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The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM

Webbiquity

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.

Facebook ads vs Google adwords: 7 key criteria to decide

Biznology

Google and Facebook accounted for almost 100% of all the growth in U.S. Google and Facebook are predicted to make $106 billion from advertising this year—almost half the world’s digital ad spend. Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average.

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Seven Common AdWords Mistakes to Avoid

Webbiquity

In fact, recent WordStream research highlighted on eStrategy Trends reveals that, for keyword phrases with “high commercial intent,” almost two-thirds of all clicks are now on paid ads. Here then are seven common mistakes to avoid when setting up and optimizing an AdWords campaign.

An SEO’s Guide to Bottom-of-Funnel Keywords

Act-On

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.

Baidu PPC Versus Google AdWords: 8 Key Differences

KoMarketing Associates

B2B marketers familiar with search engine advertising on Google AdWords will likely find it easier to understand Baidu PPC. They share many of similarities, such as text and display ads, a cost-per-click (CPC) price system is based on the market bids, and similar account architecture. However there are key differences between Baidu PPC and Google AdWords as well. An AdWords account is free to setup and companies can run ads based on credit.

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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. I usually choose all enabled keywords.

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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. To help shed some light on the situation, the folks at WordStream released a detailed new study on AdWords industry metrics. CTR can be used to help you determine the quality of your imagery, positioning, and keywords.

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17 (of the) Best AdWords and SEM Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

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.

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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.

Best Google AdWords Tips and Tactics of 2010

Webbiquity

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. Post on Google Buzz.

B2B PPC Optimization: Thought Leadership with Terry Whalen of CPC Search

Modern B2B Marketing

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. But for B2B, we are typically only measuring a lead submission via AdWords, and all leads are not created equal.

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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? The problem for Google? With this change, Google is drawing a line in the sand.

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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? When selecting keyword or phrases, adding any word or phrase that’s relevant to your business may sound like a good idea.

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. What is Google’s Content Network?

An SEO?s Guide to Bottom-of-Funnel Keywords

Act-On

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.

Video Tech Company Leverages SEM to Drive Enterprise Leads

The Point

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.

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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. Including Negative Keywords.

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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.

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Facebook vs. Google: Choosing Between Digital Advertising Giants

Fathom

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. Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck Facebook vs. Google.

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.

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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).

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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.

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. As reported on the Inside AdWords blog : "Please note that this is only a change to how a keyword’s 1-10 Quality Score is reported. Did Google snatch away your 10s?

Are You Making These PPC Mistakes? 10+ Bizible PPC Fails… And How We Fixed Them

bizible

We realized that we were using the same targeting for our Bizible brand campaign for both search and display through AdWords. Within Google’s Display Network, there are still many websites that are not optimal for your ads to be on besides what Google has deemed explicit.

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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.

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. The sidebar is now reserved for only the Google Knowledge Graph and Product Listing Ads.

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. Work on improving keyword quality to reduce potential CPCs. Even AdWords is changing.

Getting the Most out of Your Keyword Data: Pubcon 2013 Takeaways

Fathom

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.

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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. Keyword Conversions- SEO.

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

Content Standard

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.

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Cost Per Click Reduction Strategy in Google AdWords

NuSpark

Supercharge long-tail keywords. Review your seed keywords (1-2 keywords in the query), and expand them with longer-tail versions; those with 3 or more words in the query. Many competitors jack up the price of clicks by bidding high on seed keywords.

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How to Identify Long-Tail Keywords to Fuel Your PPC Strategy

Hubspot

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. Why Is Bidding on Long-Tail Keywords a Good Idea?

Four Unique Features Found In Baidu Paid Search Management

KoMarketing Associates

In my previous post , we discussed eight ways that Baidu advertising differs from Google AdWords from an account and setting perspective. Today, I will share four unique features of Baidu paid search advertising management to help better target the China market: keywords, ad groups, ad creative, and sitelinks. Keywords – Match Types. In AdWords, there are four keywords match types – broad, broad modifier, phrase, and exact match.

What is Latent Semantic Indexing & Why Does it Matter for Your SEO Strategy?

Hubspot

Luckily, although it sounds like something that requires a degree in computer science, it’s actually a concept you’re probably familiar with -- particularly if you have some basic knowledge of keywords and their close relationship with search engine optimization (SEO).

The Paid Marketing Metrics You Must Measure

Modern B2B Marketing

CPC: The average cost-per-click across a campaign. Quality Score (AdWords): This is used by Google to measure the relevance of your ads to the keywords you’re targeting. Factors include CTR, landing page quality and relevance of the keyword to the ad and search query.

The Worst PPC Mistakes Beginners Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Hubspot

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. Rookie Mistake #4: Lousy Keyword Targeting.

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26 Awesome Search Engine Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

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. I Raised My AdWords Bids and Got LESS Traffic!

10 SEO measurements every marketer should know

Biznology

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. These keywords can also be found in the Traffic Sources of Google Analytics.

The Death of Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC)

Tomorrow People

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).

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How To Illustrate Popular B2B PPC Performance Metrics

KoMarketing Associates

That said, we almost always need a deeper understanding of our audience and keyword space to be able to present real business value. Connect this information with CPC (cost per click) and average position for these terms as well.

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