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Does Google Ads help SEO?

. 8 min read

Welcome to the intersection of paid search and organic growth, where the lines between immediate visibility and long-term presence blur. Today, we’re tackling a question that often sparks debate in our circles: Does Google Ads help SEO?

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Short answer: Not directly, as Google Ads doesn't directly influence organic search rankings. However, when used correctly, it can be a good supportive element.

If you've been searching for this, I'm assuming that you're done with your website performance scores, optimized your internal linking, created enough blog posts, and then turned your way around for more external factors. So through that assumption, I'll also be talking about two more common and external ways of supporting your overall SEO efforts: Utilizing your YouTube account and Google Business Profile. And in case you're looking for a helper in both of these, I can recommend the tool below:

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Understanding the Distinct Paths of Google Ads and SEO: Google Ads vs. SEO!

Before we delve into the relationship between Google Ads and SEO, let’s clarify their individual roles. Google Ads is the sprinter in the race, offering a burst of speed to get you noticed right out of the gate. It’s a pay-per-click platform that places your ads atop or beside Google’s search results, providing immediate traffic and brand exposure.

SEO, on the other hand, is the marathon runner, building endurance and strength over time. It’s the art and science of optimizing your website to rank higher in organic search results. This involves a cocktail of keyword research, content creation, and technical website enhancements to earn the trust of search engines and users alike. As part of the process, using a white label SEO reporting tool can provide valuable insights and analytics to track and improve your SEO efforts effectively.

Here's a more detailed comparison table of Google Ads vs. SEO:

Google Ads vs. SEO Comparison

Parameter Google Ads SEO
Cost Pay-per-click (PPC) model, you pay for each click on your ad Can be free, but often requires investment in time, content creation, and potentially SEO tools
Time to See Results Fast, can see results within hours or days Slower, can take weeks or months to see significant results
Sustainability Traffic stops once you stop paying for ads Traffic can be more sustainable in the long term
Click-Through Rate (CTR) Can be high depending on targeting and ad copy Generally lower than PPC ads
Conversion Rate Can be good, but depends on the landing page quality and the offer Can be good, but may require more nurturing of leads
Scalability Highly scalable, you can increase your budget and reach quickly Can be scaled, but takes time and effort to improve rankings for more keywords
Traffic Quality Varied, depends on targeting and competition Generally higher quality traffic, users are actively searching for what you offer
Competition High competition for popular keywords can drive up costs Competition exists, but SEO strategies can help target long-tail keywords and less competitive niches
Control High level of control over targeting, budget, and ad copy Less direct control over search engine algorithms, but optimization techniques can be implemented
Analytics and Tracking Detailed analytics provided by Google Ads Requires integration with the analytics tools, but allows for in-depth tracking of user behavior on your website
Brand Visibility Builds brand awareness when your ad appears at the top of search results Can build strong brand visibility through organic rankings and high-quality content
Flexibility Can be easily adjusted and paused at any time SEO strategies take time to implement changes and see results
Trust and Credibility Ads are clearly labeled as advertising, which may affect the perception of trust Organic ranking implies relevance and can build trust with users

I can say that there is no clear winner as both Google Ads and SEO have their own strengths and weaknesses. However, utilizing them together in line with your specific goals, budget, and resources may help you quite a lot, as one's strength may help overcome the other's weakness.

For more on the benefits of SEO, you may read our article below:

Create your local marketing strategy with SEO in 2024
Local online marketing differs from usual marketing strategies because it needs to be more definite and effective in targeting and converting the local audience.

The Indirect Influence of Google Ads on SEO

Now, to address the elephant in the room: As stated above, Google Ads does not directly boost your SEO rankings. The algorithms for paid and organic results operate independently, ensuring a fair playing field for all. However, the traffic and user engagement from a well-executed Google Ads campaign can have indirect benefits for SEO. Here’s how:

  • User Behavior Insights: Google Ads provides valuable data on keywords and ad copy that resonate with your audience. These insights can inform your SEO strategy, helping you create content that aligns with user intent.
  • CTR and Engagement: Ads that generate high click-through rates (CTR) can lead to increased engagement on your site. While CTR from ads doesn’t directly influence SEO, the resulting user interactions may signal to search engines that your content is relevant and valuable.
  • Brand Recognition: Consistent visibility through Google Ads can enhance brand recognition. As users become more familiar with your brand, they’re more likely to click on your organic listings, potentially improving your organic CTR over time.

Synergizing SEO with YouTube and Google My Business

Expanding beyond Google Ads, let’s explore how an active YouTube channel and Google My Business can bolster your SEO efforts.


