SEO and SEM for Russian search engines

New Yandex PPC feature: Autoexpand tool in Yandex.Direct

It looks like Yandex team is working hard these months on changes and additions to its Yandex PPC platform Yandex.Direct! Just lately, they rolled out the mobile bid management and added the keyword productivity index.  And now they introduce a brand new tool for “autoexpansion” of keywords which will automatically add keywords to your Yandex PPC campaigns, selecting them according to specific criteria. From last week, this feature is enabled by default, so be sure you really want it! Read on to learn what keywords may soon pop up in your keyword lists and if it’s something for you.

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Lubov

Lubov is an online marketing consultant with a focus on market intelligence and SEM towards Russian market. Her background ranges from cross-cultural management of global NGOs to delivering linguistic services for businesses in Russia, Belarus and Sweden.

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Yandex PPC match type operators for best keyword selection

When selecting keywords in Yandex.Wordstat for your Yandex PPC campaigns, it is good to know all Yandex match type operators you can use, especially as they differ from Google match types, even if both Yandex and Google use the same symbols for them. To help you avoid confusion and achieve the most relevant keyword selection for Yandex PPC ads, I’ve drawn a simple table demonstrating the match type operators for Yandex with examples.

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Lubov

Lubov is an online marketing consultant with a focus on market intelligence and SEM towards Russian market. Her background ranges from cross-cultural management of global NGOs to delivering linguistic services for businesses in Russia, Belarus and Sweden.

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Keyword productivity to boost your Yandex PPC performance

If you work with Yandex PPC advertising on Yandex.Direct platform, you couldn’t but notice a new column on its campaign level – Productivity. It’s displayed next to each keyword as a number looking like this:

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It is a keyword productivity index recently introduced by Yandex which should help Yandex PPC managers increase click-through rates of their keywords and attract more target users. But how do they calculate this index?

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Lubov

Lubov is an online marketing consultant with a focus on market intelligence and SEM towards Russian market. Her background ranges from cross-cultural management of global NGOs to delivering linguistic services for businesses in Russia, Belarus and Sweden.

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Expert guide on mobile bid adjustment in Yandex Direct

Since March, Yandex has added a separate bid management for PPC mobile ads, so now we can experiment with the desktop-mobile bid ratio to see if our business or client may particularly benefit from premium placements on Yandex mobile search.

Today, it looks like a great time to do it as the mobile internet is globally racing to exceed the desktop internet use, and there are some signs that Russia may well be drifting in the same direction. For example, according to the recent TNS Russia data, 50% of Russians (12+) use the mobile internet daily (out of 74% of all the online users in Russia).

So, each day 31.4 M users in Russia are keeping a firm grip of their mobile devices, hoping to find what they search for. And here we are, marketers, to guess their wishes, which becomes simpler and cooler now that we can manage and analyze impressions on mobiles for our Yandex PPC campaigns.

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Lubov

Lubov is an online marketing consultant with a focus on market intelligence and SEM towards Russian market. Her background ranges from cross-cultural management of global NGOs to delivering linguistic services for businesses in Russia, Belarus and Sweden.

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Store rating extensions come to Yandex.Direct

In the end of December last year Yandex announced new type of extension for Yandex.Direct ads – store rating extension – which, similarly to Google’s seller rating extension, adds 1 to 5 star rating next to each eligible PPC ad.

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Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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