Latest Interviews: Bill Tancer, Debra Mastaler, David Szetela

Want an inside look at how a competitive intelligence tool can help you improve your search and web site performance? This is exactly what we cover in my interview with Bill Tancer. We cover this and more in our discussion of his hit book Click. Check it out (the interview and the book). I also have two recent podcasts I have done. One of these is a great discussion on with Debra Mastaler on link building for e-commerce sites, a difficult task if there ever was one. The other was with David Szetela ... Read More >

Latest Interview: AdGooroo’s Rich Stokes

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Rich Stokes about best practices for PPC campaign setup and management. The interview resulted after I had a chance to read his excellent book: Mastering Search Advertising - How the Top 3% of Search Advertisers Dominate Google AdWords. This is not a focus on the basics of PPC, but rather the tricks and techniques that differentiate the most successful advertisers from the rest of the pack. Let us all know what you think about it below. ... 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 >

Microsoft Blocking Ads Targeted at Hispanics?

I received an interesting tip from the folks at QuieroLatino.com, a Latin dating site. According to this post on their site Microsoft AdCenter won't accept Spanish ads or ads that go to pages with Spanish on them. To clarify this a bit further, the issue appears to be with running these types of campaigns in the US itself. Here is the gist of Microsoft's communication with the site owners: The reason for the disapproval is because of the use of a foreign language on the landing page. You are using ... Read More >

Integrating Display and PPC Advertising

This week I went in a new direction in the By The Numbers Column on Search Engine Watch. The column is called How to Integrate Display and PPC Advertising. I worked with Dustin Engel of Range Online Media on this one. It looks at how you can operate your display advertising and PPC campaigns in cycles to optimize your total return. ... 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 >

Building Multi-Million $ Web Sites from Scratch (Part 2 of …)

Using PPC to Enhance your Organic Traffic Strategy This is the second in a series of stories about building multi-million dollar web sites using a White Hat SEO approach. Today, we are going to focus on the concept of using PPC campaigns to help your launch succeed. As the thrust of this series is to develop sites whose value is based on organic traffic, this article is not specifically about PPC development and management, but on how PPC can help you improve your organic strategy. Of course, PPC can ... Read More >

New Site Promotion: PPC or SEO First?

SEO or SEM First?Whenever we start up with a new client, one of the first questions that often comes up is whether or not we should focus on Search Engine Marketing (SEM) or Search Engine Optimization first. Lisa Barone discusses this point in her recent post about What Comes First: PPC or SEO?. As part of her post, she reviews a Wilson Web article written by iPlenus Solutions' Director of Web Design Paul Schmidt. Paul advocates the notion of always starting out with PPC. Lisa correctly observes that ... Read More >