Google is Improving Quality Score Statistics to Make It More Realistic

Google is planning to introduce modifications in Quality Score statistics in the coming weeks- Google will release these Quality Score changes to a very small segment of advertisers within the next day or two, so that Google can gather feedback before launching to all its advertisers.

Impact of these modifications:

  • Quality Score will now be more accurate because it will be calculated at the time of each search query
  • Keywords will no longer be marked ‘inactive for search’
  • ‘First page bid’ will replace ‘minimum bid’ in your account

Quality Score will now be more accurate

Google is replacing its static per-keyword Quality Scores with a system that will evaluate an ad’s quality each time it matches a search query. This way, AdWords will use the most accurate, specific, and up-to-date performance information when determining whether an ad should be displayed. Your ads will be more likely to show when they’re relevant and less likely to show when they’re not. This means that Google users are apt to see better ads while you, as an advertiser, should receive leads which are more highly qualified.

All keywords will show Active status- Keywords no longer marked ‘inactive for search’

The new per-query evaluation of Quality Score affects you in that keywords will no longer appear as ‘inactive for search’ in your account. Instead, all keywords will have the chance to show ads on Google web search and the search network unless you’ve paused or deleted them. However, this change might not be very helpful for you. This is because their combined per-query Quality Score and bid probably isn’t high enough to gain competitive placement.

‘First page bid’ will replace ‘minimum bid’

As a result of migrating to per-query Quality Score, Google is no longer showing minimum bids in your account. Instead, Google is replacing minimum bids with a new, more meaningful metric: first page bids. First page bids are an estimate of the bid it would take for your ad to reach the first page of search results on Google web search. They’re based on the exact match version of the keyword, the ad’s Quality Score, and current advertiser competition on that keyword.

I really want to congratulate Google for their great services!!

Please digg this article if you really find it helpful for others.

Main resource of this article:

http://adwords.blogspot.com/2008/08/quality-score-improvements.html

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Worried about why Google is not displaying your ads on Google Search Results?

Many people have this common query that “why Google is not showing our ads on Google Search or content results, though we are running AdWords Ad Campaign”….

Here, I am listing out the most common or possible reasons:

No Billing Information:

Your AdWords ads can’t begin running until you enter valid billing information in your account. If you pay with credit card or other post pay option, your account will be activated once you submit billing information. Depending on the processing time associated with your payment option, your ads may begin showing and accruing costs immediately. If you pay with bank transfer or another form of prepayment, your ads won’t run until we receive and process your first payment. This can take 8-10 days (and occasionally more) after you’ve submitted your billing information and made your first payment. To enter your billing information, sign in to your AdWords account and click the My Account tab. Then click the Billing Preferences link and enter your billing information.

Campaign Daily Budget:

If your daily budget is lower than the system’s recommended amount, Google will show your ad when it has the highest demand, depending on traffic patterns. For example, Google might show 70 percent of your daily budget in the morning if the demand is higher at this time, and 30 percent in the afternoon if demand is lower at this time. This way, you’ll have a better chance of reaching advertisers when they’re searching for you. To make sure your ad shows for all relevant searches, you can increase your daily budget to the recommended amount.

Campaign settings:

Check your campaign settings also. You might have running Ad Scheduling for your campaign & stopped your ad for a particular time period.

Also, take care of your Ad Delivery method under “Budget Options” of campaign setting tab.

If your daily budget is lower than the system’s recommended amount & you have chosen the “Accelerated: Show ads as quickly as possible”, option then Google will show your ad continuously until your budget will not consumed completely for that day. In that case your ad will not run throughout the day.

So please make sure about your campaign settings!!

No ad/ Inactive Ads:

Make sure that there is an active ad in your Ad Group. If you have not created any ad for your ad group or if all ads within your Ad Group are currently paused or deleted, this means there are no ads running for your keywords.

Ad disapproved:

Make sure that all of your ads are following the Google’s guidelines. If an ad doesn’t meet Google’s Editorial Guidelines, Google will stop your ad from running, and you’ll see the word “Disapproved” listed below that ad in your account. Once you’ve made the appropriate edits, simply save your changes to automatically resubmit your ad for review.

Maximum CPC exceeds daily budget:

If you’re running a keyword-targeted campaign, your ad won’t show if your maximum CPC for an Ad Group is higher than your campaign’s daily budget. Because your daily budget could be exceeded in one click, Google recommend that you lower your maximum CPC or raise your daily budget, so that your daily budget is more than your maximum CPC.

