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WordStream Takes News Media By Storm: CEO Ralph Folz on Fox, BBC

 Last week, when we released data revealing Facebook’s shortcomings as an advertising platform, we didn’t know how timely it would be. Then GM announced it was pulling its $10 million Facebook campaign, claiming the ads weren’t working. Coming right before the IPO, the news was a shock – but we were able to step in with an explanation for GM’s move.

For example, despite its incredible reach, Facebook delivers lackluster results – the average Facebook ad has a click-through rate (CTR) of about 0.05%, which is half the average CTR for banner ads across the Internet, and just 1/10 as high as the average ad on the Google Display Network.Because our research provided some answers, it led to some great opportunities to speak about the findings in the media. In the course of a fe... > Read more

May 25, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 8

WordStream's Best of the Month: April's Greatest Hits

 Hello from New Mexico!I’m on vacation today, probably somewhere between Taos and Santa Fe at the moment. Technically, I’m speaking to you from the past. I’m like light from a dead star. How’s your Monday going? Probably not as relaxing as mine.Why not take a break from the Mondays and catch up on our blog’s most popular posts of the month?RIP Exact Match & Phrase Match: Google AdWords Announces Big Changes to Keyword Match Type Options – Exact match, now less exact! Larry reviews Google’s recent decision to change the way the phrase and “exact” match type options work.

10 SEO Reasons to Add Facebook to Your Content Strategy – This guest post from our friends at gShift Labs explains why Facebook matters for SEO.Earth Day 2012: Memes Are Destroying the Planet! ... > Read more

April 30, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Hello and Welcome to the PPC Idea Center!

Here you’ll find a steady stream of strategic search marketing advice as well as smart commentary on emerging web marketing trends. This content is hand-picked for customers to help you make the most of PPC Advisor, your AdWords campaigns, and other marketing endeavors. We hope you’ll find it interesting and insightful.

Check the PPC Idea Center often – you’ll find fresh tips and ideas every week! ... > Read more

April 03, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Got Skills? WordStream Is Hiring! Open Positions in Sales, Support, & Paid Search

WordStream has had a big year, posting record-breaking results month over month. It's an exciting time, we're growing fast and we need to add some new manpower (and womanpower) to the team! We're looking to hire smart, dedicated individuals to fill a several open positions in our Boston office (we will be adding more than one team member for each role):Paid Search StrategistsWe are looking for dynamic and passionate individuals to drive the success of our clients through successful PPC campaigns and hyper-focus on communication.

Ideal candidates will have at least 2-3 years of experience managing the paid-search and other search marketing initiatives for companies with demonstrated success. You will become part of a kick-ass team of experts who truly love their job, the company and lead th... > Read more

March 15, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Bid Management Software: Optimize Your PPC Keyword Bids in Under 20 Minutes a Week

Today I’m thrilled to announce the availability of what I believe to be the world’s most powerful and easy-to-use bid management software.Keyword bid management isn’t a new issue for search marketers, but, sadly, most of the PPC bid management solutions available are still lacking. For example, you can choose from:Letting Google manage your bids for youTrying to manage keyword bids manually, by yourselfWriting your own bid management rules (either in AdWords or an expensive third-party PPC platform)The aforementioned options suffer from either a lack of transparency and loss of control, in the case of Google’s automated bidding, or are costly and complicated to implement.

In this post, I’d like to talk a little about the new bid management software now available in WordStream PPC ... > Read more

March 13, 2012     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Best of the Month: WordStream's Top 10 of February

 Happy Leap Day, earthlings! Does anyone else find this day kind of creepy? I’m actually getting on a plane to Chicago later, and I’m a little worried that maybe we’ll fly into a wormhole and I’ll end up on the other side of a black hole. I don’t know, my physics is a little fuzzy. I just know Leap Years are weird.

(And did you know there are leap seconds too? The next one is coming in June 2012. Watch out! No pun intended.)Since the universe has given us a whole extra day this year, why  not use it to catch up on your reading, hm? Here are our greatest can’t-miss hits from the past month:5 Blog Redesign Mistakes That Kill SEO – This guest post from our friends at Boxcar Marketing reveals some common gotchas that can make a site redesign more painful that it needs t... > Read more

February 29, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 1

WordStream Makes Key Strategic Advisory Board Appointments

At WordStream, I take great pride in belonging to a team that strives to develop innovative new solutions for search engine marketing. Innovation and growth is helped immensely by having people with deep experience around - and so today, I'm honored to announce that we've added some very strategic talent to our WordStream advisory board.

