Google Ads WorksYES, IT DOES!

Here are awesome ways to use Google AdWords to grow your business…

Planning Stage

  1. Keyword Research

Keyword research is very important before launching a local Google AdWords campaign. It’s actually the difference between a campaign that gets great results and one that gets none.

Follow these simple steps when researching keywords:

  • Step 1: Ask yourself these questions…Are my keywords targeting what people are searching for?

    Will the searchers who find my ad using these keywords find the answers to their questions?

    Will these keywords help me reach my goals – sales, email signups, etc?

  • Step 2: Brainstorm on the list of keywords that are relevant to your industry.
  • Step 3: Use keyword research tools to expand and analyze your list of keywords.
  • Step 4: Eliminate irrelevant keywords.
  1. Organize…Organize…Organize

Don’t we all love to copy and paste our list of keywords into one AdWords bucket? It’s a very simple and easy task to do. However, I’d like you to AVOID doing this moving forward.

You need to organize your keywords into campaigns and ad groups ALL THE TIME!

Remember this…

Google monitors your ad groups when they’re deciding your audience and when your ad will pop up. By creating specific, focused ad groups you’ll be able to build significantly more effective ad groups.

  1. Link Ads to Relevant Landing Pages

Linking Google ads to landing pages with the same topic as the keywords in an ad group is an awesome idea! Why? Because it improves your Quality Score.

Google’s Quality Score is the quality and relevance of both keywords and PPC ads depending on factors such as:

  • Click-through rate aka CTR.
  • The connection of each keyword to its ad group.
  • Quality and relevance of your landing page.
  • Ad text relevance.
  • AdWords account performance.

Take note…

Conversion depends on the relevance of your ads to your landing pages so be wise in linking them.

  1. Use Exact Match Targeting

If your small business is new to the AdWords game, then using exact match targeting is a great way to start. Exact Match targeting gives you greater control over your ads and increases the relevance of your ads.

It also prevents you from wasting money on unnecessary phrases.

How does it work?

With exact match, an ad may appear when the “meaning of a search term” matches the “meaning of a keyword”.

  1. Set Up Negative Keywords

Negative keywords allow you to exclude your ads from search results that contain certain words.

For example, if you own a high-end men’s shoe store you probably don’t want your ads to show up when someone searches “cheap men’s shoes”. In this case, you would set up “cheap” as a negative keyword.

Using negative keywords is another way for you to increase the relevance of your ads and maximize your ad spend.

  1. Use Location Targeting

The concept of going local is important in launching either a local Google AdWords campaign or a local PPC advertising campaign.

If your company provides products and services to a specific location or community then you have to ensure that your campaigns are shown to searchers within that area.

Location targeting is a must for every local business so you don’t waste your advertising budget!

After Launch Stage

After prepping your Google AdWords campaign, it’s time to LAUNCH! However, the job doesn’t end after launching a campaign.

Here are some tips to make sure your AdWords campaigns are highly optimized even after pressing the launch button…

  1. Track…Track…Track

Tracking the status of your local Google AdWords campaigns is as important as prepping them.

Take advantage of Google Analytics! Make sure that it is installed on your website.

In a nutshell, Google Analytics lets you track bounce ratestime on site, and conversions, to discover the strengths and weaknesses of your campaigns.

  1. Identify and Improve Underperforming Keywords

Did you know that underperforming keywords can be improved? Oh yes! There’s still so much hope for these keywords.

Here are a few things you can do:

First, improve your keywords’ relevance by:

  • Replacing a single-word keyword with terms or phrases.
  • Ensuring your keywords are relevant to the ads in your ad groups.
  • Grouping your keywords by themes based on your products or services.

Then, modify your keyword match type.

Finally, use filters to improve your keywords by:

  • Using the Quality Score filter to identify which keywords have a low-Quality Score.
  • Filtering your keywords by clickthrough rate to see which ones get you a ton of impressions, but few clicks.
  • Identifying which keywords are below your first-page bid estimate.
  1. Adjust Bids When Necessary

Sometimes ads don’t perform well because the bids are off.

There are times when keywords have a very low click-through rate because the ads they show up in are very low on the page. Try slowly increasing your bid over a few days until the ad moves to a higher position, which should translate into more clicks.

You may also run into scenarios where you aren’t spending your set budget. This is likely because your bid is set to low and your ads aren’t being displayed. Slowly increase your bid to see if this has an impact on your results.

  1. Expand Your Keyword List

Expanding from Exact Match to another match type is another area to look at when keywords aren’t driving quality traffic and conversions regularly. This allows your ad to appear for more search phrases, but you need to keep in mind that the relevance of your ads may decrease.

If you expand from exact match to the other match types keep a close eye on the results for your ads. The increased reach may drive additional traffic, but you must make sure your relevance stays strong or your conversions will suffer.

  1. Test…Test…Test

In any digital marketing channel, TESTING is imperative.

Remove poor-quality ad groups and add a new variation into the mix once you’ve gathered enough data. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your negative keywords too.

Make changes/improvements throughout the lifespan of your local AdWords campaigns.

After which, TEST your ad again! Keep testing until you figure out the campaign and ad groups with the best ROI.


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