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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. So how can search engine marketers maximize their click-through rate (CTR) and conversions from paid search?

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Best Practices

Webbiquity

Search engine marketing (SEM) can be a powerful lead generation source, or a complete waste of money. B2B marketers often get less from their SEM programs than possible by overlooking basic but critical steps. Optimize your keyword bids.

Seven Expert Search Engine Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

Done properly, search engine marketing (a.k.a. SEM, paid search, PPC) is a powerful complement to SEO and an effective tactic on its own. Discover the answers to these questions and others here in seven noteworthy search engine marketing guides from the past year.

SEM Mystery: The Case of the Missing Leads

Webbiquity

No problem, I thought; knock out a keyword list, crank out a few ads, test a couple of different landing pages, keep an eye on things to weed out the bum search phrases and keep bids in line, piece of cake. So I downloaded a keyword report and went through it with a fine tooth comb.

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

Webbiquity

Paid search sometimes gets a bad rap, as various studies have shown that (depending on whose numbers you believe), anywhere from 75% to 85% of all clicks are on organic, rather than paid, links. Consider just one category of searches: students conducting research projects.

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How to Solve the Biggest New Problem in Search Engine Marketing

QuanticMind

The biggest new problem in search engine marketing is getting bigger by the day…and is expected to cost companies trillions by 2020. How can you solve SEM’s biggest new challenge? Search engine marketing is complicated. All important concerns for day-to-day search-engine marketing. You’re probably also noticing that search engine marketing is getting harder. Search Engine Marketing / SEM bid adjustments Bidding Search

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. Using both search and Google’s content network right away.

SMX East 2016 Day 2 – SEM for Brands, SEM Testing Best Practices, SEM + TV, Beyond Search, Multi-Channel

QuanticMind

As QuanticMind continues its journey into the latest digital advertising trends at SMX East 2016, we invite you to check out the tips, tricks and insights we’ve gleaned from a variety of paid search and social panels. Olson: “Five voice search tips to think about today:”.

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An Expert’s Thoughts On How To Scale ‘Single Keyword Ad Groups’ (SKAGs)

Ladder.io

Our Growth Analysts at Ladder noted some issues with ‘keyword stuffing’ in a few Google Ads campaigns recently. The Problem With Keyword Stuffing. Keyword Stuffing is defined as putting too many dissimilar keywords in the same ad group.

SEO vs. SEM: This is a Silly Fight. They Are Both Amazing

Conductor

SEM is also… amazing. SEO stands for search engine optimization. The ultimate goal of search engine optimization is to create a consistent flow of traffic from searchers to the pages that address their queries. What is SEM? Paid search is nimble.

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SMX Advanced Day 2 – Branded Keywords, More Audience Targeting, ETAs and Shopping

QuanticMind

Day 2 of #SMX Advanced includes tips and tactics on branded keywords, audience targeting, expanded text ads and Google Shopping. It’s estimated that competitors running ads against branded keywords can cost up to a 10% drop in clicks and 20% higher CPC.

How to Solve PPC Keyword Cannibalization

QuanticMind

Optimizing your ROI is a challenging, seemingly endless, process in the highly competitive world of search engine marketing (SEM). That of course includes implementing best practices around keywords, as well as staying on top of any unanticipated PPC roadblocks — like keyword cannibalization. . A costly, oftentimes unrecognized, consequence of this can be keyword cannibalization across entire PPC programs.

Measuring Year-End Marketing KPIs – Where’s the Data?

Act-On

Total Organic Search Sessions. Search Console/Webmaster Tools. Total Clicks from search engine results page (SERP). Average Keyword CTR. Average Landing Page CTR. Average Keyword Position. Keyword Queries. Content Keywords. Marketing Strategy Reports & Analytics data engagement data key performance metrics KPI marketing strategy Search engine marketing search engine optimization search marketing SEM SEO

You’re Not eBay. Why Paid Search Still Makes Sense for B2B Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

A recent study released by eBay, “ Consumer Heterogeneity and Paid Search Effectiveness: A Large Scale Field Experiment ” refutes the value of paid search and claims an overall ineffectiveness both of branded and non-branded keyword ads.

