The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM
JULY 19, 2016
Despite some misleading chatter to the contrary, SEO is not dead , and keywords still matter. And of course, keyword stuffing, as an SEO tactic, is long dead. But keywords (more precisely, keyword phrases) still matter in the sense they reveal searcher intent. That’s where keyword research comes in. Google Review Count: 46,500. 1) SEMrush. 4) Soovle.
Seven Common AdWords Mistakes to Avoid
JULY 24, 2012
As Google’s standard search results page has evolved from displaying ten organic links on the left and eight ads on the right to a more varied page (see example below), featuring more or fewer ads and different media types depending on the nature of the search, the old pattern of organic results receiving 70%-85% of all clicks has also gone by the wayside. Using the wrong keywords.
An SEO’s Guide to Bottom-of-Funnel Keywords
OCTOBER 21, 2016
If I had a penny for every time a client asked our agency to focus only on the most searched, highest volume keywords in their industry I’d be a very rich woman by now. We’ll discuss methods to research based on the funnel stage, specifically bottom-of-funnel keywords in today’s blog post. Keyword research is an important part of search engine optimization (SEO). Not likely.
Stop Wasting Money and Improve Your Google AdWords Paid Search ROI
JULY 5, 2016
That’s because many PPC firms miss a few techniques to make sure your Google AdWords programs are working as they should. This is mostly likely to happen when the keyword query, ad, and landing page offer are all aligned. With that as a backdrop, we are now going to focus on some AdWords features that your digital marketing firm may be missing. Enhanced CPC.
How Do Your Google AdWords Metrics Compare to Industry Averages? [New Benchmark Data]
APRIL 12, 2016
Trouble is, mastering Google AdWords is really tricky. To help shed some light on the situation, the folks at WordStream released a detailed new study on AdWords industry metrics. This information can be used to inform your AdWords strategy, and ultimately help you improve your overall ad performance. Average Cost-per-Click (CPC). Average Clickthrough Rate (CTR).
7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google Adwords
DECEMBER 16, 2013
Google Adwords is a very powerful tool packed with lots of features to help you get the most out of your search engine marketing efforts. Today we break down some lesser known but highly valuable Google Adwords features to help you maximize your campaign performance. 1) Adwords Bid Strategies. If so, it might be time to check out Adwords Bid Strategies.
17 (of the) Best AdWords and SEM Guides of 2011
MARCH 14, 2012
Google AdWords) in conjunction to maximize first-page-of-the-search-results exposure. Understand Google AdWords quality scores? Discover the answers to these questions and many more here in 17 of the best AdWords and SEM guides of the past year. AdWords Guides, Tips & Tactics. 5 Tips for Increasing Your AdWords Quality Score by ClickZ.
Best Google AdWords Tips and Tactics of 2010
JANUARY 28, 2011
There’s no question that paid search delivers leads, and no question that AdWords is the big dog in the PPC world. Yet many marketers struggle to optimize this channel in the face of increasing competition, changes to Google results pages (e.g. Google Instant) and changes within AdWords itself. How can you use AdWords reports to fine-tune campaigns?
B2B PPC Optimization: Thought Leadership with Terry Whalen of CPC Search
Modern B2B Marketing
JULY 23, 2009
The next interview in the B2B Marketing thought leader interview series is with Terry Whalen, a partner at CPC Search , a full-service SEM agency that optimizes PPC campaigns on behalf of its clients. Prior to running CPC Search, Terry led marketing initiatives at Citrix’s GoToMyPC, and before that he received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. It’s relatively easy to measure revenue via Google AdWords using a ‘purchase’ conversion tag that passes through dynamic revenue variables to AdWords reporting. It becomes a return-on-effort problem.
Google AdWords' New Ad Rank Formula: What You Need to Know
NOVEMBER 1, 2013
In late October, Google quietly announced a change to its Ad Rank algorithm that represents a huge shift in the way it evaluates and ranks paid search ads. Why would Google make this change? Ad Rank is the equivalent of the mysterious algorithm that ranks sites in Google’s organic search results. The problem for Google? You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.
Don’t Waste Your Dough! 5 Secrets to Maximizing Google AdWords
MAY 13, 2013
Did you know that when managing your Google Adwords pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns, it’s pretty easy to waste big bucks without even knowing it? Being as efficient as possible is key to getting the most bang for your PPC bucks, so we’ve spilled the beans in the 5 top areas to maximize that’ll get your dollars to deliver: Choosing the Right Keywords.
What You Need to Know About Using Google AdWords Content Campaigns
AUGUST 13, 2013
If you’re new to Search Engine Marketing and/or using Pay-Per-Click ads, you may not be familiar with Google’s Content Search Network also known as the Google Display Network. Google’s Content Search Network allows you to expand your reach and get your ad in front of new audiences with targeted placement ads. What is Google’s Content Network? All rights reserved.