The new team members include folks with tremendous leadership experience in the B2B marketing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industries, including industry giants: Constant Contact, LogMeIn, and VistaPrint and will help WordStream grow our success. Please welcome to the WordStream team:Carol Meyers, Chief Marketing Officer, Rapid7 - Meyers, the former CMO at LogMeIn and Unica, recently joined Rapid7 as CMO, leading the marketing team to drive Rapid7 into ... > Read more

February 27, 2012     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Best of the Month: WordStream's Top 10 of January

So how is 2012 treating everyone so far? Are you sticking to your resolutions? Or crying on the couch eating potato chips out of the jumbo-size bag with both hands?That’s what I thought. Sound like you could use a distraction. How about reading or re-reading our blog’s greatest hits from January?Here are the top 10 most popular posts from last month:What Industries Contributed to Google's $37.

9 Billion in 2011 Revenues? – In this post, Larry summarized the findings of our recent research into which industries spend the most on Google AdWords, and drew some interesting conclusions about what the data says about the state of our economy.SOPA and PIPA: Why They're Bad for Business – Meg breaks down the problems with SOPA and PIPA, proposed actions to put an end to piracy.AdWords Exper... > Read more

February 01, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

WordStream Is On Website Magazine's List of 50 Software Solutions to Explore in 2012!

Well knock us over with a feather -- we're surprised and honored to be on Website Magazine's list of the 50 top software solutions to explore in 2012!Funny story: One of my coworkers actually printed out this list to use as a reference, but didn't notice until I told her that we were #13 on the list!According to Website Magazine, here's the methodology that determined the list:Website Magazine’s Top 50 rankings are a measure of a website’s popularity.

Ranks are calculated using a proprietary method that focuses on average daily unique visitors and page views over a specified period of time, as reported by multiple data sources. The website with the highest combination of factors is ranked in the first position.Thank you to Website Magazine for including us among so many great software ... > Read more

January 19, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 1

WordStream Featured in USA Today: Search Engine Marketing for Small Business

In today's print issue of USA Today, Byron Acohido reports on the trend of big search engine platforms (Google AdWords, Microsoft AdCenter, etc.), whose bottom lines depend on selling ads linked to search results — they are pouring millions of dollars into initiatives to help small and medium-sized advertisers (SMBs) make the leap to pay-per-click (PPC) advertising.

In the article, I argue that it's all too common for small advertisers to waste money on poorly executed campaigns.Typically, they don't re-evaluate and optimize their campaigns, and therefore miss out on the opportunity to leverage a powerful marketing channel to grow their business.Read the full article, "Big search companies woo small businesses," in USA Today!  Hit me up on Twitter: Follow @larrykim... > Read more

December 06, 2011     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 2

Best of the Month: WordStream's Top 10 of November

 Holy moly, guys. Another year, come and gone. I mean December basically doesn’t count; it’s basically already over, Christmas happened, and you’re all making hungover resolutions. Am I right?This time next month, I’ll be bringing you our best of 2011. But for now we’ll stick to the past 30 days.

Here are our top ten slammingest blog posts of the month:How Does the AdWords Auction Work? – Our latest infographic, a visual explanation of Google AdWords, was a big hit. If it you missed it the first time around, check it out.Small Business Saturday 2011: Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of November 26th – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but Meg’s marketing tips for SMBs are worthwhile year-round.Our Top SEO Link Building Posts of ... > Read more

November 30, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Best of the Month: WordStream's October Highlights

 Happy Halloween to all the lovable weirdos and kids-at-heart out there who still celebrate this silly holiday. (Stupid hats? Buckets of candy? What’s not to love?)And check out our top 10 greatest hits of the month – they’re SCARY AWESOME!Facebook Wall of Shame: Facebook's Failures, Criticisms and Missteps – There’s no doubt that Facebook, by and large, is a massive success story – but this infographic detailing the company’s various flubs and snafus was nevertheless our most popular post of the month by far.

