A well-orchestrated PPC marketing campaign can profit an excellent SEO marketing campaign, as Sergey Grybniak explores in How to Combine SEO & PPC for More Powerful Results.

I like it when a possible consumer comes alongside who already has an energetic PPC marketing campaign.

To me, this implies two issues:

  • They’re a critical enterprise, investing cash in digital already and are prone to admire and perceive the “advertising and marketing combine.”
  • They have already got had, at some degree, key phrase analysis completed for the campaigns and have information on what’s/isn’t working.

For this reason I’m confused when SEO professionals don’t like working with purchasers who do PPC.

Either side can win. And when each side win, the consumer wins.

We will study quite a bit from analyzing one another’s information, cohesion, and from respecting the totally different margins of error.

Whether or not it’s SEO or PPC, we each use the identical search phrases, the identical instruments, and the identical Google SERPs, simply in several methods and from totally different views.

Search Intent Versus Search Quantity

Through the years, SEO professionals have used PPC tools (e.g., Google Keyword Planner) to do key phrase analysis.

Search quantity has turn into a typical metric included in just about each key phrase analysis doc. It’s additionally a metric recognized by many purchasers who’ve a basic understanding of SEO.

I believe that search quantity is nice to determine what a number of the greater marquee phrases are, particularly once you’re simply beginning to work in a sector or vertical that you just haven’t beforehand labored on.

Nonetheless, search quantity is just one metric to take into accounts when optimizing a page or bidding on a key phrase.

What’s way more vital?



As a result of there’s little level in rating for a 50,000 search quantity key phrase if the intent is data discovery.

You’d be higher off focusing on a 10,000 search quantity key phrase if the intent is industrial and “to purchase.”

That is one thing I’ve seen too usually in consumer PPC campaigns.

One instance of intent not being catered for got here from a UK-based consumer I labored with who bought language programs.

Of their PPC marketing campaign they had been bidding on phrases like [translations english to french], which within the UK has a median month-to-month search quantity of 110,000 (based on Serpstat).

They weren’t the one firm to be bidding on the phrase, however once you have a look at the anatomy of the SERP you’ll be able to acquire some perception into the intent behind the question:

From a look on the SERP, there are not any industrial outcomes or paid companies rating on Web page 1.

From this, we will assume that Google understands that the person isn’t in search of a paid service providing for content material translation, however a DIY software to carry out the interpretation themselves.

After we checked out this particular key phrase inside the marketing campaign, it gained a variety of impressions and a small variety of clicks – however wasn’t resulting in any smooth (or onerous) conversions we might attribute.

So we suggested to cease spending cash on that key phrase.

How Many Customers Actually Seek for Particular Key phrases

I’m additionally cautious when utilizing search quantity as a major metric when working with key phrases as a result of the information from Google Keyword Planner is heavily rounded, and provides the “common month-to-month search quantity.”

That the information isn’t all the time correct.

Some key phrases in Keyword Planner might present as having a search quantity of 10, however in Search Console and Advert campaigns you might even see 100+ clicks/impressions.

Completely different sources additionally give totally different numbers.

For instance, let’s take the search phrase [search engine journal] and the information for Google.com:

Supply Search Quantity
Google Keyword Planner 1,600
SEMrush 2,400
Serpstat 1,000
Ahrefs 2,200

Utilizing this information, 4 PPC professionals might put collectively PPC campaigns utilizing 4 trade instruments – and are available to 4 totally different solutions.

For this reason it’s vital to mix information from numerous sources, together with information out of your Google Search Console account.

Right here’s one other instance, [harlequin wallpaper], utilizing UK information from October.

Supply Search Quantity (October 2018)
 Google Keyword Planner  720
 SEMrush 14,800
 Serpstat 14,800
 Ahrefs  6,200
 Google Search Console  8,901 (impressions)

So with this key phrase, there’s a massive distinction within the information being reported by the 2 totally different Google merchandise, and the third-party instruments.

Nonetheless, by mixing all the information collectively (in addition to understanding that the key phrase in Search Console confirmed a median rating of round #5), we will assume that it’s doubtless the Serpstat information that’s right.

In different situations, the information out of your Google Search Console might help you establish search phrases that the opposite instruments don’t.

If the location is rating on Web page 1 (at the very least place 6 plus) for a particular key phrase, the impressions information might uncover a hidden gem that nobody else is bidding on as a result of the search quantity is being under-reported by Keyword Planner and different third-party devices.

Competitors in PPC Isn’t Competitors for SEO, However Can Spotlight Alternatives for Each

It ought to be a given, however I’ve seen this written in SEO studies, however low key phrase competitors doesn’t imply low SEO competitors.

Instruments like SEMrush have muddied these waters through the years by being an “SEM” software, offering information for each PPC and SEO practitioners in a single report.

Low key phrase competitors in Google Keyword Planner sometimes implies that the key phrase outcomes are too generic and have a number of frequent interpretations, and never all the time viable to incorporate in an efficient marketing campaign.

Nonetheless, if you happen to come throughout key phrases marked as having low competitors in your PPC analysis, however are wanted by the SEO workforce and their analysis, they may current a low-cost bidding alternative and drive related clicks and visitors to the consumer web site.

This thought course of additionally works the opposite method round. In PPC information key phrases, competitors is excessive as a result of they drive visitors and conversions, in any other case advertisers wouldn’t compete as a lot for them.

Competing for these key phrases in the long run, from a PPC perspective, may very well be expensive.

However by highlighting this to the SEO workforce, they will set up what it takes to rank for these phrases organically and put in place a technique to alleviate a number of the long-term (and expensive) burden on the PPC channel.