What is Google Adwords ?
Google Adwords is the system Google has developed to assist you in marketing your products or services in the Google Search Engine, and its affiliate sites, via the use of a placed text ad that appears when people search for phrases related to your offering, this appears as a "sponsored link". The system is a "pay per click" system, this means you can dictate where your ad appears through bidding for a series of phrases, but you only pay the amount you have bid for if someone clicks on your ad as a result of a web search, i.e. pay per click !
So why use Google Adwords?
It is now apparent that there is a difference between the types of visitor to a website: "browsing traffic", or, visitors that may have found a website in a search engines organic result, behave differently to traffic that comes directly from Google Adwords or "pay per click traffic". The reason for this is simple: traffic via surfing in organic results is simply often browsing for information where as traffic via pay per click knows that when they are clicking on a ad, it is simply that, an ad and that the advertisement is for something they need and want to buy, whether that be a product or services. Therefore, you don't necessarily need millions of visitors via browsing, rather than specific targeted visitors via Google Adwords.
Its not quite as simple as that!
Sorry to say, yes you can pitch the highest bid for phrases and gain some great positions and traffic. You could set up a Google Adword Account and Campaign in a matter of minutes, but without Google Adword Management, you will find often that not only will your budget get used up and not result in any sales or enquiries, but the traffic you do send via this method to your website, may be disappointed when they get there if the page they land on is not relevant to their search: they will simply click away and you will have lost budget and a potential customer. In addition, through effective Google Adword Management, not only will your campaigns become more effective in driving relevant targeted traffic to your website, the amount you bid for with your desired phrases may be less than your competition and in many instances your ad will appear higher in the Google search result even though you are bidding less than your competitor for a phrase!