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Vendors, Listen Up! Here’s How Your Marketing Software Can Stand Out

Affiliate Marketing Tools The reality for the modern marketer is that while the discussion about SEO resources (in the form of software and tech tools) may be getting long in the tooth; it continues to occur and evolve as the market itself matures. Companies big, small and in the middle -- not only in search but in digital marketing as a whole -- are dealing with a whole new set of industry demands… and buzzwords. The industry has evolved, and this evolution demands a whole new value proposition from tool makers. Or does it? I’ve just spent the better part of the year evaluating, reviewing and otherwise discu [...]


10 People Who Want To Be Forgotten By Google, From An Attempted Murderer To A Cyberstalker

privacy-anonymous-hacker-600 Who wants things removed from Google under the newly declared "right to be forgotten" in the European Union? A convicted cyberstalker, an attempted murderer, a politician, a business with bad reviews and a pedophile are among those making such requests to Google. Yesterday, the BBC noted the first three of the cases listed below. Marketing Land has also learned of them directly from a source, along with seven other requests that Google has received. The Politician Who Behaved Badly A former politician seeks to have links removed about his behavior while in office -- presumably unfla [...]


Bad Links Are When You Know You’ll Be Getting A Link, Bing Says

bing-2013-logo-featured 10 SEO Myths Reviewed by Microsoft's Duane Forrester on the Bing Search Blog sent ripples through the SEO community when Duane wrote that if you know you are about to get a link, then you are doing something wrong. Duane specifically wrote: You should never know in advance a link is coming, or where it’s coming from. If you do, that’s the wrong path. Duane also added that you should want "links to surprise you," those are the true organic links. Why was this so shocking to hear? Maybe Bing telling you that if you reach out through content marketing or other techniques to ask people [...]


Parse.ly: Search Overtakes Social (Again) As Referral Source For Major Publishers

parsely-search-social-referrers It's kinda like a heavyweight fight, only without the really expensive pay-per-view and the sweaty athletes filling your big screen TV. Search and social media are duking it out for supremacy as the top source of referral traffic to some of the biggest publishers on the web. New data from Parse.ly -- a content analytics platform that counts Reuters, Mashable, Slate, The Next Web and many others among its clients -- shows that search retook the lead from social media as the top source of referral traffic in March of this year. Its publishers saw 32.8 percent of its traffic coming from [...]


[Updated] Google Flatly Denies Anonymous Claims It Defrauded AdSense Publishers

google-g-logo-2012 Earlier this week, an anonymous post on Pastebin from someone claiming to be a former Google employee purported the company committed fraud against AdSense publishers between 2009 and 2012. The scheme, in part, allegedly involved shutting down the accounts of high-earning AdSense publishers just prior to their payout periods in order to make up for "serious losses in the financial department" at Google. Google flatly denies the post as "complete fiction" in a statement issued to the press: "This description of our AdSense policy enforcement process is a complete fiction. The color-cod [...]


VIDEO + SLIDESHOW: What’s Next For Paid Search Marketing?

What's Next For Search Marketing? image courtesy of Shutterstock.com 2013 was a year of big changes for search marketers, from the launch of Google's Enhanced Campaigns and PLAs, to new cross-channel retargeting options, advances in real-time bidding and new ad formats. Paid search is still the most effective and measurable digital ad medium, and in 2014, it will become more closely linked with display, mobile and social, and with offline marketing tactics. The coming year will see Big Data transform paid search, enabling advanced audience-based targeting for the first time. Below, watch the keynote presentation Looking Forward: What's Next For Paid Searc [...]


360i Claims Its New Search Optimization Tool Removes Mystery Around AdWords Quality Scores

360i-agency-logo Digital marketing agency 360i announced today it has launched a search marketing tool to monitor paid search campaigns. 360i claims its new Digital Nervous System, or DNS, can help marketers better understand their brand's Quality Score assigned by Google, and adjust their campaigns for better results. "There are already scores of optimization tools that enable teams to work faster," said 360i president Jared Belsky, "But what was missing was a technology that unlocks Quality Score - the central nervous system of Google's auction." According to the announcement, 360i's new platform re [...]


