Auction Insights Google Adwords

Were you as surprised as I was when logging into your Google Adwords account recently to see a new feature offered call “Auction Insights”. A new feature designed to provide a level of competitive intelligence at the keyword level as to who you are competing for several factors:

  • Impression Share
  • Average Position
  • Overlap Rate
  • Position Above Rate
  • Top of Page Percentage

For more detailed information on this new feature here are some great articles to reference:

What are your thoughts on this new feature? Will it help advertisers or create more Adwords Chaos?

Adwords Auction Insights

 

Fake Google Adwords Display URL

Fake Adwords Display URL? I did not think it was possible, but I finally ran across a Google Adwords ad using a fake display URL. I was looking for a Canon p-150 scanner. I thought I was going to land on BestBuy.com, but instead landed on a Weebly.com page which then redirected me to Amazon.com  (Check out the screen shots below)

While I won’t talk about the ethics of this or how Google missed a display URL that does not match a destination URL…this is some slick marketing. I doubt the individual or entity could be identified by anyone without a court subpoena.

Adwords Display URL

 

Fake Google Adwords Display URL

Directed me to a Weebly.com web page below.

 Adwords Display URL

Typically has to match up with the destination URL unless using a tracking service of some type.

Again, this is a pretty slick marketing tactic. I’m not sure if there is any legal precident of using a corporate domain / sub-domain name to fake out consumers into thinking they are going to a corporate website and then land on an affiliate page.

Once the cookie is loaded, the affiliate will get the sale if the visitor makes a purchase.

Have you run across fake Google Adwords display URLs? or do you use fake display URLs in your marketing? Any Internet attorneys that care to comment on any possible legal issues resulting from the use of this tactic? Comment below or sign up in top right hand corner of this page for email updates.

For more information on Google Adwords display URL policy – click link

Here’s interesting point with regard to Google’s display URL policy for Adwords. There is nothing covered regarding the use of false or misleading display URLs.

Google Adwords Keyword Status Change

Google has added some additional information to the keyword status tool recently. I’m not sure when it was added yet, but it is a welcome change.

Previously when checking status of a keyword, you might see that a keyword is eligible, but when checking to if the keyword was displaying you would see a message similar to that on the left with “No” in red. You would only see that there was another ad or keyword triggering in another area of your account.

Now, if another keyword triggers a different ad for a similar keyword, Google is pointing to the specific keyword, campaign, and ad group. This is a great tool for trouble shooting your account.

It would drive me crazy when I saw this message, but had no clue as to what keyword might be triggering rather than the specific keyword I wanted to trigger an ad.

Has the addition of keyword, campaign, and ad group information to the keyword status tool helped you trouble shoot your adwords account? Share your story and comment below>>>

Making The Million Dollar Club – Google Adwords

We’ve recently broke in the the Google Adwords million dollar club. While it’s taken us some time to reach this goal there are companies that spend a million+ on Google Adwords advertising each month.

Here’s a small screen shot from our account  below>>>

If you are looking to get traffic to your website, advertising with Google Adwords is the fastest way to do it. You can set up an account, load it with funds from your credit card and then start getting traffic in as little as 15 minutes. We’ve had our ups and downs with Adwords, but we’ve been profitable.

I’m in the process of getting my referral codes from Google to give potential new advertisers anywhere from a $50-$100 credit for setting up a new Adwords account.

Want to get the most out of Adwords? Perry Marshall wrote the first book on Google Adwords. You can get a copy of his book here:

What is Google Adwords?

Google Adwords is essentially an auction style of bidding on specific keywords for placement on Google SERPs – Search Engine Results Page(s) Check out the screen-shot below:

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The Google Affiliate Slap

If you have not been following the latest Google Adwords news their is a new Google Affiliate Slap starting to make headlines. I first heard the news from Perry Marshall and most recently from from the folks at Hexatrack.

In short, Google does not like affiliate marketers and is now penalizing sites that link directly to affiliate offers, but do not add any value to the site or offer. Google is being especially hard on review sites that link to affiliate offers.

This will obviously be big news for the next several weeks so stay tuned for more information.

Google AdWords: Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

No, this is not an Easter related article and has nothing to do with putting Easter Eggs in multiple baskets. But what it does point out are some of the inconsistencies with Google Adwords and why you need to spread your risk out on multiple search engines and continue to explore every avenue including email, social media marketing, video marketing and other methods that will bring consistent traffic to your website that will convert to a sale, a lead, or whatever it is you are looking to measure.

In the past two weeks one of our Google Adwords accounts traffic dropped off sharply. The account has been active for over a year and has a fairly consistent track record. The traffic on this account dropped off by over 100,000 impressions per day. Several calls to Google resulted in one rep stating that is was probably competition (which I challenged) and a second rep stating that it is normal for Content Network traffic to swing up and down much higher than 100,000 impressions on any given day.

No matter how successful an Internet marketer you are, your business will be subject to the fluctuations of Google Adwords traffic and any other search engine PPC program for that matter. This is one reason video marketing and social media marketing have exploded.

Have you seen major fluctuations in your Google Adwords traffic? Share your story with our visitors.

The Problem With Internet Video Marketing

The other day I watched a self promoting video from another self-proclaimed video marketing guru that claims rags to riches in about 24 months. The video goes on to claim thousands of free visitors with no need to pay for Google Adwords. The lure of free traffic beyond our wildest dreams is truly appealing. Let me state for the record, I’m a huge fan of Internet video marketing, but here are a few issues I see with marketing yourself and your company on the Internet using video:

  • Not everyone wants to be an Internet video star or personality – Once you put yourself out there you’ve got to maintain your presence
  • What happens if your Internet personality is an employee that leaves your company or goes to a competitor?
  • Video alone may not drive the volume of traffic you need to sustain your business
  • Not every company or small business has the time and resources to put it all together in a cost effective manner
  • Internet video marketing may not be the best option for your specific business – are there benefits? Sure, but are they for every company? Maybe not
  • Internet video marketing is not the end-all solution to getting traffic. It’s one of many tools you should have in Internet marketing tool bag

Before you throw your company into the arena of Internet video marketing be sure it’s the right solution for your company and you are willing to put the time and resources into making it successful. Look for my upcoming whitepaper on video marketing at: www.videomarketingwhitepaper.com