Mastering Google Adwords?
Lets be honest here, Google is certainly one of biggest players as far as search engines go. The results returned by Google are fairly accurate, and while we take them for granted we cannot forget about all days of work that must have gone into algorithms that sort wheat from chaf. As this must have cost them some serious money, it would have been unfair to expect Google to keep paid advertisers from their site and it was only a matter of time before paid advertising became an option.
Getting Balance Right
One of problems associated with adding paid for listings to search results is that you can't simply hide paid for links into results of a search term. In early days of cost per click searches it was often companies with deepest pockets that were guaranteed top spot for a term. The only thing such companies had to prove was that keyword was relevant to term, if of course advert had to be reviewed before going live.
Search engines that offer paid for and free listings should really differentiate between two types of link. I know that whenever I've used a traditional pay per click search engine top few paid for terms aren't always relevant to what I was looking for, so I like to know before I click on a link if it was paid for or not.
Paid for results are fine, so long as visitors are aware they are paid for. Any pay per click engine that clearly makes distinction between two keeps some of its credibility by declaring its interest in a particular link.
Google Adwords Select
I'll admit I wasn't surprised when I heard that Google was offering a new cost per click program (Adwords Select); it was only a matter of time. However, having read through way program works, I was pleasantly surprised. Google's approach to their pay per click program is way forward, not only does it filter out obvious spammers in real time, but it can cut needless costs to advertisers while maximizing their own revenue!
There is a $5 setup fee if you want to use Adwords Select program, and minimum charge for a click is 5 cents. While this can work out cheaper than normal Adwords program that is based on cost per number of impressions, it is still enough to keep some of much smaller web site owners out of game as it were.
Having said that Select program offers features that can help out those that are on a pretty tight budget. To begin with there is no minimum monthly charge, so once you've paid your setup fee you will only be charged for what you use. Another handy feature that will save you any unexpected costs you can't afford is ability to set yourself a daily budget. As soon as you've reached your daily limit, Google will temporarily remove your adverts from keywords you're targeting.