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Forum: Search Engine Optimization 18th April 2013, 07:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 538
Posted By Lucid
Re: Started messin around with PPC

Nothing wrong in direct linking as long as the landing page meets all guidelines. Unfortunately, most Clickbank product pages don't meet those guidelines. So do your due diligence to make sure the...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 18th April 2013, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 511
Posted By Lucid
Re: searching and seeing ppc links from USA in Canada / Australia

google.com/adpreview. It's a tool meant for Adwords advertisers but will do what you want. I don't know if there's an equivalent for Bing.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 18th April 2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,387
Posted By Lucid
Re: is my adsense CTR good or bad?

There's no such thing as saying 1% or whatever percentage is good or bad. There are so many variables from websites to advertisers.

Things you can control: placement of ads, colors. These can...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 17th April 2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By Lucid
Re: How to convert Impression to click and click to leads?

Ways to get more clicks:

1. Increase bid. This should give you a higher position and higher positions have higher relative click rates.

2. Have better ads that make more people click by...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 17th April 2013, 12:58 PM
Replies: 437
Views: 42,183
Posted By Lucid
Re: Banned by Google - Frequently Asked Questions

Seems to me that's a clear violation. The words of a movie are copyright work. That seems to be what you are selling. The studios will also not be happy about this.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 17th April 2013, 07:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 863
Posted By Lucid
Re: Plural vs Singular Keywords ?

What is natural? Do people say "dog trainings"? Probably not in this case. Reading it looks weird and I for one would think poor quality.

For other things, you can go both ways. But usually one...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 17th April 2013, 07:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,109
Posted By Lucid
Re: Adwords $4.00 P click, are you kidding me right now?

The traffic estimate tool has to make many assumptions. I never use it and I'm a professional manager.



You have to put it in context. Those selling insurance for example would find that...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th March 2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 624
Posted By Lucid
Re: Adwords question, hundred of impression, very few clicks, no impression

9 clicks is nothing. You can't judge a campaign by this. As Paul said, it's not significant.

Telling us you have 3.69% CTR doesn't mean much either. There's no context there such as your average...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 25th February 2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 304
Posted By Lucid
Re: Advice for how to reinstate the old (high) Ad Quality Score for a keyword

Increasing bids does not increase QS. They are independent. The only thing increasing your bid does is get better position since ranking is your bid times your QS. But I don't suggest that unless...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 19th February 2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 649
Posted By Lucid
Re: Do PPC bounce rates effect SEO?

I'm assuming you mean natural rankings. As I don't believe bounce rate is a ranking factor, SEO or PPC, no. If you believe that it does, then yes since the search engine doesn't care where your...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 19th February 2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Posted By Lucid
Re: Zero clicks on adwords ads? What's wrong with these ads?

I believe what Nik0 is referring to is the {keyword:} directive. Using it does not make an ad more relevant. It can attract the eye to your ad but doesn't mean people will click on it.

What makes...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 19th February 2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 832
Posted By Lucid
Re: SEO or PPC-which one is better?

Once again, we have a battle about SEO vs PPC. Strange coming from someone with two links in his signature related to web promotion and SEO.

There is not one that is "better" than the other. They...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 19th February 2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 433
Posted By Lucid
Re: Dying PPC Question- Help Meeee!!

No. You have it the other way around. The destination url of the keyword overrides the one in the ad. Same as with bids at keyword and group levels.

Any setting at the keyword level takes...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th January 2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By Lucid
Re: Adwords query

What match type is the keyword? It won't if it's exact or phrase match. It might on broad match.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 10th December 2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By Lucid
Re: adwords question

Agree with Nicholas.

The CTR being different doesn't mean much since you don't say if they are roughly the same average position. I'm assuming there is a big difference since you are bidding...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 10th December 2012, 10:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By Lucid
Re: PPC Ad Question

Google displays it that way by combining the title and the first description line. Sometimes they combine the title with the display URL and sometimes display the ad "normally" with the title on its...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th December 2012, 10:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 711
Posted By Lucid
Re: PPC First Timer Looking For Direction

Well, that's why he's here, asking for advice so he doesn't lose money or at least minimizes the loss.

First thing is read (carefully) and become familiar with the rules and guidelines...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th December 2012, 10:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,205
Posted By Lucid
Re: Adwords + eBook Sales Page = Disaster ?

Toplink, I hate to criticize but you started this thread seven months ago and it seems you have done and tried nothing. A few of us mentioned typos and grammar and it appears nothing was done to your...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th December 2012, 09:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 355
Posted By Lucid
Re: Adwords form extension?

