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An Easy Way To Check What Referrer Data Google, Bing Or Yahoo Pass To Your Secure Site

secure With the three major search engines migrating their default searches to secure search, over SSL/HTTPS, marketers and webmasters want to know what referrer and analytics data will be passed to them and what won't. The majority of Google is secure search, Yahoo yesterday defaulted all searches to be conducted over SSL, and Bing is currently testing SSL search for those who opt in. Testing Referrer Data From HTTPS Search To HTTP URL The default protocol for passing referrer from an HTTPS URL to a non HTTPS URL is to not pass any referrer data at all. Both Yahoo and Bing comply with that, whi [...]


Tax Season: Plan Now For Great Advertising Returns

ppc-puzzle-featured Someone once said that Americans deserved a tax system that looked as it if were designed on purpose. No doubt, the world is a complicated place when tax time looms. Rule changes, exemptions, complicated deductions -- it's no wonder that people start to sweat a little as April 15 approaches. If there's one thing taxpayers can cheer, however, it's the fact that the web has really helped reduce the pain of researching tax information, completing tax documents and submitting tax returns. Tax season is increasingly a digital season. Here at Bing Ads, we've seen firsthand the growing tendenc [...]


Covario: Global PPC Click-Through Rates Hit New Highs, Spend Up 17 Percent YoY In Q4

Global Paid Search Growth Q4 2013 Covario Though the numbers vary, the Q4 reports we've covered all point to solid year-over-year increases in paid search spending. Covario's Q4 analysis of the global paid search advertising landscape is no different. Based on results from their high tech, consumer electronics and retail clients, PPC spending increased 17 percent year-over-year and 13 percent over Q3 2013. Global Search Engine Share Google's AdWords accounted for 84 percent of PPC spend and 62 percent of clicks globally. Advertisers increased spending on Google 7 percent year-over-year. Covario saw the Yahoo Bing Network (YBN) gr [...]


RKG Report: PLAs Fuel AdWords Growth, Bing Ads Spend Rises Sharply In Q4

Paid Search Growth Q4 2013 RKG RKG has released its Q4 2013 Digital Marketing Report, and as other reports have indicated, paid search saw solid year-over-year growth in the holiday quarter. Paid search spend among RKG's retail-heavy client set rose 23 percent year-over-year. Overall click volume increased 19 percent, and CPCs ticked up just 3 percent.   Google Brand CPCs Fall On Ad Rank Change, Non-Brand CPCs Fueled By PLAs Google paid search spending grew 19 percent year-over-year in Q4, with paid clicks rising 15 percent. Google CPCs also rose just 3 percent. Non-brand CPCs, however, rose 6 percent year [...]


Bing: It’s A Myth That Keyword Rich Domain Names Improve Search Rankings

seo-domain-ranking-featured Microsoft Bing's Senior Product Manager, Duane Forrester, wrote last night at the Bing Webmaster Blog that it is only a myth that in today's ranking algorithms that a keyword rich domain name will make enough of an impact on your rankings to give you a major boost above your competitors. Duane said that maybe "10 years ago" there was some truth to that but today - that is not the case. The domain and keywords in that "domain send less and less" ranking signals to the overall Bing ranking algorithm. Duane said this is a good thing because the other signals can rank sites based on better m [...]


Bing Begins Supporting Separately SSL Search Site; No Referrers Pass

bing-2013-featured Bing now appears to be supporting secure search through the https://www.bing.com address. Previously, trying to use this address generated an error. If you conduct a search on Bing, while on the HTTPS URL, it will remain HTTPS and keep your searches secure. This is a new feature Bing quietly started supporting over the weekend. Cyrus Shepard tested to see if the query data would pass from Bing SSL search to Google Analytics. It is known that the standard protocol on the web is to not pass query referrer data from HTTPS to non-HTTPS, but from HTTPs to HTTPs, it should pass. I am n [...]