Ad Rank:

Your ad might not appear on the first page if your Ad Rank isn’t high enough to place it in one of the top slots. Google don’t show the same ads on each page, so your ad might be appearing on one of the next pages. To see additional pages of ads, click ‘Next’ at the bottom of the page, or click the ‘More Sponsored Links’ link below the column of ads.
If you’d like your ad to appear on the first page, you can increase your CPC and/or refine your ad text and keywords to help increase your Quality Score.

Keyword Performance:

If a keyword underperforms, it may become inactive for search and stop triggering ads on the search network. Keywords typically become inactive when they are very general and therefore do not perform very well. Your ads may also only be showing on certain variations of your broad or phrase matches due to a low Quality Score. To monitor your keyword’s performance, check the keyword status column on the ‘Keywords’ tab of your Ad Group Details page. Or, to get a detailed view of performance and Quality Score, visit the Keyword Analysis page by clicking the magnifying glass icon beside the keyword you’re interested in.

Geo-Targeting:

You can target your campaign to specific languages, countries and territories, regions, and cities. If you don’t target your own geographical area and the language of your Google interface, you won’t be able to see your ad. (For instance, if you’re in London and you’ve targeted your ads to Tokyo only, you won’t see your ad when you search for it in London.) If you’re targeting a region or city, Google shows ads based on a user’s internet protocol (IP) address. Sometimes Google is unable to obtain IP information. In this case, Google would be unable to identify the user’s location and therefore wouldn’t recognize which regional ads to deliver. If Google can’t determine the user’s location, it will show nationally-targeted ads instead of regionally-targeted ads.

Language Targeting:

You can view your Google interface language setting by clicking the ‘Preferences’ link to the right of the Search Box on the Google homepage. If your Google interface language isn’t included in your campaign language targeting selection, you may want to edit your campaign language targeting in order to see your ad. You can also edit your Google interface language setting by selecting the appropriate language from the dropdown menu and clicking ‘Save Preferences.’

Google Network:

Your ad will not show on sites and products in the content and search networks until it has been reviewed and approved according to our advertising policies. Therefore, image ads, video ads, and other multimedia ads won’t begin running until after review and approval. Your ad may not appear on Google Network sites if its Ad Rank is too low. In this case, improving your Quality Score through optimization, or raising your CPC or CPM bids, can help increase your Ad Rank. In addition, some sites in Google network may restrict advertising or keywords based on their own policies regarding content and editorial standards. In this case, your ad may not appear on a content or search site even if you have chosen keywords which seem to match it.

Image Ad:

Image ads will only run on content network sites, and must be reviewed and approved before they will appear. The format of the ad you’re running must match the size and format accepted by each website. For example, if you’ve uploaded a 160×600 wide skyscraper ad, make sure the site you’re looking for your ad on runs ads in that format.

Placements:

If you are targeting placements in your campaign, and your campaign setting is ‘Relevant pages only on the placements I target’, your ad will appear only on the websites you specify. Those websites must be part of the Google Network. Make sure you’re looking for your ad on one of the sites you selected. In addition, your bid may be too low to win impressions on the site or sites you have chosen. This is especially likely if you have targeted popular sites that many other advertisers may also have targeted. Raising your bids may help your ad appear more often. It’s also possible that your ad simply isn’t showing at the moment you view the page.

You can use the Ads Diagnostic Tool to learn the exact reason why you can’t see your ads.

Access this tool at any time via the Tools link on your account’s Campaign Management tab. (Not currently available in Starter Edition accounts.)

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Article Marketing: A Surprisingly Simple Way to Get Free Advertising and Publicity

In today’s competitive world of online industry, every one is looking for an efficient medium to get popularize. Advertisers are spending a huge amount on various activities just to get more & more traffic. But many advertisers are overlooking some great medium to get free publicity. “Article Marketing” is one of them. Yesterday, when I was suggesting this activity to one of my client for his web promotion then he simply said NO. He said that these kind of free promotions are of no use as they drive very less or no traffic. But I am not agreeing with this statement!!!!!

My past experience is totally defeating this statement. Article Marketing is an amazingly good way to get free advertising & publicity. It helps to get many free & targeted visitors to the websites, if done in right way.

