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Google announced last week that PLAs are now be eligible to show on retail and commerce sites in the Google Search Network, similar to how text ads can currently show on search partner sites. Overall, we think this will be a positive for advertising retailers as it will increase PLA reach and volume.

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.

While Google does own 80% of the U.S. paid search market, it is still imperative to pay attention to that other 20% that Bing Ads controls.

Facebook announces the development and roll out Graph Search, which will include web search powered by Bing.

One piece of evidence indicates Target has experienced a dramatic loss in traffic tightly timed with the Penguin update.

Announcing the latest RKG Digital Marketing Report for Q1 2012. Google’s lead over Bing/Yahoo! widens even as the CPCs it commands continue to decline.

It has to be a tricky situation being a niche search engine that’s trying to grow its user base while driving up revenue per search.

When looking for paid search “squatters” on your brand, it’s common to simply go to Google.com, query your brand name, and see which arch-rivals pop up in the ad slots. Those results don’t show the whole picture though.

In just a few short weeks we will find ourselves engrossed in bidding adjustments, ad copy changes and other time sensitive updates, so now is the time to get a few extra projects checked off your list that will pay off during the holiday frenzy.

After an ad matching change that was not impactful, advertisers looking to grow Bing traffic may want to test their strategy around tail terms.

What has been the impact of Microsoft’s deal with Conduit, a provider of customizable toolbars, and what does it say about the future of search?

There have been a number of great articles written in the past week covering Google’s recent “Farmer” algorithm change. We thought we could add to the discussion by focusing on the performance of these sites as Google Search Partners.

Although it has seen gains in overall search share, the Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance has had trouble monetizing its traffic.

Mixing Bing and Yahoo traffic will impact the quality of traffic and influence bids.

Yahoo’s new syndication bidding controls should be a big win for everyone!

Yahoo! announced their Q4 ’09 earnings on Tuesday, making their best effort to portray a 4% year over year decline in revenue as a signal of a turnaround. While that certainly beats the 12-13% declines Y! saw earlier in ’09, there are still troubling numbers deeper in the report and in RKG’s data.

The value of traffic from each network partner varies. Allowing advertisers to control what they pay for traffic from each would benefit the advertisers, the quality publishers, and the engines.

Sudden drops in conversion rates can happen for a variety of reasons. Here are some tips for identifying and addressing these issues.

Has eBay been phasing out syndicated Yahoo ads in favor of Google’s? RKG records indicate a major change in the search partner landscape.