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Google is a fundamental part of marketers lives and one of the most recognized companies worldwide. That’s why we have a designated blog category dedicated to this leading search engine. Since it’s launch in 1997, Google has changed the world of online marketing and the way we look at PPC and SEO opportunities. We keep our fingers on the pulse of Google’s ever changing nature and can’t seem to stop ourselves from reporting and speculating about the ways they continue to shape the digital marketing landscape.

Here’s our take on a new extension for Google Product Listing Ads called Product Ratings. Product Ratings are displayed on a 5-star ranking system based on aggregated data from a variety of sources across the web.

Dive into the technical inner workings of Google’s updated Panda algorithm in this video from RKG Senior Search Analyst Ben Goodsell.

We are happy to announce the release of the RKG Digital Marketing Report for Q2 2014. This quarter’s report offers over 50 charts with insights and analysis on trends in paid search, search engine optimization, social media, product listing ads (PLAs), comparison shopping engines, display advertising and more.

We all get behind in our reading periodically. I still write pretty regularly for Search Engine Land and we don’t republish these on RKG Blog anymore. I thought I’d give a quick synopsis of the posts I’ve written for them recently with links to the full post.

RKG Director of SEO Knowledge Kristan Dauble introduces you to the Knowledge Graph, and shares insights as to how it will ultimately bring users closer to your brand.

Many marketers have misunderstood the Shopping Campaign priority feature as allowing advertisers to specify that Google serve a particular product or set of products over other relevant products in lower priority campaigns. This is not the case.

With PLAs making up an increasingly significant chunk of advertisers’ paid search programs, the Google Shopping Campaigns transition is understandably a hot topic right now across the industry. Here is a quick overview of some of the enhancements you can expect to see after transitioning to the new Shopping Campaigns, along with our take on how to structure your campaigns for success.

Conventional wisdom at RKG holds that when making strategic decisions, clients should focus on their own paid search goals and performance metrics rather than reacting to competitors’ actions. As a best practice we always follow that piece of advice; however, it can be beneficial to examine your competitive landscape to gain insight into what external factors may be affecting your PPC program. Google’s Auction Insights report is an extremely useful tool that can be used for just such a purpose.

Google’s recently released whitepaper outlining recommendations for the soon to be mandatory Shopping Campaign model offers up best practices for feed optimization, campaign structure, bid management, and mobile strategy. While there’s plenty to dissect in this whitepaper, I found it interesting that Google chose not to mention item ID level targets at all in their structural recommendations.

Learn how to determine if you’re under manual penalty from Google and the steps you can take to reclaim SEO strength.

In this video, learn how Google’s Paid and Organic report might not be providing the data you think it is.

The AdWords Paid & Organic report isn’t as useful as it could be because Google doesn’t filter the organic data by the regions being targeted with ads.

While Google’s ability to crawl JavaScript has been in the works for quite some time, it still presents challenges that may not be fully evident for months.

Average household income levers, proximity bidding, and betas measuring the in store impact of ads are all powered by the measured location of the user. But how much of an advertiser’s traffic can Google measure at a granular level? We took a look at a few advertisers and found some interesting trends.

In this video, discover the latest on product ads for both Google and Bing. We’ll discuss current and future Google PLA performance trends, detail how Bing’s new product ads – recently out of beta – are stacking up, as well as how we think the new Shopping Campaigns will affect performance.

In this video, discover our latest findings from the 2014 Q1 Digital Marketing Report in the area of mobile devices within paid search, and find out more about Google’s new tool: Estimated Cross-Device Conversions.

The AdWords for video campaign model is currently undergoing a major overhaul. We offer some tips on preparing for the most consequential changes.

In this video, RKG Paid Search Director Paul Koch addresses why Google pulled the trigger on ‘Not Provided’ and what this change means for AdWords advertisers.

Google’s ‘Step Inside AdWords’ presentation at the AdWords Performance Forum delivered several updates for advertisers. Here we’ll take a look at each and what their respective impact on the paid search landscape may be.

Google shares dropped 3% in after hours trading Wednesday after a disappointing earnings report, making today an excellent day to buy Google stock.

Google now offers demographic geo-targets for the United States based on average household income (HHI) for advertisers to use in setting bid modifiers based on the wealth of the area users are searching from. At RKG, we’ve fully explored how these income level targets behave, how much traffic is attributed to them in different set ups, and their usefulness in the future of geo-bidding.

RKG released our latest Digital Marketing Report today, covering Q1 2014. As always, the report spans a wide breadth of the digital marketing industry including paid and organic search, social, mobile, comparison shopping engines and display advertising.

Google will start to omit user search queries from the referrer string passed to AdWords advertisers, resulting in “Not Provided” for paid search. What will it mean for advertisers?

The importance of brand advertising as a part of your paid search program. How does this affect your paid search strategy?

Best practices for targeting your international paid search program, structuring campaigns, and calculating geo-target bid modifiers.