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Average Click-Through Rates Reveal Best and Worst Ad Placements

Click through ratesAsk the average Web publisher for the advertising click-through rate on their site, and the answer will probably be a blank stare.

Heck, I didn’t used to know the answer myself. But I do now, and it reveals quite a bit about how and where ads perform best on a site.

It is stating the obvious — but it needs to be stated anyway — that the click-through rate is the ultimate quantifiable response measurement for a banner ad.

It is stating the well-known that click-through rates continue a downward trend because of ad blindness and the overwhelming volume of ads on an overwhelming volume of Web sites. (more…)




Use Google AdWords Extensions to Maximize Click Rates

Google AdWords continues to evolve as a marketing tool and become more efficient at targeting audiences and delivering results.

The AdWords extension feature is a prime example of that evolution.

The feature gives online marketers an option of adding more links to an ad. By presenting multiple links within a single ad, and assuming the extra links are wisely chosen, the ad click rate may double or even triple.

Extensions don’t show up every time an ad appears. They mainly show when the ad appears in the top three positions on Google.

They can appear on the right side of search results, but they do so less often. What kind of extension is used also impacts where it appears. (more…)

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Use Pay Per Click Campaigns to Target High-Value Content

Pay per click campaigns are great for delivering valuable results if used carefully and terrible if used randomly.

Beginners often spend money on PPC campaigns without fully understanding how to use them.

Veterans learn from their mistakes and pay close attention to their return on investment.

The key to getting a great ROI is using the campaigns for targeting high-value content. (more…)

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AdWords Broad Match Can Boost Results

Using broad matches of keywords in a Google AdWords account can increase the number of clicks to a site, but they also can bring undesirable visits as well.

A broad match keyword or phrase is used in AdWords to display an ad to Google site searchers when they enter those keywords. The ad is triggered when the keywords listed in the account are entered into the Google search box and for similar but relevant keywords that aren’t listed.

For example, go to an AdWords account and choose high school football as a keyword phrase. Even if no other keywords are listed in the account, AdWords might display the ad to visitors during Google searches even if they use such phrases as school high football, which is an actual search term with high monthly volume.

An AdWords account can easily grow into thousands of keywords that have to be manually entered by the account manager. It can become so massive that effectively controlling the performance of all keywords can chew up a significant amount of a day.

Using broad-matched keywords is Google’s way of helping with the workload. The account manager doesn’t have to dig up every relevant keyword and manually add it to the account list.

But some broad-matched keywords can trigger related but undesirable keywords as well. The keywords may not be entirely relevant, or they may be so popular that their volumes overcomes the listed and more desirable keywords. They may also produce poor results with contextual advertising such as AdSense.

In that case, the account manager can switch to exact match keywords. It simply requires that every keyword is entered into the account with quotes, such as “high school football.”

The ad will be displayed only when that exact keyword phrase is entered into the search box.

Broad-matched keywords are an easy way to create and build an account, but in time any keyword list requires more careful fine tuning to get the best possible results.

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