Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising is one of the fastest methods of driving sales for your business. At somoWEB we specialise in PPC advertising with conversion tracking so that we can achieve the maximum return on investment (ROI) from your advertising budget.
How Does It Work?
PPC advertising is the process of appearing within the "sponsored links" section of Google (the major search engine in many countries). You can setup a text-based ad to appear anytime a user types in a specific keyword phrase. The best part is that you only pay when somebody actually clicks on ad, which effectively means that you only pay for results.
Advertising by Google Adwords
No matter what your budget or how little time you have, you can reach new customers and grow your business using Google’s online advertising program. With AdWords, you can choose where your ad appears, set a budget that’s comfortable for you (there’s no minimum spending commitment), and easily measure the impact of your ad.
Reach people exactly when they're searching the Internet for what you offer. Your ad can appear on Google and its partner websites. With cost-per-click bidding, you're charged only when someone clicks your ad.
A few important things set AdWords apart from other kinds of advertising. Using AdWords, you can:
Let's say you run a bakery near Boston. Set your ad to appear to customers in just that location, and when someone living or vacationing there searches Google for "blueberry muffins near Boston," they could see your ad and click it to connect to your business.
Before you choose where to show your ads, try thinking like your customers. What do they like? What are their habits? Where are they? What do you need to know about them so you can best reach them with your ads? Keeping your customers in mind when you make your choices can help you reach more customers and get a higher return on investment (ROI).
Here's more about where to show your ads and who might see them.
If you use keywords to target your ads, you select a set of keywords related to the product or service you'd like to advertise. Then, when people search using the words or phrases you picked, your text ads can appear alongside or above search results.
Where your ads can appear
You can also choose to show your ads to people as they browse the web. Your text, image, and video ads can appear on the Google Display Network. The Display Network is a collection of partner websites and specific Google websites -- including Google Finance, Gmail, Blogger, and YouTube -- that show AdWords ads. This network also includes mobile sites and apps that show ads (these are called mobile display partners).
Here's an example of ads on a Display Network site. You can see how the ads are targeted to the content of the page:
Where your ads can appear
Your ads can appear on specific websites or placements that you choose. For example, if your business sells wedding cakes, you could choose to show your ad on a popular wedding planning site.
Your ads can appear on websites based on the targeting methods you choose, like keywords, placements, audiences, and topics.
Find more information on where ads might appear on the Display Network.
You can show your ads to people as they search or visit websites on the go:
Here's an example of how ads might appear on a mobile device:
Where your ads can appear
Read more about where your ads might appear when you target high-end mobile devices.
If you have text ads, you can choose to show them to customers in an entire country, a certain geographic location, and even to customers who use names of locations in their searches.
If you own a small local ice cream shop, you probably want to show your ads and special offers to people in nearby cities only. You can do this by targeting just specific cities.
Read more about targeting ads to a specific geographic location.
To better reach your potential customers, you can also target your campaigns to the languages they speak. And if your customers speak multiple languages, you can create separate campaigns to manage ads and keywords for each of those languages.
Learn more about language targeting.
With AdWords, you can also show your text, image, and video ads on Display Network websites to specific groups of people:
We'll then show your ads to people who are added to your lists or who we think are interested in those categories.
Learn more about reaching specific audiences.
AdWords gives you control over your advertising costs. There's no minimum spending requirement. You get to set the maximum amount you're willing to spend each day and choose how you'll spend your money.
Every time someone searches on Google, AdWords runs an auction to determine the ads that show on the search results, and their rank on the page. To place your ads in this auction, you set a bidding option in your account.
Most people starting out in AdWords use the basic cost-per-click bidding (CPC) option, which means they accrue costs based on the number of clicks they get on their ads. If you use this option, the amount you're charged per click depends in part on themaximum cost-per-click bid you set in your account, also called maximum CPC bid. This represents the highest amount that you'll ever pay for an ad click. In fact, you'll be charged only the amount necessary to keep your ad at its position on the page.
A few other factors, such as ad quality, determine the exact cost of a click on your ad. But if you've set a maximum CPC bid of $1 for your ads, then the most you'll pay when a customer clicks your ad is $1. And if your competition bids only $0.50 for the same ad position, you'll only need to pay $0.51 to show your ad, assuming your ads are similar in all other aspects.
Go to your account at https://adwords.google.com to see full reports of your advertising costs and billing history anytime.
Now that you understand the basics of how costs can accrue in AdWords, let's look at the ways you can control your costs:
Your daily budget specifies the amount you're willing to spend each day for each ad campaign in your account. The size of your budget is entirely up to you and you can edit this amount whenever you like. When your budget is reached, your ads will start showing less often or stop showing altogether for that day.