An SEO?s Guide to Bottom-of-Funnel Keywords
OCTOBER 21, 2016
If I had a penny for every time a client asked our agency to focus only on the most searched, highest volume keywords in their industry Id be a very rich woman by now. Well discuss methods to research based on the funnel stage, specifically bottom-of-funnel keywords in todays blog post. Keyword research is an important part of search engine optimization (SEO). Not likely.
A Simple Guide for Setting Up Your First Google AdWords Campaign
JUNE 18, 2012
Google is the most used search engine on the web. With over 2 billion searches a day, your customers are probably "Googling" something for which you want to show up. If it's because you're intimidated by Google's AdWords interface, we get it. Read on to learn everything you need to know about setting up a Google AdWords campaign! Keywords. Right.
Video Tech Company Leverages SEM to Drive Enterprise Leads
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
In 2015, JW Player piloted a small-scale, in-house SEM program on Google AdWords to gauge the potential efficacy of using search advertising to drive qualified leads for its enterprise video platform. Increasing the number of negative keywords to reduce consumer impressions and unqualified clicks. billion unique monthly views. Aggressive testing of ad copy.
Social PPC: 17 Tips for Successful Ads on Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook
OCTOBER 7, 2014
It seems only yesterday that “PPC advertising” was synonymous with Google AdWords. Google still dominates search advertising – at last count, it handles roughly two-thirds of all Web search queries , a market share that won’t be decreasing any time soon. Billion with Google in 2013. Its top 25 US-based search advertisers alone spent more than $1.3 Twitter. Facebook.
Facebook vs. Google: Choosing Between Digital Advertising Giants
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Facebook and Google. And while Google and Facebook’s advertising platforms certainly differ, comparing and contrasting them is helpful for those trying to make the difficult choice between these digital giants. Keep reading to learn whether you’ll see less expensive cost-per-click (CPC) and more powerful return-on-investment (ROI) from Facebook or Google. and $22.84
Use Google Automation Tools to Make Your PPC Ads More Efficient
MARCH 26, 2014
These are just some of the many things you can do with Google’s automation tools. We’ll be exploring some of the different things you can do with these techniques and how they can help you maximize your time and profit with Google Adwords. All rules are created by clicking the Automate button on the Campaigns, Ad groups, Keywords, or Ads tab. All rights reserved.
The Complete Display Ads Overview For B2B Marketers
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Filtering your ad placements on these layers will help you find the right audience and lower your CPC. Contextual layer : The the contextual layer simply means you give Google a list of keywords and Google will choose the sites your ads will show up on. For example, if your keywords are related to sports, your ads will show up on sports websites. Think In Layers.
Getting the Most Out of Google Grants
APRIL 30, 2013
Google Grants , the nonprofit version of Google Adwords , is one of these free resources, and one of our favorites. In a previous post , we touched on the eligibility requirements to apply for Google Grants for Nonprofits (go check ‘em out now). 2 max cost-per-click (CPC) bid. Only applies to Google Search. Keyword targeted campaigns only.
Google’s New AdWords Quality Score Reporting: Where Did All My 10s Go?
AUGUST 28, 2013
Recently, Google announced a change in the way Quality Score would be reported within AdWords. The change, which they’re reportedly doing for more transparency, is supposed to tie your reported Quality Score -- the figure between 1 and 10 that you see in AdWords -- more closely with your actual Quality Score -- the figure that gets calculated each time you enter the ad auction.
Are You Making These PPC Mistakes? 10+ Bizible PPC Fails… And How We Fixed Them
OCTOBER 8, 2015
We realized that we were using the same targeting for our Bizible brand campaign for both search and display through AdWords. Promoting content based on persona -- e.g. blog posts targeted at CMOs only go to CMO audience -- greatly increases ad relevance and CTR, which results in more conversions and lower CPC. Mistake #9: Going general with keywords, then narrowing. Right?
5 Simple PPC Landing Page Changes that May Improve Your Quality Score
DECEMBER 12, 2014
As most PPC advertisers already know, Google’s Quality Score measures what Google perceives to be the quality of your keyword ads. Google also defines the key factors through which an advertiser can improve that landing page experience. However, if there’s one truth about PPC advertising, especially on Google, it’s that the rules change constantly.
Custom Reports: Measuring Lead Generation Conversions with Google Analytics
MARCH 9, 2013
Google Analytics, Conversions, and Marketing Measurement. Google Analytics is an amazing tool that can track all types of data related to website usage; from visitor metrics to content metrics and conversion metrics. This is a pure visit to your site, triggered by the Google Analytics tracking code. Google Analytics allows you to set up 20 goals; 4 groups of 5 goals each.
Google Removes Sidebar Ads: What It Means for Advertisers
MARCH 3, 2016
On Monday, February 22 nd , Google dropped a bombshell on the world of both paid and social advertising. Effective immediately, Google will no longer be showing ads on the right hand sidebar. The removal of the sidebar, which has been a staple location since AdWords’ creation, will certainly shake up results for many differently reasons. Goodbye to Sidebar Ads. Conclusion.
