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.
Looking back over years of working with clients, I truly believe the most important ingredient to search marketing success is the quick implementation of recommendations and tests to improve conversion rates.
Our clients who continually implemented recommendations and tests and persevered eventually succeeded. Those who couldn’t failed (Or more often they delayed their success for years till they could implement recommendations and tests quickly and missed a significant amount of income over those years).
The underlying issue is that all (yes ALL) web sites that have not been improved systematically do an ineffective job of converting site visitors with little or no prior knowledge about the company and its products and services. This includes most of the non brand keyword phrases being searched on to reach a web site (from both organic and PPC search results) as well as visitors from many other referral sites.
In this article I’ll show you how to estimate the conversion rates for your brand vs. non-brand keyword phrases using Google Analytics. You’ll see the difference in your conversion rates and should be able to estimate the potential increase in income if you work to improve conversions rates on your web site
Microsoft and Yahoo have received clearance to form the Yahoo and Microsoft Search Alliance.
We can expect Lower PPC management costs, possibly lower costs per conversion, and with one larger network a second PPC network may be viable for many advertisers with smaller ad budgets
It’s been a long time in the making, but Yahoo and MSN finally made an agreement. In this 10-year deal Microsoft’s Bing will become the search platform for Yahoo sites. Here’s a post on Search Engine Watch with an overview of the deal.
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
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.