Search Term Suggestion Tools
Return to Search Engine Positioning Index
Try it yourself and see. Let's assume you are in auto insurance.
I went there and found that "auto insurance quote"
9853 times in August 2000.
CHECK OCCUPANCY RATES AND BOOK YOUR TRIP
Now visit the Overture.com front page and type in the same
"auto insurance quote" and the results page will
show how much money
each click-through costs the top bidding advertiser. In
it was $1.78 by "Netquote.com" I went there to
see and they seem
to be a company that sells to agents and brokers, and thus
even aimed at the consumer.
By the way, my just clicking on that link to visit NetQuote
them $1.78 and I had no interest in them myself. The first
of results lists the top 40 advertisers and if you go to
of them you see #40 advertiser bid is .05 cents. That is
a range for the front page of results! You can appear on
page of the "auto insurance quote" results for
just .06 cents!
FILL UP YOUR TANK AND LOAD YOUR BELONGINGS
The way to determine what type of campaign to run with Overture
to determine how much you want to spend and find out who
competition is by doing this type of research. If I were
this for the client, I'd charge by the hour, ($75 hourly)
it is not cut and dry stuff, but requires analysis and careful
targeting of terms. Sometimes you can offer the client the
and let them spend the time researching. Some of my smaller
clients take me up on this pay per click advertising model.
Overture also offers a service at $99 where they will find
your bids on twenty search terms and credit you with $50
click-throughs, so they are charging you $49 for a not-very
precise "we'll-do-it-for-you" kind of PPC pay-per-click
Generally though you'll get good reports from Overture and
substantiate where the money goes to determine your return
investment for the pay-per-click
Note that the second bid for "auto insurance quote"
at $1.76 is
from "insweb.com" and they are one of the big
dogs of online
consumer insurance quotes.
BUDGET YOUR YOUR TRIP
Overture claims that a number one listing gets three times
click-through rate of the number two listing and offers
for ranking purposes to help you decide where to bid and
your budget can afford. You can beat them all for $1.79
click-through so if your conversion rate were ten percent
click-throughs converting to paying customers, then customer
acquisition on this campaign would cost you $17.90 per new
paying customer. If your profit exceeds that amount and
can justify it, then you have a winning campaign!
Statistics show that the average cost to business for new
customer acquisition is $30 per customer, so the example
given above of less than $20 per new customer would be quite
HIT THE ROAD AND ENJOY YOUR TRIP!
What it comes down to is, how well do you want to rank?
can you afford? What is your conversion rate once a searcher
clicks through? How much is that new customer worth to you
the life of the business she would bring your company? Finally,
what is your return on investment? This can't be determined
until you set up a campaign and test it with them.
The value of this type of advertising is the ability to
exactly where the customer came from. If you set up a specific
page on your site to receive traffic from your paid search
listings, your traffic logs will verify that those new clients
came from that paid listing. It is possible to create pages
accept traffic from each of the pay-for-performance resources
out there. Consider a few of them and test, test, test!
Overture is not the only vehicle on the road. Road-test
Check your mileage and keep your web vehicle in tune!
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