How Changes to Quality Score Affect You (7:22)

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Quality score has experienced several changes over the past few years. At SMX Advanced, WebProNews caught up with Benny Blum of eSearchVision, to talk about these changes and how they are affecting current campaigns. As a result of these changes, he believes ad campaigns need to handled differently than they were in the past.

One change Blum addresses is Google’s AdRank algorithm. He says this is a metric that is equal to the product of what you are wiling to pay. In other words, it is your maximum bid and quality score.

Problems arise because it is possible that users could have multiple keywords for the same quality score, which would prompt the same query. This means that you could be competing with yourself and, ultimately, increasing what you have to pay.

According to Blum, an ideal ad combination exists, but you have to find it through research and analysis. Once you find it, he says you can force impressions to go the right keyword ad combination through siloing. In the end, your cost-per-click (CPC) will go down, as your click-through-rate (CTR) goes up.

To do this, Blum advises advertisers to have organized accounts with relevant ad groups. He again stresses the importance of having the right keyword ad combination. After these elements are in place, he says advertisers can utilize negative keyword applications.

In this interview, Blum also discusses the differences in accounts on PCs and mobile devices. He believes the biggest difference is in user behavior and explains how to leverage it.

Are you applying this knowledge to your ad campaigns?

Posted in: Advertising and Marketing, AdWords, Analysis, Benny Blum, Keyword Strategies, Paid Search, SMX Advanced 2010
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