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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.

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.

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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. Google has a nice post that explains the differences between the two tools. Ubersuggest – This is a keyword powerhouse.

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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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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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.

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. Although both are included in AdWords, they have completely different implications and uses for marketers.

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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. This is mostly likely to happen when the keyword query, ad, and landing page offer are all aligned. Enhanced CPC. It’s a valuable tool for ecommerce.

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.

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. Google Instant) and changes within AdWords itself. How can you use AdWords reports to fine-tune campaigns? How do the new keyword targeting options work?

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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The ABC’s of A/B Testing with Adwords

EMagine B2B Blog

Lucky for online advertisers, A/B testing in Adwords is now easier than ever. Now open your most trusted tool (Excel) and create an offline version of your keywords/ad groups. In Adwords head to your settings and find the Experiments Beta section.

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A Simple Guide for Setting Up Your First Google AdWords Campaign

Hubspot

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! First, Create a Killer Keyword List. Understanding the Difference Between General and Specific Keywords.

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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?” While you can’t view Google keyword data in the traditional way, the buying/conversion cycle has not changed.

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The Complete Display Ads Overview For B2B Marketers

bizible

A tool that media planners use to gain intelligence on their competition is WhatRunsWhere. Filtering your ad placements on these layers will help you find the right audience and lower your CPC. At the most basic level are marketers who use only Google AdWords to measure performance.

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).

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.

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.

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.

26 Awesome Search Engine Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

Which tools and reports are most helpful? 7 deadly sins of Google AdWords by iMedia Connection. New Google AdWords Callout Extensions How-To: Highlight Offers in Your Ads by WordStream. 10 ways to get the most from PPC in a small-keyword category by eConsultancy.

How B2B Advertisers Can Deal With Google’s Sidebar Changes

KoMarketing Associates

Even if you follow best practices, craft relevant and keyword dense ads, and use calls to action and other tricks to differentiate them from competitor ads – it’s important to note that ads that average position 5 and higher are now much less likely to be viewed by the average searcher.

How to Save Up to 50% on Your PPC With Quality Score

Hubspot

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. New Data Shows AdWords Quality Score Can Save You Up to 50% on PPC.

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A Simple Guide to Mastering the Basics of Effective Social Media Advertising

Hubspot

If your goal is to drive traffic and leads, top of the funnel content such as blog posts, free tools, or meatier content gated behind a lead generation form should be used. Keyword Targeting: One of Twitter’s major advantages is the ability to target specific keywords and hashtags.

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Unveiling The Pipeline Marketing Technology Stack

bizible

Starting at the top of the marketing funnel, B2B marketers need technology that drives traffic to their website (marketing channels) as well as tools to optimize the process. In the B2B marketing world, AdWords is a near ubiquitous paid channel.

Learn How To Use Quora Ads for B2B User Acquisition

Listenloop

And then, the way that will appear in the actual feed is that if someone is in a question or thread that is tagged Software Engineering, the only topic that I chose for this example — if they click that, then obviously if our ad gets served and our CPC is on point.

11 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2011

Buzz Marketing for Technology

After 9 years of Search Engine Marketing – I think it is safe to say any keyword you are going to buy is maxed out when it comes to the Google AdWords auction process.

Where Is Digital Advertising Headed in 2016?

Fathom

Obviously, Google AdWords had been preparing for this with the roll out of “enhanced campaigns” on July 22 nd 2013, when they no longer let campaigns be separated by device. AdWords has tried to track cross-device conversions through their estimated total conversions.

From Scratch: Three (More) List Building Strategies for Agencies (and Others)

Act-On

Here are three pay-to-play models for list building strategies: Paid media (Google AdWords, LinkedIn sponsored content, banner ads, etc.). List buying and list augmentation tools. Paid Media – Google AdWords, LinkedIn Sponsored Content, Mobile Ads, etc. AdWords.

Custom Reports: Measuring Lead Generation Conversions with Google Analytics

NuSpark

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. For example, “Google” is a source, “organic” and “cpc (cost per click or paid search)” are mediums. Keyword Conversions- SEO.

8 Tips to Boost Health Insurance Enrollments with Online Advertising

Fathom

This is usually due to the usage of dynamic keyword insertion, but if your brand is trademarked, you can report them to Google if they are using your name in their ad copy via the AdWords trademark complaint form.

Should CTR be a Key Performance Indicator for B2B Advertisers?

KoMarketing Associates

Specific keywords as well as ad creative variations will all have individual click-through rates. This, in turn, affects several things: Your ad position is determined by your maximum cost-per-click (CPC) bid and by Quality Score – exclusively.

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SEO Tool Review: SEMRush

WebMarketCentral

SEMRush offers a powerful suite of SEO and search marketing tools , particularly for those who've already done the basic SEO work and perhaps have an AdWords program running, but want to take efforts to the next level. The tool also provides a "related keyword report."

Strategies for a Successful Paid Search Campaign

Puzzle Marketer

Tools like search engines were created to simplify this massive amount of data by using a complex algorithm that rank these millions of websites and consolidate them into a short list on a single page. This is known as a cost per click, CPC for short.

B2B Pay Per Click Advertising

LeadSloth

Interview with Terry Whalen from CPC Search. Same goes for keywords. For B2B keyword and ad testing, we tread with a bit more caution. If you can figure out which keywords are aligned with the user intent you are targeting, then you can have ads appear that are relevant to the user, and relevant to what your company provides. Jep: How do you track opportunities or revenue associated with specific AdWords Campaigns?

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. Who Uses Dynamic Keyword Insertion? has) revealed that this tool does everything but 'fine-tune' an AdWords campaign.

Free Online Marketing Tools for Marketers

Anything Goes Marketing

Larry Chase at Web Digest for Marketers is an amazing source for marketers looking for tools to assist in email marketing, search marketing, surveys - you name it! Here are a few of my favourite tools from his website: Paid Search and Organic Search Spyfu : Can be used to find out how much a search term is currently going for, how popular a search term is and who (which of your competitors) is currently using the search term and how they are using it.

6 Tactics For Overcoming The High Cost Of Clicks In B2B PPC

delicious b2bmarketing

In the last MarketingSherpa Search Marketing Benchmark Guide (2009), data indicated that the average CPC for B2B lead generation efforts was $3.33, vs. $0.78 I personally have seen B2B CPC rates vary wildly based on industry and the competitiveness and length of the keyword. for reasonably attractive keyword terms, I am much more used to paying between $2 and $6, with highs around $14. Screen out negative keywords (continuously screen them out!)

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6 Reasons Marketers Should Use Bing for Paid Search

Hubspot

But if you want to increase your search marketing return this year, it might also make sense to incorporate Bing’s paid search adCenter platform and Bing Webmaster Tools for SEO. Bing's Cost-Per-Click (CPC) Costs Less.

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