The Bing Dilemma: What To Do With The Little Search Engine That Can’t

bing in source code The challenge that Microsoft faces in the online search landscape could be a business school case study: how to capture market share from a competitor whose very brand ("Google") has become synonymous with the act of searching online. Imagine that you are the person at Microsoft responsible for Bing’s success and are tasked with moving the needle on market share. It seems to me you'd have three basic strategic options: out-feature the competition, develop the brand and go on the attack. 1. Out-Feature Differentiate from the competition by "out-featuring" Google -- i.e., adding shiny new [...]


Report: US Search Ad Spend Rises 12 Percent YoY In Q4 2013; Smartphone CPCs Drop

IgnitionOne Tablet Smartphone Performance Q4 2013 IgnitionOne released its fourth quarter Digital Marketing Report today, showing that the paid search market in the US continues to grow. Search ad spend rose 12 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2013. In part as a result of the later kick-off to the holiday shopping season this year, December ad spending was up a significant 27 percent over 2012. Though overall ad impressions fell 16 percent year-over-year, clicks rose 5 percent and click-through rates jumped 25 percent in Q4.  IgnitionOne posits lower impressions are a result of "top of page innovations" including new ad ext [...]


For SMBs, The Time Is Now To Embrace Search Advertising

paid-search-ppc-featured As a recently as a few years ago, the owner of a small or local business could legitimately ask, "Why should I buy search ads?" After all, he or she first faced the hassle of setting up an ad campaign in a relatively foreign platform -- then, assuming they got ads served, maybe people clicked. But at the cost, what benefit was the advertiser really receiving? If you are not an online business, how do you translate a click into something an SMB can understand -- and place value on? It was simply impossible to know. And who can blame them? According to our research, proving ROI is the top nee [...]


Bing Launches Awards Site In Time For Golden Globes, Grammy’s & The Oscars

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing has launched a new awards site in anticipation of upcoming award shows, including the Golden Globes, Grammy's and Oscars. According to the announcement, the site will serve as an online resource for "all things awards" with background information on nominees, tips for award-themed parties, and winner predictions based on Bing search statistics. To start, Bing has dedicated the site to this Sunday's Golden Globes scheduled to air at 8:00 p.m. EST on NBC: Based on Bing search data, look for big things from Bradley Cooper on Sunday at the Golden Globes. Following Cooper's nomination f [...]


PPC Excel Tips For Every Level: Part 3, Advanced Level Keyword Research And Data Visualization

ppc-puzzle-featured We close out our three-part series of Excel tips from Bing Ads Evangelist John Gagnon today with some advanced level tools that, in fact, even beginners can start using successfully today. While many of the tips we've covered can also help SEOs as well as PPC practitioners, today's focus on keyword research is particularly relevant to both camps. Advanced Tip: Bing Ads Intelligence for deep-dive keyword research and Power BI for big data analysis and visualization. Bing Ads Intelligence is an Excel add-in for keyword research that enables Excel to integrate directly with your Bing Ads a [...]


PPC Excel Tips For Every Level: Part 2, Faster Campaign Analysis For Intermediates

excel logo Today we have more handy Excel tricks from Bing Ads Evangelist John Gagnon. This second installment of PPC Excel tips focuses on intermediate level techniques for speeding up campaign analysis. Paid search managers will benefit, but really anyone using Excel for data analysis will find good information or a helpful refresher here. Intermediate Tip: Get more out of Pivot Tables with calculated fields and by fixing #DIV/0 errors. Pivot tables are truly a must-have Excel skill for marketers. If you haven't used pivot tables yet, don't be timid. You can't damage your data set when working w [...]


PPC Excel Tips For Every Level: Part 1, Huge Time Savers For Beginners (And Beyond)

analytics-data-excel-featured Excel is that must-have tool for managing, analyzing and reporting on paid search campaigns that is impossible to know too well. Many of us are self-taught -- picking up tips and tricks here and there -- which makes it even harder to know what shortcuts and secret powers we're missing out on. Yesterday, I spoke with John Gagnon, Bing Ads Evangelist and all-around Excel whiz, and asked him to share some tips for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level tips that paid search managers can start putting to use in 2014. This is the first in a three-part series we'll be publishing this coming w [...]


