Category: A-From SEL

What negative SEO is and is not

Today we are starting a six-part series on Negative SEO. The series will be broken into three areas and will show how negative search engine optimization (SEO) has an effect on links, content and user signals. Definitions Positive SEO under...

/ May 22, 2018

Ask the SMXpert: SEO markup and structured data

The Ask the SMXpert series continues the question and answer (Q&A) segment held during sessions at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2018. Today’s Q&A is from the Successful SEO Using Markup & Structured Data session with Alexis Sanders. With an introduction from...

/ May 22, 2018

How to survive Google’s new local search world

Last month, I attended the Local Search Association’s 2018 annual conference (LSA18) and was overwhelmed at the helpful information shared by the experts who spoke. I’d like to share some key takeaways and offer some insights of my own on...

/ May 22, 2018

Improving PPC relevance with ZIP code-based geotargeting

If a company has multiple brick-and-mortar locations within a city or metropolitan area, this can create challenges in advertising overlap, self-competition and ad relevance. This article will focus on lessons learned to manage a pay-per-click (PPC) program for a dental...

/ May 21, 2018

Parallel tracking offers a page-speed improvement for AdWords advertisers

While it’s critical for advertisers to measure and track the traffic driven from their ads, there’s always been something of a tradeoff because the technical processes involved could slow down page-loading time. Now, with this week’s parallel tracking announcement, this...

/ May 21, 2018

More details on Microsoft Audience Network: Workflows, ad formats & how to target with LinkedIn data

Examples of Microsoft Audience Ads Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the launch of the Microsoft Audience Network, accessed through the Bing Ads platform. We’ve now received more information about the beta, including some workflow screen shots that help give more...

/ May 21, 2018

Pause underperforming ads with this updated AdWords script

It’s no secret that split (A/B) testing is an essential part of a successful AdWords campaign. I’m a big advocate of scientific testing, and it is a core part of how my company, Brainlabs, approaches paid search campaigns. Some time...

/ May 18, 2018

Better Business Bureau reviews are complex. Here’s what you need to know

As someone who works in Local SEO, I have always been a huge advocate for the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Unlike many review sites, including Google,  they take the validity of reviews seriously. I do extensive manual monitoring of the...

/ May 18, 2018

Hidden PPC traffic killers

If a pay-per-click (PPC) account and the advertiser’s business model are functioning reasonably well, we often find that a business owner becomes heavily dependent on the PPC channel. “Max the volume!” and “We’re down from last year, I’m very worried”...

/ May 18, 2018

Beating remarketing addiction and testing for incremental value using Google Analytics

Pay-per-click (PPC) managers love remarketing. At first glance, this makes perfect sense, as it enables marketers to easily improve their return on advertising spend (ROAS) numbers. But is it really money well spent? Recently, we performed an audit for a...

/ May 17, 2018