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PPC Budgeting Best Practices for 2012: New (Free) Guide!

We just released a new, free white paper for search engine marketers: "PPC Budgeting Best Practices: 10 Tips for Setting Your 2012 Budget." You can read the introduction and the first tip below. Click here to download the full guide.PPC Budgeting Best Practices: 10 Tips for Setting Your 2012 BudgetAs the end of the year approaches, it’s time to start setting budgets for your various marketing channels in 2012.

If you’re relatively new to pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, you’ll probably find that budgeting for this channel can be a challenge.Setting budgets for your PPC campaigns is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. In this paper, we’ll walk through ten best practices to help you get the most from your PPC budgets in 2012.1. Getting Started: How to Determine Your Ini... > Read more

December 07, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 0

AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 10

This is the 10th in a series of interviews we're conducting with AdWords advertisers who got unusually high scores using our AdWords Performance Grader. We're reaching out to high scorers to find out what strategies contribute to their strong AdWords performance. For more in this series, see:AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 1AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 2AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 3AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 4AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 5AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 6AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 7AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 8AdWords Exp... > Read more

December 05, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 0

Google AdWords Settings: The Ultimate Guide to the AdWords Settings Tab

Over the past few months we’ve been walking through several areas within the AdWords interface in great depth. We started with Google AdWords Ad Extensions and most recently wrapped up a series of posts on Google AdWords Reporting with the Dimensions Tab. This will be the first in a series of posts about AdWords campaign settings:As with each of these series, the main objective here is to help AdWords advertisers better navigate the increasingly confusing AdWords interface, and also to be able to help impart best practices for setting up your AdWords campaigns.

If you can’t wait for the individual posts in the series and want a quick AdWords campaign audit as to whether you’re adhering to best practices within your AdWords campaign, WordStream has a free performance grader which... > Read more

December 05, 2011     |   Written by: Tom Demers   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 4

Google AdWords Call Tracking Reporting: The Call Details Report in the Dimensions Tab

This is the last post in a series on Google AdWords reporting from the dimensions tab. In previous posts we’ve covered:Google AdWords Dayparting – The AdWords Dimensions Time Tab ReportGoogle AdWords Conversion Reporting via the Dimensions TabGoogle AdWords Destination URL ReportGoogle AdWords Demographic ReportingGoogle AdWords Geographic ReportGoogle AdWords Search Term ReportGoogle AdWords Free Clicks ReportIn this post, we’ll be walking through the call details report in the AdWords dimensions tab.

What Is the AdWords Call Detail Report?The Google AdWords call detail report offers data around AdWords-enabled call tracking via call metrics or AdWords call extensions.In general call extensions from AdWords leverage Google Voice to allow you to track not just activity on your site (v... > Read more

December 01, 2011     |   Written by: Tom Demers   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 0

Free Clicks? The Google AdWords Free Clicks Report in the Dimensions Tab

This is the latest post in a series on Google AdWords reporting from the dimensions tab. In previous posts we’ve covered:Google AdWords Dayparting – The AdWords Dimensions Time Tab ReportGoogle AdWords Conversion Reporting via the Dimensions TabGoogle AdWords Destination URL ReportGoogle AdWords Demographic ReportingGoogle AdWords Geographic ReportGoogle AdWords Search Term ReportIn this post, we’ll be walking through the free click report in the AdWords dimensions tab.

What Are “Free Clicks” According to AdWords?First we need to determine what Google is defining as “free clicks.” The free clicks report provides you with data about how people interact with different components of your ad, and about actions they take. It's important to note that these "free clicks" aren't all c... > Read more

November 28, 2011     |   Written by: Tom Demers   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 2

Using Excel for Google PPC: Fun Stuff and Hard Stuff

If you own a small company and use or are considering using Google pay-per-click (AdWords) for your goods and services, this article is meant for you. I’m including two practical Excel techniques in this article: How to write Google PPC ads using Excel.How to estimate profit/loss for a Google PPC campaign.

Fun Stuff – Writing Google PPC Ads with ExcelFirst the fun stuff. Seven years ago when I ran my one and only Google PPC campaign (a profitable one), I really didn’t enjoy writing Google pay-per-click ads. I hated counting the letters in the ads to meet Google’s criteria.Ad line #1: 25 characters.Ad line #2: 35 characters.Ad line #3: 35 characters.I wrote the ads on scraps of paper when I had creative flashes. Naturally I lost some of the slips of paper and started using ... > Read more

November 23, 2011     |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 4

AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 8

This is the eighth in a series of interviews we're conducting with AdWords advertisers who got unusually high scores using our AdWords Performance Grader. We're reaching out to high scorers to find out what strategies contribute to their strong AdWords performance. For more in this series, see:AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 1AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 2AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 3AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 4AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 5AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 6AdWords Experts Share the Secrets of Their PPC Success, Part 7This week’s AdWords expert interview is with Antonia Matthews, Online... > Read more

November 22, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 2

Automatic Placement Report: How to Report on Automatic Placements in the AdWords Dimensions Tab

This is the latest post in an ongoing series on AdWords reporting in the AdWords dimensions tab. In previous installments of the series we’ve covered:Google AdWords Dayparting – The AdWords Dimensions Time Tab ReportGoogle AdWords Conversion Reporting via the Dimensions TabGoogle AdWords Destination URL ReportGoogle AdWords Demographic ReportingGoogle AdWords Geographic ReportGoogle AdWords Search Term ReportAnd in this, the seventh post in the series, we’ll be focusing on the automatic placement report in the AdWords dimensions tab:What Is the Automatic Placement Report and Why Is It Important?The placement report is similar to the search query report in that placements are the targeting lever you use on the content network to determine where your ads will show.

This report is also ... > Read more

November 21, 2011     |   Written by: Tom Demers   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 0

The AdWords Search Query Report: How to Get the Most Out of the Search Term Report

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been walking through the Google AdWords dimensions tab with a series of posts highlighting each of the reports you can find within the still relatively new AdWords dimensions reporting suite. The first five posts in the series covered:Google AdWords Dayparting – The AdWords Dimensions Time Tab ReportGoogle AdWords Conversion Reporting via the Dimensions TabGoogle AdWords Destination URL ReportGoogle AdWords Demographic ReportingGoogle AdWords Geographic ReportIn this installment, we’ll be focusing on the search terms report in the dimensions tab:What Is the Search Terms Report? Why Is It Important?The search terms report is similar to the search query reports you used to find in the AdWords reporting center in the old Google AdWords interface.

Sear... > Read more

November 17, 2011     |   Written by: Tom Demers   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 1

How Does the AdWords Auction Work? [Infographic]

If you work in the search marketing industry, you may have found yourself having a conversation somewhat like this one (the same conversation I have every time I tell a "regular person" what I do):Regular Person: So, what do you do?Me: I work as a writer for a software startup.Regular Person: What kind of software?Me: Um, search marketing software?Regular Person: So .

.. like Google?Me: Well, yeah, sort of. We make software that helps people advertise on Google.If this regular person is curious enough to know more (rare), I usually find it helpful to explain that Google advertising functions similarly to an auction. In the off chance that they tell me advertising on Google does not work, I tell them that our whole company exists because it does work.How Does Google AdWords Work?Since there ... > Read more

November 16, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: AdWords Tips   |   Comments: 33
 
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