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Best of 2007: Articles and Blog Posts on SEM

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In the words of the author, "You need to set three key metrics on the way to managing by revenue: required margin per sale; close and conversion rates; and affordable CPC. The AdReady application.then allows marketers to manage and track the progress of their ads across Google's AdSense ad network, Yahoo's RightMedia exchange, and AOL's Advertising.com network." fade a bit."

Best of 2007: Articles and Blog Posts on Google AdWords

WebMarketCentral

This post focuses on interesting observations and helpful advice pertaining specifically to Google AdWords, the largest SEM platform. Google Campaign Optimizer No Substitute for Experience by StraightUpSearch A prescient blog post on the importance of trusting experience and established best practices in SEM over Google's optimization tool. Techniques that Always Work?:

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SEO Tool Review: SEMRush

WebMarketCentral

In this example (with only identifying information removed), notice that this particular site is showing up on page two of Google for a number of key terms. It's great to be able to identify such terms; with a bit more onsite optimization and link-building, the site could be moved up to the first page on Google and get a significant traffic bump.

MarketingSherpa Releases 2008 Search Marketing Benchmark Guide

WebMarketCentral

MarketingSherpa recently published its Search Marketing Benchmark Guide for 2008 , providing data on cost per click (CPC), conversion rates, SEO and other key online marketing metrics. third of respondents anticipate double-digit spending increases on both SEO and Google PPC programs in 2008. Online banner ads and print advertising receive the lowest grades for ROI.

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Seven Common AdWords Mistakes to Avoid

Webbiquity

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. Not testing. Not dayparting.

How B2B Advertisers Can Deal With Google’s Sidebar Changes

KoMarketing Associates

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. Focus on Mobile.

Google Removes Sidebar Ads: What It Means for Advertisers

KoMarketing Associates

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. Instead of the usual 10 to 11 spaces reserved for ads to show up in (top, bottom, and sidebar), Google is now only offering 7 spaces: 4 spots on the top and 3 on the bottom. Conclusion.

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How Do Your Google AdWords Metrics Compare to Industry Averages? [New Benchmark Data]

Hubspot

Trouble is, mastering Google AdWords is really tricky. The study reveals a ton of helpful industry-specific benchmarks for both search and display ads, including average clickthrough rate (CTR), average cost-per-click (CPC), average conversion rate (CVR), and average cost-per-action (CPA). Average Cost-per-Click (CPC). Search vs. Display Ads: What's the Difference?

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Online Ad Metrics & the Google Activate Initiative

Puzzle Marketer

In the middle of CPA and CPM is the CPC (cost per click) model. Tracked by the hyperlink redirect and not by the image loading, this model drives the success of Google Adwords and similar Paid Search tactics. Recently Google proposes new metrics for online advertising called the Google Activate Initiative, that I believe falls somewhere in between CPM and CPC.

Stop Wasting Money and Improve Your Google AdWords Paid Search ROI

NuSpark

That’s because many PPC firms miss a few techniques to make sure your Google AdWords programs are working as they should. If your budget is limited and you wish to focus only on Google due to results, you have the option of opting out of Google related properties (Google maps, for example) and search partners (other sites that use the Google search tool within them).

Use Google Automation Tools to Make Your PPC Ads More Efficient

Vertical Response

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. Although Google Automation Tools are designed to save you time, if set up incorrectly, they can actually end up hurting your account.

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The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM

Webbiquity

Google Review Count:  46,500. Showcase reviews:  Kissmetrics, RazorSocial (World), MarketingLand, StoreYa Blog, Express Writers, Robbie Richards. 2) Google Keyword Planner. Google Review Count:  29,800. Pricing:  free (but requires an active Google AdWords account). Google Review Count:  19,200. Google Review Count:  11,200. Google Review Count:  7,870.

AdWords Nerd Alert: What Google’s Removal of Sidebar Ads Means for Marketers

Modern B2B Marketing

Last week, it was reported by several sources, and confirmed by Google, that the AdWords ads that appear on the right hand-side of Google’s search engine results page will be removed from desktop searches in the near future. This change is arguably one of Google’s most significant changes to the AdWords platform since it first rolled out. As The new look. No doubt.

Google AdWords' New Ad Rank Formula: What You Need to Know

Hubspot

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+.

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Google Ups the Ante As the PPC Landscape Continues to Change

Fathom

Well, it looks like Google is at it again! Here is how ads used to appear on Google: 1-3 ads at the top of the page. According to Search Engine Land , Google is now rolling out a change that is going to eliminate the right-hand side ads from the search results. Google, though, has not released an official statement on this update yet. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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A Strategic Guide to Automated Rules in Google Adwords Pay-Per-Click

NuSpark

Google Adwords Automated Rules is a compelling campaign and bid management tool that results in better performing paid search campaigns. This post is not a how-to guide, but a look at strategic uses of Google Adwords Automated Rules. Ad Group Level: Default Maximum CPC, Pause. The rule below tells Google to decrease bid 25%, with now a minimum bid of $1.00 Summary.

