AdWords to the Wise – Tips on Getting the Most out of Google’s SEO Tool

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Google AdWords is an SEO tool that is still too often overlooked. That’s almost suicidal for a small business because AdWords can drive traffic to your website and generate new leads and sales.

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Read on for some tips on using AdWords:

  • Know how your ads get shown – important factors include your daily budget, maximum cost per click per keyword, popularity of your search phrase and Google’s Quality Score.
  • Know where to send users who click on your ad – in other words, don’t send all of them to your home page. This means creating a “landing page”.

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    Which, by the way, is part of Google’s Quality Score rating. If you aren’t familiar with Quality Score, you need to learn now.

  • Keep it refined – broad or generic keywords just don’t work as well. Search queries now are longer, rather than a single word or a pair.
  • Organize keywords into themed ad groups – this makes them more relevant to the audience, which in turn increases your click-through rate.

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    This improves your Quality Score (there it is again!) and results in lower click costs.

  • Use Google’s free conversion tracking – this tells you how well your clicks convert into action. Not only will it help you streamline your campaign, it’s also free!
  • Specify a particular Match Type setting for each keyword – this controls how Google triggers your ad.
  • Don’t ignore negative keywords – for example, if your product is something for the home, you want to avoid anyone searching for “House, M.D.”
  • Variety is the spice of life – don’t assume that one ad will attract the right audience. Test different versions of ad copy for a week, locate the winner and change or delete the losing entries.
  • Separate the wheat from the chaff – get rid of any under-performing keywords. Otherwise, they bring down your Quality Score.

A well-thought Google AdWords campaign is worth the time and effort. Use these optimization techniques to make the most of your ad budget.

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Author Bio

Andy Beohar

Andy Beohar

Andy Beohar is VP of SevenAtoms, a Google and HubSpot certified agency in San Francisco. Andy develops and manages ROI-positive inbound and paid marketing campaigns for B2B & Tech companies. Connect with Andy on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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