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Ian Lurie 11 Nov, 2011

Adwords quality score, explained for non-nerds

You may bid more than anyone else for the phrase ‘rubber duckies’ in Google Adwords. But that doesn’t guarantee you a top ranking. Your quality score influences your position, too. You may, for example, be able to get a #1 Adwords ranking while bidding for the #2 spot. Bizarre, I know. But here’s how it… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 3 Nov, 2011

AdWords Ads with Email Form

I haven’t heard much about Contact Form Extensions since PPC Hero talked about the beta last January 2010 (yeah, AWHILE ago) and all but forgot about it until I ran across it today myself. Searching on what will be a super hot topic, well now, I found a contact extension form ad in the sidebar,… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 2 Sep, 2011

Speaking at SMX East -NYC

If you’re attending SMX East this September at the Jacob K. Javits Center, look for me! I’ll be on the Q&A panel for Ask the Paid Search Buyers on Thursday the 15th. Bring the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about PPC. And you’ll definitely not want to miss my presentation on How to Create… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 22 Aug, 2011

How to Fake it: Automating PPC When You Can’t Afford the Machine

I pitched SMX Advanced this year for the Human vs. Machines: What’s the Best Way to Manage Paid Search? session. I didn’t get accepted (sniff) but that’s doesn’t mean that my pitch can’t be a most excellent blog post. I knew I was a little off the beaten track with it anyway, but that is… Read More

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Ryan Moothart 9 Aug, 2011

PPC Hero’s Ultimate Guide is Even Better Than the Real Thing

Google AdWords has an indicator it uses to measure the value and fidelity of any given advertising account: the all-mighty quality score. OK, I’m exaggerating the eminence of this barometer just a bit, but it’s still a highly important measurement that every PPC account manager has to be consistently aware of. For those that are… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 5 Aug, 2011

MSN adExcellence Exam Guide

You’ve seen the blog posts- the painstakingly written over 5 months series on taking the MSN adExcellence exam, but the clicking from post to post and inability to look at them while taking the exam is NO MORE. That’s right, all the posts have been compiled into a handy FREE downloadable ebook that you can… Read More

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Ryan Moothart 2 Aug, 2011

The Yin and Yang of PPC – Search Network Campaigns vs. Display Network Campaigns

The concept of yin yang is not one based in the morality of good versus evil; rather, it pertains to the diametric relationship between two parts of a single force. I have found that PPC advertising pertains directly to this concept. Those of you who have managed an account on Google AdWords will know that… Read More

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Michael Wiegand 13 Jul, 2011

Ad Comparison Tool

A few weeks back, I wrote a guest post on PPC Hero about the Profit per Impression (PPI) metric. In the post, I talk about calculating PPI manually using an Excel Spreadsheet. To that end, I created a free spreadsheet to do just that: the Ad Comparison Tool! How does the Ad Comparison Tool work?… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 24 May, 2011

AdWords Comparison Ads for Finance

First introduced in 2009 for mortgages, Comparison Ads have expanded into the promised additional areas of credit cards, CDs, Checking and Savings accounts. Rolled out today, the expanded Google Advisor tool is open for business. I began immediately by taking test drives in both the user interface and in search to see what the ads… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 2 May, 2011

Complete Guide to Taking the Microsoft adExcellence Exam

It’s taken me longer than I wanted, but finally I have documented the highlights from each of the 32 videos (so that you don’t have to watch them all) and hopefully saved you a couple of hours at least. Total running time is 2hrs and 35mins, not counting load up time or any note taking… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 28 Apr, 2011

Taking the Microsoft AdExcellence Exam Part 7

FINALLY, the last installment of the MSN AdCenter Exam series- having to do with the adCenter Desktop Editor. It’s been a long haul, but from what I understand there are some of you out there that got some value out of the series. So I thank you for staying tuned and staying with me. I’ll… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 26 Apr, 2011

Dealing With AdWords and Analytics Data Discrepancies

Today’s post is brought to you by Bethany Bey of PPC Hero! In a touching speech by President Jack Nicholson, he asks alien invaders “Why can’t we work out our differences? Why can’t we work things out? Little people, why can’t we all just get along?” Although things didn’t end so well for him, this… Read More

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Ryan Moothart 8 Apr, 2011

Bid by Position Preference – Post AdWords Feature Removal

Most of the time, I love Google. But sometimes they throw a curve ball at me and make my life more difficult. On Tuesday, Google announced it’s removing the preferred position bidding feature from AdWords starting in early May and accounts can no longer begin using the feature effective immediately. And I was having such… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 4 Apr, 2011

Taking the Microsoft AdExcellence Exam Part 6

Part 6 is finally here! Yeah, I know. About time. Who’s read for some Budgeting and Billing? Microsoft adCenter Budgeting (2:08) This two minute video just goes over the different options: divide across the month or per day or the spend until depleted with definitions. Daily budget is a “target” and the actual spend will… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 28 Mar, 2011

PPC eBooks for Small Business

It took me much longer than I anticipated it would, but here they are! PPC eBooks meant for small businesses- small business being defined as a PPC budget of $1,000 or less in a month. That’s not to say a $500,000 per month budget wouldn’t benefit from this information, it’s just as a small business… Read More

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