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Posts tagged with Ad Words

Are Google's SERPs getting too messy?

Google might as well have been called Simple. Back when Google was a new entrant in the search engine market and larger competitors were cluttering up their homepages with as much content as could be aggregated on a single page, Google took a different approach and offered internet users an alternative: a clean, if not sparse, homepage that focused on one thing -- search.

Relatively-speaking, that homepage hasn't changed much in the past decade. But what has changed: Google's SERPs.

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Google fights scammers with one strike and you're out policy

Malicious ads are on the rise and just as AdWords is an appealing platform for legitimate advertisers looking for a massive audience, Google's self-serve ad service is a juicy target for scammers looking for the same.

From ads that hawk scammy get-rich-quick products to ads that lead users to web pages infested with malware, malicious ads pose a significant threat to Google. After all, if users come to fear where Google's results (paid or unpaid) might lead them, Google risks losing one of its most valuable assets: the trust and confidence of its users.

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Google's trademark policy change worries retailers this holiday season

Google changed its policy on trade marked key words in the U.S. this May, and while it's still too early to fully monitor the implications of those changes on brand marketers, the holidays may become a proving ground for the switch, if the price for search ads goes up as much as some marketers are fearing.

Brand searches go up during the holiday season and Google's self-policing new policy means that key word violators will have more opportunity to buy branded key words and disparage, criticize or otherwise overtake brand searches from trademark owners.

According to ClickZ:

"The holiday season will be a real proving ground, to see how quickly Google responds to issues," Jeremy Hull, account leader at Range Online Media, told ClickZ. "Do they have an adequate team in place, with policies and procedures that are scalable for the holidays?"

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Google pulls the trigger, gets into lead gen

In late August, we reported on a lawsuit filed against Google by LendingTree alleging that Google was planning to offer an online lead gen service related to mortgages using technology offered by a LendingTree vendor that was contractually forbidden from working with LendingTree's competitors.

While the status of that lawsuit is unknown, it is now official: Google has entered the lead gen business.

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Interflora awaits ruling on trademark keyword bidding

In May 2008, Google began permitting advertisers in the UK and Ireland to bid on trademark keywords through AdWords. Needless to say, this concerned and upset many brand marketers at the time.

Yet there appeared to be little that could be done. Google's policy change was predicated on the notion that legal questions over the use of trademark keywords in the UK had been settled.

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Google’s universal search results hit Adwords

More than two years after first unleashing the video plus box on search listings, Google has started to push the video unit into Adwords.

The video plus unit was first introduced to organic search results in early-2007, as part of its universal search results.

Now, entertainment companies including Miramax, Discovery and EA have recently been offered to use the video player to bolster their plain text Adwords ads.

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Google: Ad position does not affect conversion rates

Web surfers may be more likely to click on search results ranked higher on a web page, but purchase decisions are not so reliant on search positioning, according to Google.

In a post on Inside AdWords today, Google revealed that the position of key words doesn't affect conversion rates very much at all. If your company is spending time or money trying to get to the top of a page's search results. Don't bother.

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AdWords ads get closer to organic results

You may have noticed it: those trusty AdWords ads that appear to the right of your search results seem a little bit closer to them than they did before.

It's not an optical illusion. Others are seeing it too. I first saw myself the other day when I did a search and had to do a double-take.

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AdWords ads get closer to organic results

You may have noticed it: those trusty AdWords ads that appear to the right of your search results seem a little bit closer to them than they did before.

It's not an optical illusion. Others are seeing it too. I first saw myself the other day when I did a search and had to do a double-take.

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Facebook sued for click fraud

Facebook claims that its recent problems with click fraud are behind it but one advertiser is sending Facebook a clear message: your problems are just beginning.

Sports website RootZoo has filed a lawsuit against Facebook in federal district court in San Jose, California and is seeking class action status. The company is being represented by Kabatek Brown Kellner, a law firm with a history of litigating click fraud actions.

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Gaining equity in your site through improved user experience

One of the benefits of usability improvements is that they keep on delivering long after they are implemented, a compelling proposition for companies trying to make the most of their online traffic and conversions.

I regularly need to discuss the benefits of usability in the context of a specific company’s online business goals. 

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Will Google's global AdWords trademark policy changes cost brands millions?

Google has announced a major change to its global trademark policy. Effective in June, the search giant will permit the use of trademarks as keywords as part of AdWords campaigns in many countries around the world.

Previously, Google was much more restrictive; a permissive policy was the exception and applied only to a handful of countries, including the US, Canada and the UK, where it began allowing the use of trademarks as keywords in 2008.

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