Where do you get your site’s traffic from? If you checked and see that most of the traffic you are getting comes from search engines, that should be enough to tell you of how powerful search engines are for driving traffic to your site. That is the reason why SEO is as big as it is with internet marketers fighting for the top spot in any niche. Now what if I tell you that there is a shortcut to the top of the search engine result pages, would you believe me?
If you know AdWords, you should know already where this is going. For the uninitiated, AdWords is Google’s flagship advertising platform. But how does it give you a shortcut to the top of the rankings? Technically, it is at the top because ads are shown by Google on top of organic search listings. Unlike organic top ranking though, you would have to pay for that spot to Google. Basically, you have to bid to have a link to your site shown on top of the SERPs and you pay for every click it gets.
Now let’s get to the part where we talk about how a PPC program like AdWords can help you drive traffic to your website. Since your site would be “featured” on top of the search engine result pages, the easier it would be for people to find your site. But remember that if you are at the top for each search for a specific keyword, you would have to pay more. Here’s where the beauty of a good PPC program campaign really shines.
First off, you can decide how much you want to spend for a day. If your preset quota has been reached, Google would no longer show your ads for the rest of the day. This can save you a lot of money while still driving a decent amount of traffic to your site.
You can also narrow your target down to a certain group of people. AdWords allow you to exclude certain IP addresses. An example: If you have a business and your target market is in the United States only, you can set your PPC campaign to only show your ads to people using the search engine from the said country. By excluding IP addresses, you can also block your ads from being shown to people in a certain part of the country, a part for example that you know would not benefit from your services especially if it is geo-targeted in nature.
In short, a PPC program, especially as powerful as AdWords would not only help you generate traffic to your site but also help you find targeted traffic.