Article Marketing is about writing quality original articles to promote you, your business, your products and your organization. It’s basically a pre-sales activity. It’s about exposure and pre-qualified traffic/visitor attraction back to your website.

To attain maximum benefit from Article Marketing, we have to take care of some factors which actually decide the success or failure of your marketing strategy.

Important Factors for Article Marketing:

  • Original & Information Rich Content: Create original content with useful information for others. Don’t try to use selling pitch in your language. Now, your question can be- When we are here just for marketing then why we should not use selling pitch? That’s right, we all are here for marketing but there are so many advertisers in the same industry or niche so how users will find which one is the best for them. So, we have to prove our authenticity by our quality, original & information rich article content and it will market itself more successfully if written in a “non-sales” manner. Your quality & expertise will speak for you.

  • Write effective & relevant Titles: Title plays a very important role in Advertising. There is no use of even a good article if people are not ready to open or read it. The Title decides almost 85-95% of the success of the article. Article title should be keyword rich, should be very appealing & should offer readers a glimpse of the content with their first glance. It should immediately capture the interest of your intended audience and motivate them to read further. I have seen many decent articles which are neglected because of bad title.

  • Take care of Body content: The key concept is to use your article body to share your unique expertise. The Resource Box at the bottom of the article submission page is where you provide a link back to your website.

    “The Article Body Is Where You Give;
    The Resource Box Is Where You Take”

    -Christopher Knight
    CEO of EzineArticles.com

    Provide just enough information in the resource box to whet your readers’ appetite for more and they will be more inclined to visit your site. Make sure the information in your article body relates to the information in your resource box. Once at your site, you have the opportunity to deliver your pitch.

  • Try to avoid using technical terms (Jargons): Try to use very simple & easy language so that every one can understand it. If you are writing on any industrial topic or technical thing then you can use Jargons but at that time take care of your tone & try to make the overall language easy to understand for all.

  • Take care of information flow: Information should be in proper flow. It should not be randomly placed without any context. Every sentence should have sense & should complement the whole theme.

  • Font Type/ Style: Use Bold and Italics Occasionally. It should be use only to draw readers attention to important information only.

  • Submit your articles in to top article directories: Submit your article in many different article directories. You can find a good list of free article directories on the net. This will increases the chances of getting more back links & more visitors.

  • Take care of Category: Always submit your content/ articles in to relevant category only. Also take care of the quality of article directories otherwise you will not be helpful to drive any traffic. Ezinearticles.com is the best article directory which can actually drive 1000’s of visitors to your site.

  • Take care of Submission Guidelines: Many people don’t read the guidelines before submitting the articles in to article directories, which result in to rejection. We should carefully read all guidelines & take care of the quality standards.

  • Author/ Resource Box: This is the part which you can use to market yourself & to get back links also. We should try to optimize our resource box to get maximum benefit out of it. Always use “call to action” phrase in your resource box as it is the selling/advertising portion for you. Try to differentiate you & your services from others. Highlight your USP & don’t forget to mention the exact URL of your website.

These are some of the most important factors which we all should take care of to get publicity from Article Marketing.

Try these tips & it will change your traffic status.

Please leave your comments or feedback about these tips.

Thanks for your time!


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Google Adsense secrete is reveled…Now; it’s Easy to Earn from Adsense

Normally people think that it is difficult to make money from Google Adsense & it needs a lot of effort even to start with. But I personally believe that anyone can build a successful & and regular online income with AdSense…that too with no previous experience & success…. Excited??

People normally create sites & start high paying AdSense Ads on them to get money. When a visitor clicks on the ads, they (site owner) get paid by Google.

This means you just need a Website to make money online…..That’s it!!

But if it would be that much easy, then surely every one would have been doing only this..right?

Yes, to get money from AdSense we have to take care of several things, which actually people do not take into account.

Here are some tips which might help you to earn more & very quickly:

  • Build your site around profitable markets or industries. Search more about what people want? What is hot in market? & then provide that to them. So don’t start randomly & do proper search before starting.

  • Keyword research is again very important for the success of your Adsense account. It can definitely increase the chances of hitting good niches. When researching for your profitable keywords related to your niche, you should look for keywords that have a high Average CPC, high number of ads for that keyword, high number of searches per month, and a low number of competing websites for that organic keyword search term. For keyword research you can use several tool available in the market like keyword elite.

