Accurate info on your Google Mobile AdWords campaigns

14 10 2009

Last week, I started running a Google AdWords campaign using the Bango parameters for mobile campaign tracking. I set up two different text ads, each one with a different keyword group so I could analyse which ad was being served more times and therefore which keywords are more effective. Here are the two different urls I used (note different values for the parameters). I also targeted Google content network with these ads.

http://mobislim.com/bgo_campaign=fun_slimming_tips&bgo_source=google&bgo_medium=adwords&bgo_content=short_ad&bgo_term=adgroup_mobislim&bgo_owner=sanchez

and

http://mobislim.com/?bgo_campaign=get_slim_today&bgo_source=google&bgo_medium=adwords&bgo_content=long_ad&bgo_term=adgroup_slimming&bgo_owner=maria

My ultimate goal was to understand the behaviour of the users that come to my site via specific keywords. While AdWords reports are quite thorough on keyword performance they don’t show me the behaviour of the individual users. With Bango, every visitor gets a unique user ID that shows me exactly this; the behaviour of every single user when they arrive to my site. The parameters I specified are linked to this unique user ID and are passed on as the user navigates my site. Here is an example:

The visitor with the User ID 470841589 got to the site homepage at 6:02 via Google Mobile with the keyword “lose+weight”. This user comes from the United States, via Sprint and is using a LG LX265 handset. From the home page we can see that he or she visited different pages of our site and we can actually see the exact time he spent on each page.

Bango campaign parameters with Google Adwords campaign

The search term “lose+weight” triggered our “fun slimming tips” ad, (named in the spreadsheet as this “short_ad”), which is using the specific keyword group “adword_mobislim” and whose campaign owner is “sanchez”.

Bango campaign parameters with Google Adword campaign

If the ad had been placed in any of the content network sites, the referrer information would also have been recorded.

Being able to see this granularity of how our visitors behave on our site gives us invaluable information about their interest, the trends that they follow and how to optimize the site using keywords, geo-information, time of the day and handsets. The Bango campaign parameters can be used to drill down to specific keywords, as we can define a different url for different keyword groups. You can use these parameters to attribute monetary value or to measure the performance of different landing pages. You have 6 different variables that you can use whichever way you like!

Find out more about why Bango can accurately identify users or learn more on how to best use the Bango campaign parameters.

If you would like to check the performance of this campaign by yourself, just follow these easy steps:

    Log in to our Bango analytics demo account

    Change the dates to 24th to the 29th of September

    Export a traffic report

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Mobislim is climbing up the Google Mobile Search rankings!

18 05 2009

Since we started the site optimization a couple of weeks ago, we have seen some market improvement.

Even though Google hasn’t picked up our new site map, changing our URLS to include keywords has made a big difference. We believe this due to a higher number of links strategically spread going to mobislim.com.

The rankings are increasing, now we rank at position #39 for “slimming” while we were at  #250 a couple of weeks ago! For the keyword “calorie charts” we rank #2 and for “slimming diets” #1 and #2, “sliming products” is in position #17. This is quite amazing as all these keywords are highly competitive keywords! In the particular case of “slimming products” this what we did:

We changed the page from being http://mobislim.com/viewZone.jsp?p=zx3 to

http://mobislim.com/k-fve/zone/3/slimming-products.htm and it went from not being ranked, to now being ranked in position #17.

However we have purposely not changed the page title to be “Slimming Products” yet, just to see how big a difference this makes. It is currently the standard site title of “Mobislim | Slimming Diets & Health”

Tom Thurston, our WAP master and his Mobile SEO partner David Carruthers at One Result crew at  is now sending the sites to the list of directories that we provided you, so we are expecting to get better positions too. The good thing about taking steps one at a time is that we can really see how they affect the results.

Now, let’s see what keywords are using our visitors to get to our site. I can see this by exporting a traffic report on Bango Analytics and checking the referrer information. I find terms like “weight lost” “not eating” “cayenne pepper for diet” which makes me realize that I should be writing a page with this content!

So what am I learning from this?

1.     Applying SEO PC sites techniques to mobile sites work.

2.     Highly competitive terms in the PC internet are not so difficult to rank on the mobile internet.

3.     Mobile analytics tools such as Bango Analytics give us that extra insight about what terms our visitors are using to get to our site, so we can review our keyword strategy and our mobile site content.

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Mobile SEO, we want Google Mobile Search to love us a bit more…

27 04 2009

Apparently our mobile site mobislim.com wasn’t very (or not at all) SEO optimized…

Tom Thurston, our WAP master and  mobile SEO mentor, reviewed our site from an SEO point of view, and this is what he had to say:

“It’s dire. We don’t even rank for “slimming”, even though our site is all about it. (Annoyingly lots of non-mobile slimming sites come up in the mobile searches as well). I am therefore changing the Mobislim CMS to publish “SEO friendly” URLs as well as deploying a number of other SEO tactics.”

I love his determination! Check his blog to find out the technical bits about what he is talking about.

So yesterday he deployed Mobislim v2 which is now governed by the Scorch Controller, that he has created himself. This Java Spring MVC based controller framework ensures that our slimming diets and health site now benefits from SEO friendly URLs.

As an example:

Old URL for an article about a slimming product: if you read this, you wouldn’t know what that page is about…well, guess what, Google wouldn’t know either!

http://mobislim.com?p=ax5_zx2

New URL SEO friendly: just by looking at it you know is about hoodie gordonini, that is an article and that is a slimming product! Google has -at least- to like us a bit.

http://mobislim.com/k-zfve/slimming-products/article/5/hoodia-gordonini.htm

In addition to this – page titles and page meta tags are now based on the assets / articles being viewed. We are also using the heading tags when presenting article titles. The combination of the above should lead to a whole load of hot loving from Google mobile search.

We have a new site map that we have sent today to Google and now let’s see what happens in the next few weeks.

REALITY CHECK: Let’s see our rankings…

The only thing we rank for, and in the 9th position is for “slimming charts” 😦

This is what I would like to see mobilsim ranking for:

“Slimming tips” “healthy diets” “lose weight” “diets” “slimming” Very competitive terms on search, but focusing our efforts in content creation and SEO technical aspects, I think we can get there…

So here is my challenge Tom, will we or will we not be able to rank for these keywords in the next 2-3 months?

Follow our mobile SEO mission here and in twitter and learn with us how to get your site optimize!

http://twitter.com/mobislim

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