It’s been a few weeks since Google launched its Penguin update and we’re getting quite a few site review requests from our advertisers. The newest Google update was launched on April 24, 2012 with a data refresh on May 25th. The purpose of the updates was to combat “Web Spam” in search results and Google indicates that the new update will affect approximately 3.1% of the queries compared to the earlier Panda update at 12%
The original Penguin update, and it’s newest 1.1 refresh, has sent a strong message that not knowing SEO basics is going to be dangerous in the future. You have to have the basics down or you could be at risk. Penguin is a signal from Google that these updates are going to continue at a rapid pace and they don’t care what color your hat is. It’s all about relevance.
You need to take a look at every seemingly viable “SEO strategy” with this lens. What you don’t know can hurt you. The reality is that the march towards relevance is coming faster than ever before and Google doesn’t care what used to work. They are determined to provide relevance and that means big changes are the new normal.
What does the Penguin update combat? (more…)
Even if your website ranks #1 organically, paid search is an important part of your marketing plan.
Last year Google released the Search Ads Pause research study that looked at the correlation between paid and organic search results. Google concluded that if you were to remove your paid ads you would see an 89% drop in clicks. Scrutinizers immediately started asking questions. What happens if your brand is the top organic result for the keyword? Surely the results would be different than if your organic result was on the second page.
Our sales team here at Keyword Search Pros has been telling advertisers for years that they can’t pull their paid ads when they get higher organic rankings. In the quest to save some cash, companies come up with this strategy and feel it’s a revelation. Finally there is a study to go along with the argument. (more…)
We’ve been getting calls from advertisers (non-clients) in the past 60 days asking why their website rankings have changed. I shouldn’t have to tell you that we don’t receive these calls when advertisers’ rankings are doing well. So why the big change?
ANSWER: BAD ONSITE OPTIMIZATION AND LINK BUILDING STRATEGIES
The big talk of the town is PANDA. For those of you not in the know, Google’s Panda update is the latest change in search engine algorithm launched early last year. Google has committed to releasing new versions of Panda every 30 to 60 days which we expect to see continue until late 2013.
Last month I read a news brief on Google’s projected numbers for 2011. It was no surprise the damn thing had a green arrow pointing north. With Larry Page at the helm of Planet GOOG (ticker), he has a major undertaking to GOOG shareholders. The idea of making money hasn’t changed. However, one could only question if the plan for making money has changed. Frankly, it’s been the same plan all along.
Google published its projected increase for CPC (cost per click) in 2011 as 5%, the same as last year. When I heard this, I choked on my Americano. There is no way Google’s CPC only increased 5% last year. They must have done one of those weighted means we forgot about in Stats class. Even after digging up a subjective number, we found an 8% increase in CPC that was published by Jefferies & Co.’s analyst, Youssef Squal.
Youssef may not be so quick to overstate but I will. It’s more than that. It’s hard for us to tell because we manage our clients CPC down. When you think about all the advertiser accounts that go unmanaged or that are managed by a majority standard, 8% is the difference between a CPC of $1.00 and $1.08. Come on!