Google Retiring Converted Clicks – How Will You Measure Conversions Now?

On August 11, 2016
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Google recently announced one more major change – AdWords has outgrown the “converted click” metric it’s been using for the past 15 years and advertisers will not be able to measure converted clicks after September. Advertisers will have to use the more sophisticated, albeit sometimes more confusing “conversions” metric moving forward.

Google justified this change in the important optimization metric by explaining that when converted clicks were introduced in 2001, it was the most rudimentary way to measure if a user had taken any meaningful action after clicking on an ad. As advertisers and Google became more mature and sophisticated with their conversion tracking, the converted clicks metric became increasingly irrelevant and its limitations more noticeable.

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10 Question-Based Keywords that Drive Tons of High-Quality Traffic

On August 9, 2016
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I’ve already shared some tips with you for ranking in Google’s featured snippet, the first of which is to target complex question queries rather than simple queries that can be answered by Wikipedia or by Google itself – see the query below where Google anticipated a weather search and showed me the weather forecast right from the browser search bar in Chrome!

how to target question keywords

Here’s the reason you should target complex questions: Anyone can answer an easy question, but by providing smart answers to hard questions, better than anyone else on the SERP, you position yourself as an expert that your site visitors can trust. That means those visitors are more likely to come back for more, and more likely to convert.

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Automotive Advertising Benchmarks & Data for 2016 [Infographic]

On August 5, 2016
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Each year, Google processes billions of automotive industry queries across the United States. In fact, 69% of people use Google Search to find answers when they need automotive services.

In automotive PPC, the competition is fierce! Understanding the most current auto industry trends and car advertising tactics gives smart marketers a leg up on the competition. That’s why we took a good look recently at the state of search marketing for automotive industry advertisers.

car advertising marketing trends

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Remarketing for Dynamic Search Ads (RDSA): Your AdWords Campaign on Steroids

On August 4, 2016
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Have you ever thought about why the heck an athlete would do steroids? You might say it is cheating because they’re essentially putting in the same amount of work or less and are performing at a level that is unheard of or is just way above the competition. Or maybe you would say, what is the big deal? Watching these athletes perform at an incredible level all for the glory and your entertainment is the way it should be.

remarketing for dynamic search ads campaigns

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Video Marketing Ideas: 9 Ways to Promote Video Content

On August 3, 2016
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Creating a beautiful business video takes talent, time, and resources. Whether you’re producing your video in-house or with an outside team, the process can be expensive and time-consuming. The biggest problem is that after all the blood, sweat, and tears to produce a phenomenal final product, a big piece of the puzzle is often overlooked...the promotion strategy.

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6 Landing Page Copywriting Principles for More Conversions

On August 2, 2016
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A visitor lands on one of your landing pages. They scroll through, shrug their shoulders, and click away.

“WHAT!?” you ask yourself. “How could this happen? I’ve spent hours optimizing that page, they read the whole thing, and still...no conversion.”

Sound familiar? Marketers everywhere work tirelessly to optimize their landing pages, hoping for high conversion rates. They employ A/B tests, switch up button colors, and play with page length. But are they paying enough attention to what’s actually written on the page?

landing page copywriting tips

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3 Underused AdWords Features That’ll Blow Your Mind & Boost Your Bottom Line

On August 1, 2016
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At least once a week I’ll click through an AdWords account and stumble upon something I didn’t know existed. Sometimes it’s a targeting method or report. Once, I learned that just because someone clicks an ad and makes a purchase it doesn’t necessarily mean the conversion should be explicitly tied to that click (degrees in English lit. don’t put much emphasis on attribution…weird, I know). Other times still—and perhaps most embarrassingly—there will be a whole tab I’ve somehow overlooked until serendipity strikes.

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How an Air Conditioning Supply Company Keeps Cool Under Pressure with WordStream

On July 29, 2016
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To many small businesses, time is the enemy. It often seems as though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, and this can appear especially true for companies just starting out with paid search. Between the pressures of actually running a business and taking care of customers to the constant time constraints of managing a PPC account and learning about new products and features, it can prove too much for some advertisers.

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