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The ultimate guide to advertising on Google Ads

Updated: Jan 5

Introduction:


Google Ads is a pay-per-click (PPC) advertising platform that allows businesses to display ads on Google search results pages and across the Google Display Network. It's an effective way to reach potential customers at the moment they are searching for products or services like yours. In this ultimate guide, we'll walk you through the steps to successfully set up and run a Google Ads campaign, from choosing the right campaign type to utilizing advanced tactics and strategies to maximize your campaign's effectiveness.


Elevate Media Group specializes in helping businesses succeed with their Google Ads campaigns. Our team of experienced professionals has the expertise and resources to help you set up and manage your Google Ads account, choose the right campaign type and targeting options, create compelling ad copy and landing pages, and optimize your campaign for maximum performance. Partner with Elevate Media Group and take the guesswork out of advertising on Google Ads, so you can focus on running your business while we handle the details of your digital marketing strategy. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you succeed with Google Ads.





Step 1: Introduction to Google Ads and its importance in advertising


Google Ads is a powerful tool for businesses of all sizes to reach potential customers through targeted advertising. When a user searches for a specific keyword or phrase, Google displays a list of relevant ads at the top and bottom of the search results page. Advertisers bid on keywords, and the highest bidder's ad gets displayed in the top spot. When a user clicks on the ad, the advertiser is charged a fee, hence the term "pay-per-click."


Google Ads can be an effective way to drive targeted traffic to your website and increase sales. It allows you to reach potential customers at the moment they are searching for products or services like yours, and it provides detailed analytics so you can track the success of your campaigns and make informed decisions about your advertising budget.


Step 2: Setting up a Google Ads account


To get started with Google Ads, you'll need to set up a Google Ads account. Here's how:

  1. Go to the Google Ads website (https://ads.google.com/) and click the "Start now" button.

  2. Sign in to your Google account or create a new one if you don't have one.

  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to set up your Google Ads account, including providing your business name, website URL, and other information.

  4. Accept the terms and conditions and click "Finish."


Step 3: Choosing the right campaign type for your business


Once you have set up your Google Ads account, you'll need to choose the type of campaign that's right for your business. Google Ads offers several campaign types to choose from, including:

  • Search campaigns: These campaigns display ads on Google search results pages when users search for specific keywords.

  • Display campaigns: These campaigns display ads on websites and apps within the Google Display Network.

  • Video campaigns: These campaigns display ads on YouTube and other video-sharing sites.

  • Shopping campaigns: These campaigns display product ads in Google search results and on Google Shopping.

Consider your business goals and target audience when deciding which campaign type is right for you. For example, if you're a local business targeting a specific geographic area, a search campaign might be the best choice. If you have a physical product to sell, a Shopping campaign might be the way to go.


Step 4: Setting up your first campaign


Once you've chosen the campaign type that's right for your business, it's time to set up your first campaign. Here's how:

  1. From the Google Ads dashboard, click on the "Campaigns" tab and then click the "+" button to create a new campaign.

  2. Select your campaign type and follow the prompts to set up your campaign, including choosing a campaign name, setting a budget, and selecting targeting options.

  3. Set up your ad groups and create your first ad. An ad group is a group of ads and keywords that share a common theme. When setting up your ad group, choose relevant keywords and write compelling ad copy that will persuade users to click on your ad.

  4. Choose a landing page for your ad. A landing page is the page on your website that users will be directed to when they click on your ad. It's important to choose a landing page that is relevant to your ad and provides a good user experience. For example, if your ad is promoting a specific product, the landing page should be the product page for that product.

Step 5: Selecting the right keywords for your campaign


Keywords are the words or phrases that users type into Google when searching for products or services. Choosing the right keywords for your campaign is crucial to its success, as it will determine which searches your ads will be eligible to appear in. When selecting keywords, consider the language that your target audience uses to search for your products or services.

There are several tools available to help you research and select the right keywords for your campaign, including the Google Ads Keyword Planner. This tool allows you to see how often specific keywords are searched for, as well as estimates for the cost per click (CPC) for those keywords.


Step 6: Writing compelling ad copy


Once you've selected your keywords, it's time to write your ad copy. Ad copy is the text that appears in your ad and is an important factor in determining whether users will click on your ad. When writing ad copy, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Use action words to encourage users to take action

  • Include a call to action (e.g., "Get a free quote now")

  • Include the benefits of your product or service

  • Use your keywords in the ad copy

  • Keep it concise and to the point


Step 7: Setting up conversion tracking


Conversion tracking allows you to see which of your ads are resulting in conversions, or desired actions taken by users on your website (such as making a purchase or filling out a form). Setting up conversion tracking is important because it allows you to see which ads are performing the best and make informed decisions about your advertising budget.


To set up conversion tracking, you'll need to install a tracking code on your website. You can find instructions for doing this in the Google Ads Help Center.


Step 8: Using negative keywords to improve campaign performance


Negative keywords are words or phrases that you don't want your ads to show up for in search results. For example, if you're a clothing store and you don't sell shoes, you might want to add "shoes" as a negative keyword so that your ad doesn't show up when users search for "clothing store shoes."


