The Complete, Digestible Guide to AdWords Budgets

On September 14, 2016
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Budgeting is a chore. Always. Whether you’re pinching pennies to pay rent for an overpriced studio overlooking a dingy alley, or paving the road to internet moguldom, or both, simultaneously, it drives the average red blooded American up the wall.

This is especially true in AdWords, where every single click represents either business growth or your hard earned cash becoming kindling.

Unfortunately, resources that take an all-encompassing approach to PPC budgeting are scant. There’s no free app. No extreme couponing. You just have to figure it out.

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7 Things I Still Hate About LinkedIn Ads

On September 13, 2016
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Like a lot of marketers, I find LinkedIn Ads frustrating. The thing is, by making just a few needed improvements, both LinkedIn itself and advertisers could greatly benefit.

For LinkedIn, advertising could be bringing in much more than a meager $181 million in revenues, as it did during the second quarter of 2016. Compare that to the advertising revenues of Google ($19 billion) and Facebook ($6 billion) during the same quarter.

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5 Unexpected Tools for Ad Campaign Optimization

On September 12, 2016
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When it comes to ad optimization, you already know the familiar players – but beyond this, there’s still a lot that goes into creating successful ad campaigns – like the copywriting. The creative. And the ROI.

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So here are five unexpected, non-obvious tools that can help you create better ads, despite not being advertising-related per se.

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NEW in AdWords: Demographic Targeting for Search Campaigns

On September 12, 2016
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As SEMs spend so much time doing keyword research, building keyword lists, and reviewing their keyword performance it’s easy to forget that their customers aren’t keywords – they’re people. A 19-year-old and a 70-year-old searching Google for the term “hair extensions” are likely looking for very different products. And a man and a woman searching for “leather boots” online aren’t likely to be searching for the exact same pair.

“User intent” begins with the user and with this in mind, most online advertising platforms like Facebook and Bing have offered demographic targeting for their campaigns. Well, starting today, AdWords has enabled advertisers to target age and gender demographics within their search campaigns.

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SEO Lensing: How to Climb the SERPs with Content Consolidation

On September 8, 2016
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Just because it’s not easy to dominate search, doesn’t mean there aren’t some low-hanging SEO fruit that will help you pick up any conversions you’re currently missing out on.

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While aspects of this strategy have been referred to by a number names, such as PageRank sculpting, I call this strategy SEO lensing because it takes diffuse traffic and focuses it into a beam, like a magnifying lens.

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5 Smart Reasons to Create Content Outside Your Niche

On September 8, 2016
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Blogging can be a powerful way for you to build your personal brand and increase the visibility of your company within your industry. Ideally, both at the same time. Your end goal, of course, is to become a top leading expert on the topics that matter to your niche. And when you're first starting out, committing to a niche is important. You must own and dominate it.

Yet, a day will eventually come when you've exhausted your niche. You'll realize that you have finally worked "until you no longer have to introduce yourself," as the great anonymous once put it so eloquently.

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10 Dos and Don’ts for Sitelink Extensions

On September 6, 2016
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Sitelinks are the king of all AdWords ad extensions. They are, by far, the most versatile extensions; they’re useful for accounts of all verticals, they appear on all devices and advertisers can use them to say just about anything.

Even better, I’ve literally never encountered an account that didn’t yield higher CTRs once enabling these bad boys. According to the crew at Google, the mere presence of sitelinks typically lifts ad CTR by 10-20% (+20-50% on branded searches).

Sitelinks FTW.

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The New Google Merchant Center: What You Need to Know

On September 6, 2016
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As you may have seen Google has recently given Merchant Center more than just a fresh coat of paint.  Along with a new responsive user interface that makes it easier and more efficient to use, there’s also lots of new features to get familiar with.

The update is now globally available. So here’s a quick overview of what’s new in Merchant Center.

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