What Liberty learnt this week at Google UK HQ

As Liberty is on the Google’s Engage for Agencies programme, on Wednesday, our Pay Per Click manager Chris had the pleasure of attending an event at their UK HQ.

The main focus of the event was to understand how best to improve the visibility of small businesses online. There were some very interesting topics discussed and some great insight into search trends. Here are the highlights from Chris’s notes on what Google was saying:Changes to AdWordsThere are quite a few changes in AdWords ad extensions this week. You will soon be charged for...

By Gareth Morgan, 03 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Minus keywords in search queries affect in-bound links as well as on-page text

Yesterday we made a discovery regarding one of Google's advanced search parameters. When you do a Google search, if you exclude a keyword by putting a minus sign in front of it (e.g. -keyword), you are not only excluding results that contain that particular word in their on-page copy, but we also now believe that it also excludes any webpage with at least one link pointing to it with that word in the anchor text.

Liberty team member Steve made this discovery when he responded to a

By Gareth Morgan, 16 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Google AdWords showing URLs in top 3 advert headlines

Something we noticed this morning is Google AdWords showing a URL in the headline of an advert:

It looks like Google is:

1. Only adding the URL to the headings of the top 3 adverts2. Not adding the URL if the advert is taking advantage of the recent 'top ad' layout (where the first line of the body becomes the second half of the heading)3. Not taking space or characters away from the headline to add the...

By Gareth Morgan, 16 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Yahoo and Bing reach 30% search share in the US

The latest comScore Press Release shows that between them, Bing and Yahoo! now have a 30% share of the US search market. The two search engines are set to merge later in 2011, which would create a serious competitor to Google.

Whilst Google is still far in the lead, with over 65% of all searches, the percentage of queries made using its system has...

By Gareth Morgan, 12 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce.

Good news for online advertisers: Geo-targeting is set to get a lot smarter

A bugbear of Pay Per Click advertisers across the globe is how inaccurate geo-targeting can be. The thought of being able to display adverts to internet users in a tightly set location is ideal for local businesses but the unfortunate reality is that platforms like Google AdWords haven’t been able to accurately serve adverts a lot of the time.

Geo-targeting to date has mainly been based on the location of a users’ Internet Service Provider. This can often be very different to where that user...

By Gareth Morgan, 09 April 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

The Interflora vs. M&S case: What the ruling could mean for Google AdWords and its advertisers

A recommendation made by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could lead to restrictions on bidding on competitors' brand names and trademarks in Google AdWords.

The adviser recommended that the ECJ should rule against Marks & Spencer for bidding on keywords such as "interflora" as well as variations including misspellings of the trademark and phrase versions including "interflora flowers."

Interflora, who started taking legal action against Marks & Spencer

By Gareth Morgan, 25 March 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Commerce.

The police to chase link brokers and link buyers?

As we prepare for the introduction of The Bribery Act 2010, agencies and companies that pursue a paid linking strategy could end up in deep water.

Paid linking has always been a somewhat dubious technique and one that Google specifically singles out as being against their guidelines. The

By Gareth Morgan, 16 March 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce.