Good morning, I’m feeling a bit ranty, apologies,  

Try this for kicks, go to your Search Terms report in Google Ads and add up your spend on search terms that had 1 to, say, 5 clicks in the past 30 or 60 days or so. 

Now, take a closer look at those queries, their performance, their common themes and imagine if you had no insight into any of this data at all. 

No ability to run an n-gram analysis on them.

No ability to determine if they should individually or as a group be added as negative keywords to stop wasting money on them. 

No ability to identify new opportunities based on this data. 

Data that you paid for.

That could be advertisers’ new reality. 

Google says it is updating search terms reports in Google Ads to “only include terms that were searched by a significant number of users.” 

What does “significant” mean? No idea, yet. But in a world of same-meaning close variants, search term reports have become critical tools for paid search marketers to optimize their campaigns and maximize efficiency. 

Google told us it’s doing this for privacy reasons. Nobody wants PII in their query reports, but take another look at that report you ran. Anything sensitive? The real problem is that we won’t know what we won’t see and how much we may be missing.

In other news, Microsoft Advertising’s new UI has rolled out, with many new features. Duane Brown took an early look at what to expect from the updates now available in the new interface.

Ginny Marvin


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IAB: Paid search and social media spend growing fastest

Traditional media is suffering under COVID, with digital reaping the benefits of users being home and digital. Ad spend estimates are all over the place, but all point to at least some growth in digital channels and market share gains over traditional media. 

According to the IAB’s latest media buyers survey, paid search and social media spend is forecasted to be “the biggest beneficiaries of the game of budgetary musical chairs,” reports Greg Sterling.

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Search Shorts

Google issues, new ad content policies and HTTPS.

More Google indexing issues? There have been some rumblings around possible Google indexing issues over the past day or so but we cannot replicate them.

Google Ads content policy. Google updated its ad content policies around sensitive events where it will disallow ads that profit off such events or blame others for such events.

HTTPS video. Here is a new video from Google, this one is by John Mueller, on the topic of Google Search and HTTPS.


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What We're Reading

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Chrome bug loads mobile version of Google Search – 9to5Google

How to Get Rid of Duplicate Content in WordPress – BruceClay

How To Transfer Google Campaigns to Microsoft Ads – PPC Hero

Outbound Links: Do They Affect SEO? – SEM Rush

Shopify SEO Tips for 2020 and Beyond – Content King App

The redesigned web experience is here – Microsoft Advertising

What Makes Google so Good? A Thematic Analysis – RankRanger

Yoast SEO 14.9: Polish word forms, Hebrew keyphrase recognition – Yoast