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Build content campaign templates in master account Create keyword research video Beat Ivan on Facebook Bejeweled Finish creating Google Friendly landing page Listen to Perry Belcher’s Social Media training Complete Perry Belcher and Ryan Diess’ bonus materials guess which items Read more…

Does Google Hate Affiliate Advertisers?

Yesterday I was forwarded a message from a distressed fellow reader who discovered all his campaigns were disapproved for violating Google's terms of service.

Here is his story (as posted in comments):

Scott Phares • Jan 31, 2009 @2:49 pm

Hi Jim – Google changed the rules yesterday. All my ads were disapproved or their Quality Score went so low they won’t ever display. I called an 800 number I have for Google and spoke with one of their adwords reps. Google no longer considers network marketing, affiliate marketing and MLM businesses as “valid” businesses.

“Why Are My PPC Ads Not Showing?” and Other PPC Questions…

After two days there has not been a single impression. I checked with the ad diagnostic tool on adwords and it came up with No ad is being shown for the keyword ‘magnetic sponsoring’ any idea why there have been no impressions?

Ok steve, Most likely the reason is that your bid is too low. You may have to bid very high especially if you're sending people directly to the magnetic sponsoring system landing page.

Double Digit CTR – Part 3

Experiment 3 – Split-Testing Ads to Increase Conversion

Over the weekend, I began testing a second ad variation. The reason was that of the two running ads: Ad #1 had a click-thru-rate of 15% and Ad #2 had a click-thru-rate of 3.5%.

Additionally, Ad #1 (higher CTR) was converting at 7%, while Ad #2 (lower CTR) was converting at 17%.

I killed Ad #2. Then created a new version of it with the same body because it was most likely responsible for the high conversion rate–and replaced its headline with the headline of Ad #1 because that is the most likely cause of the Ad #1's high click-thru-rate.

Brain Food for the Up-Late Marketer

I'm a creature of the night.

Since I was in high school, I preferred working when everyone else was asleep. Some how, the quiet of the night helps me be more productive and creative.

Of course, all the hard work makes me hungry!

If you were to ever visit me, you might be surprised to hear clanging of dishes, and pots and pans in the kitchen when I get the midnight munchies. My snacks are usually quick to make, light, and balanced. It's about the only way I keep healthy lately since I rarely get any exercise in the winter.

Making Easy Money With Replicated Systems, a Dying Myth

One Tree Hill was a landmark that facinated me when I was small…

I could see it from my childhood home.

Our house was 30 years old when we moved in. It was made from Rimu tree, and was transfered from another city in the middle of the night on the back of an enormous truck. When it arrived on our very sloped land at dawn, it was mounted upon thick wooden posts and made to stand level with the slope's highest point.

Just another weekend at an Amman cafe

This is just for fun guys and gals.

My brother and I usually go out on the weekend to one of about three coffee spots. “Doors” is a main one we frequent that attracts a hip young crowd from the neighbouring Jordan University. We love it there because it's just the right combination of service, atmosphere, and product.