger algorithm changes that Google has applied to their search results.
In essence, Panda is penalizing websites that display too many advertisements above the fold and duplicating content across multiple domains. The algorithm uses artificial intelligence, learned form human behavior, to monitor high quality and low quality websites that build trust with visitors.
The Penguin update is penalizing websites for over-optimization, or keyword stuffing and cloaking, amongst others. Many sites have benefitted from over-optimization by fooling the search algorithm with multiple usage of keywords and cloaking. Cloaking is fooling a search engine spider with content that would not be served up to the user in their browser.
Remember you are Google’s customer and they want to provide you with the best experience possible and provide what you’re looking for. Always create great content that people will return and recommend through social sharing.
These algorithm updates have made pay-per-click more beneficial than organic listings.
Quick Preface: The following is a guest post from Brenna Karbel. Brenna is a search professional and shares her vision on the benefits of conducting successful paid and organic search campaigns together.
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There are many benefits that an advertiser would see when they combine both paid and organic search.
You can easily test landing pages, headlines, and templates
You can get rapid feedback
You can get immediate traffic on specific keywords
Testing Landing Pages, Headlines, and Templates
PPC (pay per click) makes it possible to test landing pages, headlines and templates without hurting your organic traffic. When an advertiser can learn what is most effective and achieves better CTR (click through rate) and more conversions everyone wins. An advertiser not using PPC would be reluctant to using these types of tests in fear that they would damage the hard earned organic ratings.
Advertisers using PPC can get immediate results on how keywords are performing. When an advertiser makes changes to ad text though analytics we can see exactly how the changes are performing.
Gaining Immediate Traffic
One frustration that many advertisers share is they want increased traffic for specific keywords. With PPC, advertisers are bidding for specific terms. The ability to appear in the search results in the top three positions is quicker to achieve using PPC.
Why Bid On My Branded Terms?
1) Brand Infringement/Protecting Your Space
If you don’t bid on your terms – your competitors will. Look at 1-800-Flowers. If they weren’t bidding on their own brand, then two other ads would have taken up that ad space, according to our friends at searchenginewatch.
2) User Behavior
Though many people may never click on paid search ads and only click organic, other people are the opposite, or situation based. The evolution of universal search is changing the SERP (search engine results page) into more of a menu. There are videos, tweets, paid search, organic search, local business ads, images, news, etc. With all these options, it’s critical that your brand is an option on this menu. Paid search is a guaranteed way to get placement.
3) Impact on Brand Awareness
Many studies have demonstrated an increase in brand awareness when both paid and organic search listings appear together in top spots. Consumers think highly of brands that they see more frequently. They identify with traditional advertising methodology, the more times a consumer is exposed to the brand the better in any form, or medium.
Google Conducted A Rigorous Study and Reported Some Surprising Results:
A new Google study examining the impact of organic listings on ad click incrementality finds that the click-through rates (CTR) of ads with associated organic search results are higher and that the CTR increased the higher the organic result was positioned. (See image above)
Specifically they found that 66 percent of ad clicks occurred without an associated organic result on the page, it is worth turning that on its head; this means 34 percent of paid search clicks happen with an organic result by the same advertiser on page. If ranking on the first page organically in these instances can help ad performance as well, that’s something to consider.
Have you experimented with an Organic and Paid Search campaign? Please leave a comment below…