October 2012 Posts from the Internet Marketing Blog

Happy Halloween! 10 Scary Stories from WordStream

 In honor of the spookiest holiday, I thought it would be fun to forget about marketing for a day and tell some scary stories instead. So I asked a bunch of WordStreamer’s:What’s the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to you at work?Their answers are below – don’t read them alone or in the dark! I also took a page from Google’s book and commissioned a special Halloween version of the WordStream logo from our extra-awesome UX designer, Tara DiMaggio (thanks, Tara!).

Larry Kim, Founder and CTOThe scariest thing that ever happened to me at work was getting a warning of unnatural links from Google.In SEO-terms, it’s the equivalent of a death sentence – Google usually de-lists your website within a few weeks of giving the notice.I felt so sick to my stomach. Couldn... > Read more

October 31, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 3

What's a Good Conversion Rate on Google AdWords? Average Conversion Rates by Industry

This post originally aggregated data from thousands of real Google AdWords from multiple industries. Due to recent changes in Google’s API policy, the original content of this blog post has been removed. If you are looking for specific conversion rate industry benchmarks for your Google AdWords account, the data can be accessed in report format through an AdWords Performance Grader report.

For more details on why our original research was removed: Important Update on WordStream's Infographic Research and AdWords Performance Grader.All that's left now are the insights we discovered at a high level.Google AdWords Conversion RatesMany businesses often wonder how much mileage their industry competitors are getting with Google AdWords. This is a tough problem because the data isn't publicly av... > Read more

October 29, 2012     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 31

The Changing Economics of Google AdWords

Due to recent changes in Google’s API policy, the content of this blog post has been removed. Please see the following blog post for details: Important Update on WordStream's Infographic Research and AdWords Performance Grader. Hit me up on Twitter: Follow @larrykim... > Read more

October 25, 2012     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 22

5 Things to Test for Better PPC Ad Performance, by Perry Marshall

 One of my favorite examples of a successful PPC ad test is this one:Version 1:How to Write a Book, Fast14 Days from Start to FinishUnique, Step By Step ProgramWrite-A-Book-Faster.com4.40% CTRVersion 2:How to Write a Book Fast14 Days from Start to FinishUnique, Step By Step ProgramWrite-A-Book-Faster.

com4.12% CTRI call it “The Little Comma that Could” because one comma increased response by 8% – which in this campaign was $500 a year.However, this example is extremely misleading! That’s because it makes you think that optimizing Google ads is about testing stuff like commas. Frankly, nothing could be further from the truth.Here’s the truth about testing, which I learned from David Bullock:ForestTreesBranchesLeavesWhen you’re testing ads and new ideas, imagine that you’re... > Read more

October 24, 2012     |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 3

Can Organic Search Be Highly Targeted and Highly Qualified?

 Last week’s post about why SEO is harder for small businesses got a lot of interesting comments. One commenter, Alan, posted the following (the below is edited slightly for spelling/typos):Quite a depressing list for a small business owner, really. The conclusion is also slightly flawed. "Is SEO Still Worth the Trouble?" The answer is not as simple as 'yes', it is about  return on investment.For some small businesses, it definitely isn't worth the effort, and they are better off spending their cash on PPC and other marketing activities.A real example, is one of my small businesses achieved number 1 position for a quality competitive keyword, and despite this not a single extra bit of business was won through this (although enquiries increased).Organic search is never goin... > Read more

October 23, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: SEO Marketing   |   Comments: 7

Free Blog Photos? Not So Much: Getty Images Demands Big Money from Bloggers

Have you ever used a picture from the web on your blog or website? Did you take the time to verify that you had the proper copyright to use that image?If not, you could soon be the unhappy recipient of a settlement demand letter (AKA "extortion letter") that asks for a large sum of money to pay for "damages.

