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If there was an SEO Genie my one wish would be…

Posted by in Pay Per Click (PPC), Search Marketing (SEO) on October 2nd, 2007 14 Comments

There’s lots of things out there that would make my life as a search engine marketer much easier. So if there was a SEO lamp with a genie inside there are a couple of problems which I’d ask him to sort out for me.

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Anything in the world including the secret to the Google Algo and you want a tin of beer and a lolly? – via here & here.

Though if I only had one wish, I’d probably ask if the Google Keyword Tool could be combined with their Adwords Keyword Traffic Estimator.

In the UK the keyword tools are pretty unreliable. We’ve experimented with them all and Google’s various free tools seem the most accurate, but my life would be so much easier if I was able to use the keyword suggestion aspect on the normal tool with the statistical output of the traffic estimator.

The green bars just don’t cut the mustard, the chances are even a laymen could tell you if a keyword has lots, some or no search volume, so numerical figures form the traffic estimator would add killer functionality their keyword tool.

It got me thinking what some of my other SEO types would wish for from the [tag]SEO Genie[/tag], so I’m here by tagging

[tag]Patrick Altoft[/tag] from

[tag]Matt Jones[/tag] from

[tag]Nick Wilsdon[/tag] from

[tag]Julie Joyce[/tag] from

[tag]Maki[/tag] from

For their opinion…

Google AdWords Accreditation: How to Revise the Test

Posted by in Pay Per Click (PPC) on September 21st, 2007 8 Comments

If you are an SEM agency with a large amount of clients, you probably know just how important your Pay Per Click team are.

However some large companies rely heavily on bid management software to try and make their team’s time go further, but that’s a mistake; PPC campaigns need to be optimised and monitored regularly, therefore good PPC managers need to be trained to understand exactly how Google Adwords thinks, acts, and communicates. Knowing the tools that give your clients great ROI is more important than thinking, ” oh, i’ ll just delegate this task to an automated program”.

Well that’s not the way we work here at Site Vis, there is a place for bid management software, but not at the expense of a human touch.

In a few weeks, I will be taking my Google AdWords accreditation test. You know, the one that allows you to call yourself a ‘Google Adwords Professional’ (I love titles!) and place the Google accreditation logo on your website. I therefore wanted to share some tips & tricks on how I’ve revised for this test, and how to start thinking like Google when it comes to answering questions that can sometimes be very ambiguous…

 Google AdWords Accreditation: How to Revise the Test

Don’t revise too much though! via flickr

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How Savvy Search Marketers Are Taking Advantage of the Northern Rock Banking Crisis.

Posted by in Pay Per Click (PPC) on September 19th, 2007 0 Comments

Our American readers might not know but, Northern Rock the UK’s fifth largest mortgage lender has found themselves in a bit of bother in the last week. Simplifying the story; [tag]Northern Rock[/tag]‘s business model relied upon cheap credit which dried up after the sub-prime problems stateside and paniced savers started withdrawing all their money from the bank making their problems even worse.

I thought a topical story like this would be a perfect opportunity to see how Google’s [tag]Universal Search[/tag] was working. And fair play to the Big G they featured some good news stories and blog coverage nicely integrated within their results.
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What I hadn’t expected to really expected to see was [tag]PPC[/tag] advertisers taking advantage of the situation. The PPC adverts were full of affiliates, as you would expect, but at the bottom of page one an online publisher was advertising their news coverage.
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Why the Overture Keyword Tool Needs to Be Put Out of it’s Misery

Posted by in Pay Per Click (PPC) on August 15th, 2007 2 Comments

At Site Visibility we love the Yahoo/Overture [tag]Keyword tool[/tag], it might not have the functionality of some of it’s paid for relatives; but when it comes to UK specific data it has been hard to beat. Despite this I think it’s time we put the tool out of its misery and let it die the graceful death it deserves.

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This one should fit you perfectly mister overture – via flickr

Unreliable – You don’t want to have to schedule your [tag]keyword research[/tag] around the down time of a tool. Whenever I fire up the tool I’ve got my fingers crossed that it is working; the problems happen that often. I know you shouldn’t be over-reliant on a free tool, we have backup options in place, but it is just plain annoying how frequently the tool is slow or offline.
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PPC Tips from the Lonely Hearts Adverts

Posted by in Pay Per Click (PPC) on August 13th, 2007 0 Comments

There’s a real knack to creating great [tag]PPC[/tag] [tag]ad copy[/tag] and it’s an unappreciated art, though there’s a few lessons [tag]copywriters[/tag] could learn from the lonely heart pages of their favourite newspaper.

