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

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. […]

9 05, 2012

How Google’s New Match Types Can Actually Help You

By |May 9th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|4 Comments

Google recently announced that in May they will be adding certain queries to your current phrase and exact match keywords labeled "near phrase" and [near exact]. A lot of debate and frankly hysteria has ensued about what this will mean for advertisers. While each case is different, here’s a specific scenario in which Google’s […]

8 05, 2012

Working with an overall CPA target: how to calculate your non-branded target

By |May 8th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|0 Comments

This is a guest post by Wijnand Meijer, a Paid Search Strategist at Netsociety, an online media agency based in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and Brussels (Belgium). He created his first AdWords campaigns in 2006 and is currently helping advertisers and coworkers alike to get their Paid Search to the next level.
If you’re managing an […]

1 05, 2012

Google Launches Near Match – Should You Use It?

By |May 1st, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog, PPC News|6 Comments

Google just announced they are taking near match out of beta and rolling it out to everyone. What this does is match you to close variations of search queries. It’s pretty similar to modified broad match, only it works for phrase and exact match. What Near Match Does For […]

20 04, 2012

Change to Quality Score Factors

By |April 20th, 2012|Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog|3 Comments

The overall Quality Score Factors haven’t changed in several years. Some of the weightings and algos have changed; but Google’s page about QS has remained relatively static.

There was one change in October of last year that pertained to landing pages and how they would receive ‘more’ weight; where ‘more’ is very undefined. Overall, most […]

5 04, 2012

Display Campaign Optimizer: Some Recommendations from a Beta User

By |April 5th, 2012|Contextual Advertising, Google AdWords, PPC Marketing Blog, PPC News|3 Comments

Google just announced that the Display Campaign Optimizer (DCO) is open for everyone. Before you start jus using it, I wanted to give some feedback on how its worked for a few accounts as I’ve been using this feature for more than a year. Please note, these are large accounts that participated in […]