Google may getting a little too big for it’s boots. If I type something into the search box and hit enter then shouldn’t I at least be given the courtesy of being shown results what I’ve typed – the words I carefully considered for purpose? Well now Google seems to be manipulating search results in a hidden way by not telling me they had omitted a word from my search query until the bottom of the second page of results. Are they playing a sneaky game that could increase your advertising costs?
There was I, thinking of writing a lovely interesting piece on punctuation in paid-search keywords after coming up against a few tricky special characters, only to stumble upon this rather tidy little summary by the Search Agents<.
It’s quite a frequently asked question: should you include a phone number or not in your Google AdWords and PPC adverts?
The short answer is “no (in most cases)”. Here’s an excellent more detailed answer: How To Raise Your Call-Through Rate Without Reducing Your Click-Through Rate.
In another odd PPC move, Google appear to be testing PPC adverts not targeted to the search query but ‘related’ to it.
It seems as though Google is considering inserting 5-star rating into paid search results, and has begun testing it in selected results. From the examples seen so far it appears to be drawing through Amazon product ratings, but there is potential for using a wide range of website rankings. What chance of Google showing us Ebay seller ratings, or property reviews for accommodation results?
Google have unveiled a new keyword match type called Modified Broad. This new keyword matching option allows the average PPC boffin to gain a level of control in terms of their keyword targeting and scope.
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