England’s Lulworth Cove Tops Bing’s List Of Most Popular 2013 Homepage Images

Bing homepage LulworthCove Bing has released its ten most popular homepage images of the year, with England's Lulworth Cove off of the Jurassic Coast topping the list. According to the site, homepage popularity was based on user interactions. While the list includes a collection of pictures from across the globe, a majority of the images are of US locations. Bing's Top Ten Most Popular Homepages of 2013: 1. Lulworth Cove, England (© SIME/eStock Photo) 2. Fly Geyser, Nevada (© Ropelato Photography/Getty Images) 3. Ocean Drive, Newport, Rhode Island (© Massimo Borchi/4Corners) 4. North Avenue [...]


Retailers Spending Record Levels On Paid Search In 2013 Holiday Season

holiday-shopping-featured An early look at the paid search performance this holiday season shows retailers invested at record levels, beginning earlier, and are realizing new levels of revenue from their paid search efforts this year. The record highs in paid search activity set in 2012 were surpassed this year as clicks increased 27 percent, impressions rose 12.5 percent and spending jumped 34 percent globally, according to Kenshoo's seasonal shopping reporting to date. Global retail click-through rates (CTR) increased 12.8 percent from 2012. Healthy click through rates meant that advertisers realized 27 percent [...]


Bing Dresses Up For Christmas

bing-christmas-results Bing has added a new set of decorations to their search results for the holidays. If you search for [christmas] at Bing, you will see a new wintery top area that counts down to Christmas day, lets you swap out different snowmen and also sends you to the Santa Tracker. Here is a picture of Bing's Christmas search results page: Google adds decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa every year and it is nice to see Bing do the same. [...]


The 2013 Bing Infographic In Text Format: Bing Indexes A Lot Of Social Content

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing posted their 2013 highlights on the Bing Search Blog, summarizing some key statistics they wanted to share with everyone. They did it as an infographic, I wonder what Google would think about that? Here is the infographic stats in bullet format followed by the infographic. Bing.com home page views equals the number of people holding hands around the circumference of the earth Bing had double the search activity on Bing Video compared to 2012 If you were to line up 5% of the pixels that make up Bing Maps, you could make four round trips to Venus with trillions of pixels to spare [...]


Microsoft Photosynth Creator Agüera y Arcas Joining Google

Blaise Agüera y Arcas Last night, the NY Times reported that the man primarily responsible for Microsoft's Photosyth product, Blaise Agüera y Arcas, is joining Google. Agüera y Arcas is not simply an engineer or technician, he offers a rare combination of technical expertise, design and product vision. Agüera y Arcas joined Microsoft when his 2003 startup, Seadragon, was acquired by Microsoft Research in 2006. The next year, that technology launched as Photosynth, one of the most innovative software tools or products Microsoft had then produced to date. Unfortunately, the Photosynth never caught on among [...]


New Bing Ads Solution Center at Search Engine Land

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Bing Ads Solutions Center, a resource for digital marketers and search advertisers, in collaboration with Bing Ads. The Bing Ad Solutions Center provides a range of resources – from news articles to whitepapers, videos and webinars – that are geared toward digital marketers. Special attention is given to both the Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) as well as specific vertical industries, including Technology & Telecommunications, Financial Services, Automotive, Travel, and Healthcare & Wellness. We invite you to check out the in-depth reso [...]


Bing’s Knowledge Repository, Satori, Adds More Interactive Content

bing-satori-knowledge2-featured Dr. Richard Qian from the Microsoft Bing Index & Knowledge Team announced some major updates to Satori, Bing's version of Google's knowledge graph. The updates are vast and incredibly smart, making the Bing knowledge repository a lot more useful and interactive. The new features include: Links to TED Talks when people searches return the talks Audio to listen to famous speeches and national anthems Links to online courses at some universities University rankings Scientific topics explanations Snapshots of historic events Place to People relationships, so when you sear [...]


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