Advertising on Google with AdWords is one of the best decisions you can make to expand your reach, find new customers, and grow your business. Google AdWords is the world’s largest and most widely used online advertising platform, and by advertising on Google, your business can reach a potential audience of millions.
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How Advertising on Google Works
Google AdWords functions as an auction, but unlike a regular auction, it’s not just your bid that matters – the auction takes the quality and relevance of your ad campaigns into account. This means that the playing field is level for everybody, not only those advertisers with the deepest pockets.
The Google AdWords auction is centered around the concept of keywords. Advertisers identify keywords that are relevant to their business – and that searchers are likely to use when trying to find something – and bid on them, stating how much they are willing to pay each time a Google user clicks on their ad. This is where the term “pay-per-click advertising” comes from.
The ad auction takes place every single time a searcher enters a keyword into Google, meaning that every single search for keywords you’re bidding on represents an opportunity for your ads to be shown to prospective new customers. And since those prospects are actively looking for what you’re selling, you’ll be showing up at the exact right moment. This is what makes advertising on Google so powerful, and one of the best ways to grow your business.
Learn more about how Google advertising works in this quick video:
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How to Advertise on Google with AdWords
Advertising on Google with AdWords requires an AdWords account, which is free and can be signed up for at the official Google AdWords page. Once you’ve opened your account, it’s time to figure out how to use AdWords to grow your business!
The following is a ten-step process for advertising on Google:
- Establish your account goals
- Determine your audience
- Conduct keyword research
- Set budgets and bids
- Build your optimal account structure
- Write high-performing ads
- Create effective landing pages
- Implement conversion tracking
- Grow your remarketing lists
- Make optimization a habit
We’ll provide more tips on how to optimize your Google advertising below.
Optimal AdWords Account Structure
The first step is to consider your account structure. Although there are many ways to structure an AdWords account, such as mirroring the structure of your website or by product categorization, the most effective and successful accounts all share the same qualities when it comes to organizational hierarchy. The following figure shows an optimal AdWords account structure:
The AdWords account itself is the topmost level. Within each account are campaigns. Some advertisers only run a single campaign at any given time, whereas others run numerous campaigns simultaneously. Each campaign houses various ad groups, each of which, in turn, contain unique keywords, ad text, and accompanying landing pages.
Campaigns are often organized by theme, such as a holiday promotion or back-to-school sale. Within each campaign, ad groups are often organized by products or services, such as Hanukah merchandise or school stationery. Finally, individual products, such as menorahs or notebooks, have their own targeted keywords, unique ad copy, and relevant accompanying landing pages.
The structure of your AdWords account may not reflect this hierarchy precisely, but organizing your account in this manner will allow you to keep things organized and tightly themed from the outset, factors that can have significant influence on PPC metrics such as Quality Score.
Advertise on Google with WordStream
Aside from the technical aspects of setting up and running a PPC campaign using Google AdWords, many advertisers struggle with the time commitment necessary to achieve success with paid search. That’s why WordStream’s software and free tools have proven invaluable to thousands of businesses advertising on Google.
The AdWords Performance Grader: A Completely Free Audit of Your AdWords Account
To maximize the impact of your AdWords campaigns, you need to know what measures are working and where improvements can be made – and WordStream’s AdWords Performance Grader can help you do exactly that.
The AdWords Performance Grader is the most comprehensive, fully featured free tool of its kind. In 60 seconds or less, the AdWords Performance Grader performs a detailed and thorough audit of your AdWords account, identifying areas in which improvements can be made as well as highlighting successful areas of your account and how they compare to competitive benchmarks for your industry.