  • Don’t close the eyes to your site structure. It can be the cause of your failure. Always take care of the template & header image of your site. Many people leave the site in 7 seconds only because of unprofessional & scattered layout.

  • Put your AdSense Ads Above the Fold, means to the section of a webpage that is visible without scrolling down. This can increase your CTR & earning as well J

  • Position of Ads is again a very important factor. Though there is not one defined position which ensures the maximum CTR or great earning but we should always play with different positions to find out the best one.

  • Don’t place your ads on empty pages & try to combine the ads with web content. But, Take care of the relevancy.

  • Try to avoid using Black or any other dark background for your site. A light or white background will highlight your ads more clearly.

  • Add unique & quality content to your site. Remember, people are coming on your site to find out quality & relevant info not to click ads so try to provide them the same. It will increase the site credibility. Too much ads on the site with very less content normally irritates the visitors.

  • Now, the most important thing which is the key to success is the TRAFFIC. Try to drive the relevant traffic to your site.

More Visitors = More Clicks = More Pay Out :)

Take care of the optimization of your site as it will be helpful for you to get the free (organic) traffic from search engines. You can try PPC (Google Adwords) also to get more clicks but you have to pay for the same.

Try these tips & you will be earning more dollars from AdSense.

Remember, there is no fix pattern for success….so keep trying different things & be creative!!

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Excellent Firefox Plugins/ Add-ons for SEO & Webmasters

Which browser do you use? Which is the best browser? These are some of the common question which many people asked me.

Well as a SEO specialist my answer is very obvious…”FIREFOX :), though all browsers are important for graphic & web designers as they have to check their design, work & functionality on each & every browser. They have to check the compatibility of the site on each.

Anyways..I really like FireFox because it has many great Plugings that makes my work easy & helps in quick SEO analysis.
If you are an expert or just starting to learn SEO, these Firefox plugins are great. I use the majority of these SEO Firefox plugins on a daily basis, if not more often.
Here’s a listing of the best plugins available for SEO work:

Mahalo Share: Share and recommend Web pages across many different services; recommend a link once and have it automatically posted to any of Twitter, del.icio.us, MySpace, Ma.gnolia, Jaiku, your Tumblr blog, Facebook, Pownce, StumbleUpon, Mahalo, Faves, or Google Bookmarks.

Clipmarks: Your clips are saved on clipmarks.com and can easily be syndicated to FriendFeed, Twitter, Facebook or other sites. You can also post anything you clip directly to your blog (supports WordPress, Blogger, Typepad and more) or send it directly to friends or co-workers via email. Your clip collection is accessible from any computer with an internet connection, including your iPhone, Blackberry, or other mobile device.

SeoQuake: Seoquake is a Mozilla Firefox extension aimed primarily at helping web masters who deal with search engine optimization and internet promotion of web sites. General set of parameters consists of such parameters as:

Google PR (Google PageRank of current page)

Google Index (Number of indexed pages. Google version)

Google link (Number of links, pointed to the current page. Google version (Except links from concerned domain))

And similar parameters for many other search engines (Yahoo, MNS, Yandex, Rambler, Baidu) and some other miscellaneous parameters.

LinkChecker: Check the validity of links on any webpage.

SEOpen 0.8: Provides some basic tools to help with search engine optimization, including Google backlinks, yahoo backlinks, PageRank check, http header viewer, and more. All features are available by right-clicking on an open area of a web page, or by using the included toolbar.

Search Synchronizer 1.3.0.3: Synchronizes the firefox searchbox 16 default search engines, and the ability for you to add more!
So when you search for something from the google website, for example, the firefox searchbox shall automatically show that search. Works with:
-Google
-Yahoo
-MSN
-Ask.com
-and 12 others!

SearchStatus 1.25: Display the Google PageRank, Alexa rank and Compete ranking anywhere in your browser, along with fast keyword density analyser, keyword/nofollow highlighting, backward/related links, Alexa info and more.

RankQuest SEO Toolbar 3.9.2: RankQuest SEO(Search Engine Optimization) Toolbar provides you quick access to more than 30 intuitive SEO tools. Alexa Rank and Page Rank provided by Alexa and Google respectively ensure the popularity of the site. Once you download and install the SEO Toolbar you are only one or two clicks away from carrying out most of your day to day SEO operations.

FireFTP 0.99.1: FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.

About This Site 1.1: One-click access to web site metadata – traffic, related and linked pages, and more – added to the Tools menu and context menu.