"In recent years, companies like Getty Images, iStockphoto, Masterfile, Corbis, Jupiter Images, and others have become aggressive in pursuing people who infringe on an image's copyright. It doesn't matter whether you use an unlicensed image accidentally or intentionally – the consequences are the same.You can also run afoul of copyright if a web designer improperly uses an image on your site without your knowledge. You will still be held liable even if you didn't post the image.Most e... > Read more

October 22, 2012     |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 6

New Techniques For Getting Higher Quality Scores

As PPC experts we’re always plagued with low AdWords Quality Scores. Over the past 3 years I’ve had clients with ads so perfectly written and landing pages so perfect I don’t know why they didn’t get a 15 out of 10. But that wasn’t the case. In this post, I will teach you some new techniques for getting higher Google Quality Scores for your PPC ads.

Write Ads That ConvertYou need to be writing ads that have a high click-through rate (CTR). This has been one of the biggest indicators of Quality Score for my ads. Write clickable ads.But it’s not enough to just write a good ad, ads that inspire people to click. Google is no longer just looking for clicks, but interactions on pages. If you’re writing ads that have a high CTR but bounce back to Google 2 seconds later, your Quality ... > Read more

October 18, 2012     |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 33

New Disavow Links Tools Proves Negative SEO Exists, Is a Serious Issue

After months of denying/downplaying the impact of Negative SEO, Google today has launched a new and widely anticipated disavow links tool. The tool was announced by Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s web spam, at today’s keynote at the Pubcon conference, implicitly proving the existence of Negative SEO.

The new Google disavow links tool is live and can be used now.New Disavow Tool: What Does It All Mean?My take on the new disavow tool:Proves that Negative SEO is a Real Issue: Obviously (duh!). Otherwise why would Google roll out such a tool. Not all webmasters are sophisticated enough to use the disavow tool to disavow links. Unscrupulous SEOs could target unsuspecting, competing websites with devastating effect.Creates Moral Hazard: The disavow links tool is a get-out-of-jail-free card ... > Read more

October 16, 2012     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: SEO Marketing   |   Comments: 24

Google's AdWords Policy Update: What SMBs Need to Know

New AdWords Policy Means Quality & Relevancy Matter Most. PPC audits recommended.Google has updated its AdWords policy to place an even stronger focus on the quality of paid search advertising. This policy goes into effect today. While Google’s Quality Score has always been an important metric for any PPC campaign, this time it appears that Google really means business: marketers that do not heed its new policy updates demanding relevance, clarity and accuracy risk receiving penalties.

Your ads could be disapproved and in some cases your domain could even get suspended. Serious violations risk account suspension.New AdWords Policy on Relevance, Clarity, & AccuracyThe new AdWords policy focuses on enforcing standards of relevance, clarity and accuracy in text ads, ensuring that us... > Read more

October 16, 2012     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 4

What is Evergreen Content? Your Guide to Long-Lasting Content That Boosts SEO

 If you’re involved with SEO, content marketing or any kind of web marketing, you’ve probably heard the phrase “evergreen content” and been told that your site needs to have it. So what is evergreen marketing, and why are evergreen articles good for SEO?Today we’ll be explaining the basics of evergreen articles, how to write an evergreen content piece, and why incorporating evergreen posts into your blog strategy is essential for killer content marketing.

Evergreen content definitionEvergreen content is SEO content that is continually relevant and stays “fresh” for readers.So Why is it Called “Evergreen”?The term “evergreen” sounds familiar even to the non-marketing ear because evergreen trees (usually the pine or fir variety) are often used to decorate homes at C... > Read more

October 16, 2012     |   Written by: Megan Marrs   |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 17

10 Reasons SEO Is Harder for Small Businesses

 “Why is SEO harder for small businesses?” This question has popped up a couple of times in our organic keyword referrers. We’ve been saying for months that SEO is getting harder, and that it’s especially difficult for SMBs to excel at. But why? Why is SEO easier for the big dogs? Make no mistake, it is – even if it’s getting harder for them too.

 Here are 10 reasons why smaller businesses struggle to succeed at SEO.1. You have less money.This is the #1 reason SEO – and everything else! – is harder for small businesses. It’s an old saw but it’s true: You have to spend money to make money. The reason companies spend money on marketing and advertising is because they deliver ROI, but sometimes there’s a tipping point. For example we’ve seen small businesses ... > Read more

October 15, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: SEO Marketing   |   Comments: 55

Vanity URL: What It Is, How To Get One, & Why Your Life Is Worse Without Them

Vanity URLs have been long misunderstood, for good reason.Table of ContentsWhat Is a Vanity URL?7 Reasons and 13 Examples of Why Vanity URLS Are AwesomeHow We Got Our Google Plus Vanity URLWordStream's Obligatory Google Custom URL CelebrationWhen we got our Google + vanity URL before Wordstream Technologies, Wordstream Publishing, and Wordstream the game, it was a moment of celebration.

