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The Most Obvious Choice Might Not Be the Best One

Google Adwords is normally the first name that comes to mind when most people think of Pay-Per-Click advertising or online display networks.

This is more than understandable. Google is the undisputed king of the internet (especially in terms of search volume and users).

Most established small businesses looking to “branch out” into online advertising look to advertise on Google first. However, their “search” usually begins and ends there once they hit their ad budget (and usually doing so very quickly) and are confused as to the next best option.

In terms of reaching the most eyeballs, Google is still #1 by far. There are other very effective display networks other than the Silicon Valley giant out there though. When determining which one is actually the best choice for your business, Google isn’t always the default choice.

Below are some of the pros and cons of the three biggest display networks you can advertise on:

Google Adwords

Pros:

  • Most popular search engine (by far) accounting for 67% of all online searches
  • Younger, savvier internet users (in general)
  • Biggest content network & more ad extension (for adding business contact details, etc.)
  • More intuitive interface and easier to set up

Cons:

  • Most expensive (also by far)
  • Less affluent searchers (when compared to Bing / Yahoo)
  • Slightly lower conversion rates (also when compared to Bing / Yahoo)
  • Very unforgiving if your account gets suspended
  • Lower quality scores for sites with affiliate links
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