Page validator 0.3.3: Validates a page using the W3C Markup Validation Service. This is a simple extension that will work only for online pages.

SEO Link Analysis 1.0.3: Adds display of PageRank, linktext and nofollow links to external links in Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo! Site Explorer and Microsoft Webmaster Portal

Google Global 2.0.1: Google Global allows users to see organic and paid Google search results as they appear in different countries, cities, regions, ZIP codes and IP addresses.

Google Pagerank Status 0.9.3: Display the google pagerank in your browser’s status bar.

Web Developer 1.1.6: Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.

StumbleUpon 3.23: With StumbleUpon you can also connect with friends and share your discoveries, meet people that have similar interests, and check out what other people are discovering.

Bookmark Duplicate Detector 0.6.4: Detects Duplicate Bookmarks when bookmarks are added and specify where the previous URL is. You can also search and delete duplicates URL already in your Bookmarks.

del.icio.us Complete 1.3: del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others.

This extension is not only a sidebar it provides an excellent post dialog as well.
Social Media for Firefox : A submission on Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, or Delicious is sometimes a good candidate for submission to the others. This add-on makes saves you the time of checking if an item has already been submitted by showing vote counts right on the home pages of these social bookmarking sites.

In addition, vote counts are shown in the Firefox status bar as you move from page to page again saving you the trouble of going through the bookmarking process if someone has beat you to it.

Compete.com: The Compete Toolbar automatically creates three alerts for every web site you visit:

Trust Scores: help you experience a safer web by warning you of potentially malicious (spyware, phishing) web sites

Site Profiles: tell you how popular the web site is, its rank, and how fast it is growing

Deal Light: automatically lights up if there are any special promotions or coupons that can save you money on the web site.

I am sure these plugins will increase your SEO efficiency.

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Google Ad Planner: Google’s Free Tool to Help You in Your Media Planning

We all know the Google’s influence over Internet Industry. Google is just amazing!!

It provides many free tools to help advertisers & users. Recently, Google has introduced a new free tool called Google Ad Planner to potentially increase its already widespread influence.

It’s a research and media planning tool that connects advertisers and publishers. When using Google Ad Planner, simply enter demographics and sites associated with your target audience, and the tool will return information about sites (both on and off the Google content network) that your audience is likely to visit. You can drill down further to get more detail like demographics and related searches for a particular site, or you can get aggregate statistics for the sites you’ve added to your media plan. Using Google Ad Planner, you can quickly create media plans and export to a .csv file, which can be opened in most spreadsheet applications.

So, with Google Ad Planner, you can:

  • Define audiences by demographics and interests.
  • Search for websites relevant to your audience.
  • Access aggregated statistics on the number of unique visitors, page views, and other data for millions of websites from over 40 countries.
  • Create lists of websites where you’d like to advertise and store them in a media plan.
  • Generate aggregated website statistics for your media plan.

The Google Ad Planner account interface consists of:

  • An audience definition tool, where you define your audience by language, age, and other criteria.
  • A list of sites matching your criteria. The site list includes traffic, reach, and other key data for each site to help you make informed decisions about where you might advertise. To make your research more efficient, Google Ad Planner automatically refreshes the site list when you enter, remove, or edit audience definition criteria.

With Google Ad Planner, you can choose to research sites only or create a media plan to save a list of your desired sites and placements for future use.

How does Google Ad Planner work with Google AdWords?

Google Ad Planner can help you identify appropriate sites to target through Google AdWords. First, filter your Google Ad Planner results to display sites in the Google content network and export the appropriate list of sites to a .csv file.

You can then take any of the following actions in your AdWords account:

  • Create a Google AdWords placement-targeted campaign: Be sure to select the List URLs option, and copy and paste your sites from column A of your .csv file into your campaign when prompted.
  • Edit an existing Google AdWords placement-targeted campaign: Be sure to select the List URLs option, and copy and paste your sites from column A of your .csv file into your campaign when prompted.
  • Use Google AdWords Editor to add placements to your ad groups: You won’t need to create a new spreadsheet, because Google Ad Planner has already done it for you. Simply copy sites from your .csv file directly into AdWords Editor.

I hope this information will helps you manage all your other media planning, buying and campaign management activities.

The main source of information is http://adwords.blogspot.com/2008/06/introducing-google-ad-planner.html & Google Help Center.

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