Pay Per Click Universe – August 1, 2011 – Vol. 8, No. 15
Insurance, Loans, and Mortgages, Oh My!
If you are involved in PPC on Google, you likely know that the majority of Google’s income comes from selling advertising, but did you realize that the “majority” is actually 97%? Wordstream put together an interesting infographic showing the Top 20 highest-priced, high search volume keyword categories on Google over the last couple of quarters. And what are the top 3? (1) Insurance – costs $54.91 and accounts for 24% of the Top 20; (2) Loans — costs $44.28 and is 12.8%; (3) Mortgage – costs $47.12 at 9%. To see the rest of the Top 20, view the infographic here.
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Google Announces Click-to-Call Enhancements in AdWords Ads – July 29, 2011
Posted By PPC Hero – “In an email today from Google to AdWords advertisers, Google announced
enhancements to their click-to-call functionality in AdWords ad text.
This is important information to have because these enhancements will
impact charges on clicks to these phone numbers.” Read the rest of the news item here.
The July 2011 Microsoft Advertising adCenter Upgrade Is Here! – July 27, 2011
Posted By Microsoft adCenter Blog – “If you’ve been following along here on the adCenter Blog and in our
forums, by now you may have noticed that we’re big fans of collecting
your feedback and feature requests; this crucial information gives us a pulse on on what you like, what you don’t and what improvements you’d like to see, which then helps to inform future upgrades. In the July 2011 adCenter Upgrade, you’ll find a variety of new features and functionality to help boost campaign performance by making it easier to manage your search and content advertising strategies.” Read the rest of the news item here.
What Is Relative Click-Through Rate? – July 24, 2011
Posted By PPC Without Pity – “One recent addition to Google’s plethora of PPC metrics is Relative CTR
(Click-Through Rate). This metric is only applicable to display network
campaigns, so you may not see it everywhere. In short, relative CTR is
a measure of how good your CTR is compared to other advertiser’s ads
appearing on the same websites.” Read the rest of the news item here.
How Not To Use Your Agency’s PPC Reports – July 22, 2011
Posted By Searching Beyond The Paid – “People hire PPC agencies for a number of reasons:they want to use PPC, but don’t know how; or they’ve tried it but found it too complicated and time consuming.I’ve worked on both sides of the desk, in-house and agency,
so I definitely see the advantages of each approach – and there are
times where it just makes sense to hire an agency rather than try to do
PPC yourself.” Read the rest of the news item here.
24 Top Paid Search Metrics Explained – July 21, 2011
Posted By RKG Blog – “We typically focus on more advanced marketing tactics and deeper
analysis of the advertising business, but every now and then it’s nice
to take a step back and address more fundamental topics. In our
discussions of paid search, we’re often quick to throw around
abbreviations and terminology that may not be instantly discernible to
all audiences, so we thought we’d offer a primer on paid search metrics.” Read the rest of the news item here.
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Do You Cross Promote Your Content?
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The written word may have taken a backseat to technologies like online
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Content marketing is a way of tying together content that has been
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