Are you sure it was an ad served by Google? At any rate, it looks to me like a banner ad that they made to look like a form, just to get people to click on it. I've been fooled myself just this week...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th December 2012, 09:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,139
Posted By Lucid
Re: Affiliate Sites And Adwords!!

Because you are redirecting to the affiliate sales page. That's called a bridge page and you can't do that. It's all in the friendly rules and guidelines...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th December 2012, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,340
Posted By Lucid
Re: PPC vs SEO : Career Options

Not sure why you are asking us. What do YOU want to do? Surely you have a preference. You say you know (and presumably are good at) both. Still, you must be better at one or like to do one better...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 4th December 2012, 08:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 617
Posted By Lucid
Re: PPC VS SEO: Which is Better for Your Business?

The question should be "what is better for your online business". Even better, "what is better for YOUR online business", keeping in mind that some businesses also have a physical presence. There is...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 30th November 2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,648
Posted By Lucid
Re: Do You Use PPC Or SEO?

You should have an option in the poll for both, not either/or.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 30th November 2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,039
Posted By Lucid
Re: Detecting Adwords Click Fraud

In all likelihood, it's not click fraud. First, Google has systems in place to prevent that sort of thing.

You must analyze and ask yourself what could have changed before jumping to the...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 15th November 2012, 06:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By Lucid
Re: PPC with Business.com??

Never used them but providing a service geared for businesses, I'll certainly look into it. Actually, this could help a new client of mine as well, so thanks for the find.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 15th November 2012, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 655
Posted By Lucid
Re: Full Time PPC Manager Position

Tim obviously wants to save money and why he mentioned hiring someone overseas. Most of us would think India when putting cheap and overseas in the same sentence.

Just because it's overseas,...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 13th November 2012, 07:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 736
Posted By Lucid
Re: Trying my hand at some Facebook PPC...

I'm actually impressed you spent $90 using that ad (per your figures, at least 250 clicks) because I really don't know why people would click on it. Nothing there that really would attract anyone. My...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 12th November 2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 871
Posted By Lucid
Re: PPC Network Reviews Here Please AS OF October 31st 2012

Google AdWords. We all know about and you don't want a review.

Bing. Ditto. Note that Yahoo and Bing are now one and the same.

7Search. Used for a client years ago. Can't comment on anything...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 12th November 2012, 09:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 390
Posted By Lucid
Re: Do you still need a full website to use Adwords? (no single landing pages?)

I've never known Google to refuse a one-page site so I don't know where you get that from. You just have to follow their guidelines...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 12th November 2012, 09:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 736
Posted By Lucid
Re: Trying my hand at some Facebook PPC...

Your page is definitely not following Adwords guidelines. It doesn't follow Bing's as well and likely not Facebook's too. A waste of money IMO no matter which network you use. I would change that...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 12th November 2012, 09:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,190
Posted By Lucid
Re: How To Get Page Rank Without External Links

The whole idea behind PageRank (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagerank) is to measure how "important" the page is in relation to other pages that are linked to it (both in and out) and linked to other...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th November 2012, 02:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 415
Posted By Lucid
Re: Does Google Inflate Bid Price When Setting Bids

1. Yes, better ad quality (quality being CTR) will get you lower costs.

2. No. The only metric is ad quality (your CTR compared to competitors).

3. No. The only metric is ad quality.

4. No....
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 7th November 2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,876
Posted By Lucid
Re: Mr. Google! Why you playing with us???

Either it's not really a picture of him or he works out every day. Does the lovely lady you've got your arm around want you to look that way, Paul? If that's your real name and that's really a...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 7th November 2012, 01:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,876
Posted By Lucid
Re: Mr. Google! Why you playing with us???

To me, that's the wrong attitude. I don't care how many visitors a day whatever I'm doing is going to bring me. For starters, I know there really is not that many people looking for my services,...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 7th November 2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,733
Posted By Lucid
Re: Adsense Arbitrage

Paul is right. Nothing prevents you from doing it, provided you do it right. But the math just doesn't work, even at lost cost which is worst because it's usually poor traffic. You won't be able to...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 7th November 2012, 08:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,876
Posted By Lucid
Re: Mr. Google! Why you playing with us???

So, you're saying to forget those sources because you'll get more from Google. I've been using some of those sources John mentions for years and more. In fact, I don't rank exceptionally high on...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 6th November 2012, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 520
Posted By Lucid
Re: Anyone ever got their adwords account unsuspended?

The real trick is not to do things that will get it suspended in the first place. You can get it unsuspended if you fix whatever got it suspended. It will take some time and effort and have to be...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 6th November 2012, 07:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 620
Posted By Lucid
Re: BING VS GOOGLE

I'm not one to say that one search engine is best over another. That's subjective anyway and for this kind of product, really irrelevant since they provide you with results (plural), not just one....
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 4th November 2012, 12:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By Lucid
Re: Adwords services: Is this the new normal?