Google Courts App Marketers With New AdWords Features For Search, Display, YouTube

App install ad YouTube TrueView ads Today, Google announced new efforts to entice app marketers in a livestream event at the AdWords Performance Forum. Google has offered advertising options for app marketers both through AdWords and its mobile ad network AdMob. Now it is aiming to compete more forcefully for app ad dollars and rely on that growing bank of data it's got stored up in Google Play. Google is unifying ad processes for app marketers with what it calls a "holistic solution" that can be managed within AdWords and adding new formats that allow app marketers to advertise on search, the Google Display Network and  [...]


Choosing A Media Agency: Look Inside & Hold Up The Mirror

agency_shutterstock_164258969 In our industry, we are constantly evaluating the way we choose our vendors and agencies. Increasingly, we are applying the same scrutiny, inspection and even introspection to how we choose our clients. Matches made in heaven are rare and certainly not static. The landscape around us is constantly changing, so keeping the evaluation ongoing and tuned to current and future states, is the best way to foster healthy partnerships. I had the pleasure recently of sitting down with a couple of media agency executives to talk about the wisdom and art of choosing the right media agency for your b [...]


PostJoint Confirms Google Penalty, Says Its Business Will Continue

google-flyswatter-penalty-600 PostJoint is the second guest blogging network that's been knowingly penalized by Google. We reported the penalty news Friday on our sister site, Search Engine Land, and PostJoint itself confirmed the penalty on its own blog yesterday. PostJoint currently isn't ranking on Google for its own name, a sure sign of a penalty and the same thing that initially happened to MyBlogGuest when it was penalized last month. Much like that case, Google's official warning to PostJoint mentions "unnatural inbound links" -- part of the long-running confusing messaging that Google delivers via Webmaste [...]


VIDEO + SLIDESHOW: The SEO Revolution Will Not Be Televised

seo-600 Search engine optimization has been in a state of constant flux since birth. While many of the trends and changes have received broad attention in the field, others have gone quietly unnoticed. The tactics that work, the KPIs that matter, the way searchers search, and who is practicing SEO has subtly changed not with a bang, but with a whimper. Watch the keynote presentation, The SEO Revolution Will Not Be Televised given by Rand Fishkin at Marketing Land's Digital Marketing Summit, as he explores the quiet revolution of SEO and how it will impact marketers in 2014. The SEO Revolution [...]


Reading Keywords’ Future In Interactive Marketing

shutterstock_120330325-crystalball If you think keywords have any place in the next-generation, digital marketing world, you’d be mistaken. If you haven’t taken notice of recent announcements about keyword restrictions, you really should take a minute or two and have a look. Right now, Google is moving away from providing third parties with the depth of data it once did. With the change, advertisers will be more dependent on Google itself for data. The once laughed off “never gonna happen to search ads” comparison to organic Not Provided is suddenly less funny. As is often the case, search marketers focus on wh [...]


Conversion Optimization: Measuring Usability In The User Experience (UX) – Part 1

usability-components Here is the scenario: I am speaking at a conference about the 7 Facets of the User/Searcher Experience. Whenever I can, I try to provide case studies and usability test results to help illustrate each facet. Inevitably, there is somebody in the audience that stereotypes search engine optimization (SEO) professionals. What could an SEO possibly know about the user experience? From my perspective, usability is at the top of my UX list. Findability is intricately intertwined with usability. People can't use what they can't find. Through field studies and multiple usability tests, I learned [...]


