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We recently had reason to suspect that one of our client’s Pay per Click campaigns was being targeted by one of their competitors. We suspected that they were clicking the ads to try and use up the daily budget early in the day. The trouble was how to identify who was clicking the Ads.There are many expensive Click Fraud solutions available but we found a simple and free way of checking who was clicking the ads by using Statcounter.
By putting the Statcounter code on the website pages we were able to easily see the IP addresses of the clickers. This clearly showed that two Competitors were in fact clicking the ads. We then forwarded our findings to Google and hope this will result in a refund for our AdWords client.
Whilst click fraud is on the decline, it is still something that anyone who engages in paid search needs to be aware of. There is big business in draining competitors’ daily budgets, which is what makes it such an attractive concept to unscrupulous types.
It is for this reason that you have to be vigilant with your PPC campaigns. Unlike other elements of search engine marketing, paid search requires constant attention. Not only do you have to optimise campaigns to ensure you are achieving a decent ROI, but you also have to look out for this kind of irregular activity.
This is why many companies choose to outsource their paid search to a professional Pay per Click company. Whilst it will invariably cost you money on top of your usual bids, it could also help you to get the most out of your campaigns and cut click fraud out at source.
But to reiterate, if you do suspect that your ads may be subject to click fraud, follow the steps above and report it. The sooner you are able to identify the problem and pass on your concerns, the sooner it will all be sorted.
In today’s multichannel world, there are mountains of data which provide insights into how users have interacted with your business and their path to conversion (or non-conversion). It is important to understand performance with multichannel marketing, which can be achieved through attribution modelling. Attribution refers to assigning credit to something (a channel, touchpoint, etc.) for the role it played in the final conversion. An attribution model is a rule, or set of rules, that assigns this credit correctly to the right channel or touchpoint.
For a long time, Bing, the UK’s second-largest search engine, has been underappreciated and, in some instances, even ignored. Often regarded as the inferior search engine to market leader Google, Bing has historically struggled to appeal to many in the digital world. Most PPC analysts would give justified reasons for neglecting Bing for so long; these include the volume of traffic and the user experience just not matching up to Google. However, the validity of these assessments is now diminishing. Bing has grown and improved rapidly in the last couple of years; if you are not integrating it into your comprehensive digital marketing plan, you run the risk of missing out on a large portion of your chosen market and significant revenue.