The Attacat Month In Numbers – August 2011
The PPC keywords you’re bidding on (exact match excluded) are pretty much meaningless. They’re not the search queries you’re targeting; they’re only the tools you use to find the search queries. Carefully selecting and testing keywords allows you to appear for and find data on these new search queries, like pouring water over a dirty surface and making the search queries visible underneath.
I’ve been told I’m an angry person. I don’t agree, however I will admit it’s probably true when it comes to computers and anything online. And what gets me most annoyed is when things should be really good and useful and lovely but then aren’t, and turn out to be really annoying and irritating and crappy. Enter Google’s Adwords Campaign Experiments…
The cost an Adword’s Advertiser pays may be laid out on the bill as technically paying on a Cost Per Click basis, but in truth Adwords is cleverly setup so advertisers are actually paying on a CPM (Cost Per Thousand) basis. This is important for Advertisers to understand as CPC can seem like a no-lose situation, [...]
Time to get a bit geeky about PPC! This isn’t client related but just an interesting insight into what happens when you read between the lines of Google Adwords. Although Quality Score is the magic number in calculating an ad’s position and CPC, the quality score we see can’t be relied upon to make important judgements. In fact, [...]
Google have just released a whitepaper – Beyond last click: Understanding your consumers’ online path to purchase – with some very interesting stats about the purchase path length and types across different verticals. I’ve summarised the important points from a search perspective.
MSN adCenter gets an upgrade!
Another round of upgrades this month, including radius based geo-targeting options, colour coded flag alerts in the interface to notify the account manager of things needing their attention and the desktop tool now has more ways to review Quality Score data and improve budget calculations. Full article here.
Adwords Interest Categories [...]
Adwords have announced that sitelinks (the little additional links at the bottom of a Google PPC advert) can now be embedded as a clickable link within the actual two lines of advert description text.
Not just about Google, other stuff happened in the world of PPC last month too! (Though it is mainly Google).
Adwords domain names now in headlines
Only the domain (without the www) will show, if the headline already contains the domain it won’t show twice and the maximum headline length including the domain and the first description [...]
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