How to articles and reviews about Google AdWords, Google’s online keyword advertising platform.

7 08, 2012

When a Search Click Isn’t a Search Click

By |August 7th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|3 Comments

A Search by Any Other Name Have you ever looked through your AdWords search query reports and seen terms that are utterly baffling in their structure with lots of impressions? For instance, things like (by the way, these are all real queries I’ve seen): for the home bar stools […]

2 08, 2012

Streamline Bid Management with Automated Rules

By |August 2nd, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|3 Comments

Bidding is a cornerstone of Paid Search management and the dynamics of the ever-evolving auction marketplace auction marketplace, combined with the multitude of bidding strategies, make the search marketing professional a key element of a well spent media budget. Bid optimization is also an intricate and dynamic assignment with many considerations which increase with […]

16 07, 2012

Quality Score Now Takes Device Type into Account

By |July 16th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|0 Comments

The main factors for Quality Score haven’t changed in a few years. The application of those factors have changed over time with the two most notable changes being: Landing pages changes in October 2011 User interface refresh in April 2012 Google recently updated the Quality […]

19 06, 2012

Learn When To Ignore Low Quality Scores

By |June 19th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|12 Comments

Many of us obsess over Quality Score – sometimes too much. There are times when you should completely ignore Quality Score and just make sure that you are providing a good user experience that culminates into new customers. This is bound to be a little bit controversial, so please feel free to disagree […]

14 06, 2012

AdWords Variation Matching is Live: Here’s the Initial Analysis

By |June 14th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|6 Comments

Google’s near match or close variant match is now live. Some accounts already have it; and others should be seeing it soon. If you missed the announcement, here’s the gist: The close variant option is a campaign setting The setting is turned on by default […]

12 06, 2012

When Keyword Targeting isn’t Keyword Targeting!

By |June 12th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Info, Search Engines|4 Comments

Search advertising, specifically Google, Yahoo!, and Bing, is successful because it allows marketers to reach consumers who have expressed direct interest in their product. This extends to targeting options on the Google Display Network as well, since, by and large, GDN is one of the few major ad-serving platforms that have turnkey semantic targeting […]

7 06, 2012

How To Fix the AdWords Ad Rotate Problem

By |June 7th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|3 Comments

Google recently announced that they were going to change how ads rotate. In the past, if you choose ‘rotate evenly’ then the ads would rotate throughout the ads in an ad group. In the new setting, ads will rotate for 30 days and then Google will automatically change the setting for that ad group […]

16 05, 2012

Use AdWords Search Funnels to Gain Deeper Insights

By |May 16th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|2 Comments

This is a guest post by Terry Whalen, Managing Director at CPC Search, a San Francisco PPC agency. CPC Search has managed PPC programs for consumer and B2B advertisers since 2006. You can follow CPC Search on Twitter @CPCSearch.
We took on a new client in the automotive ecommerce space a couple months […]

15 05, 2012

How to Identify Google AdWords Quality Score Problems

By |May 15th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|0 Comments

Quality Score is such an important factor of AdWords that you need to examine it on a regular basis so that you can monitor it and increase it when necessary. However, if you have thousands or millions of keywords, then trying to find the best areas to improve quality score can be overly […]

10 05, 2012

Does Quality Score Transparency Just Show More AdWords Data Problems?

By |May 10th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|9 Comments

Google recently changed how they displayed the Quality Score tips inside of AdWords. The biggest change is that some of the factors will now be relative to your competition. While this is a huge, and very welcome change, it also opens Pandora’s box to show where quality score might not make much sense. […]