Google Banner Ads and Possible Impact on SEO, Organic Search

Google unveiled a beta test dealing with banner ads associated to organic search results for branded searches. Search Engine Journal broke the story and highlights Southwest Airlines and Virgin America. What does this mean for SEO?

Google Banner Ad Test Virgin America Example

Well, organic results are obviously free as compared to paid search & display advertising. We also know Google is in the business of making money. What if there could be additional revenue streams from organic listings? This in addition to paid search & display revenue.

The site links associated to the banner ad are purely organic, this is one of the main reasons this new ad block is so interesting. The image is obviously an attention grabber similar to a rich snippet. Some data shows rich snippets provide an  increase in click through rates within the SERP 20-200%.

This banner ads beta launch for branded searches may be the beginning of paid rich snippet components to organic search results. These components would likely have no direct impact on organic rankings, although there are indirect links associated with the increased traffic these listings garner.

 

SERP example of google banner ads with southwest airlines

It will be interesting to see how this beta launch evolves and is opened up to all companies advertising within Google Adwords.

What do you think this means for organic search?

Comments

  1. It seems as though Google is attempting to increase the size of the sitelinks, and consequently, reducing the CTR for other organic listings. Website owners may counter by optimizing for their highest converting webpage. Let’s see how this new beta plays out.

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