Larry Kim's blog
Keyword research as we know it suffers from a major disconnect. On one hand, you have keyword tools, which provide keyword suggestions and associated keyword frequency estimates. On the other hand, you have web analytics applications, which provide you with the actual search queries that are driving traffic to your site, and the true relevancy of your keywords based on real conversion data.
But there is no reason for these two types of tools to be divorced from each other. In fact, in my experience, successful keyword research largely depends on your ability to leverage and manage data from both keyword tools and web analytics in a continuous fashion.Let's take a look at why neither keyword tools nor web analytics alone is sufficient for complete keyword research, and how the future of key... > Read more
For many online marketers, pay-per-click advertising is a relatively complicated marketing tool with a lot of moving pieces. Maybe that’s an understatement, but with so many moving pieces, it is commonplace to let certain strategies and best practices fall through the proverbial cracks. Admittedly, a lot has been written on PPC mistakes.
But that is just further proof that so many advertisers are leaving money on the table and need to be reminded how they can step up their game and improve their PPC performance. Today I’m going to discuss 5 common mistakes that PPC advertisers make and offer simple solutions to get your campaigns moving in the right direction. Ignoring Quality Score-Friendly Campaign Structure Despite the wealth of knowledge found on blogs and in ... > Read more
It's a question that's asked more often then you might think. "What determines my pay-per-click keyword price?" The answer is most certainly not "Google" or another PPC search engine. Truth be told, this question is aptly answered by a quick lesson in PPC fundamentals. Your keyword price, or cost-per-click (CPC), is determined by a combination of your bidding strategy, keyword competition, Quality Score and a handful of other factors.
TIP: PPC terminology 101. While keyword price is a seemingly accurate descriptor, the more appropriate (and widely accepted) term is actually cost-per-click - aka CPC.Your Keyword Bids: The most obvious determinant of your keywords' cost-per-click is in fact your actual bid! Google AdWords, Yahoo! Search Marketing and Microsoft adCenter all util... > Read more
Today WordStream released what I and numerous other industry experts believe to be the most comprehensive and accurate keyword tool ever. The best part is that we're giving it away for free – no strings attached! WordStream's Free Keyword Tool is quite different from other keyword tools – we've partnered with ISPs, search engines and other data providers to aggregate and weight over one billion unique keywords, representing well over a trillion search queries, and hundreds of millions of related terms from diverse keyword sources.
This video shows how it works: And this Keyword Tool FAQ explains how we've made it more comprehensive, accurate and faster than other keyword tools out there. But you can see for yourself by trying it out now – type some test queries into t... > Read more
Keyword Organization — classifying keywords according to common attributes, along with keyword discovery and keyword research is the key to successful PPC and SEO efforts. In PPC, keyword discovery and research is obviously important, since clicks on searches of the keywords you pick are essentially what you're paying for.
And having a structured approach to keyword management and organization is equally important for effective organic search optimization as well, since the key to appearing in the SERPS for a particular keyword requires breaking out your keyword list into smaller keyword groupings, and then authoring themed content around more specific topics. Let's first take a look at paid search. To achieve high ROI, you'll need to match up the keywords in your keyword lists with rel... > Read more
One of the coolest things about starting a company is that from time to time, you get to show up in blogs, online radio shows or other articles as an "expert guest". Today, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Greg Meyers of the SEMGeek Blog. I'm listing out the questions that Greg asked me here, and you can read the full interview here.
What's the driving force behind the creation of WordStream? What makes WordStream more valuable than AdWords Editor? What are some of the key differences between Google AdWords Editor and WordStream? Can you give us some insights into the level of experience of WordStream's main target market? Is it targeted to seasoned professionals or novices wanting to start a new career in PPC? During this economic downturn, is Word... > Read more
As a search marketer, one of my goals is to engage visitors and keep them engaged. I want searchers to find my sites, spend time reading content, click around, go deeper in the site, exhibit certain behaviors and convert. Two key performance metrics I rely on to measure visitor engagement are bounce rates and page views.
Having a site with a high bounce rate and a low page views indicates a negative user experience –a sign there’s something wrong with the website. Factors that contribute to high bouncing and low views range from poor content, to slow load times, to confusing site architecture, to a lack of proper visual cues. Bounce rate also correlates closely to dwell time, another important metric. Yet another culprit may be a shortage of inline links: in-sentence or in-paragraph, c... > Read more
In the last installment of this keyword series, we talked about how sharing information between paid and natural search marketing campaigns could leverage shared data to improve the results of both channels. We used the following graphic to illustrate the process of sharing information amongst PPC and SEO campaigns: The graphic above makes a lot of sense in the event that you’re: Launching a new site Launching a new product/product line/offering Attempting to target a new keyword vertical This cross-channel thinking can certainly be applied by anyone engaging in search marketing, but for our purposes we’ll focus on the process surrounding any of the above.
Step 1: Test Your Keywords with PPC First you want to generate a list of keywords. You can do this any number of different ways,... > Read more
Fundamentally, we at WordStream believe in 10 critically important best practices that are the key for both paid and organic search success: (Drum roll, please...) 1. Your Keywords are a Valuable, Proprietary Asset Understanding the search queries that people actually use to find the products & services that are relevant to your business, and the way that you categorize, organize, and prioritize the keyword data represents a crucial piece of competitive intelligence.
Building a proprietary, comprehensive, up-to-date and well-researched keyword taxonomy is the foundation of any successful SEO and/or PPC effort. 2. Keyword Research Should be Personalized and Based on Real Data The problem with a typical keyword suggestion tool is it provides suggestions of keywords that might be rel... > Read more
Welcome to the WordStream Blog! We’ll be covering a variety of things related to Internet marketing here on the blog, but since we sell a keyword management tool, we thought we'd start there. So, in the next week, we'll be rolling out a series of keyword-related content. First, later on today we’ll be publishing our “search marketing philosophy”; a ten point search manifesto penned by WordStream founder Larry Kim.
Additionally, we’ll be publishing our Keyword Management & Optimization Guide—a series of series that will cover: The Value of Keyword Discovery & Expansion The Kinds of Traffic You Should Be Optimizing For And Finally: How Sharing SEO & PPC Information Can Improve the Results of Both Channels **Special thanks and a collective editorial hat tip on the ke... > Read more