Winning the Pay-Per-Click Keyword Battle






Any honest ezine publisher will tell you that email is not as
effective as it use to be. It can’t be, just because of all of
the spam filters, and deliverability issues. That makes
other parts of your marketing mix more critical than they
use to be. For many online marketers, pay-per-click
search engines have become THE most effective form of
promotion.

There are actually people online, with no product of their own,
who earn over $1000 per day just promoting affiliate products!
They simply bid on targeted keywords at pay-per-click search
engines. They constantly refine their listings until their
click-thru rates are incredibly high. Many also constantly
refine their websites to generate small, continuous
improvements in their conversion rates.

There ARE key strategies to using the pay-per-clicks most
effectively, though. One is developing a list of as many
highly-targeted keywords as practical. Another is not to get
into bidding wars that dramatically reduce your
return-on-investment.

Let’s look at the second issue first… the one of bidding wars.
When you come up with a few keywords that you feel are ideal
for your products, and then you notice that the top bids are
incredibly high, that suggests a number of things…

The people who consistently bid very high for given terms must
be making a profit or they wouldn’t be bidding so high on these
terms for very long. So, if you’re promoting similar products
you need to figure out what they’re doing that you aren’t. There
are a number of possibilities there…

1) They may be promoting a competing product from a website
that has a higher conversion rate than you do. If that’s the
case, you may want to consider promoting the competing
product instead of the one you currently promote. If the product
you currently promote is your own, maybe you want to discover
improvements you can make to your website by studying the
competitor’s website.

2) They may be promoting competing products that pay a
higher per-sale or per-lead commission. If that’s the case,
they can afford to spend more than you can to make a sale.
That’s another reason you want to investigate exactly what your
competitors are selling. Maybe you want to start promoting the
competing product offering the higher commission.

3) They may be willing to settle for a lower front-end profit
because they’re building a list, or hoping to make most of
their return on the back-end. Whether this is the case or not,
you may want to look for ways to leverage the return you
get from your promotional efforts. One way to do this is to
represent affiliate programs that offer “lifetime commissions.”

The approach I take to bidding wars, and that taken by many
top marketers that I consult with, is simply not to get involved
in them. With millions of potential words, or terms, to describe
your product, you simply need to find other terms to bid on. If
you want to bid on the very competitive terms, bid lower and
accept a position lower in the rankings, realizing that some
people do search through the lower-ranking listings too.

The secret there, is to develop a list of as many keywords
and keyword phrases as possible. This is a never-ending job.
You should always be looking for new expressions and queries
that people, who are looking for your products, use at the search
engines. What will allow you to win that battle is
your RELENTLESSNESS. While your competitors stop developing
their list after a little effort, you never stop!

Persistence and relentlessness allows you to find those
obscure words that people ARE searching on. Then, you can
can bid only the minimum, and still get a steady stream of
highly targeted visitors.

The whole key there is to “get inside your visitors’ heads.”
Think like your potential visitors and ask yourself what they
would actually be typing into a search engine while looking for
your product.

When your potential customer is using a search engine,
and sees a listing that uses his or her exact words, that really
jumps out! On a conscious and subconscious level, this
really connects with the prospect. Echoing back the prospect’s
own words in your listings, is a a powerful
Neuro-Linguistic Programmin communication
technique.

There are countless tools for developing your list of keywords.
Most of the top searchengines have suggestion tools that show
you recent search terms. These
suggestion tools are a good starting point, but they’re only a
beginning. Just because a term is not listed doesn’t mean it isn’t
being searched. So you need to use these tools ONLY as a
starting point.

Those who spend considerable time refining their pay-per-click
process use numerous tools. Tools that I personally use include:

– The Overture Suggestion Tool

– The Google Suggestion Tool

– Good Keywords (desktop software)

– AdWord Analyzer

– WordTracker

… and numerous sites devoted to developing keyword lists.

You also need to read the books published by experts in the
field. Books I have read or re-read JUST in the past MONTH
include:

– Google Cash

– The Definitive Guide to Google AdWords

– The Silent Sales Machine Hiding on Ebay

– Success Alert

– The Affiliate Marketers Handbook

… and several others.

I’ve also listened in on, or participated in, about 10 different
teleseminars on pay-per-clicks in the past month alone.

Some of the books mentioned above don’t at first seem to be
about developing keywords or using pay per clicks. All of these
books DO teach you things about targeting niche markets in
one way or another. They help you to discover and capitalize
on hidden markets. I think of practically all of them as
reference resources.

Winning the pay-per-click, keyword battle is about totally
immersing yourself in the topic. It’s about studying all of the
available material on the topic. It about reading the reference
materials mention above over and over again. Something new
will resonate or “jump out at you” each time that you study
these materials. At least that’s been my experience. That’s
why I often listen to a teleseminar while
out jogging or walking along the beach

Winning the pay-per-clicks, keyword battle is all about:

– Constantly refining and adding to your keywords lists

– Constantly refining your pay-per-clicks listings

– Constantly testing and meticulously tracking

That’s all there is to it… that and ONLY sticking with your
winners.

Willie Crawford, often referred to as “The King Of Pay Per
Clicks,” has been teaching and studying online marketing
since late 1996. Find more of his teachings on pay-per-click
search engines at: http://MasterThePayPerClicks.com