When Should You Pause Google AdWords Keywords? – Learn two reasons why you might want to pause a keyword in AdWords to halt any damage it’s doing to your account.SSL Encrypted Search: Google Deals Low Blow to SEOs – Last week Google restricted access to organi... > Read more

October 31, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Best of the Month: WordStream's September Highlights

 As you read this, I’m probably on my way to the DC area, leaving the virtually perfect Denver weather for the East Coast blahs. Ah well, maybe I'll spy some foliage. (I still think it's weird that New Englanders call it "leaf peeping!" It makes it sound so dirty.)Before you get your weekend started, check out the top 10 most popular blog posts we published this month.

Ultimate Guide to PPC Metrics: 17 Experts on the Top 3 Must-Check PPC Metrics – This group interview is packed with awesome insights into what metrics actually matter when it comes to analyzing PPC results – and which ones are pretty much worthless. Even if you don’t want to read the whole thing, be sure to skip to the bottom and see the three most popular answers.3 Ways to Scale Linkbuilding with Google Docs –... > Read more

September 29, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

August Blog Highlights: WordStream's Best of the Month

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: August is the Sunday of summer. Although it’s technically still summer until September 22, the end of August pretty much feels like the end of it all – time to trade in late-afternoon cocktails in the sun for hours of homework. (Sorry, the Sunday blues make me forget how old I am.

) Before we all officially go back to school, let’s take a second look (or a first, if you missed them the first time around) at our blog’s top 10 most popular posts of the month: Announcing the AdWords Performance Grader: Find Out How You’re Doing on AdWords and How to Improve for Free – This post introduces our newest free tool. Have you tried it out yet? How does your AdWords performance measure up? Google AdWords E... > Read more

August 31, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Vote for WordStream to Present at Mass Innovation Nights!

The next Mass Innovation Nights event is coming up on September 14, 2011. We'd be thrilled if you showed your support for WordStream by voting for us to present at the event! Mass Innovation Nights features innovative new products from companies in the Boston area. Here's more information about the event via MIN: We've got a great evening planned for our 30th event! MIN30, September 14, 6-8:30 pm, is going to be part of FutureM, a week of events in the Boston area, celebrating the future of marketing.

Our line-up looks terrific, with a great group of products somehow related to marketing. Join us! Remember, we’re here to help launch new local products, so here’s what you need to do: Check out the cool new products. Visit their websites for more info. Pick your favo... > Read more

August 24, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 3

June Blog Highlights: WordStream's Best of the Month

Happy July! I hope most of you are not even reading these words, because you're already on vacation. Or, you're getting your last WordStream fix right before you take off for the long weekend. Or, you're on vacation, but so addicted to this blog you're reading it on your phone. Hi out there, wherever you are! Below you'll find links to our top 10 most popular blog posts from June, as voted by viewers like you! Google +1 Review: A Deeper Look at the Google +1 Button – In this post Larry examined Google's new +1 social button, looking for an answer to the burning question, Does it even work?? 8 Quick & Dirty Tips for Landing Page Optimization – Time to brush up your landing pages? Kathy Lamphier provides some easy tips and best practices for increasing your conversi... > Read more

July 01, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Last Chance! Use Code JUNE15 to Save 15% on the Keyword Research Suite

For a limited time, we are offering a 15% discount on any subscription to our Keyword Research Suite. You'll save $50 when you purchase a standard subscription to the Keyword Research Suite by June 18 with code JUNE15. That's less than $1 a day for unlimited access to WordStream's full suite of best-in-class keyword tools, including: The Keyword Suggestion Tool: Leverage our huge database to find large numbers of keywords fast The Keyword Niche Finder: Find profitable new niches and clusters of related keywords to target The Keyword Grouper: Quickly turn a disorganized list into a manageable, actionable structure The Keyword Research Suite gives you access to way more keywords than free tools like Google's AdWords Keyword Tool.

For example, if you search on the term "ba... > Read more

June 17, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

May Blog Highlights: WordStream's Best of the Month

The weather in Boston this month was really starting to get to me; it felt like most of May was rainy and unseasonably cool. But I went out of town for the long weekend and came back to the first sweltering weather of the year. We didn't get back to our apartment till 1:30 a.m. on Sunday night, entirely exhausted, and we still installed our air conditioner right then because there was no way we were going to get to sleep in an 85-degree apartment.

