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Cost per Click by Country

July 7, 2015

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Location, location, location! In search, we know that users search for different things in different states and that the average cost per click advertisers pay differs by state too. With more and more advertisers running campaigns internationally, many have discovered that these trends exist across the borders as well! Which countries have the most expensive […]

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What’s Ahead for WordStream – Funding, Growth, Innovation

October 6, 2014

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My last blog post was at the end of last summer, when we achieved a “Hat Trick” of key milestones. We had surpassed a thousand clients, made the Inc. 500 for the first time, and our AdWords Performance Grader passed $2.5 billion in unique spend analyzed. In the last few months, we’ve achieved a few […]

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The Smoking Gun: Deleted Google Author Photos Boost Ad CTR

September 26, 2014

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If you’ve been following developments in the search industry lately, you’ll have undoubtedly have come across discussions about Google’s recent decision to remove authorship photos from search results. We reported on this soon after the change went into effect, and other industry thought leaders like Rand Fishkin wasted no time weighing in, either.However, despite overwhelming […]

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5 Ways to Wield More Word of Mouth Marketing Power

August 15, 2014

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Word of mouth marketing (lovingly nicknamed WOMM) can make or break your biz. It can build you up and tear you down faster than an OC socialite. Do word of mouth marketing right and you’ll have (almost) no need of an ad budget; customers will share stories of your sublime service at dinner parties across […]

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How Google Hummingbird Changed the Future of Search

August 8, 2014

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In September of last year, when Google Hummingbird was officially announced, Matt Cutts said that it would affect 90% of all searches, albeit in a subtle way. Considering that Google handles more than 3.5 billion searches every day, this means Google Hummingbird affects more than 3.15 billion of them.Not exactly an inconsequential update.This image has […]

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The 3 Types of Links that Send Legit Referral Traffic

August 3, 2014

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I know for most of the year I’ve been telling you that links are going to lose value – and I still think it’s true. However, I’ve been careful to point out that for now, links are still pretty powerful stuff in SEO.Further, even if links eventually lost all their (direct) power to move your […]

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Going Unicorn Hunting: The Secrets Behind Ads with 3x the Average CTR

May 14, 2014

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What’s the average click-through rate for a Google AdWords ad? When people ask this question, it’s often because they want to benchmark their own ad CTR’s. Unfortunately, way too many advertisers are content to reach an average click-through rate and leave it at that.We recently held a well-attended webinar packed with crazy techniques you can […]

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Bad Ads, Worse Ads, and Very, Very Bad Ads: The Worst of PPC

April 30, 2014

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Larry Kim has been sharing a lot of research lately on the traits and features of winning AdWords campaigns, from those with mega-high click-through rates to those with best-of-the-best Quality Scores. In the course of seeking out examples of advertisers doing all the right things, we found many more who are getting it oh-so-wrong.From dynamic […]

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