Paid search marketing – or pay per click / PPC (see a full list of names paid search goes by below) –allows you to buy advertisements with the search engines. It first entered the marketplace (with any kind of success) in 1998 via GoTo.com, which was the fore bearer to Yahoo! Search Marketing (now in a long-term contract to utilize the Bing Ads interface) and an inspiration for today’s largest paid search provider, Google AdWords.
Virtually all major search engines provide options to advertise with them, either:
- Directly with them
Ex.: Google AdWords for Google
- Directly with them and through another major provider
Ex.1: AOL Advertising and Google AdWords – via its search network – for AOL
Ex. 2: Naver and Yahoo! Search Marketing for Naver and its other search engines
- Through a major provider or providers only
Ex.: Google AdWords and Yahoo! Search Marketing on MetaCrawler
The largest true search engine providers of paid search opportunities (mostly, but not always pay per click) follow, in order of size based on December 2009 comScore rankings* are the following search engines, with their paid search platform in parentheses:
- Google (Google AdWords)
- Yahoo! (Yahoo! Search Marketing at the time; Bing Ads – nee Microsoft adCenter – since November 2011)
- Baidu (Baidu Phoenix Nest)
- Microsoft (Microsoft adCenter)
- NHN Corporation (Naver)
- Yandex (Yandex Direct – the English language version)
- Ask (Ask Sponsored Listings)
* A couple notes here – 1. We eliminated sites like eBay and facebook that aren’t true search engines. 2. Obviously rankings taken today would look much different with bing having overtaken Yahoo! (and soon swallowing it) and Yandex experiencing huge growth. As of mid-January 2011, this is still the latest data provided by comScore
Paid search goes by many names, including:
- Pay Per Click, or PPC
- Paid search, paid search marketing, & paid search engine marketing
- Google AdWords, generically
- Search Engine Marketing, or SEM (wrong, but common misconception)
Think of it like colas. These may be referred to as:
- Pop. We get a lot of stares when we travel, but that’s what we say here in the Wheeling – Pittsburgh region.
- Soda pop
- Soft drink
- Coke, generically
- Fizzy sugar water whose acid eats away at your stomach lining
Unlike paid search, however, the term one uses for cola depends mainly on where one was born. View our favorite statistical map of all time.
To learn more about paid search and the PPC services we offer, please use the following resources in this section and throughout our Web site:
- Benefits of Paid Search. If you’re new to paid search, learn why so many advertisers are using pay per click services like Google AdWords and Bing Ads to increase their sales, leads, and branding efforts.
- Our Paid Search Offerings. From full account management to set up and makeovers and specific tasks like negative keyword lists, learn more about the paid search services we provide.
- Our Paid Search Certifications. Find out more about our certifications as a Google AdWords Certified Partner and from other sources.
- The Found Blog. Our blog features news and insights on the world of search engine marketing and how to get more out of your campaigns.
Found! Google AdWords Audit Offer
If you are currently running Google AdWords and want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your campaigns, request a Google AdWords Audit. To learn more about this service – or just to inquire about our paid search services – please call 800.979.3177 or click here.