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Paid Search (PPC)

Self-Paced4 Course Hours | 12 Weeks
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Paid Search (PPC)


Paid Search advertising, also called pay-per-click (PPC), is used to pay for traffic to visit a website. In this course, learners will explore search marketing, the search process, and the buying cycle. Also included is how to set up a successful PPC account, how to set and measure goals, and how to optimize keyword usage using a variety of strategies. Learners will then examine components of effective ads and landing pages, how to optimize ad targeting, and when to use search or display advertising. The course then delves into research and analysis considerations, such as report creation, improving quality score, and using A/B and multivariate ad testing. Course material is presented through the use of text, videos, games, and other engaging content.


  • IACET CEUs: 0.4
    • SHRM PDCs: 4


      • Mobile-friendly
      • Audio-enabled
      • Badge and credit-awarding
      • Real-world case studies
      • Fully accessible
      • Games & Flashcards
      • Expert-supported
      • Video content

      learning Outcomes

      • Explain the purpose of paid search (pay-per-click) advertising
      • Define search marketing, search engine marketing (SEM), and search engine optimization (SEO)
      • Describe the search process and the search buying cycle
      • Demonstrate how to set PPC account goals and measure them
      • Explain how to build a PPC account and estimate conversion rates
      • Understand and set bids
      • Conduct an audit of a PPC account
      • Describe different types of keyword searches
      • Explain how to use keyword planners and other tools
      • Describe how to use keyword matching and negative keywords
      • Describe the benefits of paid search (pay-per-click) and the parts of an ad
      • Explain how dynamic keywords and different ad extensions are beneficial
      • Relate how a marketer can segment B2B and B2C searchers
      • Describe the difference between mobile and desktop ads and landing pages
      • Explain how to optimize a landing page
      • Understand the difference between search and display advertising
      • Describe display ad formats and the importance of contextual advertising
      • Identify components of an effective paid search report
      • Describe the pros and cons of A/B versus multivariate testing
      • Explain how to manage the PPC channel and why editors are useful

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