Indeed Officially Launches PPC Job Listings

  |  May 11, 2006   |  Comments

The job classifieds search site may be the first of many to offer PPC classifieds.

Job classifieds search site Indeed has formally launched pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. The sponsored listings are sold directly by Indeed to employment advertisers and listings publishers.

Until now, most job advertising has been offered as pay-per-listing, or as Indeed CEO Paul Forster put it, "the legacy model that was ported on to the Web." Now, continued Forster, "We've seen the success of pay-for-performance advertising on general search enginesÂ…and there's no reason why this shouldn't be the end model for classified advertising."

The company has allowed advertisers with listings in its network, mainly publishers such as NYTimes.com and job classifieds sites like BuilderJobs, to bid for sponsored listings like they would for keyword advertising on a search engine. Sponsored listings appear above and below natural search results. Advertisers don't need to submit ad copy or choose keywords as the job listings themselves enable that. PPC advertisers can also specify maximum bids or set daily or monthly budgets through the system.

The system has been in testing since last year. During that time, classifieds publishers including NYTimes.com, ApartmentCareers.com and BAJobs.com, a San Francisco Bay Area site have used the PPC service. Indeed supplements NYTimes.com's classified ads, and provides all classifieds in About.com's job search. Indeed's PPC listings also appear in customized search results displays, called Jobrolls, on small sites and blogs within its affiliate network. Advertisers using the PPC offering can disable the feature to stick within their ad budgets.

Like other classified aggregator sites, Indeed compiles listings through direct feeds from classifieds publishers and by crawling the Web. Indeed also allows advertisers to run PPC keyword-driven ads that appear alongside sponsored and natural search results.

Job aggregator site Careerjet.com offers PPC buys for employment listings garnering more than 1,000 clicks per month. And, according to a Yahoo HotJobs spokesperson, the company has a "limited trial of pay-per-click media products across the Yahoo network for a group of recruitment customers." Still, most other job classifieds and aggregator sites don't offer PPC advertising.

As search engines like Google jump on the local classified ad bandwagon, however, and classifieds aggregator sites continue to portray themselves as vertical search engines, the move towards PPC classifieds advertising may be inevitable.

ClickZ Live San Francisco This Year's Premier Digital Marketing Event is #CZLSF
ClickZ Live San Francisco (Aug 11-14) brings together the industry's leading practitioners and marketing strategists to deliver 4 days of educational sessions and training workshops. From Data-Driven Marketing to Social, Mobile, Display, Search and Email, this year's comprehensive agenda will help you maximize your marketing efforts and ROI. Register today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate Kaye

Kate Kaye was Managing Editor at ClickZ News until October 2012. As a daily reporter and editor for the original news source, she covered beats including digital political campaigns and government regulation of the online ad industry. Kate is the author of Campaign '08: A Turning Point for Digital Media, the only book focused on the paid digital media efforts of the 2008 presidential campaigns. Kate created ClickZ's Politics & Advocacy section, and is the primary contributor to the one-of-a-kind section. She began reporting on the interactive ad industry in 1999 and has spoken at several events and in interviews for television, radio, print, and digital media outlets. You can follow Kate on Twitter at @LowbrowKate.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

ClickZ Today is our #1 newsletter.
Get a daily dose of digital marketing.

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Featured White Papers

BigDoor: The Marketers Guide to Customer Loyalty

The Marketer's Guide to Customer Loyalty
Customer loyalty is imperative to success, but fostering and maintaining loyalty takes a lot of work. This guide is here to help marketers build, execute, and maintain a successful loyalty initiative.

Marin Software: The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising

The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising
Latest research reveals 68% higher revenue per conversion for marketers who integrate their search & social advertising. In addition to the research results, this whitepaper also outlines 5 strategies and 15 tactics you can use to better integrate your search and social campaigns.

WEBINARS

    Information currently unavailable

Jobs

    • Interactive Product Manager
      Interactive Product Manager (Western Governors University) - Salt Lake CityWestern Governors University, one of the 20 largest universities...
    • SEO Senior Analyst
      SEO Senior Analyst (University of Phoenix (Apollo Education Group)) - San FranciscoSEO Senior Analyst   Position Summary...
    • SEM & Biddable Media Manager
      SEM & Biddable Media Manager (Kepler Group LLC) - New YorkAs an Optimization & Innovation Manager at Kepler Group, you will be on the bleeding...