When you are getting started in the world of ecommerce, one of the first things you need to think about is getting traffic to your web page. Much like a physical storefront, a website is useless unless people are actually browsing through it, so it is important to think about how to get people to take a look at your webpage. Pay-per-click is one way to do this, but before you start investing the money into this unique form of advertising, there are a few things that you should know. PPC advertising can be a little confusing at first glance, so take a look below to clear up some of the more common misconceptions. The first thing to remember is that PPC advertising will not increase your ranking on search engines like Google or Yahoo. No matter how many times your ad appears, you will not get a better ranking when people do searches looking for your product. The only way to increase your natural ranking on the search engines is to put more relevant and key-word optimised information on your web page itself. For services like Google Ads, where your link appears next to the natural search results, you may wonder if people ever click on the sponsored links, especially if there are natural links below. The answer is yes, because the people who click your link are buyers. People who choose the natural links are usually researchers, and were probably not interested in purchases in the first place. When considering which PPC provider to go with, make sure that you investigate them thoroughly. A good PPC provider will do things like protect you from fraud and provide technical support. For instance, if you find that you are paying for a suspiciously high number of clicks that don’t actually result in any activity on your site, you can ask your provider to investigate. A good provider has mechanisms in place to prevent competitors from driving up your ad costs by constantly clicking your ads. There are definitely shadier PPC operations out there. Some providers will work hand-in-hand with organizations that click on ads and drive up the amount you have to pay. While organisations like this are constantly being uncovered and run out of business, more spring up all the time, so don’t let yourself be fooled. The most pressing question that is on your mind may be whether or not PPC advertising can really work for you, and the answer is yes. PPC advertising can get your site and your products out to a wide variety of prospective customers, and because your link will be placed on a website that complementary to yours, you have a small degree of certainty about the fact that the traffic coming to your site is relevant. The other big advantage of PPC advertising is that it is extremely affordable and quick to implement. Many services even offer a budgeting cap; you can say that you are only interested in paying so much money a day towards your links; after your daily budget has been completed, your link will no longer be seen until the next day. If you are considering pay-per-click advertising, educate yourself on its ins and outs; make sure you know what you’re paying for!