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24 May, 2011

AdWords Comparison Ads for Finance

By Portent Staff

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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2 May, 2011

Complete Guide to Taking the Microsoft adExcellence Exam

By Portent Staff

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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28 Apr, 2011

Taking the Microsoft AdExcellence Exam Part 7

By Portent Staff

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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26 Apr, 2011

Dealing With AdWords and Analytics Data Discrepancies

By Portent Staff

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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8 Apr, 2011

Bid by Position Preference – Post AdWords Feature Removal

By Ryan Moothart

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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4 Apr, 2011

Taking the Microsoft AdExcellence Exam Part 6

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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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28 Mar, 2011

PPC eBooks for Small Business

By Portent Staff

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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25 Mar, 2011

Blatant Pluggery: The PPC E-books you gotta buy

By Ian Lurie

I am biased here. I’m writing a review of a PPC ebook that one of my own staff wrote. You might think that that means I’ll give her a glowing review. Wrong. I’m biased towards ripping teammates’ writing apart. I edit. I niggle. I ask for changes. I rewrite stuff. When the author is within… Read More

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17 Mar, 2011

Google Product Feed Updates & Rich Snippets

By Portent Staff

Technically this information isn’t strictly PPC, but it sure affects you if you are running or using a product feed for things like Product Extension Ads or Product Listing Ads and the feed suddenly disappears, disabling all your precious AdWords attributes and rendering the Auto Targets tab useless. Tragic, right? So here is a breakdown… Read More

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28 Feb, 2011

Three Keys to PPC Ad Copy You Should Be Aware of

By Ryan Moothart

Google processes nearly one billion search queries every single day. If you estimate that an average of four ads show per search query, it would mean Google shows around four billion PPC ads in a 24 hour period. Needless to say, that’s an absurd amount of online advertising being broadcast out to the world. With… Read More

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17 Feb, 2011

Taking the Microsoft AdExcellence Exam Part 5

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Moving on to section #5 of the video series, Optimizing Ad Performance, we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this video series! Stay tuned for parts 6 & 7 to close out this marathon of AdExcellence. Campaign Optimization (6:01) The bottom line of this video is really is how… Read More

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7 Feb, 2011

Google Places: Treat Tags & Boost Like Your PPC

By Portent Staff

Are you managing your own or your client's Google Places page promotion? If not, you probably should think about it. It all boils down to PPC type management in the end and if left to their own devices, you know what will happen. One person fills it out to the best of their ability one… Read More

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24 Jan, 2011

Taking the Microsoft AdExcellence Exam Part 4

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Moving on the part 4 in the Microsoft adExcellence Exam series, we explore the Tracking Ad Performance section. After this, you’re more than half way there! Microsoft Adcenter Reports (3:22) This section just explains where to find the reporting features and what kinds of reports where are. There are 3 types of reports: Delivery, Budget… Read More

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21 Dec, 2010

Taking the Microsoft AdExcellence Exam Part 3

By Portent Staff

Ready to move on to Targeting? This one is a short one, but it’s an important one, so here we go, one step closer to taking the adExcellence exam! Targeting (3:24) Targeting has several optional features that will make your campaigns more effective like geo-targeting, day of the week, hours of the day, gender and… Read More

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8 Dec, 2010

Taking the Microsoft AdExcellence Exam Part 2

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Continuing on with Part 2 of our 7 part series, I won’t dilly dally with details and like Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, we’re just going to jump right into our guide on taking the adExcellence exam, Getting Started. Creating an Account (3:58) This section is a quick overview on how to set… Read More

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