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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 Portent Staff

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 Portent Staff

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 Portent Staff

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

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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 Portent Staff

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

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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

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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 Portent Staff

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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17 Nov, 2011

Wordstream infographic: How an Adwords Auction Works

By Ian Lurie

I don’t often re-post other people’s stuff, but I love this guide to Adwords auctions from Wordstream: © 2011 WordStream – a certified AdWords partner. (Click the image to visit Wordstream.com and see the full graphic)

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11 Nov, 2011

7 ways to trash your Adwords Quality Score

By Ian Lurie

Yesterday I gave a plain English explanation of Adwords quality score: Why it exists and how it (probably) works. Today we get to have some fun: There are soooo many ways to destroy your quality score. I’ll explain the top 7, and give a tip for improving your score at the same time. 1: The… Read More

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11 Nov, 2011

Adwords quality score, explained for non-nerds

By Ian Lurie

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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3 Nov, 2011

AdWords Ads with Email Form

By Portent Staff

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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