You must test the actual ads or landing pages. Do not rely on the Ad Preview tool!
In this article we’ll demonstrate a problem that can be caused by Google’s Adwords Auto-tagging, which is turned on by default when you create an AdWords account. Auto-tagging can cause some landing pages to load incorrectly, often resulting a “Page Not Found” error, – Wasting many dollars in Adwords Click charges and missed business opportunities. We demonstrate the issue in a 4 minute video, show you how to test for problems, and suggest what to do if you have problems.
Many web site owners believe that search engine advertising success (such as Adwords PPC) comes quickly. This is understandable when much of the promotion about search engine advertising talks about how fast you can get a PPC campaign up and running.
However it takes time to build an effective search advertising campaign and you may need to improve your web site’s conversion rates before a PPC campaign will produce a positive ROI. This can take many months.
Here’s an article in Search Engine Watch that gives an overview of what demographic targeting is currently available in Google Adwords, MSN Adcenter, and Yahoo Search Marketing as well as some demographic data from some social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook
Should you pay to run your own brand phrases in a PPC campaign such as Google Adwords when most of these phrases are reaching top “organic” search results anyway? In part one we showed you why it usually works. In this post, Part-2, we’ll show you how to test the results to see if it’s paying off for you.
Often, after we take over a Pay Per Click (PPC) search engine advertising campaign for a client (such as a Google AdWords campaign) we get a panic call from the client that goes something like this, “You’ve lowered my Impressions!” or “My Click-through rate has gone down, What are you doing!” or “The number of Clicks to the site is down!”
Our goal when managing a PPC campaign is to bring targeted traffic to the site that is engaged enough to convert in some manner, whether this is filling out an inquiry from, purchasing something, picking up the phone and calling, downloading an important white paper, visiting a brick & mortar facility, or at the very least spending a reasonable amount of time on the site.
In this post I’ll show you some actual examples from client campaigns where we’ve lowered one of the metrics such as Impressions, number of Clicks, and even the Click–Through Rate (CTR) while we increased the number of conversions or a lowered the cost per conversion or both.