Now Playing: Search engine Optimazation
Yahoo has announced its new pay-per-click product: Yahoo Search Marketing (SM). This product was formerly known as Overture, but you may also recognize it as Goto.com, the name it went under prior to 2001. In our experience, advertising with Google AdWords has resulted in higher conversion rates than with Yahoo Search Marketing (SM). However, both programs have advantages and disadvantages. How does Yahoo SM compare with Google's AdWords? Let's start by looking at how they differ (all amounts are in USD). Bidding
- Yahoo places your bid at 1 penny over your next lowest competitor. Thus, if you bid $3.00 per click, and the next highest bid is $1.95 per click, you will only pay $1.96 per click.
- Yahoo allows you to see who you are bidding against and what they are bidding, so you know exactly where you will rank, and how much you will pay.
- Yahoo's maximum bid is $999.99
- Yahoo's minimum bid is $0.10
- Google AdWords
- Google doesn't tell you how much you will pay per click. Thus, if you bid $3.00 per click, you will pay anywhere from $0.05 to $3.00 per click.
- Google does not allow you to know how much your competitors are bidding per click.
- An advantage with Google is that you will rank higher if your click-through rate (CT rate) is better (a CT rate is the ratio of clicks on your ad to the number of times your ad is shown). Thus, you may have a better rank than your competitor, even if he or she bids more than you (because of your CT rate).
- Google's maximum bid is $100.00
- Google's minimum bid is $0.05
- Yahoo SM
- Yahoo will drop your keyphrase if the CT rate is ranked very low for a significant period of time. In actuality, this rarely happens. Your keyphrase has to perform quite dismally for it to get dropped.
- Google drops keyphrases with POTENTIALLY low CT rates. If Google deems that your keyphrase has done poorly for other customers, then your keyphrase won't even get the chance to make a single (first!) impression. This can be very frustrating when your keyphrases are very relevant, but Google won't even let them see the light of day. The flip side, of course, is that if your keyphrase's CT rate is good, you will get a higher ranking (even if you bid lower than your competition).
- Google allows you to choose your country and language by selecting them in a dropdown box. Very simple, very efficient, and very effective.
- The language is based on the language setting of the visitor's computer. For example, if you are targeting Spanish Americans, than you will want to target the Spanish AND English languages because many Spanish Americans use English computers. Just make sure that you choose Spanish-only keyphrases.
- Yahoo's system for countries and languages is downright miserable. You have to re-register for every country (and only twenty countries are available).
- Worse, you have to re-submit all your keyphrases and reset all your bids.
- What's more, each country has different criteria for submission. This means you have to rebuild your campaign for the USA, UK, and Australia. Canada is there, but you are not allowed to submit English keyphrases (?!?), only French (FYI: Canada's workforce is 73% English, 22% French). In Switzerland, you can submit in Italian, German and French; there is no language differentiation.
- Notable missing countries: Mexico, China, English Canada (which is grouped with the USA), South Korea, India, Russia...
- Yahoo SM
- Yahoo offers many useful reports. And while you can find just about everything you might need, it's left up to you to figure out which report contains the information you were looking for.
- Google AdWords
- Google offers customizable reports. You can ask for anything you want, and you will get it.
- They also offer to email you your customized report on a regular basis.
"Okeeffe print(s)" #3 position
|Yahoo: 1 click 8 impressions 12.5% CT rate $0.10 cost per click||Google: 63 clicks 1642 impressions 3.8% CT rate $0.13 cost per click|
"Ansel Adams photo(s)" #5-6 position
|Yahoo: 20 clicks 2401 impressions 0.8% CT rate $0.05 cost per click||Google: 25 clicks 2529 impressions 1.0% CT rate $0.06 cost per click|
|"Real estate Bahamas" #3 position|
|Yahoo: 1037 clicks 19 879 impressions 5.2% CT rate $0.34 cost per click 3 conversions 0.30% conversion rate||Google: 1557 clicks 35 348 impressions 4.4% CT rate $0.45 cost per click 13 conversions 0.84% conversion rate|