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18 Jun, 2009

AdWords Bid Simulator Update

By Portent Staff

As we all already know Google AdWords has beta testing the AdWords Bid Simulator feature since late May/early June. So what’s new since then? I’ll show you: Previous screenshots of the new feature have not included this Cost versus Clicks graph, which gives you a nice visual on how your estimated stats will look like… Read More

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5 Jun, 2009

Writing Killer Ad Copy…and not getting arrested

By Portent Staff

As promised, my presentation from the SMX Advanced session Writing Killer Ad Copy. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And you’ll completely re-think how you write ads. Keep in mind that this presentation was created for advanced paid search specialists. The purpose of the session was to get people thinking “outside the box.” My job was to… Read More

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28 May, 2009

Writing Killer Ad Copy: SMX Advanced Seattle Speaker

By Portent Staff

That’s right, yours truly is on one of many SMX Advanced panels this June 2 and 3rd in Seattle, dedicated to organic, paid search and internet marketing tactics. In particular my panel is on the paid search track for “Writing Killer Ad Copy- The Interactive Edition.” After the conference, I’ll post my presentation here (or… Read More

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21 May, 2009

MSN AdCenter Content Network Reports

By Portent Staff

This week as part of the MSN AdCenter Spring Upgrade a new feature was released that’s been a long time coming: Content Network reports! Ever wonder what those mystery “Microsoft property sites” are? I sure have. I asked an AdCenter rep once and got a “we don’t know either” answer which I found pretty unsatisfactory.… Read More

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8 May, 2009

New Predictive PPC Tool: Paid Search Return Estimations

By Michael Wiegand

The Paid Search Problem Let’s be honest. All too often, starting or optimizing a paid search campaign is a guessing game. You make obvious changes to your keyword list, rewrite some ads, and setup a new landing page – but for the most part, it’s like a Jackson Pollock painting. You throw a bunch of… Read More

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6 May, 2009

Book Review: Visual Search Engine Optimization

By Ian Lurie

This is a guest book review by Michael Weigand, a PPC guru at my company, Portent. Visual® Search Engine Optimization, penned by Pepperjam founder Kristopher Jones, is an awesome take-off point for anyone looking to make major site improvements for SEO. Anyone that can build an affiliate empire the way Jones has should have some… Read More

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9 Apr, 2009

36 Reasons You Need This Dummies Book

By Portent Staff

Everyone knows those distinctive for Dummies books; the bright yellow cover, the triangle headed man with pointy fingers and the strange feeling you might have picking up something for Dummies. Why? Because you know you’re smart. Why would you need a book for Dummies? (Because I co-authored one, that’s why.) Need a little more than… Read More

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17 Mar, 2009

Yahoo Finally Gets a Clue and Adds Ad Scheduling & Demographic Bidding for You

By Portent Staff

Jeepers Shaggy, it’s about time! You know when MSN AdCenter has a tool that you don’t you’re getting lapped. Even if it’s not the most robust or granular tool, it’s still rather helpful to be able to choose at what time during the day your ads show or being able to incrementally adjust your bids… Read More

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6 Mar, 2009

Keyword Resource Tools that Aren’t Keyword Tools

By Portent Staff

We’re all very well familiar with Google’s myriad of keyword generation tools, be it within the AdWords interface, the external keyword tool, by URL, by similar keywords, by topic or the new “search based keyword tool.” Then of course each search engine has it’s own keyword tool generator, add in the Wordtracker, Wordstream and Trellian’s… Read More

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11 Feb, 2009

Dynamic Keyword Insertion For Landing Pages

By Ian Lurie

I spent part of today being puked on. Not the way you’d expect this blog post to start, I know, but I had to get that off my chest. For the last 3 days, I’ve had the flu. My son had it for 2 days, too. It was a bad cold for us. My daughter… Read More

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9 Feb, 2009

Competitive Keyword Bidding: France Loses Its Mind

By Ian Lurie

Corporate Eye has a post today about two French companies who are suing Google. The reason? Google has allowed competitors to bid on terms for which the two companies hold trademarks. I’ve ranted about this before, so I won’t belabor it now. Instead, let’s try a few hypotheticals: Let’s say you’re BMW and you want… Read More

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19 Jan, 2009

Is the AdWords Keyword Performance Module of any use?

By Portent Staff

A couple of months ago, Google AdWords launched another tool to their already hefty arsenal of pay per click optimization and monitoring devices: the keyword performance module. If you already know what that is, great! Let me know what you think about it. If not- it can be found on your Campaign Management tab under… Read More

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12 Jan, 2009

Microsoft AdCenter Finally Brings Us Custom Date Ranges

By Portent Staff

Are you tired of having to run a report in AdCenter every time you want some stats that aren’t: Yesterday, Last 7 Days, Today, This Month, Last Month, Last 3 Months, Last 6 Months, This Year, Last Year or Entire Time? Or in my case, I’m tired of deciphering just what would be 3 months… Read More

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29 Dec, 2008

AdBrite: Trash or Treasure?

By Portent Staff

AdBrite has been around awhile, they’ve been conventioning and promoting and press releasing, trying to grow their brand and their business and I have always been a sucker for testing a new platform. You just never know when you’re going to find that 2nd or 3rd tier platform that turns into a gold mine. Previously… Read More

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10 Dec, 2008

Paying your Yahoo Search Marketing bill with Pay Pal

By Portent Staff

Back in September of 2007, Yahoo announced the ability to choose Pay Pal as a payment method for adding funds to your search marketing account. Up until now, I hadn’t had a use for the option and continued doing manual refills, automatic deposits or invoicing for clients. But then a client came along (me) that… Read More

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