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Google AdWords Ad Extensions: What Are They And Why To Use Them

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harryhuxford | Monday, September 27th, 2010

Filed under: PPC Tips & Advice

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Few AdWords marketers are aware of Ad Extensions and with good reason as the options to enable them are buried among other campaign settings. Adding Ad Extensions to your ads can help them stick out more to searchers and improve click through and conversion rates. While Google may plan to implement extensions on the display network, for the time being you’ll only see these Ad Extensions on search network ads.

Location Extension
The Location Extension appends an address to the bottom of an otherwise normal text ad. This works very well with searchers who are looking for something local like a restaurant, family fun center or bowling alley.

Example Of Google AdWords Location Extension

Example Of Google AdWords Location Extension

Using Location Extensions along with geographic targeting (like ’5 mile radius around a zipcode’) will boost relevancy to searchers which may lead to improved click through and conversion rates. Read More »

Preaching Versus Practicing Adwords

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Robert | Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Filed under: Advanced, Intermediate, PPC Tips & Advice

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A Theorist’s Definition of Large-Scale:
Most theorists who preach but don’t practice the management of Adwords define large-scale in terms of keywords under management. I think it’s safe to say that theorists would define large-scale accounts as having many thousands, even tens of thousands, and sometimes hundreds of thousands of keywords under management. As practitioners, however, we define large-scale in a slightly-different way.

A Practitioner’s Definition of Large-Scale:
Yes, although it’s true that large-scale accounts have thousands and thousands of keywords, the real definition lies in the number of ad groups in an account, not keywords.

Since keywords have to be segmented into small groups (i.e., ad groups) together with other keywords that share a literal word or phrase, then the real measure of a large-scale Adwords account is measured in terms of the number of ad groups in the account. This is something theorists don’t have to contend with.

The penalty for not segmenting keywords into very small ad groups that share a literal common word or phrase is a poor quality rating. See a previous blog, “Six Essential Steps For Adwords Success”.

So what?:
So why even discuss the difference between a theorist’s definition of large-scale and a practitioner’s definition of large-scale? Because practitioners are faced with having to manage and optimize bottom-of-funnel (BOF) performance (i.e., paying customers), which is the real measure of cost of acquisition (COA), as opposed to optimizing top-of-funnel (TOF) performance (i.e., leads), which is better described as cost per lead (CPL) not COA. This is a very important point that often gets completely overlooked by most PPC professionals. Read More »

Pay Per Click (PPC) Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Best Practices & Resulting Quality Score

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Robert | Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Filed under: Basic, PPC Tips & Advice

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I often get asked by prospective clients to review their Google Adwords or Yahoo! Search Marketing (YSM) account(s) and campaigns to evaluate why they aren’t performing as expected.

Inevitably I find that one, two or all three of the most-basic PPC best practices are being violated, resulting in low quality score, poor ad positioning, high minimum and average CPCs, and low click through rate (CTR). To make matters worse, I often learn that the person who created the account was a third-party vendor who positioned themselves as a PPC professional.

Here are the three most-basic best practices that every pay per click (PPC) search engine marketing (SEM) advertiser should know and adhere to:

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