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How to Create a Ferocious Unique Selling Proposition

Unless you’re fortunate enough to be the only player in your industry (say, the only dedicated supplier of lion-taming equipment in North America), you’ll need to differentiate yourself from your competition through your unique selling proposition, or USP. A strong, instantly recognizable USP can make or break businesses operating in competitive markets and niche marketing industries, so it’s...
April 07, 2014
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Diving Deeper into Search Network with Display Select

To the uninitiated, the Google Display Network can be more than a little intimidating. Despite the vast potential of the GDN to expand AdWords advertisers’ reach, the costs and time management involved in running a GDN campaign put many people off, particularly small businesses with limited paid search budgets. For these reasons, Google launched its latest hybrid campaign type, Search Network...
April 04, 2014
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Goodbye Google AdWords Regular PLA Campaign Type, Hello Shopping Campaigns

By late August, Google will retire their regular PLA campaign type and switch all product listing ads users to Shopping campaigns. Beta launched in October 2013 and fully rolled out in February, Shopping campaigns have a number of unique features that make them particularly attractive to e-tailers: The ability to browse inventory within the AdWords platform and create product groups using...
April 03, 2014
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Help! I Raised My AdWords Bids and Got LESS Traffic!

If you’re a reader of this blog, you’re probably familiar with the basics of the Google AdWords auction. You place a bid, you win a position on the page. And the higher your position, the more likely you are to get the click. So… … right? Wrong. If you’re a small business with a limited budget, you’ll need to be smarter than this. Let’s use a simple example to illustrate why. Related: How to...
April 03, 2014
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If People Don't Link to Porn Sites, How Does Google Rank Porn?

In his latest Webmaster video, Matt Cutts answers the question: “How does Google separate popularity from authority?” (This question came from a “Blind Five Year Old,” by the way! That’s our friend AJ Kohn unless someone stole his alias.) It’s an interesting question, but I’m particularly interested in an offhand comment that Cutts makes at the beginning of the video. To distinguish between...
April 02, 2014
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3 Things I Learned by Writing 3 Million Words in 3 Years

My first SEO copywriting job (which is what most content marketing used to be called before “web content” was a thing) was working as a freelancer for a national British travel agency. Although the work itself amounted to little more than stuffing awkward long-tail keywords into flowery copy about tourist hotspots across the Mediterranean, it was an invaluable learning experience and set me on...
April 02, 2014
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Why Google AdWords Certification Doesn't Matter

When was the last time someone told you they were a good driver? Perhaps it was during an attempt to borrow your car for a weekend excursion, or boast their prowess in parallel parking. Do you recall how they backed up their claim? I’d be willing to guarantee they didn’t immediately pull out their wallet to show you their driver’s license. Why? Because that shiny piece of plastic holds little...
April 01, 2014
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The 9 Best Email Subject Line Styles to Increase Your Open Rates

How many unread emails do you have in your inbox? 300? 800? Or maybe, if you’re like me and are on countless mailing lists, 2,644? And that’s after a little Gmail spring cleaning! We get a TON of emails every day, and a lot of them are never opened. People are inundated with boatloads of information – more than ever before in history! But we don’t have more time to soak it all in. The chances of...
March 31, 2014
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3 A/B Tests That Surprised the Heck Out of Us (See You at the Opties!)

A/B tests are a vital part of WordStream’s marketing efforts. Seriously, we split test everything: banner ads, registration forms, landing pages – you name it. My colleagues keep telling me that buying two different burritos for lunch then tweeting about which one I like best doesn’t count as “real” A/B testing, but I beg to differ. One of the tools we use for A/B tests is Optimizely, a...
March 27, 2014
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Meet Bing Product Ads: Bing's Answer to Google PLA's

Just a few days after announcing the beta launch of Product Ads for Mobile, Microsoft has made Bing Product Ads available to all advertisers in the US. The new ad format, Bing's version of Google Product Listing Ads (soon to be replaced with Shopping Campaigns), allow advertisers to add rich images, prices and descriptions to ads appearing for e-commerce related searches across Bing and Yahoo....
March 26, 2014
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