Anyone who has ever tried to market their website has come across jargons like SEO and PPC. While these are two of the most exhaustively used internet marketing techniques, there is always a hint of conflict when it comes to picking the better of the two. If you are already making use of SEO, chances are that you are also making use of some amount of PPC. But the question is which one tends to offer more value as compared to the other. There are those obvious advantages that one offers over the other, but ultimately, it comes down which one suits a marketing need the best.
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a relatively long term strategy aimed at improving a website’s ranking and visibility on a search engine page result (SERP); organically that is. This is to say that SEO helps generate traffic by optimizing on-site traffic generating factors, such as title tags, meta description, webpage content, ad-to-content ratio etc. On the other hand, PPC or pay-per-click is a paid form of advertising aimed at puling instant traffic to a website where an advertiser pays some bid amount to the hosting service for every click on the ad.
Comparing the two, there are a few discernible differences one comes across when working with SEO and PPC. Firstly, SEO does not guarantee immediate results, but definitely more stable results. In comparison, PPC is a more dynamic process with inherent qualities of generating immediate traffic. Results through PPC can be seen right from its launch, but they are unstable in nature as a PPC campaign’s value is, for the most part, dependent on the investment and time of campaign launch. This time factor sometimes works in favor of PPC; for instance, during holiday seasons. In such times, PPC ads can be easily modified to attract holiday crowd. However, it is not easy to regularly modify SEO activities with respect to occasions.
If you are more concerned with factors like ‘Where your site will be one year or two years hence?’ then steady on-site optimization is your best bid, as PPC rarely ever sees beyond a month’s returns. SEO’s slow but steady approach guarantees more in terms of long-lasting value; one which is not dependent on time or fade away with fluctuations in budgets.
Additionally, while SEO is a broad scope, all-rounded activity, taking into its loop other internet marketing techniques including PPC, the latter is more focused. For those who prefer creative and long-term strategies which will help build a strong presence on a search engine, SEO can benefit the most. Those willing to risk it all for driving instant traffic can opt for focused PPC techniques. Nonetheless, it is always advisable to rope in the best of both to get the most impact.
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