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Implications Of The Google 4 Pack

Back in February, Google made some changes to their search engine results page (SERP). The side ads that Google used to display for users have disappeared. Google now has four paid ads above the organic listings and three on the bottom of the page.  According to research conducted by IProspect UK, the banner ads generate 14x more clicks then the same side ads. Therefore moving ads towards the top banner will result in better performing campaigns due to higher click-throughs, higher quality scores and lower cost per click (CPC).

The Positive

With fewer ad positions, this allows advertisers to be more accurate in reporting on the average ad position. When there were 11 ads, some would appear in a highly visible spot at the top of the page, while others were below the fold. The click rate varied considerably depending on that placement, so ads appearing below would drag down the average of ads that were higher on the page, which would skew the reporting results. Reducing the number of ad spots helps advertisers to be more accurate in analyzing the cost and benefits of ad investments.

What does this mean for Organic rankings

If your website already has good organic rankings on Google, your site will now appear lower on the page. This will push your result for your website below the fold. This could be a disadvantage to your traffic because a lot of searchers do not go below the fold when searching. As a result, businesses that previously relied on organic rankings may now be increasing their PPC budget in order to remain visible on a SERP.

Steps you can take to combat this change

Down the road

As an advertiser, the balancing act of PPC and SEO is going to become more critical.  With the picture below you can see four ads appearing at the top,  8 Google Merchant Ads on the right and one Google My Business listing. Therefore there are zero organic results above the fold, this will make it more difficult for SEO traffic to stand out.

Furthermore with PPC clicks becoming increasing expensive, you’ll want to work even harder on SEO campaigns. Monitoring both your SEO and PPC campaigns closely will be crucial to balancing the two effectively. Having a higher amount of PPC ads can boost traffic to your site, which will positively impact your SEO.


Post By Justin Brunette (6 Posts)

Justin, having an educational background in marketing and business, as well as being certified in Google Adwords, continues to educate himself on a daily basis regarding the digital marketing industry.

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