Interview with Google’s Frederick Vallaeys

A couple of weeks back I interviewed Frederick Vallaeys, who is a Senior Product Specialist for Google AdWords. We covered a wide range of topics, with a review of some recent product announcements, and also some tips and tricks. In this post, I will summarize the main points of the interview, but do read the full interview if you want the details. Universal Search for AdWords: The AdWords team is actively looking at the types of things that have worked in the organic search results. Clearly the ... Read More >

Bid Management Has a Long Way to Go

I have written about Bid Management many times, and am a big fan of what it can do to help scale a PPC campaign. However, a bad bid management system can trap or limit your campaign. Portfolio based bid management is a must. Basically, what this is, is a method for dealing with individual keywords that do not present enough data to determine their ROI on an individual basis. The classic cases are long tail keywords, such as one that has a single click, but it resulted in a conversion, or another ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Kevin Lee

Recently I have the chance to speak with Kevin Lee, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Did-It. We spoke about the SEM industry in the past year, the future of it, as well as the types of tools to use to get the best results for your campaigns. Please feel free to comment on the interview below. ... Read More >

A Look at Bid Management Look Back

This week's By The Numbers column on Search Engine Watch takes a look at Bid Management Look Back. With the help of Marin Software, I take a look at the issues and the solutions. Check the article out, as it provides a look under the covers of why modern day bid management is hard to do. ... Read More >

You Gotta Have Bid Management

While I usually focus on organic web marketing or web analytics issues in this blog, today I want to talk about bid management. I could be wrong, but I have this sense that it is greatly underutilized in the market. A little over a year ago we sold off a set of sites that we had been operating for a few years. The sites had a very strong organic traffic flow, but we also did a substantial amount of PPC on these sites - about $50K per month. Them there's real dollars! We began our PPC, like many ... Read More >