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21 Jun, 2012

What a Paid Search Marketer Needs to Know About Google Shopping

By Elizabeth Marsten

Froogle, Google Product Search, Google Shopping- whatever you call it, it’s integrated with AdWords – now more than ever. And if you think Google is going to stop there…yeah, right. This just got a bit more competitive is all. Oh yeah, and less free. If you’ve been following along with the recent announcement that Google… Read More

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14 Jun, 2012

6 Vital Google AdWords Opportunities Tab Tips

By Michael Wiegand

Google provides a list of expansion ideas on a periodic basis right in your account under the Opportunities tab: Keyword suggestions, bid suggestions, potential volume – they provide the works: This seems like a slam dunk. It’s not. Google wants you to spend more money in AdWords. End of story. Their suggestions are only based… Read More

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5 Jun, 2012

Blocking an IP Address in Google AdWords

By Jack Martin

If you found this article through Google Search, you may have already clicked on several other links making false promises to teach you how to block an IP address in Google Adwords. I did too; that’s why I wrote this. Those other articles are red herrings — part of an elaborate government ploy to distract… Read More

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23 May, 2012

9 Tips for Setting Up an AdCenter Account from Scratch

By Elizabeth Marsten

It’s free to sign up! AdWords charges you $5 for account activation. Don’t dump your entire AdWords account in. That’s just silly. Use the 80/20 rule. 20% of what you’re doing in Google can go over to adCenter. Just like a house fire, take only what you treasure most. Then accumulate later. There are settings… Read More

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17 May, 2012

Not Adding Up (Literally) – Google AdWords’ Glitch

By Ryan Moothart

This is one of those short posts that will make you squint your eyes slightly, furrow your brow, tilt your head, and say, “Wait, what? This doesn’t make sense.” Like this: I have an account in Google AdWords that has had a conversion metric calculation glitch. I first noticed it a few months ago when… Read More

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4 May, 2012

10 Dangerous Defaults in PPC

By Elizabeth Marsten

You remember that episode where Homer Simpson goes into space as a NASA astronaut? He only got to go because Barney Gumble has an alcoholic relapse and Homer was the second runner up. Scientist: Well, Homer, I guess you’re the winner by default. Homer: Default? Woo hoo! The two sweetest words in the English language:… Read More

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26 Apr, 2012

Expert PPC Management Within Your Reach

By Elizabeth Marsten

Pay-Per-Click advertising is a beautiful thing. Set up an AdWords or adCenter account and your ads can target thousands of potential customers looking for a product just like yours. Mmm, that’s nice. But it can be complicated and difficult. Especially on a budget. And time consuming. PPC Essentials Package That’s why Portent is rolling out… Read More

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23 Apr, 2012

Thurday’s Free Webinar: PPC for Cheapskates

By Elizabeth Marsten

Hey Everybody! Don’t forget about Portent’s free monthly webinar on Thursday, April 26 at 11am PST. This month, yours truly will be presenting: PPC for Cheapskates. Pick up great tips and tricks to maximize your PPC dollars, whatever your budget size might be. If you have not registered yet, don’t be shy, registration is quick… Read More

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16 Apr, 2012

The 3 Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned as a PPC Strategist

By Ryan Moothart

I started working at Portent a year and a half ago as an intern. I was fresh out of college and did not know any specifics of internet marketing. I was introduced to the world of paid search during my first few weeks and found it intriguing. As I starting to do more work in… Read More

PPC

19 Mar, 2012

Microsoft adCenter’s Illogical Ad Position Calculations

By Ryan Moothart

Not too long ago, Bing introduced text ads appearing at the bottom of the search results page in addition to the top and along the right side. However, what you may not know is that these ads can be duplicates with different ad positions. Yes – the same exact ads on a single results page… Read More

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15 Mar, 2012

The AdWords Manual Review

By Elizabeth Marsten

If you’re not familiar with the exciting adventure that is an AdWords Manual Review, heed my warning. It’s one of those clauses they hide in the terms and conditions and has little to no flexibility on either scheduling one or finding out more about them- like why your account was flagged in the first place.… Read More

Yahoo RAIS Video Ad PPC

13 Mar, 2012

The New Yahoo Rich Ads in Search (RAIS) Beta

By Michael Wiegand

I can see the video before I click the ad! With Google seemingly rolling out ad extensions every month, the Bing/Yahoo Search Alliance has lagged frightfully behind in terms of ad innovation. Until now. Rich Ads in Search (RAIS) is a hybrid answer to Google’s Ad Sitelinks Extensions and Product Listing Ads. We’ll walk through… Read More

Increase CTR PPC

23 Feb, 2012

6 Tips to Increase Your Click-Through Rate

By Ryan Moothart

Click-through rates (or CTRs as we in the business call them) are an important indicator for both your keywords and your ads. It may not be a direct indicator of your conversion performance, but it is a direct indicator of how effectively you’re reaching your target audience. If you’re dissatisfied with the CTR levels in… Read More

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7 Feb, 2012

The Idiot’s Guide to AdWords Extension Ads

By Ryan Moothart

You can say a lot of things about Google. You can praise them for setting the standard all search engines seek to meet. You can damn them for being the closest thing to a monopoly we’ve seen on the internet. But one thing you can’t do is chastise them for being boring. Have you seen… Read More

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23 Nov, 2011

Midnight Madness PPC

By Elizabeth Marsten

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, it’s fast approaching. I’m sure you’ve got your campaigns all pumped up with holiday-riffic ad copy burgeoning with sales and promo codes sitting in an Editor file, ready to go. And course, have your daily budgets set to skyrocket to keep up with demand. People sure a love a deal.… Read More

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