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Archive for June, 2009

“Can you let me off 1p” Please?

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I only login to Webgains every few months.  Don’t promote any of their merchants anymore (actively) so don’t expect any commissions.  Today I seen this on my Webgains dashbaord.  Ha ha I need 1p to get my next payment from Webgains.  Wish Argos and their crap reserve and buy (a.k.a scamming affiliates) 25p offer was on Webgains rather than CJ. :)

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June 24th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

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Uploading Adwords campaigns into Yahoo

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What a pain in the arse.  Firstly you have to download your Google Adwords campaign, I did it via the Adwords Interface.  Then I tried to upload it to Yahoo’s ‘Convert Third Party Campaigns’ and it didn’t upload properly.

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After a bit of messing around I found it was because of the negative keywords so I deleted them and uploaded it again and it converted the file and I then had to download the converted file save it and upload it again for the import.  However when I tried to upload the converted file it had errors!!  How can a file Yahoo converts have errors??  Finally after a lot of tweaking got rid of the errors and finally uploaded the campaign.

I don’t understand why Yahoo and MSN don’t have a simple 1 step upload feature which will take an upload of your Adwords campaign and convert it with one click of the mouse.  It seems one of the most obvious features to make sure is 100% correct and is easy peasy for the customer otherwise they won’t bother and just stick with the king that is Google.  Rant  over – Yahoo’s customer service is much better than Google’s – they answer the phone! :)

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June 23rd, 2009 at 10:44 pm

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Mess of Excel Spreadsheets… try Tracking 202

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One of the most important things for a PPC affiliate is to track keyword performance.  You need to know which ads are getting you the sales and which are simply costing you money and not performing.  By cutting the non performing keywords you can increase your profit margins.

I’ve been tracking sales with unique sub ids in the destination url with are passed into the affiliate link and then generally track the cost of adgroups in Adwords against the sales they produce in Excel.  As least I’m not pissing in the dark but it does mean quite a bit of admin.  Anyway I’ve recently came across Tracking 202 Pro (no its not an affiliate link) which I hope if they integrate the networks I operate on it will replace my Excel spreadsheets, save on the admin time and maybe give me even a greater insight and let me track at the keyword level rather than the adgroup level (or when I’m lazy the campaign level).

Anyway I’ve signed up so I’ll let you know how it goes…..

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June 15th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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Bing.com…. desperate times for MSN

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No doubt Google are miles ahead of their main search competitor’s Yahoo and MSN.  I think the latest release from MSN of Bing.com just shows how desperate MSN are becoming to close the gap between Google.  I can’t see any search engine currently rivaling Google.  Looking at Bing.com the results seem the same and it simply seems a rebranding exercise by MSN.  Surely they can come up with something better than this.

I would love another search engine to come along and get a significant share of the market.  The joys of SEO’ing for 2 search engines but can’t see this happening anytime soon.  Boooo….

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June 3rd, 2009 at 2:11 pm

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