Using negative keywords can help improve the performance of your campaign by preventing your ads from showing up for irrelevant searches, which can save you money and improve the relevance of your ads for users.


Step 9: Utilizing ad extensions to enhance your ads


Ad extensions are additional pieces of information that can be added to your ads to make them more informative and appealing to users. There are several types of ad extensions available, including:

  • Location extensions: These extensions display your business address and phone number in your ad.

  • Call extensions: These extensions allow users to call your business directly from the ad.

  • Sitelink extensions: These extensions allow you to include additional links to specific pages on your website in your ad.

Utilizing ad extensions can help improve the performance of your ads by providing users with more information and making it easier for them to take action.


Step 10: Choosing the right landing page for your ads


As mentioned previously, the landing page is the page on your website that users will be directed to when they click on your ad. It's important to choose a landing page that is relevant to your ad and provides a good user experience to ensure that users are more likely to take the desired action (such as making a purchase or filling out a form). Here are a few tips for choosing the right landing page:

  • Make sure the landing page is relevant to the ad: If the ad is promoting a specific product, the landing page should be the product page for that product.

  • Keep the design and layout simple and easy to navigate: Users should be able to easily find what they're looking for on the page.

  • Include a clear call to action: Make it easy for users to take the desired action by including a prominent call to action (e.g., "Buy now" or "Sign up").


Step 11: Setting up a budget and bid strategy


Before you launch your campaign, it's important to set a budget and bid strategy. Your budget is the amount of money you're willing to spend on your campaign each day, week, or month. Your bid strategy is the amount you're willing to pay per click on your ad.

There are several bid strategies to choose from, including:

  • Manual CPC: This allows you to set a specific bid amount for each click on your ad.

  • Enhanced CPC: This automatically adjusts your bid amount based on the likelihood that a click will result in a conversion.

  • Target CPA: This sets a target cost per acquisition (CPA) and automatically adjusts your bid amount to try and achieve that target.

Consider your business goals and budget when deciding on a bid strategy. For example, if you're looking to drive a high volume of traffic to your website, you might choose a manual CPC strategy and set a lower bid amount. If you're more focused on maximizing conversions, you might choose a target CPA strategy and set a higher bid amount.


Step 12: Using ad scheduling and geographic targeting to reach the right audience


Ad scheduling and geographic targeting allow you to specify when and where your ads will be displayed. Ad scheduling allows you to set specific times and days of the week for your ads to be shown, while geographic targeting allows you to specify specific locations where your ads will be displayed.


Using ad scheduling and geographic targeting can help you reach the right audience at the right time and improve the performance of your campaign. For example, if you're a local business, you might want to use geographic targeting to only show your ads to users in your local area.


Step 13: Optimizing your ad delivery with ad delivery options


Ad delivery options allow you to control how your ads are displayed to users. There are several ad delivery options to choose from, including:

  • Standard delivery: This is the default delivery option and displays your ads as evenly as possible throughout the day.

  • Accelerated delivery: This option displays your ads as quickly as possible, using up your budget more quickly.

  • Manual cost-per-day bidding: This option allows you to set a specific amount that you want to spend on your campaign each day.

Consider your business goals and budget when deciding on an ad delivery option. For example, if you have a limited budget and want to make sure your ads are seen by as many people as possible, you might choose standard delivery. If you have a larger budget and want to drive traffic to your website as quickly as possible, you might choose accelerated delivery.


Step 14: Utilizing A/B testing to improve campaign performance


A/B testing, also known as split testing, allows you to compare the performance of two different versions of an ad to see which one performs better. This can help you optimize your ads and improve their performance over time.


To A/B test your ads, you'll need to create two versions of the same ad, with only one variable changed between the two versions (such as the headline or call to action). You can then run both versions of the ad and compare their performance. The version that performs better can be used as the basis for future ads.


Step 15: Understanding and using Quality Scores


Quality Scores are a rating system used by Google to determine the relevance and quality of your ads and keywords. A high Quality Score can lead to lower costs and better ad positions, while a low Quality Score can lead to higher costs and lower ad positions.


There are several factors that go into calculating a Quality Score, including the relevance of your keywords, the relevance and quality of your landing page, and the overall performance of your ads. To improve your Quality Scores, focus on creating relevant and high-quality ads and landing pages, and track the performance of your keywords and ads to identify areas for improvement.


Step 16: Utilizing remarketing to target previous website visitors


Remarketing allows you to target ads to users who have previously visited your website. To set up remarketing, you'll need to install a remarketing tag on your website. This tag will place a cookie on the user's computer, allowing you to show targeted ads to them as they browse other websites within the Google Display Network.


Remarketing can be an effective way to bring users back to your website and increase conversions. For example, if a user visited your website but didn't make a purchase, you could use remarketing to show them ads for the product they were interested in as they browse other websites.


