Paid online advertising, through Search and Display Networks, is a great way to instantly drive targeted traffic to your website. Search Network advertising allows you to target based on keywords and therefore you drive targeted visitors to your website on a pay per click model (PPC). Display Network advertising is also known as banner advertising allow you to build brand impressions and have a variety of targeting options. This section is all things Adwords, Bing, terminology, and best practices for paid advertising.
Updated June 2018
Google offers a $10,000 grant for in-kind advertising for non-profits who meet the eligibility requirements. This a great way to boost your non-profit’s visibility in the community and promote your events, fundraising activities, and volunteer-ship. Here’s what you need to know about the Google Ad Grants.
(Updated June 2018)
My favorite super tools for online advertisers, web developers, and SEO mavens.
Sharing is caring, so here are my top five go-to “super tools.” The websites and applications below produce tools that I use regularly for a variety of tasks in online advertising and SEO. I’ve listed them here in order of my usage. All of them are free tools and they serve a variety of purposes. Ready to decrease your workload and work smarter, not harder?
Google just updated their policy regarding Google AdWords Ad Grants for Nonprofits. It’s a significant change that ultimately will increase the quality of impressions and clicks (overall relevancy in their SERPs). If you manage Ad Grant accounts like I do, this update is important to pay attention to.
About the Character Limits for Google Ads
Updated: August 22, 2018: Google Ad accounts are starting to see the new 3rd Headline (30 Characters) and 2nd Description (90 Characters) for Expanded Text Ads; no, we’re not talking the responsive text ad variations, but actual regular Expanded Text Ads!
Google announced the launch, and eventual changeover, to an Expanded Text Ad format in mid-2016. The Expanded Text Ads gave a boost to the clickable real-estate of the ad, and a longer description for more detail. If you haven’t updated your older ads, you’re missing an opportunity to increase your position and Click Through Rate. Here’s a little more information:
(See below for the character limits list)
Click-Through Rate (CTR) is a simple metric that shows that rate at which an ad impression receives a click. It’s a core measurement in Search Engine Marketing and yet, slightly misunderstood on the surface. Let’s look at this major ad performance metric.
What is Click-Through Rate?
Whenever and however you generate traffic to your app or website — be it through any channel (social, organic, referral, paid, display, email) — your links, banners, or ads will have impressions (views) and clicks. Impressions are the number of times a link or ad was seen, or rather available on the screen to be seen. Clicks are, well, people who clicked the link or ad. Click-Through Rate is the percentage of people who saw the impression and clicked it.