So, yeah, it's still technically spring, but nonetheless, I say welcome to summer!! And now it's time to kick back with an iced coffee in the cool breeze of the AC and enjoy our top 10 posts from the month of May: Five Ways to Lower Your PPC Campaign's Cost Per Action: Tom did a series of great posts this month on five ways to meet key PPC ... > Read more

May 31, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Know a PPC Expert Looking for a Job? There Could Be a Grand In It For You

WordStream is growing fast, so we're looking to add an enthusiastic and experienced Paid Search Specialist to our team of in-house AdWords experts. If you know someone who fits the below description, there could be $1,000 $2500 in it for you.Our ideal candidate for the Paid Search Specialist position will:Be passionate, ambitious, and ready to roll up their sleeves and immediately dive into managing paid search accountsHave at least two to three years of experience and demonstrated success in managing PPC campaigns and other search marketing initiativesHave comprehensive knowledge of building and optimizing PPC campaigns in Google AdWords as well as hands-on experience with content and display networks, phone tracking, and bid managementThe Paid Search Specialist will be responsible f... > Read more

May 25, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Best of the Month: WordStream's April Highlights

April is over, you've paid your taxes, and now you're waiting for your tax return. Oh, the miserable wait: What to do in the meantime??? How about catching up on our best blog posts from the month? Is the Internet Bad for the Environment?: In honor of Earth Day we published this infographic detailing what kind of damage we're doing with our Internet addictions, as well as how the Internet is good for the planet.

Crayola Colored Bubbles: Reputation Management for a 1-Star Disaster: Worst product ever? Read some of the hilarious reviews for this mess of a product (literally) and learn what to do if this happens to your company. Understanding the Differences Between Google and Bing Match Types: This guest post by Bethany Bey from Hanapin Marketing explains the differences betwee... > Read more

April 28, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

Announcing the New Keyword Research Suite: More Keywords, Exclusive Data, Actionable Results

Today I’m thrilled to announce the general availability of what I believe to be the World’s most comprehensive and accurate suite of keyword research tools for SEO and PPC – the new Keyword Research Suite from WordStream! You can test drive the tools for free, or read on for more information.In this post, I’d like to talk a little about what the Keyword Research Suite does, how it’s different, and why I think it’s a must-have for anyone who's serious about search marketing.

What Is the Keyword Research Suite?For the past several months we've been gathering feedback from our regular free tool users and buckling down to develop what we think of as the ultimate keyword research suite. We wanted to build a tool that would offer…The Biggest Keyword Research Database on the Planet ... > Read more

April 18, 2011     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 5

We're Hiring: Inbound Marketing Jobs, User Experience Jobs, Software QA Jobs

Looking for your next career move? Interested in search marketing? Inbound marketing? Apply for a job at WordStream! We're on a mission to build the world's best PPC management and keyword research solutions to help companies with their online marketing efforts. We're currently hiring for positions in search marketing product management and software development.

How to Get a Job at WordStream (or anywhere, actually)Before diving into the job descriptions, thought it might be helpful to give my personal three best tips on how to get a job at WordStream, or anywhere else for that matter!Don't use find and replace in a generic cover letter – This is so obvious, I don't know why people do this. Instead, write a short note about what you thought about the position, what got you interested abou... > Read more

April 08, 2011     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 1

Best of the Month: WordStream's February Highlights

February may be a short month, but that doesn't mean we were short on kick-ass blog posts! (Ugh.) Here they are, our top 10 page-view-grabbing-est posts for the month, every bit as awesome as they were the first time (except maybe for the first one): Unsurprisingly, our most popular post this month was Larry’s AdWords promotional code share.

You cheapskates! ;) (Sadly the codes have all been used and are no longer valid.) Larry did a quick analysis of Google’s big JC Penney bust. Tom wrote up a dead simple Google AdWords certification guide covering costs, the different types of certification, study tips and more. Google accused Bing of copying its search results after cooking up an elaborate and nerdy “sting” – Larry asks the burning question, Who cares? Cha... > Read more

February 28, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

What Can I Do With WordStream? Part 4

Over the past few weeks, we've walked you through several scenarios demonstrating how you can use the newest evolution of WordStream to supercharge your AdWords account. Whether you're a novice or an expert, WordStream for PPC has tools that can make your job easier and your campaigns more successful.

Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Scenario #5 “I know the best practices. I’ve been using AdWords for a long time now and have had a history of success. That being said, I’m always trying to find ways to squeeze every last drop of profit out of my account, add to my efficiency, and continue to grow PPC-related revenue for the business.” If you're an old hand at AdWords – whether you're an pay-per-click agency or an individual advertiser – and you're already ... > Read more

February 03, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 1

Best of the Month: WordStream's January Highlights

DANG, y'all! You just. Can't. Get. Enough. Link building posts. Remember when I said I was running out of pictures of chainlinks? That's why you get a classic NES reference for your image today. So here you have it, our most popular blog posts from January: lots of link building love and a few AdWords and PPC posts too.

