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Small Business eCommerce Google Ads Success Requires Balancing AI with Sanity Checks

We've been helping businesses with Google Ads for over 15 years.  The product has definitely evolved considerably over the years. I have written extensively about the ways Google removes control from the advertiser and some of the things that can happen if you don't stay on top of that. However, there is value in harnessing [...]

Warning: Small Business Owners and Google Don’t have the Same Goals for Google Ads

As a Google Ads advertiser in 2022, we are constantly being bombarded with new messages from Google. Your optimization score dropped. Your account has Google recommendations. You get emails and calls from your Google rep with suggested changes to your account.  All of these suggestions and scores are based on what is best for Google [...]

Back Up and Running

After a number of technical issues with an attempted hosting change with our site, I believe we are back up and running again. We had a false start last week only to have the blog posts that I added last week disappear on us.  After a frustrating February, we should be in good shape moving [...]

Why Focus on Small Business SEO and Digital Marketing?

I was talking with someone the other day that asked me why I chose to focus on small business SEO with my business.  Why not spend my time with bigger budgets more resources, rather than always playing from behind so to speak.  The reason is I got into this business to specifically fight for the [...]

Learning from 2021 for a Successful 2022 in SEO and Google Ads for Your Small Business

It has been a pretty wild couple of years for everyone, including the world of search. As the pandemic started to take over the way business operated in 2020, we saw more and more reliance on search and digital marketing to connect with our audiences. More and more people were forced to stay at home [...]

Google Keeps Taking Away Control of Our Ad Spend

This is yet another update to an original post from fall of 2020. The other facts are true, but this now comes with a warning that Google is trying to force advertisers to grant them the right to make changes to your account. Google has gotten us attached, and then changed the rules on us [...]

Google Ads Success Stories: Turning Around a Tanking eCommerce Account

I'm often brought in to look at a Google Ads account and see if I can fix it or make tweaks to improve performance. Over the years I have helped accounts ranging from hyperlocal electricians or cleaning companies to national and even global high volume eCommerce and news organizations. One of the most common issues [...]

The Dangers of Broad Match Reliance in Google Ads

I know I have preached for years about small businesses being very careful with the Google Ads default keyword targeting setup which is known as "broad match". I just wanted to point out a few reasons why, as I had a client come across examples of this recently. Here are a couple of things that [...]

Optimization Score Dropped – Does it Matter?

In the world we live in with constant notifications for everything from new emails and texts to news updates and more, we are constantly triggered into action or worry by the latest icon that pops up on our phones.  Google adds to the digital stress with regular updates on your optimization score. I've written before [...]

Small Business Alert: Google Ads Keyword Match Types Changing

I had mentioned this was coming earlier this year, but the time is upon us. Google said they were getting rid of Google Broad Modifier in late July, and that time is here. I bring this up again because you are likely to see some shifts in your data when this change officially takes place. [...]

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