Rotate your Ads to Optimize for Conversions

Google AdWords offers four ad rotation options: Optimize for clicks: gives preference to ads that are expected to attract more clicks than other ads in the ad group, based on your past clickthrough rates (CTRs). Optimize for conversions:¬†gives preference to ads that are expected to attract more clicks than other ads in the ad group, based on your past clickthrough … Read More

AdWords Yellow Ad Icon Turns White

Hey – anyone else notice that those eye catching yellow ad icons that appear next to Adwords Ads are now white? And a whole lot less noticeable? I just noticed this the other day and today did a few searches to see if I could find any announcement or other…and it was like crickets. Not saying there’s nothing out there, … Read More

Quality Score: The Breakdown

How Google determines Quality Scores has always been a bit of a dark hole – not completely black mind you – but close enough. We can (and have) speculated on the numerous factors and how they are weighted but nothing has ever been definite. Recently however Google made changes to its API that allowed researchers to gain valuable insight into … Read More

Best Practices: Testing and Optimizing

At the very least you should be checking in on your account(s) once a week to review data, to see how those changes made last have fared, to see how different versions of ad copy have performed and just to get a basic feel for the current lay of the land. In a perfect world you would check in much … Read More

New Google AdWords Ad Extension: Structured Snippets

We’ve talked about the importance of using ad extensions a number of times in the past. The two main bulletpoints for their use is that ad extensions are part of the ad rank formula Google uses to determine where your ads appear on the SERP page and ad extensions allow you to grab a larger piece of SERP real estate … Read More

Why You Should Build a Branded Search Campaign

A branded search campaign is a campaign wherein you bid on brand name keywords. If your company is named “XYZ Cat Toys” then you would bid on “XYZ Cat Toys” keywords. Many times the push back on branded campaigns is that the brand name may be showing up quite high in the organics and so the client figures, why bother … Read More

How Page Engagement Metrics Influence Quality Score

We’ve gone over the many factors involved in how Google determines your quality score. One of these is the landing page experience. This does not just mean how well your landing page meets the expectations of your a searcher and how well it continues the chain of relevancy begun by your keyword and PPC ad copy, but also how well … Read More

Why You Need to Use Ad Extensions

We’ve written about Google’s ad extension options in the past and so by now we have to believe that anyone who manages a Google PPC account is using them. If you are not here are some reasons for doing so. You should enable all extensions that make sense for your business. The reason why is because ad extensions not only … Read More