Enjoy! Quick and Dirty Link Building Tip Part 1: How to Get Lots of Link Prospect URLs FAST!: This is the first in a three-part series by SEO whiz Tom Demers, in which he lays out a process for a fast link-building campaign.  Quick and Dirty Link Building Part 2: How to Prioritize Your Link Building Efforts: In Part 2 of this series, Tom explains how to sort through the link prospects you gathered in Part 1.  Link Building 101: 5 Simple Ways to Build Links that ... > Read more

February 01, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

What Can I Do With WordStream? Part 3

Over the past couple of weeks, we've walked you through some examples of ways you can use the newest evolution of WordStream to supercharge your AdWords account. Whether you're a novice or an expert, WordStream for PPC has tools that can make your job easier and your campaigns more successful. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Scenario #4 “I work at an agency. We're new to offering PPC services and need a way to quickly onboard clients and manage them going forward to produce strong results.” Many advertising and interactive agencies have only recently begun offering pay-per-click services. If you're in this situation, you likely know it's a big opportunity and are ready to jump in, but you need a little help getting up to speed. Conversely, you may work at a new pay-per-click agency tha... > Read more

January 26, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 1

What Can I Do With WordStream? Part 2

Over the next few weeks, we'd like to walk you through some examples of ways you can use the newest evolution of WordStream to supercharge your AdWords account. Whether you're a novice or an expert, WordStream for PPC has tools that can make your job easier and your campaigns more successful. Read Part 1 of the series here.

Scenario #3 "I've had an AdWords account running for quite some time, but my Quality Scores remain low, even after revamping my website and landing pages." There are a number of factors that go into determining your Quality Scores, and the relevance of your landing pages, as well as factors like website load time, do have an effect. But you'll have the most impact on your Quality Scores by focusing on your ads and ad groups. Specifically, you'll need to: Ensure that yo... > Read more

January 19, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 1

What Can I Do With WordStream? Part 1

Over the next few weeks, we'd like to walk you through some examples of ways you can use the newest evolution of WordStream to supercharge your AdWords account. Whether you're a novice or an expert, WordStream for PPC has tools that can make your job easier and your campaigns more successful. Scenario #1 “I just recently set up my AdWords account.

I have a few campaigns/ad groups/keywords in there, but I didn’t really know what I was doing, so it needs to be redone. I’m essentially starting from scratch.” Sound familiar? You're not alone. Many of our clients are just getting their feet wet with PPC; they know they need to add it to their marketing channel, but they haven't had time to learn it from top to bottom, and they're nervous that the whole effort could turn ... > Read more

January 12, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 2

A Better Campaign from Day 1: The Latest Evolution of WordStream

In search engine marketing, as in so many areas of business, time really is money, and that means wasted time is wasted money. That's why it's so important to optimize your AdWords campaigns sooner rather than later, so you're not throwing away money on clicks that go nowhere. And going one better, if you can build a high-power PPC campaign starting on Day 1, you won't have to spend time fixing your mistakes.

We're committed to continuously evolving and improving our software, and we've devoted a lot of energy in the past few months to gathering feedback from clients and prospects, both on our software and their needs as busy search marketers. Today we're announcing a new release of WordStream for PPC that addresses many of the pain points we've heard from you. Along with some impressive n... > Read more

January 06, 2011     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 4

WordStream's Best of the Year: Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2010

2010: The year of the link? At least here at WordStream it was. Six of our top ten most popular blog posts of the year had the word "link" in the title. That's great guys – I'm glad you understand the value of the link when it comes to Google and SEO. However, there are only so many creative-commons images of chain-link fences I can put in these round-ups, so let's make 2011 the year of something pretty, OK? Can we do for kittens what we did for links? Without further ado, here they are, our 10 biggest hits from the entire year! And a huge thank you to all our readers – we couldn't, or at least wouldn't, do it without you.

How to Create Amazing Backlinks – Why settle for ho-hum backlinks when you can have amazing backlinks?! Amazing backlinks, of course, t... > Read more

December 22, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 2
 
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