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Google AdWords Budget Suggestion

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

With it being the start of another month, I took some time this morning to review the daily adwords budgets for my client accounts.

In the past I have disregarded the suggested daily budgets as they are usually off the mark when it comes to client budgets and expectations. Anyway this morning I clicked the view recommended budget for one of my client adwords accounts and I was pleasantly surprised with the page being displayed. It is quite a bit different from the expected text “increasing your daily budget to $xxx.xx will result in xx% more impressions.

Now you’re prompted with a cool graphical representation of how your daily budget would have effected the performance over the last 15 days.

Google AdWords Budget Suggestion

Very cool!

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Google AdWords New MCC Dashboard

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Logging into Google AdWords this morning i was prompted with this message:

Google AdWords New MCC Dashboard Notification

Whats the improvements?

Basically the dashboard now gives you an overview of clicks, impressions, search click through rate, content click through rate, conversions, conversion rate and amount spent.

Don’t worry the interface is now tabbed allowing you to view budgets and if possible modify budgets.

Google AdWords MCC Tabs

read more on google’s blog

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Google AdWords Display URL Policy Hasn’t Taken Effect…yet

Friday, April 4th, 2008

According to Google the change in display URL policy was meant to come into effect on the 1st of April 2008. Now its the 4th of April and I am still seeing ads with an invalid display url.

In New Zealand and searching for plumbers

Plumbers AdWords

When clicking through this ad it takes you to “http://sites.yellow.co.nz/site/tricklebanks/

The display url is missing the .nz, allowing them to run multiple ads for the one keyword. This is what the policy change was to eliminate, wasn’t it?

I’d like to hear your views on this.

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Google AdWords All Messed Up

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Sometimes people get the fundamentals of keyword insertion so wrong when creating ads for google adwords. I have seen this done a few times, usually it is because the dynamic keyword insertion hasn’t been implemented correctly.

Compete.com AdWords done wrongThis is such a bad look. Especially when you get some high profile site such as compete.com. The good thing about this is it makes the rest of us look good. :)

Another fundamental issue that I see all the time is when the display url isn’t consistant with the destination page. This here is going to catch so many people out when Google update their display URL policy on April the 1st.

Sometimes the little things count for so much.

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Tips On Identifying SEO Spammers

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

I received an email the other day from a company trying to sell SEO to me for my blog.

Of course this email got flagged as spam as it was obvious to me that they were trying to make business by spamming website owners with an offer. Basically they would only get paid by me if I get results.

If I were ignorant I guess this may have been enticing. However I am not.

For those that haven’t got a clue and think the offer in the email is for you, here’s a few tips:

  • Don’t trust any email that you don’t know the company that is sending it to you
  • Check their website
    • The on-page optimisation used
    • Pagerank
  • Check their clients & examples of work and results
  • Finally just be wary.

From the email that I got here’s a few things that I picked up on:

  • Firstly their domain…cattledriver.org. What sort of SEO company would use such a domain.
  • Next they referenced everything to webhelp.co.nz. This is a sure sign they don’t know you and are running through some automated emailing script
  • Then there’s an unsubscribe link at the bottom pointing to a completely different url. Why would I unsubscribe to something that I didn’t subscribe to.
  • Lastly their site…yes I took a look at their site, mainly for this post. But hey it’s a doosy. Very spammy and now checking again the site is not up.

Be careful out there, theres nothing worse than getting ripped off

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8 Valueable Adwords Tips

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

1, Sales, Traffic or?
Define on the purpose of the adwords account. Having a defined goal gives you something to work towards and aid in how you go about things.

2, Track Results
Use website analytics to track the account. This is extremely important as it will show if the goal is being achieved. You should be able to tell which campaigns, adgroups and keywords are your most valueable.

3, Create Tightly Themed Adgroups

Doing so will increase the quality of the ads and help the quality score resulting in lower CPCs and higher placement.

4, Optimise the Destination Page for the Keywords in the Adgroup
Doing the basics of on-page-optimisation will help increase the quality of the ads and help the quality score resulting in lower CPCs and higher placement.

5, Don’t go for top spot
Aiming high is a cause for inflated cost per clicks. My experience shows that being placed around 3-4 give a much better quality of visitor and increases the chances of better ROI.

6, Incorporate a Call to Action
The creative needs to be written in a way to coach potiential customers into completing a goal once the click has been receive.

7, Add Keyword Insertion into the Ad Creatives
The use of keyword insertion helps to increase the click through rate. Increasing the click through rate helps to increase the quality score of the ad.

8, Create Multiple Ad Creatives
Testing variations of ad creative will help you get the best from your campaign. With tracking in place you will be able to make strategic decisions on which creative is working best based on results.

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MySpace Self-Serve Targeted Advertising Network

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

From this article on techcrunch

With MySpace announcing yesterday their self-serve adnetwork. What does this mean for you?

Well the whole social networking advertising platform that everyone talks about, opens the door to move some of the advertising from the search engines and into the eyes of the millions of social networkers.

The ability to target based on profile information will help qualify the traffic.

Basically this shift could offer a way of getting out of the barrel and spreading the risk

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