Step 17: Utilizing Google Shopping to showcase products in search results


Google Shopping is a feature within Google Ads that allows businesses to showcase their products in search results. To use Google Shopping, you'll need to set up a Merchant Center account and link it to your Google Ads account. You'll then need to upload your product data, including images and descriptions, to the Merchant Center.


Google Shopping allows users to search for and compare products directly in search results, making it an effective way to drive traffic and sales to your website.


Step 18: Utilizing Google Display Network to advertise on websites and apps


The Google Display Network is a collection of websites and apps that display Google Ads. It allows businesses to reach potential customers through targeted display ads on websites and apps that their target audience is likely to visit.


To advertise on the Google Display Network, you'll need to set up a display campaign in Google Ads. You can then choose specific websites and apps to target, or use targeting options such as interests and demographics to reach a specific audience.


Step 19: Utilizing video advertising on YouTube through Google Ads


YouTube is the world's largest video-sharing site and a powerful platform for video advertising. Google Ads allows businesses to create video ads that can be displayed on YouTube and other video-sharing sites.


To create a video ad in Google Ads, you'll need to set up a video campaign and upload your video to YouTube. You can then target your ad to specific users based on demographics, interests, and keywords. Video ads can be an effective way to reach a large audience and drive traffic to your website.


Step 20: Advanced tactics and strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of your Google Ads campaigns


There are several advanced tactics and strategies you can use to maximize the effectiveness of your Google Ads campaigns, including:

  • Utilizing ad customizers: These allow you to dynamically insert specific information (such as location or product price) into your ads based on the user's search query.

  • Utilizing dynamic search ads: These use your website content to dynamically generate ads and target them to specific user searches.

  • Using audience targeting: This allows you to target specific groups of users based on demographics, interests, and behaviors.

  • Utilizing retargeting lists for search ads: This allows you to target specific users who have previously visited your website with search ads.

  • Testing different ad formats: Google Ads offers several different ad formats to choose from, such as responsive display ads and shopping ads. Testing different formats can help you determine which ones work best for your business.

Conclusion: Recap of key takeaways and tips for success with Google Ads

In this ultimate guide, we've covered the 20 steps to setting up and running a successful Google Ads campaign. Here are a few key takeaways and tips for success:

  • Choose the right campaign type for your business: Consider your business goals and target audience when deciding which campaign type is right for you.

  • Select relevant keywords and write compelling ad copy: Keywords and ad copy are crucial to the success of your campaign, so make sure to choose relevant keywords and write compelling ad copy that will persuade users to click on your ad.

  • Set up conversion tracking: This will allow you to see which of your ads are resulting in conversions and make informed decisions about your advertising budget.

  • Utilize ad extensions and choose the right landing page: Ad extensions and a relevant landing page can help improve the performance of your ads and increase conversions.

  • Set a budget and bid strategy: Consider your business goals and budget when deciding on a budget and bid strategy.

  • Use ad scheduling and geographic targeting to reach the right audience: These options allow you to specify when and where your ads will be displayed.

  • Optimize your ad delivery and utilize A/B testing: These tactics can help you improve the performance of your ads over time.

  • Understand and use Quality Scores: High Quality Scores can lead to lower costs and better ad positions, so focus on creating relevant and high-quality ads and landing pages.

  • Utilize remarketing and other targeting options: Remarketing and audience targeting allow you to show targeted ads to specific groups of users based on their interests, behaviors, and website visit history.

  • Utilize Google Shopping and the Google Display Network: These options allow you to showcase your products in search results and reach potential customers through targeted display ads on websites and apps.

  • Utilize video advertising on YouTube: Video ads can be an effective way to reach a large audience and drive traffic to your website.

By following these steps and utilizing these tactics and strategies, you can effectively advertise on Google Ads and reach your target audience. With the right planning and execution, Google Ads can be a powerful tool for driving traffic, sales, and success for your business.


Elevate Media Group has the expertise and resources to help businesses succeed with their Google Ads campaigns. Our team of experienced professionals can help you set up and manage your Google Ads account, choose the right campaign type and targeting options, create compelling ad copy and landing pages, and optimize your campaign for maximum performance.


In addition to these core services, Elevate Media Group offers a range of additional services to help businesses succeed with Google Ads, including:

  • Keyword research and selection: We can help you choose the right keywords to target, ensuring that your ads are seen by the right audience.

  • Ad copywriting: Our team of copywriters can craft compelling ad copy that will persuade users to click on your ad.

  • Landing page optimization: We can help you create landing pages that are optimized for conversions and provide a seamless user experience.

  • Remarketing and audience targeting: We can help you set up and manage remarketing campaigns and utilize other targeting options to reach specific groups of users.

  • Google Shopping setup and management: We can help you set up a Merchant Center account and create and manage Google Shopping campaigns.

  • Google Display Network setup and management: We can help you set up and manage display campaigns on the Google Display Network.

  • Video advertising on YouTube: Our team can create and manage video advertising campaigns on YouTube and other video-sharing sites.

By partnering with Elevate Media Group, you can take the guesswork out of advertising on Google Ads and focus on running your business while we handle the details of your digital marketing strategy. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you succeed with Google Ads.


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