Is Google Shifting Site Targeting Program to CPC?

    February 14, 2007

At least one panelist (David Szetela) on the Ad Program Strategies: Compare and Contrast panel here at SES London, argued that while he liked the control of Google’s Site Targeted flavour of content targeting, he wasn’t so fussy about the CPM-based pricing model.

Coincidentally, today Google is announcing that they’re beta testing a CPC-based version of Site Targeting, so advertisers who like the idea of paying by the click (that’s pretty much anyone who is used to PPC as it’s implemented in the rest of your account, and on YSM and MSN adCenter too) can do so.

Seems like advertisers just don’t like switching to CPM-based thinking inside of a CPC-oriented platform.

Related Traffick posts:

  • They Listened, Again [notes our plea to drop site targeting’s minimum allowable bid a second time, from $2.00 to $1.00 to $0.10… they’re almost there now, at $0.25]

Note, even if we go entirely over CPC’s, it’s always a snap to track the associated cost in CPM, if you’re into apples to apples comparisons. In previous posts I had argued that even in traditional CPC-based content targeting, some of my favorite campaigns were successful precisely because of the price – which was effectively about $0.25 CPM.



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About the Author

Andrew Goodman is Principal of Page Zero Media, a marketing consultancy which focuses on maximizing clients’ paid search marketing campaigns.

In 1999 Andrew co-founded, an acclaimed "guide to portals" which foresaw the rise of trends such as paid search and semantic analysis.