Cost Per Click Reduction Strategy in Google AdWords
MARCH 5, 2017
If your products and services aren’t on page 1 or 2 of the organic results, then paid search ads via Google AdWords are considered so that you can generate bottom funnel leads; targeting prospects using a search engine to find an answer to their business problemsThe problem is; for very competitive keywords in a competitive industry, the cost of a click in many industries can be quite high.
Getting the Most out of Your Keyword Data: Pubcon 2013 Takeaways
NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Once upon a time, you may have wondered, “Hey, is it possible to know what kind of keywords people are using in Google to get to my site?” And if you were savvy, you’d know you could use Google Analytics to get that information. I think most of us are aware of the (not provided) chronicles, but if you are not, make sure you read this post on Google’s Secure Search update.
How B2B Advertisers Can Deal With Google’s Sidebar Changes
APRIL 5, 2016
A little more than one month after Google announced it would no longer be serving paid ads on the right sidebar in desktop results, advertisers and marketers alike are still adapting to the changes. Use the Google AdWords bid simulator on existing and new campaigns to get a better grasp of what type of budget is required to maintain one of the top ad positions. In Closing.
Will Your SEO Strategy Be Impacted By Google’s Removal of Right-Hand-Side Ads on SERPs?
FEBRUARY 24, 2016
Think your AdWords clicks are expensive? As of Friday of last week, Google confirmed that it had permanently removed all right-hand ads on its SERPs (search engine results pages) worldwide, making room for ads at the top and bottom of the page. ” Did I just compare Google Ads to The Sims? Regardless, now is a great time to review your Google Adwords strategy.
Paid Advertising 101: Understanding Search and Display Advertising
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
Search and display advertising on major platforms like Google AdWords and Bing Ads (Yahoo!/Bing Search Advertising via the Google Search Network. Perhaps the most commonly used online advertising platform is Google AdWords, Google’s ubiquitous online advertising tool that allows you to reach prospects and customers on desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
How to Identify Long-Tail Keywords to Fuel Your PPC Strategy
MARCH 15, 2012
For any company running a successful PPC campaign , long-tail keywords are likely already a part of the strategy. “Long-tail keywords” are typically defined as search queries that contain 3 or more keywords. The takeaway for marketers is that the long tail is an important topic at Google, because there are enough searches for long-tail keywords being conducted regularly.
The Worst PPC Mistakes Beginners Make (and How to Avoid Them)
OCTOBER 9, 2013
I’ve reviewed a lot of Google AdWords accounts at WordStream -- probably thousands -- and I see the same silly mistakes over and over again. The number-one reason most businesses fail at AdWords is they don’t sign in enough. In fact, only 1% of small businesses sign in to AdWords on a weekly basis. The good news is AdWords doesn’t have to take over your life.
26 Awesome Search Engine Marketing Guides
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
Search engine marketing (SEM) accounts for roughly three out of every eight dollars spent on digital advertising , with Google alone commanding 31% of the market. 7 deadly sins of Google AdWords by iMedia Connection. New Google AdWords Callout Extensions How-To: Highlight Offers in Your Ads by WordStream. I Raised My AdWords Bids and Got LESS Traffic!
10 SEO measurements every marketer should know
NOVEMBER 19, 2012
80% of people who visit a website get there from typing a keyword in the query box of a search engine. Visitors from Search : Every website should install an analytics tool, such as Google Analytics. Number of Keywords Driving Traffic : A measure of a site’s effectiveness is the number of keywords drawing traffic. Photo credit: Danard Vincente. Source: SEOBook ).
The Death of Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC)
MARCH 19, 2012
It is sometimes referred to as CPC (cost-per-click) or PPC (pay-per-click) marketing, because most search ads are sold on a CPC / PPC basis.” For example, recent research has revealed that just 18% of SMEs using Google Adwords actually recoup their investment (Source: YouGov). Is PPC past its Sell By date? ” (Source: Search Engine Land ). It is brand-unaware.
How To Illustrate Popular B2B PPC Performance Metrics
AUGUST 11, 2015
That said, we almost always need a deeper understanding of our audience and keyword space to be able to present real business value. Instead of simply showing broad click data in a PPC campaign, consider illustrating the top 10 or 20 most important keyword phrases being managed and the applicable traffic and impression volume received. Here are three essential metrics.
How to Save Up to 50% on Your PPC With Quality Score
AUGUST 19, 2013
In my experience, looking at thousands of Google AdWords accounts and billions in combined spend, there are two metrics that correlate most strongly with success: Account Activity: You get out what you put in. And it makes total sense -- Google’s main goal is to keep users happy so they keep using Google, and keep clicking results. How much lower? Let’s take a look.