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What’s the Difference Between SEO and SEM?

TrustRadius Marketing

SEO stands for search engine optimization , and SEM stands for search engine marketing. SEO experts focus on generating traffic and leads through organic search whereas SEM experts aim to generate traffic and leads through organic and paid search.

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How to Improve Google Adwords Quality Scores [Infographic]

Cody Ward

I recently stumbled upon an useful infographic created by Digital Net Agency , a performance-based search agency with a concentration on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

11 Expert PPC Guides, Tips and Techniques (and One Rant)

Webbiquity

search engine marketing. But as Rebecca Lieb recently noted , “Search, email, blogging, digital PR, and even (brace yourself) advertising have, and will continue to have a place at the table as content marketing grows in importance.”.

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Best AdWords Tips and Tactics of 2009, Part 2

Webbiquity

Click-through rate (CTR) is the single most important factor in determining Quality Score, which is as important as bid level in determining how highly an ad will appear in search results. Get the answers to these questions and many others here in more of the best articles and blog posts from last year on Google AdWords search engine marketing. Setting up PPC Campaigns 101, Part 1 by Search Engine Watch. by Search Engine Land.

How to Perform an Onsite Audit for SEO, Part 3: Take Action

Marketing Action

It’s our hope that those questions helped you tell an accurate story of your website performance in search and beyond. Check Google’s Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) for landing page and keyword impressions, clicks and CTR improvement.

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Baidu Limits PPC Ad Space: What This Means for B2B Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

On May 24, Chinese search engine Baidu made significant changes to the configuration of its paid advertising, including limiting the amount of ads that appear on the search engine results page. Recommendations for Search Engine Marketers.

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Become an Expert on Google Shopping, Chapter 1: Google Shopping, Then and Now

QuanticMind

Product Listing Ads (PLAs) are a hugely important part of the search engine advertising ecosystem – for Google Shopping in specific. Of course, PLAs are the image-plus-text ads that appear in both Google Search and Google Shopping. But avoid keyword stuffing!

10 Shopping Feed Optimization Techniques for Better Retail Advertising

QuanticMind

of retail search ad spend and receive 85.3% The Search Advertising Landscape Today. In the past, the most expensive and competitive keywords were bottom of the funnel, suggesting shoppers had immediate purchase intent.

Google AdWords Average CTR and Best Practices

WebMarketCentral

It's surprisingly difficult, however, to get meaningful data on the average click-through rate (CTR) for Google AdWords ads. On the B2B side, I'd place the average Google AdWords CTR in the range of 0.9-1.4%. So—how can you optimize your Google AdWords CTR to beat those averages?

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

Marketo

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. This interview is focused on search engine marketing as it relates specifically to B2B. 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.

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SMX East 2017 Day 1 – Online-to-Offline, Shopping, Display

QuanticMind

QuanticMind is covering the latest trends and tactics in paid search and digital marketing at SMX East 2017 from search publishers and expert practitioners. Reporting & Analytics: “Effective Data Storytelling: The Key to Search Reporting” by Michael Barthalow. Reporting & Analytics: “Must-Have Reports for Search Advertisers” by Bradley Giddens. O2O: “Offline Attribution in SEM: Getting From Good To Great” by Aaron Levy.

What is PPC? A Guide to the Basics

QuanticMind

It is, essentially, a measured method of buying visits to your website rather than deriving them through organic search with the idea that these ads will be of greater value to your advertising goals: more targeted and carrying a higher likelihood of conversion. There are several types of PPC advertising, but the most popular remains paid search, commonly known as search engine marketing (SEM). For one, establish an effective keyword list.

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Is Machine Learning the Future of Marketing? Experts Weigh in.

