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Here are some easy steps for how to gather the data you need to review your backlink profile, and how to identify potential areas of risk that contribute to decreased SERP rankings.

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.

Facebook will give users more control over the ads they see, but they will also give advertisers insights into users’ off-Facebook browsing behavior.

The reality for many retailers is that the end of Q4 may not be most crucial time of year to drive sales volume. The following ten tips can help you to utilize paid search strategies to achieve a successful non-holiday peak season.

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.

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.

I 201′d this video so I could talk through a variety of error codes, including some you may have already encountered and some you may have never seen before (and wouldn’t want to).

As mobile traffic continues to grow, advertisers should take full advantage of Bing Ads’ advanced device targeting capabilities.

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.

Yahoo has started migrating mobile traffic to its new Yahoo Gemini marketplace. What critical pieces of information should advertisers know about this transition?

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.

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.

Facebook is making advertising on their platform more accessible and useful with the transition to an ad objectives model and new call-to-action buttons.

Why the newly released ad group level mobile modifiers, negatives and ad copy controls in Google Shopping Campaigns are so important.

Targeting business intelligence components can help to augment your primary KPI by optimizing for additional goals.

Is anyone else concerned about the ads and competitor recommendations in Google’s Knowledge Graph?

While Enhanced Campaigns will ultimately be a very good thing they do present challenges. In this video we discuss two of those challenges: targeting and bidding.

Google continues to make SERP changes that blur the line between organic and paid results. We dig into what has changed in recent years.