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PPC Optimization & Methodology

Effective PPC strategy depends on a strong methodology. From developing a PPC campaign process and building your campaigns to reporting and PPC automation, explore the many aspects of methodology that can help paid search marketers create a strong PPC strategy.

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Three Deceptively Powerful Shopify Reports PPC Marketers Should Know

As any seasoned marketer knows, there are a lot more factors that add up to online business growth than just what’s going on in PPC platforms. Heck, at Page Zero we’ve sunk our teeth into dozens of contributing factors when it comes to client business growth: choosing a domain name; customizing Google Analytics; executing on an email marketing program; selecting a provider of conversion testing...

Taxonomy is Sexy: The Power of Labels for PPC

A library cop they call Bookman Grabbed some beatnik ill-doers and shook them. Exclaimed Jerry S., “I’ll explain this whole mess!” (But first: this installment from Goodman.) Funny: many of the best ideas to improve workflow, communications, and optimization within digital advertiser platforms started out as foundational ideas for information architecture on websites long before they became...

Will a Loss of Google Ads Search Query Reporting Actually Relieve us of Toil?

Google’s recent decision to cease reporting on low-impression search queries – a minor nuisance, at first glance – appears to unleash more complexity than one might think. It has certainly produced strong opinions. The long and the short of it is: if, as an advertiser, you were accustomed to a reporting standard that would show you something like 10,000 unique queries (mapped to the keywords...

Five Ways to Keep Smart Bidding From Acting Not-So-Smart

In this week’s instalment I have one sharp new tip, and a few reminders of other key ways to use Smart Bidding without getting into hot water. As PPC account managers, many of us want some control. Yet under typical conditions, Smart Bidding in Google Ads gives us zero levers to pull. Boo. Well, look over here as I peel back the vinyl covering (it looks like a BBQ cover, but it has the Page Zero...

If One Part of Your Ad Group is Broken, Your Tests Could Be Misguided

The cool but challenging thing about targeted advertising is dealing with all the moving parts. Sometimes, for example, we may do our best to interpret an ad test, but in an environment where our analysis is handicapped by other mistakes that skew the test. Let’s say our targeting is inadvertently too broad. An account manager has bid relatively high on a one-word broad match, using any of the...

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Andrew Goodman is Founder & President of Page Zero Media. His accomplishments include writing the first-ever full-length book about Google AdWords, heading up this Google Ads Premier Partner agency, maintaining a string of 48 consecutive speaking engagements at Search Engine Strategies in North America, co-founding a startup called HomeStars, and wearing the dickens out of a lab coat at the SMX Advanced session called Mad Scientists. His active lifestyle requires increasingly elaborate bowls of yogurt. He works from the Toronto office as well as a home office in Fredericton, NB.

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