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Google have released another (free) keyword research application to help advertisers find additional phrases that they could be advertising on within Google’s pay per click platform, AdWords.
The Search Based Keyword Tool acts differently to most in that it uses your site to identify what it believes your web pages are about and then offers up a list of search queries that it believes are relevant to you and that you are not currently bidding on.
If you’ve been unable to get into your Account Access area or have seen a drop in Quality Score for your campaigns, don’t worry – you’re not alone.
AdWords appears to be creaking under the pressure of increased PPC activity before Christmas. Quality Scores have again been nose diving across numerous accounts in a repeat of issues seen by some users at the tail-end of last month [see: Google Confirms Major AdWords Quality Score Reporting Bug | Search Engine Roundtable]. Adding to the PPC confusion, Account Access pages are also returning an error (shown below), making it impossible to make changes in this section.
Therefore if you have returned to your account this week and found that your Quality Score is a fraction of what it once was, don’t do anything rash. You won’t need to make any major site changes, update your keywords or increase bid levels – it is just a glitch within Google’s system, not an issue with your campaign/pages.
Back in the Nineties, if your website had really made it, it was found on Yahoo. But since its development and massive expansion, Google has been the be-all and end-all of Internet Search Engines. As Google has expanded their silent monopoly they have changed the way that companies think about advertising and inevitably changed the way we all go about the process of planning on and offline marketing strategies.
In the past 8 years, Google have dramatically influenced or changed:
There are many ways to optimise an AdWords account, from improving the structure to implementing ad extensions, but one of the most important things is to improve your results from analysing the data. This is the first in a series of posts about data segmentation.
Some people don’t like to get in to the nitty gritty numbers and get scared by spreadsheets, but the methods I’m going to cover make understanding the numbers easy and simplify your optimisation, and for once, my post won’t require you to open a spreadsheet! Unless of course you want to…
The European high court has judged that the use of trademarks by competitors within Google organic and AdWords results is legal.
If you are looking to use a brand name or trademark within your Google AdWords this latest ruling might well be good news. The European Court of Justice has ruled that trademark infringement is fine, as long as it isn’t used in a way that might confuse consumers into believing you are representing the trademark holder.
Confused? Well, here is what the court had to say “The trade mark proprietor cannot oppose that use of the sign, identical with its mark, if that use is not liable to cause detriment to any of the functions of that mark.” [Source: Bidding for rivals' AdWords can be infringement, sometimes | The Register].
I have already gone through the top three AdWords Ad Extensions in the past weeks – initially planned as a three part series. As I concluded the last post on Product Extensions, I felt it would be a shame to miss out on Call Extensions, especially with the growing market for mobile search.
I hope this fourth (bonus) part of my AdWords Ad Extension series can be of use!
A new service has come to light further linking Google AdWords with Google Analytics and meaning that you can now import your Analytics Goals into your AdWords Account.
Goals are the primary measurement of a desired action on a website including:
• Page views
• Contact requests
• Email registrations
• Making a purchase
• Adding product to shopping cart
With the ever growing internet market, it is becoming more and more important to ensure your website Conversion Rate is continuously increasing. There are so many factors to consider when you are looking at increasing your online Conversion Rate and this blog is going to cover my top six favourite ‘boosters’.
If you have any other hints or tips, please feel free to add to the bottom of this post and share your ideas with others.
I mentioned in my 11 Tips To Improve Your Google AdWords Campaign (point #11!) that you need to run the Search Query report if you’re bidding on broad match keywords.
To access this report, you need to log in to your AdWords account, select the ‘Reports’ tab and then go to ‘Create Report’ in the sub-menu.
The reason we put so much importance on the Search Query report is because it uncovers some* of the actual keywords that AdWords has used as synonym replacements for those PPC advertisers using broad match.
*Whilst it shows some, it also misses a lot. Depending on how many clicks you put through your account, these ‘Other unique queries’ that appear in your report, could add up to a lot of wasted spend. It is possible to identify these keywords too but that involves setting up some advanced filtering in Google Analytics. We do this for all of our clients and their campaigns benefit from this further optimisation.
So why is it important to identify the actual search term rather than the phrase in your account that generated the click? Negatives! Running a successful AdWords campaign is a juggling act between maximising visits to your site whilst restricting wasted clicks, i.e. those searches that still click on your ad even though there’s no or little relevance to what they were looking for. This is where negative keywords come in. Negatives are added to your campaign and are used as a way to tell the AdWords system that your advert should NOT be shown when this keyword is used, normally as part of a longer search string.
A mature campaign will have hundreds, if not thousands, of negative keywords but this takes time, comprehensive keyword research and a detailed analysis of your AdWords account data.
If you’d rather spend time managing other aspects of your business, you should review our AdWords management services and let us improve your return on investment.
One small move for Google, one giant leap for online marketing… well maybe.
It may only be a centimetre or two but Google’s decision to move their sponsored ads much closer to the organic listings could improve ROI.
The new Google layout definitely puts the sponsored links in eye range, which could only mean one thing – advertisers get a higher Click through Rate, a better quality score and more traffic.
It will be interesting to see just how much of an increase in traffic advertisers experience and more importantly how this affects the quality of the traffic they receive.
Only time will tell but this could be a win win situation for Google and Pay Per Click management.
Watch this space!
With the ever changing face of the Google Ad Preview Tool, it has once again changed – this time now including Ad Diagnostics. For those who have never used the Ads Diagnostic Tool before, this is/was a very useful tool which ran against all details within your campaign – it highlighted any problems with your ads.
“But where is this tool?” I hear you say; well it now has a new home! Read more