Google Adwords & Yahoo Search Marketing

PatriotToursPatriotTours subscriber Posts: 1
I can use some advice from someone who knows the ins and outs of Adwords & Search Marketing.  I`ve been running a Yahoo campaign since April.  It`s pretty straightforward in the way it`s set up, how bids and keywords work and where & when your ads will appear.  I`m also happy with the responses I`m getting.  So, I got brave...A few weeks ago I started a Google campaign and am finding that I`m still not completely clear about how some of it works.  In other words, how the heck does Google decide where your ad ranks?  And, is it worth it to have your ads distributed through the content network?  I started out this way but had so many non-productive visits to my site that I recently disabled it.  Does the content network truly display ads in a targeted manner?  And a final question.  Does anyone know if it`s possible to space out the Yahoo ads throughout the day as in Google?Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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  • p5gal5p5gal5 subscriber Posts: 0
    I`ve personally found the content network to be a load of garbage.  Lots of money spent for little or no return.  The problem is not really the concept (good in theory), but that there are many sites that are spammy/have no point and only truly exist to make money off of Google AdSense (people who put up Google ads to make money per click).  Google doesn`t have stringent enough quality guidelines for who they let into their "content network", so much of these funds go wasted.  Look into a website called www.metricsdirect.com</A>.  They do cheap targeted marketing through xango.com (some obnoxious program that loads of people subscribe to - they show your targeted ads to these customers in return for the customers getting to play games for free, be forum members, etc.).  Metrics Direct is kind of confusing and not very straightforward to set up, but when I`ve had questions, they`ve been very helpful and quick to respond.
    Anyhoo, with Adsense, the ad is placed through a combination of CTR (clickthrough ratio) and payment (rather than Yahoo`s straightforward bidding process).  The higher your CTR and PPC limit, the higher your position.  Logically, it makes sense; a fantastic, compelling little ad gets (hypothetically) clicked on 5% of the time and costs .20 per click, but a rubbish ad gets clicked on 1/2% of the time and garners $2/click.  They both make Google the same amount of money ($0.01/per view) and are therefore direct competitors for ad space.
    My personal experience?  If you have the time to babysit an ad throughout the day, bid high during the wee hours (the CTR effect only seems to last from midnight-midnight 24-hour cycle, so any positive CTR effect observed will have to start over from scratch the next day).  In the wee hours, (first thing when you get to work - for me, 7am before everyone else`s business day starts) bump up your max ppc to more than you are comfortable with.  If your top limit is $1/click, try $1.50/click for the first few hours, possibly until lunch.  At this time, bid down to someplace below in your comfort zone.
    Why all the fiddling/tampering?  It seems like ads that are on the second page don`t garner as high a CTR as the ads on the first page.  Whereas people might click on frontpage ads 3% of the time, they only click on second-third page ads 1% of the time.  You`ll be able to coast off of your high CTR (but make sure to lower the bid in the middle of the day! Otherwise you will have the same place but pay more) for the rest of the evening.  Wash, rinse, repeat.
  • PatriotToursPatriotTours subscriber Posts: 1
    That`s great advice.  I never thought about changing the ppc throughout the day, but it makes sense.  (Now that I understand what Google`s doing.)   I`ll give it a try.  And I`ll check out www.metricsdirect.com, too.Many thanks!
  • bfleming98bfleming98 subscriber Posts: 0
    Karen,
    I agree with Gwendolyn.  Stay away from the Content Network. There are more than a few people who`ve figure out they can make a killing through click-fraud and you`re paying the bill...
    As far as bidding, you can bid low and when space opens up, Google will automatically insert your ad.  That one has worked for me if I wasn`t in a huge hurry get a ton of traffic.
     
     
  • p5gal5p5gal5 subscriber Posts: 0
    Also, be cautious of the "Estimated Ad Positions" - I know they are only "estimated", but I`ve notice they always seem to estimate too highly (perhaps giving us false hope, so that we might increase the maximum ppc towards our holy grail).  If the estimated ad position says position 4-6, I`m 7-10.  It says 7-10 and I`m 11-15.  Whether we have a great CTR ad or a mediocre one, the cost-based "Estimated Ad Position" always seems inaccurate unless you bid very highly into the 1-3 position range. 
    Estimated ad position for whom? Apparently someone with a 50%.
    - G
  • nextgennextgen subscriber Posts: 0
    I agree, stay away from the content nework.Also, Google and Yahoo aren`t the only game in town anymore, you may wantto have a peek at MSN Adcenter. I like it the best, although traffic is certainly less than google.
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  • p5gal5p5gal5 subscriber Posts: 0
    MSN Adcenter is ok, but the slow and boorish interface at the beginning (maybe it has changed in the past several months - I don`t know) has kept me from keeping tabs on it too much.
    **Warning - I just checked out the charges from Metrics Direct for the last month - buyer beware!  This was a great source of targeted traffic previously, but they have gone down the drain - quickly.  I received an email a month or two ago from them indicating that they were merging with a different company, that we were going to get 60% more exposure with their new network, etc etc etc.  We were excited for the new possibilities.  Now I see that money was being taken out of our account at a faster and faster rate for fewer and fewer conversions.  We`re sorely disappointed and have pulled the plug faster than you can say "rip-off".
    I hope that others will read this thread and will not have to learn this expensive lesson.
  • mybizmybiz subscriber Posts: 4
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  • pananapanana subscriber Posts: 0
    I don`t think the Content network is completely bad. It`s definitely lower quality traffic than what you get straight from the search engine, but worth trying at least.What needs to be done is separating your  Content ads into a campaign of its own and track the results closely. This may be obvious, but your Content bids should always be lower than what you`re bidding for search engine clicks. Content ads won`t work for everyone, but I wouldn`t dismiss it without some effort to see if it can be made to work.Just my opinion, of course.
  • kfckfc subscriber Posts: 0
    I agree, in some cases content is great.  You can select which sites you want to include in your content media buy.  I would take the time to go through and see if there are sites that match your target.  This is what we do for our clients.  Good luck!
    PS - Yahoo does not offer day parting.
  • recipesbyingrecipesbying subscriber Posts: 0
    Stay away from the Content Network. There are more than a few people who`ve figure out they can make a killing through click-fraud and you`re paying the bill...
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