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    1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 24, 2007 2:47 PM by LUCKIEST

    Advanced Optimization Techniques for Google Adwords

    PPC-Pro Newbie

      I'm going to assume your PPC campaigns are already set up and that you're not a novice at this. Below are some tips, definitions and best practices to help you get the most from your Google Adwords campaigns.


      Campaign Organization:
      As noted briefly above, we're going to assume that your campaigns are already set up and running. But there are some fundamental strategies that need to be followed.
      First of all, your Google account can have 25 campaigns with up to 100 ad groups per campaign. If you find that you need more campaigns, you can contact Google and have that increased up to 99 campaigns, but the 100 ad groups per campaign isn't changeable.


      Google - Keywords.
      Google's system gives you the opportunity to use 3 different match type scenarios - Broad, Phrase and Exact. (Don't forget about those valuable Negative keywords, too - but for the sake of this document we won't go into those).
      Broad Match - these keywords are easily identified in your adwords interface because they don't have any quotation marks or brackets around them. Google casts a wide net with these keywords so be careful when using them. Google will even match up these keywords with your ad copy! For example - I've seen the broad keyword - American Idol fire when someone typed in Clay Aiken.
      Phrase Match - These keywords are identified in your campaigns with quotation marks around them. These keywords will only trigger when the keyword someone types is in the same order as your phrase match keyword. For example - if your keyword is - "green widgets" and someone types in - widgets green - that keyword won't fire. It can also fire when someone types in - big green widgets or green widgets with spots. Again, as long as those two words are together that keyword could trigger.
      Exact Match - These keywords are identified in your interface with brackets around the keywords. For example - adwords. For these types of keywords to fire, the search query has to be exactly what your keyword is - hence the meaning of Exact Match.
      Best Practice for keywords - Single keyword = exact match. 2 or 3 keywords phrase = phrase match. 4 or more keyword phrases = broad match.


      Google - Ad Copy Best Practices.
      Studies prove that inserting the keyword in your Titles increases your CTR. Google has the best keyword insertion method as they allow "default text" to display in case your ad title after the keyword is inserted exceeds 25 characters. You can do this by typing it in this way - {KeyWord:Default Ad Copy}. Also, by capitalizing the K and the W will capitalize the first word of each of your keywords in your inserted phrase. Note - I've even done this in one of the Description lines which created unique Ads with great CTR's!
      Google also allows you to use capitalize the first letter of every word, you can use one exclamation point per ad, you can use various other characters like question marks and quotation marks and you can even display your phone number in your ad. You can even use the Display URL line to sneak in the keyword again by making it look like a page on your site, for example - Last but not least, don't forget a strong call to action. You can't use superlatives like "best" or "hottest" or even "click here". You should use calls to action like "Buy Now", "Buy Now & Save!" or "Learn More" or "Learn Why!". You can even list your phone number in your ad to try to defer cost of a click and impel your user to pick up the phone and call instead. However, ads with phone numbers usually get clicked on anyway, so why not use that valuable real estate to filter your potential visitor the best you can.