YouTube: The Visual Storyteller

An active YouTube channel is a treasure trove for SEO. It’s not just about cat videos and viral challenges; it’s a platform where your brand’s story can unfold through engaging video content. Here’s the SEO magic it brings:

  • Search Engine Visibility: YouTube is the second largest search engine. Videos optimized with the right keywords can appear in both YouTube and Google searches, casting a wider net for potential leads.
  • Link Building: Include links to your website in video descriptions and your channel’s "About" section. This not only drives traffic but also serves as a link-building strategy, which is a cornerstone of SEO.
  • Engagement and Retention: Videos that captivate and retain viewers can indirectly influence your site’s SEO. Engaged viewers are more likely to explore your brand further, visiting your website and interacting with your content.

Already aware of these and wanna grow your YouTube channel? Then check this out:

How to promote your Youtube channel: Best 9 tips and practices!
Youtube is still the giant of video-sharing platforms. So, now is the perfect time to learn how to promote your Youtube channel to get more subscribers and views. We give the best 9 tips and best practices to promote your Youtube channel.

Google My Business: The Local Champion

For local businesses, Google My Business is the unsung hero of SEO. It’s your digital storefront, and optimizing it can lead to significant SEO gains:

  • Local Search Dominance: A well-maintained GMB listing increases your chances of appearing in the coveted “local pack” of search results, directly impacting your local SEO.
  • Rich Snippets and Features: Utilize GMB’s features like posts, Q&A, and reviews to provide rich information that can appear directly in search results, enhancing your visibility and credibility.
  • Analytics and Insights: GMB offers insights into how users find and interact with your listing. Use this data to refine your SEO strategy and improve your online presence.

Our guide below will provide you more detail about the relationship between your SEO efforts and how you manage your Google Business Profile.

How do Google My Business Posts help SEO? Explained in detail!
Google My Business is one of the most effective tools for boosting a company’s local search engine optimization (SEO) and online exposure. If you own a local business, you should enhance the online visibility of your company to claim your Google My Business page and get started with GMB posts.

How can Circleboom Publish help me with my SEO efforts?

Having built in a Google Business Profile scheduler and YouTube scheduler, Circleboom Publish is ready to be your go-to tool with its many features.


GMB Scheduler of Circleboom Publish

  • Consistent posting: Schedule Google My business posts at the best times to post on GMB in advance to maintain an active GMB profile, which is crucial for local SEO and staying top-of-mind with your audience.

  • Time management: Plan and automate your GMB posts, saving valuable time that can be used for other SEO and marketing activities.
  • Quality traffic: Drive quality traffic to your website by scheduling posts that highlight events or offers, leading to higher conversion rates.
  • Engagement: Use the AI GMB post generator to create engaging posts quickly, which can improve interaction with your customers.
  • Attractive designs: Canva, Unsplash, and Giphy are at your service! You can design amazing posts with ready-made templates, filters, effects, images, gifs, animations, etc.

All these and much more can be done with Circleboom Publish.

Google Business Profile Manager
Promote your services and products and boost your business with Circleboom’s Google Business Profile Manager. Managing your Google Business, including advanced post creating, designing, and scheduling, is more effective now than ever!

YouTube Shorts scheduler of Circleboom Publish

  • Strategic timing: Schedule your YouTube Shorts to go live at optimal times for maximum reach and engagement, aligning with your audience’s viewing habits.
  • Bulk scheduling: Upload and schedule multiple Shorts at once, ensuring a steady stream of content without the need to post manually each time.
  • AI description generator: Circleboom's OpenAI integration helps with your video descriptions also. You can use it to uplift any text, apply grammar checks, or even for translations.
  • Hashtag generator: Search, discover, save, and use the most popular hashtags in your niche with Circleboom's hashtag generator.
  • All else that's offered natively on YouTube: You can enter the other details like video title and audience, select categories, and even notify your subscribers.

Given all these, I'm sure you'll love the YouTube Shorts scheduler of Circleboom Publish!

Can you schedule YouTube Shorts? Yes, but how? Let’s find out!
Let me show you how to schedule YouTube Shorts and increase your impressions and engagement for your video content!

Wrapping Up: The Convergence of Paid and Organic Strategies

In conclusion, while Google Ads doesn’t directly influence SEO, it’s a powerful ally in driving traffic and providing insights that can indirectly benefit your organic efforts.

Combine this with the strengths of YouTube and Google My Business, and you have a robust strategy that not only elevates your SEO but also solidifies your brand’s digital footprint. And combine your efforts with the help of Circleboom Publish, and you'll be unbeatable!

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Fatih Kemal Oksuzoglu

Passionate about the latest trends and developments in the digital world, all the way from social media marketing to cybersecurity, and enjoys sharing his insights and tips.

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