Google Imparts “Not Provided” On Ad Clicks, A Day Later The Industry Exhales

not-provided-600 After word had been swirling the change was coming, yesterday Google announced it is expanding secure search to cover clicks on paid ads. The move means Google will treat the search query referrer data in ad clicks via secure search the same way they have been for all organic clicks since last year. The actual words people use in their searches will no longer be passed through the URL referrer string after a user clicks on a paid search ad from Google. Many experts agree, though, that the change will not be as cart-rocking for paid search practitioners and software providers as it was for S [...]


Like Siri, Cortana Can Crack Jokes, If You Ask The Right Questions

jokes and music People quickly discovered when Siri came out that asking her questions like "What's the best computer" or saying "I love you" resulted in humorous answers. Microsoft's new digital assistant Cortana has some wit about her, too -- and there's a serious reason for that. Microsoft's Mike Calcagno, who oversees the Bing search platform that underpins how Cortana answers questions, told me in an interview yesterday that he's noted how people asking seemingly useless questions to Siri actually generates a real value "I discounted those types of interactions at the beginning," he said. But afte [...]


The Fatal Mistake Content Marketers Are Making With Nofollow

shutterstock_182841941-RIPContentMktg RIP, content marketing. Thanks to Google's algorithm updates and quality guidelines that require paid links to include a nofollow tag, there's simply no value any more in online promotions for brands and agencies. After all, if a sponsored link can no longer provide a direct PageRank boost, what's the point? Everyone knows the only reason to bother promoting a brand online is for the improved search engine rankings. Did you detect a hint of sarcasm there? I hope so, because when marketers focus too much of their attention on search engine optimization (SEO), they lose sight of the big pi [...]


Advertisers Keep Spending More On Paid Search In Q1, CTRs Jump 23 Percent YoY

Paid Search Spend Trends Q1 2014 IgnitionOne Paid search in the U.S. saw another quarter of positive growth in Q1, rising 8 percent year-over-year according to IgnitionOne's latest quarterly report, which looks at paid search performance of campaigns across its management platform that's used by major brands and agencies. Paid search clicks rose a modest 5 percent and click-through-rates (CTR) were up 23 percent. Impressions fell again -- dropping 15 percent year-over- year. The drop in impressions, according to the report, is due to the increase in mobile searches where there is less ad real estate per query. However, these mobile se [...]


177 Car Maker Sites Vied For Ad Supremacy On Google In Jan & Feb, Driving 14 Million Clicks To Their Sites

car-ads-adwords Paid search is attractive to luxury and economy car manufacturers alike. Jaguarusa.com and Scion.com were among the 177 automotive manufacturer sites that competed for visibility on Google with paid search ads in January and February. The ads drove 14.4 million clicks -- and that's just on desktops and tablets. The new analysis from search marketing intelligence Adgooroo shows similar levels of competition among car makers on mobile devices. If the pie chart below looks like a data-presentation-gone-wrong mess, that's the point. Adgooroo's chart underscores the fragmented reality of the hig [...]


Mobile Will Be Primary Channel For Paid Search By End Of 2015 [Study]

mobile-devices-featured Looking at current trends, Marin Software predicts more paid search clicks will come from mobile devices than desktops by the end of next year. By December of 2013, mobile accounted for more than a third of all paid search clicks on Google. By the end of 2015, mobile devices will drive 50 percent of Google's paid search clicks, according to the 2014 mobile search advertising report published by Marin Software today. Smartphone paid search ad clicks nearly doubled throughout 2013 and accounted for just over 20 percent of total click share. The Marin study looks at Google performanc [...]


MyBlogGuest.com Confirms It’s Been Hit By Google Penalty

myblogguest-logo-large MyBlogGuest, a well-known service that helps pair writers and blogs for guest blogging, confirmed this morning that it's been hit by a Google penalty. Google has been aggressively going after companies that it believes are violating its SEO guidelines in recent months, particularly link networks. This is first penalty that we know of against what Google considers a "guest blog network." Matt Cutts, the head of Google's webspam team, recently warned that Google would target guest blogging, and then confirmed this penalty via Twitter early this morning. Today we took action on a large [...]


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