The new AdWords interface – you love it or hate it. I have to say that I am coming around to loving it.
When the interface was first introduced late last year, I really hated it. I found it difficult to use, hard to find the data I needed to make strategic decisions, and irritating that Google was continually flipping me into the interface from the regular older version.
But, AdWords has told us (account managers) get used to it, as all accounts will be fully migrated to it this year. Slowly over time, AdWords has turned on features in the new interface that previously were disabled. Now the only item I use regularly that is still in the previous interface are account management rules.
One of the nicest features I like about the new interface is the opportunities tab recommendations that are based on account performance and history. These recommendations are based on AdWords’ and Google’s use of machine learning at scale.
Not every recommendation is right for an account, for example in some niche accounts the keywords that are suggested are not a match for the client’s goals, but in other areas the recommendations do bring in many cases account improvement.
The automation of bidding for many accounts allows me to focus on strategy, testing , ad text and keyword discovery while still allowing me control over click costs.
If you are looking for a savvy, experienced AdWords account management professional, I invite you to visit my website to find out what my AdWords team can do to boost AdWords account performance for you.
Facebook pay per click advertising – does it work? Should I use it?
The answer to both questions is yes and yes. First does it work? Yes Facebook pay per click advertising does work to drive traffic to your website or Facebook page – you choose where you want the traffic to go. I personally like sending a reader to your website to a specially designed landing page that works to elicit a response from the prospect; like downloading an ebook or signing up for a newsletter or better yet completing an information request form.
Second, should you use it? Well, this depends on your budget and goals. If you are not using Google AdWords, Facebook is great place to get low cost activity. However typically you will need to be a do it yourselfer for set up and management due to Facebook’s nature and location of the credit card for an account. I do like the ability to target by demographic and the click cost is typically much lower than AdWords.
Here’s the big caveat – if your potential customer is over 35 years old Facebook is the place. For a young set up customers Snapchat and Intagram are where your customers are spending their time. They may be feeding updates to Facebook, but are typically not on the Facebook platform.
Although we do not manage Facebook advertising for most customers, for a select set of VIP clients we do perform management services. My recommendations are based on what I see happening in real client accounts.
As a professional AdWords account manager and expert in Search Engine Optimization, I do recommend that the focus of keywords be different for your website optimization versus what you use for pay per click.
Personally, I like a very narrow set of very tightly targeted keywords for AdWords; as we are typically driving traffic for lead generation. Our top focus is cost per conversion and increasing leads.
For organic, I like to focus on keywords that have the most click activity and may be more general yet still industry specific. I find that the balance helps sites to drive more site visits and leads and is not redundant with the specificity we use for AdWords.
For example, for a client selling warehouse equipment, in AdWords I might target very tight product names and categories like Forklift model 45S, powered warehouse equipment, and other specific keywords.
In organic I might target material handling equipment and material handling equipment supplier as my focus for blog writing and social media; striving to cast the net farther and wider but for high click volume keywords.
When every click you pay for in AdWords must make a difference in growing your business, you have to be narrow and very results oriented. In organic where you do not pay by the click the effort should be to enhance website traffic that is free.
If you need help adjusting your strategies to make the most of your ad spend and drive traffic and build inbound links, visit www.McCordWeb.com to see how we can help you too.
We have recently moved some of our long time staff into AdWords to assist with our growing client base.
These are not new employees but rather employees that work very closely with me, are my family members, and are staff who have been working closely with me for years in many areas in addition to AdWords.
You may see in your control panel now, new email addresses, if you look in change history. You may see my husband Michael, son Christopher Harper, and daughter Rebecca McCord.
All three have been active in my business for years and have done AdWords reporting previously. They are now being trained under my watchful eye to perform routine account management services.
These routine tasks would be identifying and adding negative keywords, adding new variations of ad text, reviewing accounts for performance anomalies and bringing them to my attention and learning over time how to optimize client accounts.
I will still be reviewing all accounts personally and making all strategic decisions like bidding algorithm changes and budget changes. But now, I have extra eyes to keep track of activity and boost performance for you.
Google says that as your site load speed increases from 1 to 7 seconds, your bounce rate increases 113%. Missed opportunities; bounced prospects means missed sales.
I tested my own website against a number of other sites on the Google Test My Site tool and here’s what I found.
My site www.mccordweb.com – 3 second load, excellent rating, low loss of visitors. My site is a responsive design in PHP and only uses WordPress for the blog.
Fulfillment company legacy HTML website that is over 8 years old, but the owner is not ready to do an update yet. 7 second load time, fair rating, 26% estimated visitor loss.
Pest control company legacy PHP website that is over 10 years old, but the owner is not ready to do a site update yet. 6 second load time. fair rating, 24% estimated visitor loss.
Medical business redone responsive WordPress website, but the owner was not speed-focused. 7 second load time. fair rating, 26% estimated visitor loss.
GPS technology business newly redone responsive WordPress website with a very glitzy look, but the designer was not speed-focused. 10 second load time. poor rating, 29% estimated visitor loss.
What I have found is that the WordPress sites with the slide show on the home page are not testing well for speed. The PHP based websites that do not have a slide show cover and are more text focused and utilize created AMP pages are testing as speedy.
Need help with your website? Check us out to see how we can help you get a speedy rating and not risk visitor loss.
No offense intended, but to not be paying attention to your website load time is simply not smart in the world of Google today.
This is why knowing and working to improve your page speed and site load time is crucial.
Google has a new tool called “Google Test My Site”. This online tool will test your URL, compare your site to others, give you a rating, and even give you a free report and recommendations to follow to improve your speed.
Google says that your site will lose one-half of all your visitors while the page is loading. Know that 70% of visitors globally are surfing the web on 3G or slower speeds until 2020. Want more business? Speed up your website!