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You Have To Think Beyond Search-Click-Sale

In 2008 and 2009, I can’t tell you how many clients I had that enjoyed multiple, lucrative keywords where they were one of 6 or 7 total advertisers fighting for clicks and ad space on those keywords. Back then, I can’t tell you how many sites I knew of that got away with awful design. It didn’t matter. They bought the traffic, and searchers bought their offering, ugly site or not. They searched, they clicked, and and the sales followed. The veteran, online advertisers reading this will remember those hay days.

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Project Management: Plan Your PPC Optimizations

The Easy Part

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.

The Hard Part

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S.W.O.T. Analysis of Your PPC Advertising Strategy

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.

Pay-Per-Click S.W.O.T. Analysis

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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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eBay Slams PPC: Should You Really Stop Bidding on Brand Keywords?

There has already been a lot written about the recent study by eBay about paid search’s effectiveness for both brand keywords and non-brand keywords. Most of the posts, from Larry Kim’s on Search Engine Journal, to the recap from ppc management experts on Search Engine Watch seemed to focus on eBay’s historical and at times hysterically funny misuse of dynamic keyword insertion. I am not going to focus on those things or even point out that it didn’t work because they did PPC wrong.

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