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Why You Need AdWords Negative Keywords
By Theresa Baiocco IF YOU'RE PAYING $30, to $50, or even $100 for each click, you know PPC keywords are no laughing matter. But sometimes they are. One of our PPC specialists started a new tradition at the ConversionMax office: "Keyword of the day." He lists the funniest and strangest searc Continue Reading
PPC Ad Extensions and Your Money: How are They Related?
By Don Sturgill WHAT IF I TOLD YOU there is a simple, but often overlooked, way to get a much higher click-through rate (CTR) on your pay-per-click (PPC) ads? Would that be something of value to you? And what if I added that this PPC secret won’t cost any more per click than you are alrea Continue Reading
PPC Enhanced Campaigns: A Blessing or a Curse?
By Don Sturgill IT'S BEEN ALMOST 10 months since Google announced the launch of PPC enhanced campaigns (EC) as a new approach to managing pay-per-click (PPC) advertising -- and a little over 4 months since EC’s became mandatory for AdWords management. At first, there was considerable chatter Continue Reading
The Zen of Geotargeting: Are You In or Out?
By Don Sturgill Why is geotargeting important? Do you remember when we talked about writing PPC ads and how important it is for a pizzeria to consider location when placing pay-per-click ads? The company we used as an example wrote a pretty good ad – and received a high click-through rate. Unf Continue Reading
How to Boost Your Click-Through Rate Without Being Thought an Idiot
By Don Sturgill CONVERSION MAX IS BASED in Bend, Oregon – microbrew capital of the world. And if there was a bar just down the road from the Conversion Max offices (and there is) … and if one would go there after work for a pint (various employees may or may not have done that – some, frequ Continue Reading
The Truth About PPC Writing: Getting Results With PPC Ads
By Don Sturgill Want to know how to boost your PPC ad click-through rate (CTR) immediately? Do you think better PPC writing could help boost the success of your pay-per-click campaigns and deliver a more favorable return on investment? Let's cut to the chase. Here’s the recipe: Stop writi Continue Reading
PPC Ad Writing Made Easy
By Don Sturgill Writing is my job. I launched my first newsletter when I was nine years old. I’ve written newspaper articles, newspaper advertising, short stories, poetry, and ebooks. I’ve penned songs and composed white papers. I’ve written online ads for eMarketers, business plans f Continue Reading
What Acting and PPC Have in Common
By Don Sturgill OF ALL THE SCHOOLS of acting, the most acclaimed is “Method Acting,” or simply, “The Method.” Beginning with New York’s Group Theatre in the 1930’s, disciples of The Method have consistently become stars: James Stewart, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Marilyn Monroe, Dustin H Continue Reading
The Most Important Part of Any Business
By Don Sturgill There is one person no business can do without. I'm not speaking of the sales manager, the executive assistant, or even the CEO. The one necessary individual to business success (beyond a valid product or service), is the customer. Without a sufficient flow of happy buyers, no p Continue Reading
PPC Managers: Avoid These Three Traps
By Don Sturgill HE WAS A BRIGHT young guy, fresh out of college and cram-packed with knowledge about Internet marketing and social media. He could have been the model on a Gen Y characteristics chart. Soon after he began interning on our SEO team, he told me the company blog was in severe ne Continue Reading