How Google search results differ from ads
- Where they appear: Typically along the edge of the page (the top, side or bottom)
- How they’re matched: Google matches ads to a person’s search based on how closely the search matches your keywords and campaign settings
- How they’re ordered: Ads are ordered based on a combination of cost-per-click (CPC) bid and relevance
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2. Search results
- Where they appear: Usually on the middle of the page
- How they’re matched: Google matches sites to a person’s search using information like text on the page and links to that page
- How they’re ordered: Results are ordered on the page based on things like relevance to the search term and popularity
In addition to links to web pages, you may also see relevant results on a map that lists local business locations, contact information and driving directions. Google’s search results are independent of Google’s advertising programmes.