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In April, a new conversion column started appearing in AdWords reports and eventually the main AdWords homepage; it was called “Conversions (many-per-click)” and the old Conversion column was changed to “Conversions (1-per-click)”. This was done with no real fanfare at the time, especially considering the importance of the column. But what is “many per click” and is it better than plain old conversions?
Google AdWords announces new ACE tool, allowing advertisers to compare the effectiveness of campaign changes in real-time.
The Google AdWords Campaign Experiments (ACE) tool will give you the opportunity to clearly distinguish which changes are effective and which aren’t. You can simultaneously test different bid prices and keywords to see which ones bring in the conversions.
This new feature could well take a lot of the guess work out of PPC advertising. In the past changes would have to be made, measured over a certain period and then compared with your previous data. With Google ACE, you can do your testing in real-time, pitching new against old and getting measurable results as a consequence.
AdWords is easy to setup and as a result many many people setup an account, throw everything on broad match (which is the default) and away you go. Fortunately (for the consultancy industry) it is not as simple as this! An un-optimised AdWords account can cost you dearly, syphoning cash out of your bank account at a rate of knots. In this post I will detail a few great ways to improve your AdWords account.
The latest exposé comes courtesy of the BBC, who found a number of people who had unwittingly coughed up for tickets that didn’t exist from companies that are equally elusive. The reason why they had fallen foul of this old ruse was simply that it appeared at the top of Google.
Google AdWords have always had their rules and policies, but over the past six months we have seen a number of AdWords Accounts being shut down at the drop of a hat. There are lots of reasons why you could get your account deactivated and the important thing is, trying to understand the rules to ensure it doesn’t happen to you.
Google have recently announced the introduction of Automated Rules for AdWords advertisers in the UK.
The function was trialled back in December in the USA and following some good feedback and results, has been rolled out to all AdWords Accounts.
In a nutshell, the tools allows you to create rules that automate some of the optimisation within your campaigns to make life easier and the campaigns less time consuming to manage.
In my mind there are key steps that everyone should be following when a Pay Per Click campaign is being created. Whether you are new to PPC or an experienced Search Specialist, we all need guidelines to ensure we keep on track.
We may all have different tools that we use when creating a PPC campaign, but the end goal is always the same…. To have a well structured campaign that achieves good results and a positive ROI.
I have put together this Pay Per Click Campaign Checklist to give pointers on the different steps I take when creating a campaign and have summarised each point in more detail below. If you would like to add anything, please feel free to leave your comments at the end of this post.
Rarely content with the status quo, Google have been making some rather eye-catching changes to the way in which AdWords advertising is presented on its SERPs in recent weeks.
I’m not just talking about the subtle transition over to a pale lilac hue for the top results, but the options available within the results themselves. We’ve seen a number of new elements appear and doubtless there will be more to come.
Let’s take a look at few of the more eye-catching updates.
SEO and PPC are quite clearly a separate skill set when it comes to implementation. However the aims of both disciplines intersect ultimately: that of prompting a user to complete an action. Organic search is to some extent anarchic, so if you want to make a page rank for a targeted keyword, shouldn’t every page of your site also be a landing page?
Google have just announced a change in their policy for companies wishing to advertise gambling related services online using their AdWords pay per click advertising platform within the UK.
Google’s announcement explains that this policy change for gambling advertisers has come about “due to recent changes in UK law” and to “bring it inline with the legal and cultural climate around this issue in the UK”.
The statement goes on to say “Our review determined that, at this time, we will allow gambling ads to target England, Scotland and Wales as long as the advertiser is registered with the Gambling Commission and provides a valid operating license number.”
Any gambling site wishing to use pay per click advertising to promote their business will first of all need to create a new Google AdWords account and complete an application form for Google. They will then review the application and notify the advertiser whether they have been successful or not.
Given the competitive nature of the industry, we would anticipate pay per click costs being high for AdWords gambling advertising in the UK and would suggest that new advertisers consider using Google AdWords management services if they’re unsure how to build an optimised campaign.