What happens when you search an organic keyword on Google? Immediately you are shown a group of ads: Right below that, we are given map
These advertisers are getting some exposure because of the government shutdown. I knew it! I knew that if I went to Google to search for ‘Government Shutdown’ I would find advertisers there. Who can blame them? If they have content about the shutdown, they have a right to pay for it to be seen.
Interesting note: Google does not show ads on the first page of the SERPs. You have to go to page 2 in order to see the ads.
There is no denying that account structure is super important. There are many accounts that I have worked on where an account restructure has dramatically increased performance. How? Good account structure improves an account in 2 ways.
First, it clearly defines to the advertising platform (Adwords, Bing, etc.) where you want your ads to show. This means that your ads should be serving how you expect them to and your keywords are not competing with each other in the auction. This ultimately should result in showing the right ads to the right people.
Second, it makes it easier to manage. You know where things are and the organization allows you to know what your account optimizations will actually do.
Recently I spoke at FreeInternetConference.com about Google ads and PPC in general. I asked the group of about 80 people how many of them click on the ads on Google. 2 or 3 people raised their hand. I called them out as liars. Ha. Probably not the smartest way to start off my presentation. I was kidding…sheesh!
I just got back from a week long vacation in the mountains of southeastern Idaho. I had very limited access to the internet. It was a great break, but boy do I have a lot of things to do in order to get caught up. That’s life right?
This post has a little to do with PPC, but it really is more about a life lesson I learned this week.
Which sounds better to you?
A.) Pay $2,000/day for 1,000 clicks
B.) Pay $2,000/day for 2,000 clicks
It’s a no brainer, right?
In the last two posts we went over choosing a tool and determining a cycle length. Now it is time to plan what you will do in that cycle. With Pay-Per-Click this is fairly easy because there are defined ppc optimization tasks that you do for every account.
If it makes it easier. Break your tasks down to the individual things that you do. Then assign each task the time it takes to complete. Then you can easily order the tasks however your like.
Whether you run a PPC management agency, do PPC for an agency, in-house, on the side for Uncle John’s business, or for your own business, you may have heard of the PPCchat hashtag. You can find us tweeting their all week long, but the flood of tweets starts at Noon Eastern Time on Tuesdays. For those of you on the fence about the value of joining the PPCchat community, this one’s for you.
This is the third post in a series entitled: “5 Analysis Tools: A Conceptual Look at PPC.” This series will focus on utilizing these five tools to help you develop a strong paid online advertising strategy.
The S.W.O.T. analysis is a great tool is to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of your PPC advertising (as well as your overall marketing and business objectives). In general use, it groups information into two categories: internal and external factors (Wikipedia).
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