Amazon SEO v.s. Amazon PPC

Amazon SEO and Amazon PPC are the two cornerstones every Amazon marketing campaign should build on. If you want to boost your sales and grow your Amazon business, SEO and PPC are the best ways to start. But is one better than the other? What’s the difference? And where should you start?

In this article, we will look at what Amazon SEO and Amazon PPC have in common, and how they differ. We will explain how the two work, and why the most effective Amazon marketing strategy must include both.

What’s the difference between Amazon SEO and Amazon PPC?

Amazon SEO and Amazon PPC effectively have the same goal: getting your products displayed higher in Amazon search results – and that’s important because greater visibility means more sales.

However, even though the desired outcome is the same, the approach of the two marketing tools is fundamentally different.

Amazon SEO Improves Organic Ranking Over Time

Amazon SEO focuses on improving product visibility through listing optimization. By including all relevant keywords and adding content that positively affects click through and conversion rate, Amazon SEO improves the organic ranking as well as sales performance of product listings.

Amazon SEO is a two step process:

  1. Keyword Optimization: Including all relevant keywords for which the product should be found into the product listing text
  2. Listing Optimization: Including high quality and relevant pictures, texts, reviews etc. to improve CTR, Conversion Rate (CR) and with that sales

The main benefit of Amazon SEO is that it is free, and product indexing (meaning that a product appears in search results if there is an exact match between search terms and keywords on the product listing) happens straight away.

The disadvantage is that it can sometimes take quite a while for the product listing to climb the ranks and gain greater visibility.

Amazon PPC Boosts Sales Immediately

Amazon PPC makes use of ad campaigns to draw more customers to your product listing. For the sake of comparison, let’s focus on ‘Sponsored Products’, the most commonly used type of PPC campaign (other formats are ‘Headline Search Ads’ and ‘Product Display Ads’).

Here is how it works: You make a bid on keywords that are relevant to your product listing. A customer uses that specific keyword, or related keywords, in his/her search, and your ad will pop up and be highlighted in the search results or product page. Successful campaigns require regular optimization efforts, such as CPC adjustments.

This means that the search range for Amazon PPC is greater than Amazon SEO, since it is not just exact keywords that trigger the ad to appear. Furthermore, Amazon PPC has the advantage that visibility improvements (and with that sales) happen very quickly, sometimes even instantly, depending on how high the bids on specific keywords are.

The effects of PPC campaigns can therefore be measures immediately. The drawback with PPC campaigns is that they require a budget, as you pay per click (PPC – pay per click).

The differences between Amazon SEO and Amazon PPC are summarized in the table below.

Post Author: Mannan Arshad

Expert Amazon consultant and co-founder of a consulting agency that helps sellers launch and grow on Amazon. During my consulting career, I have launched and managed 7-figure Amazon FBA businesses of all kinds. Many of the products under my management have reached the #1 Best Sellers Rank (BSR) on Currently the lowest-priced Amazon expert on Clarity, my main goal is to help and empower people to start their own Amazon businesses. I equally enjoy advising established Amazon sellers and seeing our conversations turn into growth and results. I'm also an expert in international marketplaces, e-commerce shipping & logistics, product sourcing, ODM manufacturing, and more

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