We were about to get an unfair advantage over our competitors with our newly acquired gplus vanity URL. Try searching any brand with a vanity Google URL and you will find that the Google knowledge graph will showcase you over other brands. i.e. Delta Airlines What is a Vanity URL?Vanity URL Definition: A vanity URL is an unique web address that is branded for marketing purposes.Vanity URLs are a t... > Read more

October 11, 2012     |   Written by: Victor Pan   |   Posted In: Social Media   |   Comments: 13

Corporate Blogging for SMBs: How to Get More Employees to Contribute to Your Company Blog

 Lots of small and medium-sized businesses have figured out that a corporate blog is good for business. The potential benefits of a well-run corporate blog include:Brand developmentSEO traffic and valuable linksOngoing inbound leadsBut buy-in is one thing. Actually creating and publishing new blog content on a regular basis is another.

Maintaining a regular publication schedule is a struggle for everyone, but it’s especially difficult for SMBs with their smaller budgets and smaller teams. You might not have a dedicated copywriter, and if you do, that writer is probably being pulled in multiple directions – writing copy for your email campaigns, landing pages and so on (oh, hi, to-do list!).A good way to make sure that you’re regularly publishing new content on your blog is to en... > Read more

October 08, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 12

Content Keywords FAQ: How to Use SEO Keywords for Content Marketing

There’s no content without keywords – unless you’re building a website out of nothing but images and video, which, frankly, we don’t recommend. So if you’re trying to get on board the content marketing train, you’ll need to be thinking about keywords. How do keywords fit into your content marketing strategy? Where do you start with keyword research for content marketing?Start here! These are the top 10 most frequently asked questions I hear about using keywords in marketing content.

Table of ContentsWhat’s the best keyword tool to use for content marketing?Should I target head terms or long-tail keywords in my content?How many times should we use the keyword on the page?Where on the page should the keyword appear?Is it OK to target multiple keywords on the same page?I publishe... > Read more

October 03, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In:   |   Comments: 45

Top 25 Most Popular YouTube Videos of All Time: What Makes a Video Go Viral?

YouTube has become a regular staple of Internet culture, amassing over 4 billion views each day and ranked 3rd most popular website on the Internet. Despite YouTube’s overwhelming presence across the web, strategies for becoming a top viewed video continue to baffle many small businesses.Skip ahead to a top 25 youtube video artists:PsyEminemLMFAOWaka WakaLady GagaCharlie bit my fingerMichel TelóDon OmarPitbullBruno MarsAdeleGotyeKaty PerryMiley CyrusNicki MinajCarly Rae JepsenRihannaIn this blog post today, we'll be:Listing the Top 25 Most Popular YouTube Videos to dateDiscussing why certain videos become hitsOffering tips and tricks on how to make your own viral videosTop 25 YouTube Videos of All TimeLet’s talk about the top YouTube videos that have racked up the most views and what ... > Read more

October 02, 2012     |   Written by: Megan Marrs   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 13

Trim the Fat from Your Online Marketing with Agile Methods

Marketing. Between social and content, paid and organic, PR and community management, marketing is a supersize topic, and one that’s becoming a part of every employee’s job thanks to technology and growing consumer expectations of brands.The breadth of the discipline has created generalists and specialists, with hybrids in between.

Yet despite the tremendous impact good, smart marketing can have on an organization, marketing professionals are often the first weight to be shed when a company decides it’s time to slim down. Why is that?Where Marketing Teams Can FailI generally attribute that type of short-term reaction (off with their heads!) to operational issues decision-makers might be reluctant to accept. Most times, the issue really isn’t rooted in the last weak campaign, poorly... > Read more

October 01, 2012     |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 12
 
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