Paid Search Campaigns: Focus on What Matters

Fortunately for us, we frequently get contacted by potential clients to perform our free search evaluation service.  Recently, we’ve seen a uptick in the amount of requests for reviews of paid search campaigns, as opposed to a review of a website’s organic search results. That’s inspired us to write a short series of tips about the most common paid search mistakes companies make.

Our most recent article focuses on a very common occurrence we see with companies that manage their own paid search campaigns – focusing on being ranked #1 more than the fundamentals that make up a successful campaign.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read the article. But for those of you really crunched for time, here’s the Cliff Notes version: out of the allotted time you have to run your campaign (and I believe you should be running your company, not your campaign), stop spending it on increasing your bids so that your ad is ranked #1 all the time.  While being at the top of paid results is great and probably gets you more looks, it doesn’t guarantee you more business. Getting higher click-thru and conversion rates is where you need to focus your time. That means you need to constantly tweak you ad text, calls to action, and landing pages until you feel like you’ve reached optimal levels of conversion. And when you reached that rate, keep tweaking and improve it some more!

Bottom line: stop worrying about the fact that your competition might be ranked #1 and you are ranked #2. Let them drive up their price per acquisition while you increase your margins.

Regulated search? I don’t think so.

Just wanted to chime in quickly on today’s buzz-producing post on TechCrunch about the need to regulate search.

Admittedly, it is pretty amazing to think about the control that Google has over search. Without a transparent algorithm, they can seemingly do what they want and keep SEOs guessing. But does that mean we need regulation? I’d have to vote no for one big reason:

Regulation = getting the government involved as an overseer.

That definitely doesn’t sound good. While I’m sympathetic to the argument that Google wields too much power, there’s no way the government will be able to keep current with technology. If the IRS is still trying to figure out how to get all of their forms to go paperless, how can we expect such a massive organization to stay ahead of the curve in something like search? I just can’t see it working.