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Should I set my max CPC below .05?

5+ Year Member

Msg#: 6165 posted 7:20 pm on Aug 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

For months I have set my max CPC at 5 cents and have been happy with the placement of my ads and their CTR. Now with the recent changes I have been forced to get rid of several keywords (google wanted double the price to keep them active) but with the remaining keywords I am seeing my ads getting average CPC of 2-4 cents. Clearly I would like to spend as little money as possible and keep my standing where I am in the ad results. I fear if I make my max CPC 3 cents, google deactivate my keywords until I pay up to 10 cents. Should I keep it at 5 cents max and hope for the 3 cent clicks, or switch to 3 cents max and get almost 3 clicks for what I was paying for 2 before.



10+ Year Member

Msg#: 6165 posted 7:44 pm on Aug 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Below 0.05 many of my keywords were set to inactive within 24 hours after they had been accepted and active. This makes it a lot of work to maintain the lowest possible max bid on a large number of keywords.

Also, below 0.05 I received almost no traffic on the active keywords [webmasterworld.com].

Below 0.05 seems to be a no-go area.


5+ Year Member

Msg#: 6165 posted 7:51 pm on Aug 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks, thats what I'm thinking too. While I like that my costs are lower there is more uncertainty as to what I should do!


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Msg#: 6165 posted 8:32 pm on Aug 21, 2005 (gmt 0)


Try the Budget Optimizer; it does seem to auto-adjust for the lowest CPC that will get the ad shown if possible. My average CPC has roughly halved since the changes came in. I do allow a much higher max CPC than that to get my foot in the door and give the optimi[sz]er some leeway.



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