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Old 08-25-2008   #1
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The End of Inactive Keywords

As posted on the SEW Blog, Google is doing away with the "Inactive for Search" designation. Instead, "First page bid' will replace 'minimum bid' in your account." Apparently they're rolling this out bit by bit - we're not seeing it in any of our client accounts yet. However, this is a very interesting development.

It's somewhat related to the Quality Score goes on Steroids thread, but I thought this was enough of a change to warrant calling out here.

Anybody seeing this in their accounts yet? If so, are you getting any volume on your previously-inactive keywords? Are you paying through the nose, or are CPCs reasonable?
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Re: The End of Inactive Keywords

I'm really not sure what to expect with this. All of the accounts that I manage (by design) have a very large amount of inactive keywords. I'd love to see a large jump in traffic on tail terms (which usually aren't too successful on google), however, my fear is that the front page bid will make it too difficult to compete on head terms.

We'll see.
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Re: The End of Inactive Keywords

You need to pause or delete them
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Re: The End of Inactive Keywords

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I assume you mean the inactive keywords and in most cases you'd be right. However, when managing the volume of keywords that I am managing it's not as simple as that.
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Re: The End of Inactive Keywords

I agree, Baylow. And sometimes, keywords can be inactive even when they're very relevant due to things like trademark restrictions, etc. So, you may not want to delete those, especially in view of this new development.
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Re: The End of Inactive Keywords

Indeed Mel.
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...Anybody seeing this in their accounts yet? If so, are you getting any volume on your previously-inactive keywords? Are you paying through the nose, or are CPCs reasonable?
Nope, not seeing the new FirstPageBid in any of my accounts yet. But as I said in the "Quality Score to go on Steroids" thread - I have a bad feeling about the impact of this on CPC. My fear is that it will ingite a fight for first page, thus cranking up average CPC. This would be great for Google's revenue, but not so great for advertiser's budgets
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Re: The End of Inactive Keywords

I am also very concerned with Googles upcoming Quality Score Improvements

First Page Bid:

First page bid is supposed to be based on the last position bid on the first page. Remember GOOGLE stated the bid price will be based on EXACT settings. The million dollar question is will the last position first page bid be factored using Quality Score Detail x Bid. Or the same minimum bid price for everybody across the board?

This is the first test that should be made when the change happens.

Which means we could be looking at potentially 1-10 tiers minimum. This would be a good thing and prevent a nightmare bid war scenario, from the hoard. If the price is the same across the board hold on to your hats.



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