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PPC Marketing - Getting Started With Google PPC


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A n explanation of what PPC is with a useful guide on setting yourself up on Google AdWords

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PPC Marketing - Getting Started With Google PPC

  1. 1. Getting Started with GoogleWhat is PPC?Pay-per-click advertising, also known as PPC, is a form of online advertising whereby internet users are directed toan advertisers we9bsite after clicking on an advertisement. The advertiser pays for each visitor to their website ona per-click basis. These advertisements most commonly appear on search engine results pages such as Google, butalso appear on hundreds of thousands of websites, news pages and blogs.This document will outline the initial steps for getting yourself appearing on the PPC listings of Google. If you wantmore information on PPC in general, take a look at our article on „The Basics of PPC Marketing‟.How do I get started?Adwords (Google‟s PPC system) works in 3 tiers; account level, campaign level and adgroup level. Before you getstarted it‟s worth noting at this point that it will be beneficial to read this entire article before you make a start toensure you set up your account in the most logical and effective fashion.Tier 1 – Setting up your Google accountAs with all things Google, setting up a Google account is a simple process. Simply visit the Adwords homepage at, request to open an AdWords account and follow the online instructions.You may need to set up a new Google email account if you don‟t have one already which is a single email addressand password which runs over all of Google‟s services.Entering your billing information is optional at this stage as you‟ll still be able to set up your campaign but your adswon‟t start running until you do.Tiers 2 and 3 - Setting up your campaign and adgroupOnce you‟ve set up your account, the next step is setting up your campaign. Tier 2, the campaign level, is wherehigh level decisions are made that your adgroups underneath (tier 3) will abide to. Follow the guide below tocreate your first campaign and adgroup.  Within your account click the button that says create your first campaign/new online campaign (select start with keywords if given the option of keywords or placements)  Name your campaign something logical – e.g. soft furnishings  Name your adgroup something logical – e.g. cushions  Select your campaigns language and location - these settings determine the languages and geographical locations of the people who see your ads.  Create your first ad text – this is what the searcher will see on the Google search results page. See the section below on Adtext Hints and Tips.  Enter your keywords – the words/phrases a potential customer might use to search for your service or product on Google. See the section below on Choosing Keywords Hints and Tips.  Enter your daily budget – this is the amount you are willing to spend on this ad campaign each day. Your budget will help determine how many times your ad can be shown each day.  Enter your CPC (cost per click) bid – the maximum amount youre willing to pay each time a user clicks your ad. Your bid will determine how often your ad will appear and in what position on the page.Your first adgroup is now ready to start driving you traffic.Please note: you can add/edit adgroups, keywords and adtext after you‟ve created your campaign so you don‟tneed to think of everything straight away.© indium online 101865 980
  2. 2. Hints and TipsCreating AdtextAdtext is what lures a searcher to your website. Successful ads are clear, well-written, compelling and to the point.Internet users will typically only scan the first couple words of an advert so it needs to be concise.Adtext is made up of the following:  Headline (25 characters long) – should directly relate to the keywords being searched to make your ad seem most relevant to the searcher. Any keywords in both the searchers search term and your adtext will appear in bold in both the headline and description reinforcing your ads relevancy to the searcher.  Description (2 lines of 35 characters each) - should relate directly to what is offered on the landing page (where your destination URL links to). Use a call to action such as „buy now‟ – this has been proven to increase the amount of people that click through to your website.  Display URL - a fake URL that describes your landing page and what the user is searching for. It must have the same domain as your website.  Destination URL - the web address your ad will actually link to.When creating adtext it is important to think about how you can differentiate yourself from your competition, carryout some relevant searches on Google and see what adtext others are using to get ideas.Choosing KeywordsAn effective keywords list is essential to an effective Adwords strategy. Ensure your adgroups are highly targetedto one distinct keyword grouping, product or service in order to keep the relevancy to the searcher high, keep yourquality score high and enable you to create a highly targeted adtext - all of which will help to improve your ROI.Use highly relevant phrases that will prequalify searchers visiting your site, using 2-3 word phrases will producebetter results than a single word. If you sell Samsung televisions use the primary keyword "Samsungtelevision" instead of "television" alone. This can then be expanded to additional targeted phrases such as“Samsung colour television”, “Samsung widescreen television” etc.If you wish to expand your keyword list further you can use the keyword tool in Google Adwords. Simply click thekeyword tool on an adgroup‟s keyword page and follow the online instructions. Google will come up with a list ofrelated terms with average searches on that term and an index of how popular that term is among competitors.Your Bidding StrategyAdwords makes managing your budget as easy as possible by allowing you to put a daily maximum spend on youraccount and specify how the money is allocated throughout the day. When your limit is reached, your ads stoprunning.When first starting a new adgroup, it may be useful to start off by placing your default keyword bid slightly higherthan you may have planned. In many cases this will gain you better standing in the long run with Google and, dueto higher traffic from the increased bid, should provide some quick results data to allow you to start optimising.AnalyseThe single most important thing to do when using Adwords is to analyse the results that your campaign brings inon a regular basis. Google offers many different reports to do this and gives you the opportunity to optimise youraccount accordingly to achieve your objectives – whether they be brand exposure, X% ROI or £X sales achieved.© indium online 201865 980