With so many do-it-yourself PPC blogs and resources out there on the web, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and even worse, paralyzed, by all the ideas you “should” be using. Some people say that the more time you spend inside your PPC account, the better. If that were true, then something like “going-through-the-motions” or “changing bids” would be a clear cut winner to explain why your competitors are doing better than you.
Did you know that small businesses can easily waste as much as 25% of their PPC (pay-per-click) budgets? That’s an awful lot of money being flushed away with nothing to show for it. The good news is you don’t have to sit, bleary-eyed in front of your computer trying to micromanage every single keyword or bid. By paying attention to these seven leaky holes and taking some proactive steps in managing your PPC account and its features, you can trim a lot of the waste.
When you’re cooking dinner and everything is simmering away perfectly, do you walk away and leave it to cook indefinitely, or do you check on it periodically, to make sure nothing is boiling over, sticking to the bottom of the pot, or charring and burning? It’s common sense to regularly check, stir, turn temperatures up or down, and so on—even when everything is cooking exactly as it’s supposed to.
So, how’s your PPC campaign going? How do you know? What metrics are you using to gauge your campaign’s success? There’s certainly no shortage of PPC metrics you can look at to try to measure the effectiveness of your campaigns. But what’s the MOST important metric to look at?
If you’re managing an AdWords PPC campaign, you need to be familiar with negative keywords and the benefit they provide. So what exactly are they? An Introduction to Negative Keywords Negative keywords are keywords you add to a campaign in order to exclude those words from the campaign. Here’s how it works.
A few weeks ago, Google AdWords announced that they would be removing advertisers' ability to exclude close variants from phrase and exact match keywords. This changed sparked much confusion and controversy in the industry, and I’d like to help clear up some of the mess. However, before we can look at how Google’s latest change will affect advertisers, we need to really understand the basics of close variants.
This is a question that comes up a lot with new AdWords managers or business owners who are doing PPC for the first time. “Should I bid on my own brand terms in AdWords?” The rationale for not bidding on your own brand terms goes something like this: Most companies already rank #1 in Google for their own brand. With that in mind, should they “waste” any of their precious ad budget on brand terms they already rank #1 for?
A few weeks ago we conducted an in-depth interview with Richard Jacobs of Speak Easy Marketing, Inc. The short version is that Richard successfully used long-tail content to generate 400,000+ organic searches in a single year for one of the most competitive industries—law. Anyone who has dabbled in keyword research knows that legal terms are some of the most expensive and competitive keywords out there, and getting even a fraction of the traffic is both expensive and a huge accomplishment.
Here’s the challenge: You’re faced with managing a relatively small PPC budget in Google AdWords. It's no easy task since you want to ensure visibility on competitive keywords while trying not to exhaust your click budget too quickly. A recent study by Wordstream proves this challenge for small businesses and reveals that SMBs tend to waste approximately 25% of their already small monthly PPC budget.
AdWords is all about getting the best results. The goal is to raise click through rates (CTR), lower cost per click (CPC), and decrease cost per acquisition (CPA), all while getting enough impressions, clicks, and conversions to stay in business. One way to do this is to weed out terms that aren’t performing because nobody wants to bid on a phrase that isn’t converting, even if it does have a high CTR and low CPC.