Parked Domains: Good or Evil?

Over the years literally millions of parked domains (domains that have been purchased but show now real, unique, original, or valuable content) have emerged only to show ads. Owners purchase these domains because they either contain common keywords they hope searchers will stumble upon or misspelled words they hope searchers will accidentally type instead of the correct URL.

5 Lead Generation Tips

Here’s the deal. I’m running a multi-million dollar search campaign for a client and we’re obviously very focused on campaign copy, audience targeting and creative. However, in campaigns of this size, even the slightest percentage increase can yield huge ROI gains. So, focusing on your landing page and conversion funnel is extremely important. Gains in your funnel can dramatically improve your ROI. I recently change the form and registration step on a landing page and saw a gain in click-to-conversion of 400% for the campaign. Caution: results aren’t typical. We were looking for a 10-25% increase. Who knew. But now we’re not stopping there. We’re doing further split testing to see what the right combination of fields and steps are.

Landing Pages & AdWords Quality Scores

Page load time not only affects your quality score, but it can dramatically impact page load times. I recently worked with someone who’s landing pages were loading in about 15-20 seconds! That has a major affect on user experience. Very few people with broadband will wait even 5 seconds for a page to load, let alone 20 seconds. We reduced the size and number of images, decreased the amount of and size of includes and modified the hosting and caching settings of the web server. The result was a page that loaded in about two seconds. What an improvement! Think of all the people that were leaving even before they saw the message.