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March 29 Clinic Notes

NOTES: These are the notes from our interactive March 29 teleclinic on Click Fraud. If you missed it, the recording will be posted here a few days after the event. Specifics of these first three tested campaigns included: All three campaigns ran over a ten day period. Duplicates were determined by comparing IP address, language, browser settings,…
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How People Look at Web Pages

There was an interesting article in USA Today a few days back. They quoted, among other points, the following from a study by the Nielsen Norman Group. “Individuals read Web pages in an "F" pattern. They're more inclined to read longer…

Where’s My Discount Code?

When you are making a purchase online and come to a page in the shopping cart where they ask you to enter a discount code or coupon code, how do you feel? If you have a code, you probably feel quite good. If you don’t, you’ll likely feel…

What to Include on Your Home Page

One of our subscribers wrote in with this question about page layout: "We are at the early stages of building a new site. Of course, we've looked at all our possible competitors' sites. It seems like most companies follow the same plan.…

How to Protect Yourself against Click Fraud

How can one combat click fraud when running PPC campaigns? How can you minimize the chance of being targeted? And how can you find out if you have already been paying for fraudulent clicks? Suspecting we had been a victim of click fraud…

More on Click Fraud

In today’s Washington Post there is another article on click fraud, pointing to both Google and Yahoo! This quote gets to the heart of it: ”After analyzing where and when each click came from, auditing firm ClickFacts Inc. estimated that 35…

March 15 Clinic Notes

NOTES: To view the notes as they are added, please refresh this page when instructed to do so. Business Success Potential: S = 2V + C + P Where: S is the probability that the business will Succeed. V is the Value proposition. C is the…

Catch Slowly Emerging Online Trends

Some things happen online at a dizzying speed and, unless you have the advantage of being the “first-mover”, it will cost you a lot to catch up. However, other things happen quite slowly. One of these slowly emerging trends is people’s…

In Search of a Value Proposition

If you had just ten words with which to describe why people should buy your company’s products or services, what would you say? You probably remember the “elevator speech” concept from back when venture capital companies were pouring…

Questions & Answers on Pay Per Click Tracking

This morning we received an email with a number of questions on PPC tracking. Our resident PPC expert, Aaron Rosenthal, wrote a lengthy reply which you'll see below. Question: I have read many of your research reports on PPC. It seems to me…

More Evidence of the Power of Small Changes

In a recent article at DMNews.com, this passage really caught my eye... “Toolbarn.com increased the click-through rate on one campaign by moving the word “free” to the first line of the ad from the second line. And Toolbarn.com turned…

Tracking Click Fraud

This week the media seems to have been alive with articles and posts about click fraud. I can’t recall when the topic was so much “in the news”. Perhaps the high point of the week was when tempers flared and voices were raised at a session…

March 1 Clinic Notes

NOTES: These are the notes from our interactive March 1 teleclinic on The Power of Small Changes. If you missed it, the recording will be posted here approximately 48 hours after the event. Offer Copy Optimization Micro-TestMetricPage APage…