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Last of the big spenders – via flickr
Those few characters have to work really hard to convey why the visitor should click your ad rather than the plethora of other options, so it’s important to get them right.
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What is SEO? Part 3- Pay Per Click Campaigns (PPC)

Posted by in Pay Per Click (PPC) on August 10th, 2007 0 Comments

For the third edition of ‘What is SEO? a guide for beginners’, we will have a look at how PPC campaigns come to life and discuss their advantages over more traditional advertising methods. I believe PPC is a good place for a trainee SEO to start as it gives them knowledge of how search engines find information, whilst keeping that marketing side of the brain working.

First, let’s explain what PPC actually is: When a search is undertaken on search engine, there will usually be 2 kinds of results (all you PPC experts thinking “wait a minute…”: bear with me, we were all beginners once). There are the natural results which are the ones you are familiar with, and then there are sponsored results which appear on the right hand side of the screen; effectively they are advertising messages (Not everyone knows that these results are sponsored, even though it is written underneath). These ads operate on a [tag]Pay Per Click[/tag] basis, meaning that you (the advertiser) only pay when a user clicks your advertisement instead of every time it is displayed.

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Create Better Landing Pages by pre-qualifying your PPC Leads

Posted by in Pay Per Click (PPC) on August 7th, 2007 2 Comments

The more you know about your customers’ intent the easier it is to tailor your [tag]landing pages[/tag]. If you know exactly what the searcher is hoping to achieve helping them do that becomes a breeze.

When you are creating a [tag]PPC campaign[/tag] you should be building [tag]pre-qualifying[/tag] your customers via the structure of your campaign.

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Try and point them in the right direction – via flickr

There’s a number of different ways you might want to segment your [tag]keywords[/tag] based on their implicit intent but here’s four we use quite often.

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Stop Pushing advertising and Pull your consumers! – Beginners Guide to Online Marketing

Posted by in General Marketing, Pay Per Click (PPC) on August 3rd, 2007 6 Comments

There are lots of interesting starter guides, books and podcasts out there to help anyone starting out in internet marketing. They’ve helped me learn, but I thought it would be interesting to share my thoughts as I learn the ropes. Here, I explain the differences between push and pull advertising, which illustrate the differences between traditional and online marketing.

Over the years, I have developed an absolute passion for advertising and marketing techniques, but as an individual I am very aware of when I am being marketed to, and normally I do not like it.  I like to think I am in control of my own purchasing decisions, and am not being influenced by anyone else but me; I believe many consumers feel this way too. We have gone through decades of over-advertising which I believe contributed to the success of the Internet and the increased amounts of time spent online by consumers. Here is why I would like to talk a bit more about Push and Pull advertising. Push advertising operates in traditional media such as billboards, magazines, cinema and television (except for red button advertising) and consists of the advertiser pushing a message onto you in order to influence you next time you go to the supermarket or high street.  It could be done by sticking a silly song in your head or adding comedy value to your brand, but in any case, push advertising is becoming less effective: 

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The Best Keyword Tool is your brain – Finding Keywords you might have Missed

Posted by in Pay Per Click (PPC) on August 3rd, 2007 2 Comments

Hundred’s of interesting Search engine marketing blog posts are written everyday, covering the most sophisticated and advanced techniques all the way down to the essentials.

However there seems to be a lack of helpful posts covering one of the most fundamental creative processes in a search marketing strategy – [tag]keyword research[/tag].

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must think of more longtail terms – via flickr

You have to get inside the head of your potential customers, by understanding how they might search for your company, you can understand what key phrase you need to target. It will dictate your tactics and enable you to monitor your improvement.

There are lots of clever [tag]keyword tools[/tag] out there that can help automate the process of selecting keywords but very few can match the ingenuity of the human mind.

Whenever we are choosing keywords for our clients after we’ve exhausted our keyword tools, we always carry-out these steps to make sure there are no lucrative keywords we’ve missed.

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