QuanticMind

Are disciplines such as search engine marketing, social and mobile marketing all trending towards a fully automated world where artificial intelligence (AI) robots take over our jobs? In a survey of top influencers in online marketing with expertise in paid search, social and mobile, 97% of respondents suggested that the future of marketing will actually be smart marketers working hand-in-hand with machine learning-based automation solutions.

3 More Tips for Optimizing SEM Campaigns

WebMarketCentral

The previous post on this topic advised search engine marketers to bid on their own company name and branded terms, keep keyword lists clean and cross-pollinate SEO and SEM efforts. Here are three more tips for optimizing results from SEM programs such as Google AdWords.

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Paid Search & The Truven 15 Top Health Systems

Fathom

As one would expect, the larger health systems tend to invest more of their marketing budget in search-engine marketing vs. the medium and smaller ones that have less marketing budget. What keywords are the ads showing up for? Add the targeted keyword to the display URL (e.g.,

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The Case of the Missing Leads: An SEM Mystery

WebMarketCentral

No problem, I thought; knock out a keyword list, crank out a few ads, test a couple of different landing pages, keep an eye on things to weed out the bum search phrases and keep bids in line, piece of cake. So I downloaded a keyword report and went through it with a fine tooth comb.

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Hospital Advertising Tips: Increase Patients with Ad Extensions

Fathom

It is more than likely that this number has risen as hospitals are seeing the benefits of paid search marketing in driving incremental patients and general awareness. When users are searching on their phone, they see a phone icon with “call”.

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SEO vs. PPC: When to Optimize and When to Pay for Traffic

Hubspot

There are two popular search strategies by which organizations solve this problem -- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Pay-Per-Click (PPC). Just as you turn to your favorite search engine to look up a new marketing acronym or where to get good pizza, so do your consumers.

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The Ultimate Guide to PPC

Hubspot

Pay-per-click advertising is most common in search engine results pages (SERPs), like Google or Bing, but is also used on social channels (although CPM is more common). For instance, check out the ad that came up in my search for “hair plugs”. Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

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Why SKAGs Are No Longer a PPC Best Practice (and How to Respond)

Unbounce

You’re studying PPC best practices, looking for ways to level up your SEM campaigns and boost ROI from Search. You stumble upon a “hack” for optimal keyword performance, your elusive unicorn: the SKAG (Single Keyword Ad Group). The Future of Search.

15 Secrets To Creating The Perfect Meta Descriptions

ScribbleLive

In other words, aside from forgetting about meta descriptions altogether, using the same ones across multiple pages or utilizing low-quality meta descriptions, here are SEOs’ 15 best tricks to help boost organic CTR simply by convincing consumers to click on your links in the SERPs: 1.

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How to Perfectly Manage a PPC Campaign [Template]

Hubspot

In the world of search engine marketing (SEM), more and more marketers are buying into PPC campaigns. Marketers know that properly investing in PPC can result in nearly guaranteed ad placement in search engine result pages. That's the job of organic search.

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Best Practices for Peak Shopping Periods on Amazon

QuanticMind

Amazon’s invasion of the SEM territory has officially begun. Last year, Amazon’s search ad revenue surpassed that of Microsoft, taking the number two spot behind Google. search ad market share, while Microsoft will take a mere 6.5%

87 More Vital Social Media Marketing Facts and Stats for 2012

Webbiquity

52% of CEOs who are active in social media say that it helps their companies rise in search rankings, and 48% say that social media has generated qualified sales leads. ( 41 Stories ). And companies with more indexed pages generate far more leads from search. ( Search Engine Journal ).

Best Practices to Successfully Prepare and Optimize Your B2B PPC Campaigns

Launch Marketing

Whether you’re just getting started or already have fully-developed paid search campaigns in place, consider the following best practices to include in your strategy: Planning and developing your PPC campaigns.

Online advertising glossary

Choozle

Best for communicating to a search engine that the content is no longer available. Click-through rate (CTR): The action of clicking an ad and being taken to another web page via a hyperlink. Click-through rate (CTR): Uses algorithms to optimize for click-through rate.