Start advertising on search engines a.s.a.p.! Or not?
Advertising on search engines like Google, Yahoo! and MSN is still one of the most powerful advertising methods at this moment and therefore the number of advertisers is still growing. This means that new advertisers, who are noobs concerning SEA, are going to compete with advertisers who are SEA dinosaurs, know all the tricks and have optimized their websites and landing pages to get the highest ROI from their SEA-campaigns.
Do these new advertisers actually stand a change?
changed quite a lot since it started concerning which variables or factors
actually determine the success of a campaign (nowadays the quality score). For
example the account history of a campaign is still important, but not as
important as it used to be. This is a big advantage for new advertisers and
looking at the current important variables and factors I think new advertisers
actually do stand a change against the SEA dinosaurs, because of all this.
which factors do determine your quality score?
I can hear
you think: ”New advertisers can’t have a click-through-rate, because they don’t
even have had impressions yet”. That’s right, but this is where the base score
kicks in. When you put a new campaign online Google gives every keyword a base
quality score determined by the historical performance of other advertisers
that use that same keyword. This means that new advertisers actually benefit
from the SEA dinosaurs! Most of the time of course, because you can also get a
low base score because of the historical performance.
Of course there is still one factor that actually determines how well you can compete with other advertisers and that’s the factor; budget and bidding.
A small budget means the advertiser can’t bid too high and can’t be visible on top of a search engine result page 24/7. Luckily the budget is not cohesive to how long you advertise already! :-)
So to conclude this: make sure your landing pages are optimal and start advertising on search engines now benefiting from the current advertisers!
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