A good Adwords manager would not ask the client for keywords. He would come up with them himself. He can ask what the client thinks and get some extra ideas but the client should not have to come up...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 4th November 2012, 11:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By Lucid
Re: How Not to Get Adwords Banned

1. Using Adwords or any other PPC if there's no ads for a keyword is virtually irrelevant. Maybe you're not using the right keywords. Maybe it just happens that no ads were show at that moment for...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 4th November 2012, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 516
Posted By Lucid
Re: ppc question

The model used by PPC services is one where your ad's position is determined by your ad's quality (CTR) and your bid. Your actual cost is determined by your ad's quality and the competitor below you,...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd November 2012, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 516
Posted By Lucid
Re: ppc question

The problem with Facebook is that it is interrupt advertisement. Just like electronic and print media, you expose your ad to the masses hoping they will see your ad, be interested and get a response....
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd November 2012, 09:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By Lucid
Re: Best PPC with fraud protection?

Agree, you missed the point. Lower cost does not always equate best value. I'll gladly pay $0.50 a click if that traffic converts rather than $0.05 that doesn't. It's about the ROI not what you pay...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 2nd November 2012, 10:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Posted By Lucid
Re: Conversion Rate am I too optimistic

If you laser target your keywords and not be overly generic, you should get quality traffic. If not, conversion rates will drop like a stone. Next, if your page makes a convincing case that they...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 2nd November 2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 556
Posted By Lucid
Re: How is this no-name university ranking so well?

I have many comments about your post but I'll start with this one. Obviously, backlinks are not the end-all, be-all for ranking. That's something few around here seem to realize because there are...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 1st November 2012, 09:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 650
Posted By Lucid
Re: Google AdWords PPC Campaigns- Need Advice

Don't use the plain old broad match. Use the modified broad (+digital +marketing +agency) if only to find out how people tend to search for this. Maybe nobody searches on "digital marketing agency in...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 1st November 2012, 09:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 806
Posted By Lucid
Re: Looking for some best SEO tools?

To echo Twilighofidols, what do you want this tool to do? The best is vague and depends on your needs. A Ferrari is the best car for some people but inadequate for moving furniture.

But I second...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 26th October 2012, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 777
Posted By Lucid
Re: PPC management - what do you charge ?

Totally agree with Don once again. You have to look at it from an hourly rate point of view. A client spending say even 20% of spend will eventually wise up and figure they can save a lot by going to...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 26th October 2012, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 575
Posted By Lucid
Re: Google Statistics: Infographic

At first, I thought $100m per day is wrong. Because that would be $36.5 BILLION per year. Well, Wiki confirms it. Actually a bit more in 2011 but there is more than Adwords I'm sure. But that number...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 26th October 2012, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 558
Posted By Lucid
Re: What is the best way to do PPC management for 100s of local clients?

First, you need to get a MCC account. That's the first tool to get whether you have a handful of clients, a dozen or 100s. Frankly, I doubt he'll get 100s quickly but good luck to them. The MCC will...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 24th October 2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 454
Posted By Lucid
Re: Squeeze Page and MSN PPC Question...

Adcenter does not allow using squeeze pages (http://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/support-center/search-advertising/relevance-quality-guidelines) just like Adwords. In fact, their rules are...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 24th October 2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
Posted By Lucid
Re: Google CPC Issues

I find that very hard to believe. Just because you don't see any ads doesn't mean there's no competition there. Being in first position doesn't mean there isn't competition. In fact, your competition...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 24th October 2012, 07:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 437
Posted By Lucid
Re: Keyword QS

I agree too that you need better ads. Also, don't waste ad space by putting your phone number there. Use it to get the click. You can use ad extensions to show your phone number and address.

Good...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 23rd October 2012, 08:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 437
Posted By Lucid
Re: Keyword QS

There are other signals for QS and Google likely uses these to determine your initial QS. For example, they likely compare your ad to similar ones. Since they know the CTR of those ads, they can...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 22nd October 2012, 06:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 437
Posted By Lucid
Re: Keyword QS

Two thirds of QS is click rate. You may think you have good ad copy but searchers are telling you otherwise as they prefer other ads. Again, QS is two thirds click rate, your CTR compared to that of...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 21st October 2012, 09:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 704
Posted By Lucid
Re: Google Could Disappear

Thanks. Forgot about that. Obviously, I don't use Apple products. But that's on their computers only, right, or is Safari part of their phones too? Still, there's a difference between having a...
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