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A Strategic Guide to Automated Rules in Google Adwords Pay-Per-Click

NuSpark

Google Adwords Automated Rules is a compelling campaign and bid management tool that results in better performing paid search campaigns. This post is not a how-to guide, but a look at strategic uses of Google Adwords Automated Rules. Ad Group Level: Default Maximum CPC, Pause. The rule below tells Google to decrease bid 25%, with now a minimum bid of $1.00 Summary.

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RIP Google Keyword Tool – What to Use Instead

Vertical Response

No need pop the bubbly for this retirement: Yet another beloved Google Tool has been axed in its prime, (anyone remember Google Reader ?). The Google Keyword Tool has long been the standard for anyone in the SEO, SEM or content spaces, but early this week we received news that Google pulled the plug on the Keyword Tool. If you still want access to Google’s keyword data, you have the option to sign up for an Adwords account to use the new  Google Adwords Keyword Planner. Google If you feel at a loss, don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Google Keyword Tool vs.Traffic Estimator: How Do They Differ?

Fathom

When creating a PPC campaign from scratch and estimating performance for projections, Google Keyword Tool and Google Traffic Estimator are two great tools for research. Google Keyword Tool is a great tool to find monthly search volumes, average cost-per-click (CPC), analyze the competitive nature of a specific query, find additional keywords, a quick snapshot of seasonality, and more!…

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Getting the Most Out of Google Grants

Vertical Response

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). Only applies to Google Search. Join us for an upcoming webinar on Google Grants, and stay tuned. Text ads only.

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The Most Important Changes to Google AdWords in 2013

Hubspot

Keeping up with the thousands of updates and changes Google makes in AdWords each year could be a full-time job. I''m assuming you don''t want to make it your job. Google matches an ad to the device being used to perform the search, giving much-needed user context to ads. right? What changed? Smarter Ads. New Bidding Options. For more on that, see our Enhanced Campaigns FAQ.

Will Your SEO Strategy Be Impacted By Google’s Removal of Right-Hand-Side Ads on SERPs?

Content Standard

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. ” In this case, that limited real estate is like Google’s ads, the difference being that the ads aren’t guaranteed to replenish your comfort and energy. Oh yeah.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google Adwords

Vertical Response

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. Got any Google Adwords features you love? All rights reserved.

What You Need to Know About Using Google AdWords Content Campaigns

Vertical Response

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.

Best Google AdWords Tips and Tactics of 2010

Webbiquity

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. Find the answers to those questions and more here in some of the best Google AdW0rds tips, tactics and techniques of the past year. Google AdWords Quality Score Factors by PPC Blog. ** 5 Stars.

Custom Reports: Measuring Lead Generation Conversions with Google Analytics

NuSpark

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.  By analyzing the data properly and gathering insights, you can make strategic decisions on your marketing strategy, content strategy, and conversion strategy.  Visits.

Don’t Waste Your Dough! 5 Secrets to Maximizing Google AdWords

Vertical Response

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? If you were to bid on “green sneakers” and “green shoes” separately on an exact match instead, you could actually end up paying a less expensive CPC (cost-per-click) for each of those keywords, as well as limit the amount of irrelevant traffic.

A Simple Guide for Setting Up Your First Google AdWords Campaign

Hubspot

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! Creating a Google AdWords Campaign.

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Social PPC: 17 Tips for Successful Ads on Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook

The Point

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. 6. Facebook. General.

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5 Simple PPC Landing Page Changes that May Improve Your Quality Score

The Point

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.

Google’s New AdWords Quality Score Reporting: Where Did All My 10s Go?

Hubspot

Recently, Google announced a change in the way Quality Score would be reported within AdWords. What Andy found was surprising -- it appears that Google has shifted reported Quality Scores so they better fit a standard bell curve: As you can see, before the change, the curve looked like a sine wave, with a peak around 4, a dip around 8, and another peak at 10. intermediate PPC

Why 78 % of Marketers Struggle with Content Marketing ROI

Act-On

Google Analytics is another useful tool for learning more about your visitors, tracking click patterns and understanding what is working — and what isn’t. To assign a specific dollar value and calculate ROI, look at which keywords are driving traffic using the Google Search Console, formerly known as Webmaster Tools, and drilling down to Search Traffic and down to Search Analytics.

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The Complete Display Ads Overview For B2B Marketers

bizible

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. Interest Layer : Google has identified specific groups of people based on their site viewing behavior. Think In Layers.

Top 3 Chinese Search Engines: What B2B Marketers Need to Know

KoMarketing Associates

The goal of this article is to give B2B marketers an idea of why search engine marketing is important in China and why Chinese search engines are different from Google or Bing, or other Western search engines. Not Google, But Baidu, Qihoo 360 & Sogou. When Western marketers talk about search engine marketing , Google is the big player. year-over-year. Baidu has 54.3