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Lesson #25: Look to Impression Share For Missed Opportunities

Impression Share¬†may be one of the most useful and least utilized metrics in search marketing – exact match impression share, that is. Utilizable for the search network only, exact match impression share tells the advertiser what percentage of the possible impressions for their keywords (taking match types into account) the ads are showing up on. …

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Lesson #22: Remove All Duplicate Keywords From Search Campaigns!

When it comes to search, a keyword should only ever show up once in an account. Having keywords in different places eligible to show ads for the same search query can lead to two key things. First off, the advertiser is bidding against themselves in the bid auction, increasing the amount they are paying per …

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Lesson #20: Don’t Forget Long Tail Keywords

As we continue this week’s foray into keywords, it is important not to forget about long tail keywords. ¬†Long tail keywords are keywords, generally 3-5 words long, that a user would encounter when looking for a more specific query. While “shoes,” or even “red shoes,” are not long tail keywords, “red steve madden pumps” is …

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Lesson #19: Never Put More Than One Keyword Type In the Same Ad Group or Campaign

Earlier this week, we discussed the four different types of keywords: brand, non-brand/generic, competitive and long-tail. Since long-tail keywords can fall under any of the other three categories though, for today’s discussion, we will only refer to the three main keyword types: brand, non-brand/generic and competitive. When it comes to these types of keywords, never …

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Lesson #8: Do Not Use More Than One Match Type In The Same Ad Group

Now that we’ve reviewed the different types of keyword match types, let’s discuss how to use them in practice. To start off, do not use more than one match type in the same ad group. Rather, separate the different match types into different ad groups — one for each match type. There are several reasons …

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