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A Note On Why CPC’s Are Down

Google reported earnings that beat the street yesterday, yet some are are pointing to lower CPC’s with a cautionary tone. As it turns out CPC’s are down about 8% year over year. I expect that to fall further – yet im still bullish on Google and so is everyone else apparently:

Google Shares Jump on Earnings

So Why Are CPC’s Down?

  • Mobile web traffic is up considerably at the expense of desktop traffic. Some research shows a combined 20% market share for mobile/desktop in Q3 of 2013. Web-Op manages several sites where 30% or more of organic traffic is coming from mobile devices and tablets. Most small web marketers (adwords‘ bread and butter) still haven’t adapted to this shift. Its not just small advertisers either.
  • Two thirds of Fortune 100 websites don’t serve mobile friendly versions[1]

    As Google applies more and more pressure (in the form of threatened penalties[2]) on companies to produce mobile friendly formats – mobile traffic should perform better and better.

Link Building and its Importance

As important as all part of a website are, link can be one of the major players in determining your website rank. After all, you’ll never rank without links. Google was originally built on an algorithm that weighted the amount of anchor text links in a site to determine its relevance in search results. Essentially, Google treats these links as votes, where more votes means higher rank. However, you can’t just spam your website with a variety of links which lead your visitors to something unrelated. Google has installed many mechanisms to ensure the quality of these links. These make sure that the links are relevant, segmented correctly, and from different IP addresses. Link building is important, and it’s just another piece of the puzzle in effective SEO.


Google Places: An Important Tool in your SEO Toolbox

Whenever you do a specific search for a product or service in a location on Google, you will notice a list of local businesses in that area next to a map. Ever wonder that is, and how to get your business on that list? That is Google Places, the next best thing to help your business succeed.

Google Places pretty much acts as an online yellow pages account for your business, combined with a personalized web page. Customers can visit this page to find out all kinds of information about your business, from basic contact information, to YouTube videos, reviews, photos, and more. This little known area of Google is essential for local businesses looking to create that extra edge.

Let’s say you are looking for something specific, say “pizza in Chicago”, or “Chicago pizza”. The first page you see an alphabetized list of local restaurants in Chicago offering pizza on their menus. These businesses have Google Places accounts, allowing them to easily make first page search engine results on Google. See the potential in this? Web-Op specializes in managing your Google Places account for your business, allowing your customers to keep up to date on your information and allowing for no missed opportunities in rankings to go unnoticed.

To learn more about Google Places and Web-Op services in this area, please refer to

Google Analytics Announces “Adjusted Bounce Rate”

In a recent post on the Google Analytics blog, Google announced support for getting an “adjusted bounce rate”. Google Analytics has consistently over reported bounce rate due to the nature of their tracking. Recently they added support for “events” – a way to store additional user behavior data – such as clicks on a facebook like or playing of a video. This new “adjusted bounce rate” feature looks like they’ve packaged up a significant use-case for event tracking into a standard feature. It’s about time. If you would like to take advantage of the new – better bounce rate stats you simply need to add one line to your analytics embed code:

  var _gaq = _gaq || [];
  _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-XXXXXXX-1']);
  setTimeout("_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', '15_seconds', 'read'])",15000);

  (function() {
    var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
    ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '';
    var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);

This looks extremely similar to my bounce rate workaround I posted a while back.

Today’s Strange Google SERP

Found this serp today searching for “meizitang”. Turns out Google may be as susceptible to being gamed with subdomains as Bing.

Google Search - "Meizitang"

Looking up availability of in 4…3…2…1