As search engines have evolved, so has the process of getting your website indexed and ranking well on them. It’s no longer possible to add some keywords to your website and expect it will be returned in search results when someone searches using those terms. Search engines today return results based on what they interpret the searcher’s query to mean, rather than by just picking out certain “key” words or phrases.

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What Is It?

The highest amount you are willing to pay for a click on your pay-per-click ad for a particular keyword.

Important Caveat

The value you set for your Max. CPC is not necessarily, and in most cases is not, the amount you will actually pay for a click on your ad. Average CPC will show you how much you are actually paying for clicks on your ads.

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Google AdWords accounts have many options for advertising your product and services. One of the first things you’ll need to consider is what type of campaign (or campaigns) you would like to run. It’s important to understand the differences between the various campaign types so you can get the most from your advertising budget.

Two of the most commonly used campaign types within the AdWords interface are Search campaigns and Display campaigns. These campaign types can be used to accomplish different goals, so it’s good to know when it’s best to use one over the other. Let’s take a quick look at some of the differences between the two campaign types. […]

On April 2, 2014, Google officially released Universal Analytics, a new tracking code created to replace their Classic Analytics tracking code. According to Google, the Classic Analytics tracking code will continue to function for two years from the release of Universal Analytics; however, being proactive in upgrading will help ensure you don’t lose any Google Analytics data.

For in-depth details about upgrading to Universal Analytics, visit the Universal Analytics Upgrade Center. […]

What Are Impressions?

The number of times your ad was shown during a specified time frame.

How Are They Calculated?

Every time your ad is shown, your Impression count is increased by one.

Why Are They Important?

Impressions get your ad in front of your audience. They build brand awareness and get searchers one step closer to completing an action on your website that you want them to complete such as buying a product, requesting more information or downloading a white paper.

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You may have heard the phrase “content is king”, but weren’t sure you believed it. After all, you’ve spent so much time, money and effort getting your website in perfect working order. Fresh new design? Check. Responsive to mobile devices? Check. Search engine optimized? Check. What else could you need? Well, quite a bit actually.

Google (and all search engines for that matter) has been changing the way it ranks websites and quality content has become a major component in their ranking algorithms. When you think about it, that makes perfect sense. Google makes most of its money through paid advertising which it displays above, next to and below organic (non-paid) search results. Google wants people to use their search engine as often as possible, as this gives them more changes to show their ads which they hope will get clicked (this is the point at which Google gets paid). If you were to use their search engine and didn’t get the information you needed, you’d stop using their search engine. This is why quality content is so important.

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Keyword ranking has long been a method used for determining how well your website is performing in the search engines for a specific term. Although this used to be a great tactic, things have changed. Search Engines, Google in particle, have been encrypting more and more of their keyword data making it difficult for website owners to determine which keywords drive traffic to their site. […]

Pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns come with a lot of jargon that isn’t always readily understandable. Getting an understanding of this terminology is critical to ensuring that you can get a clear picture of how your PPC campaigns are impacting your business. In this article I will review the key terminology you may see when viewing PPC reports or other information related to PPC campaigns. […]