Google may allow up to 20% more clicks in a day than your daily budget specifies. We call this overdelivery. Overdelivery can help make up for days when traffic is slow and your ads don't get as much exposure. But, even when the clicks or impressions exceed your budget, you won't be charged more than your budget for any given billing period.
If the budget for your ad campaign remains at $10 per day throughout an entire month, the maximum amount you would be charged for that campaign for that month is $304 ($10 x 30.4 average days per month).
If you use the cost-per-click bidding option, you set a maximum CPC bid for your ads. You can always lower your bid amount, but, if you do, it may cause your ads to show up in a lower position on the first page of search results. In general, a higher maximum CPC bid can allow your ad to show at a higher position on the page.
You can have your bids automatically adjusted, based on the daily budget you've set. Then the system will actively seek out the most clicks possible given your budget. This option is called automatic bidding.
High-quality keywords and ads are an important way to make sure that you're getting the most for your money.
You can raise your maximum CPC bid to try to get your ad to show at a higher position on the page. But you can also raise your ad's position by improving the quality of your ads, keywords, and settings, without increasing costs.
To encourage high-quality ads, Google uses a measurement called Quality Score. The higher the quality of your ad, the less you pay for a given ad position, and vice versa.
Let's say your maximum CPC bid is $2. Meanwhile, your competitor has a maximum CPC bid of $3 but the quality of his ads are below average. Because of the higher quality of your ads, your ad could actually show in a higher spot on the page, even though your bid is lower.
If you're getting started in AdWords, you should next learn about the variety of payment options available with AdWords.
Already using AdWords? Here are some helpful resources to help you better understand your costs:
All online ads are essentially clickable messages that connect customers with a website.
Text ads, the simplest version of a clickable message, contain three components: a headline, display URL, and a description. Let's look at the components of the sample ad below:
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The first line of your ad is the one that customers are most likely to notice. If you really want your headline to stand out, consider including keywords. People are more likely to notice headlines that match what they're searching for. In our sample ad, the keyword "advertise" should get the attention of people who are searching for ways to advertise online.
Appearing in green, this line of your ad shows the address of the website that you're promoting. AdWords lets you choose a brief but meaningful display URL to give people who see your ad a clear idea of where it'll take them when they click on the link. Behind the scenes, you can also assign your text ads a different destination URL, which takes the person who clicks your ad to a precise location on the same website that's relevant to the ad itself. People can only see the display URL in your ad and not the destination URL.
The final lines of your text ad are where you describe the product or service you're advertising. Space is limited, so choose your words carefully to highlight the most important details and benefits.
AdWords has lots of ad formats, tools, and features to help you be successful with your advertising. But you can also try many other Google products that are separate from AdWords to help boost your success. Use these products to help grow your business online, gain extra income, and create a better experience for your online customers.
We've described just a few of these products below. You can see a full list of all Google products available for your region at http://www.google.com/options.
Show your business on Google Maps: Reach people who are searching for local services on Google Maps. They'll see your business highlighted on the map, giving them easy access to your business information, photos, and even reviews.
Try Google Places Free!
Attract potential customers in your area: AdWords Express -- a separate product from the standard AdWords -- lets you run ads on Google and Google Maps to connect with customers searching for local services. AdWords Express gives you a more hands-off approach: you set a budget, choose advertising categories based on your product or services, create your ad messaging, and let our automated systems take care of the rest.
Try Ad Words Express
Increase traffic to your website's store with Google Product Search. Submit your products to Google Product Search so shoppers can quickly and easily find your site when they're shopping online.
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Make it easy for customers to pay you by using Google Checkout. It's an online payment system that's safe and easy for your customers to use, and can even increase your sales.
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Find out how customers use your website: Google Analytics can show you how your customers navigate through your site, what path they follow before they make a purchase, where you're losing customers, and a boatload of other information about how your website is performing.
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Discover which parts of your website perform well by testing different versions of a page. Website Optimizer will run tests so you can see if a particular layout or message improves your sales or leads.
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Improve your website's shopping experience with a Google search box that's specially designed for sites that sell multiple products. Non-shopping sites can use the similar feature Site Search.
Try Commerce Search.
Show relevant Google ads on your website and get paid for it! We give you a piece of code to put on your site, you choose where to place ads, and you earn money when visitors click on the ads.
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Go beyond AdSense, showing ads on your site from AdSense and other ad serving programs to increase your revenue.
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Get commissions on successful ads shown on your site. Another way to make money from your ads!
Once you have an AdSense account and are accepted into the Google Affiliate Network, you can get paid for driving sales or leads.
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Find more advanced advertising products in the DoubleClick suite. These powerful products offer sophisticated tools for search marketing, complex ad campaigns, and rich media ads.
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Looking for help with a Google product? To access the Help Centers for all Google products and services, visit http://www.google.com/support. Search or browse the product's Help Center to find answers or to contact the appropriate support team.
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