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(Last Updated On: October 9, 2018)

Successful business is all about marketing and promoting your services. Are you doing all you can?

A Google pay-per-click program can help you get instant traffic to your site and jump start your sales and marketing activity. Although Google AdWords is a very easy to use tool to manage ads on Google, running an effective marketing program and, more importantly, a good ROI is what everyone hopes to achieve.

Six out of 10 business owners feel that Google pay-per-click simply does not work, or delivers very modest results. According to them, clicks and traffic is delivered but this fails to convert into sales.

We explore possible reasons for getting better results out of the supposedly simple to manage Google pay-per-click program. A well-managed pay-per-click campaign is one that not only gets clicks but also converts the clicks into sales at a lower cost per click and delivers a higher conversion rate or ROI.

Here are 10 very simple tips to improve the effectiveness of your pay-per-click program and ensure a better conversion rate at a lower cost per click.

1. Number of Keywords Do not be greedy and choose hundreds of keywords for your campaign. Not only does it make it difficult to find out which keywords work and deliver targeted traffic, but it also makes it difficult to track and manage the campaign. Instead, start with 10-15 keywords per campaign and test them thoroughly by running the campaign for a couple of weeks or more. Based on the results, try to add more or remove existing keywords.

2. Keyword Match Criteria: Broad, Phrase, or Exact Match – which one to choose? Let's take an example. If we choose a keyword "quality carpet cleaning" and apply a broad match, it means that someone searching for "buy quality carpet" will see your ad listing since it's a broad match. Using the same keyword as a phrase match will show your ad listing when someone searches for "quality carpet cleaning riverside". An exact match only shows your ad listing, when there is an exact match or someone searches for "quality carpet cleaning" in the example. So take this example into consideration when you choose the keyword match type.

One more thing to take a note is that one keyword chosen with wrong match criteria can spoil the entire campaign. For example, if you choose "carpet cleaning", "upholstery cleaning", "tile cleaning" etc. as phrase match type and choose "carpet" as a broad match type, then your ads will start to show even if "carpet repairs" is searched, defeating the purpose of choosing the other phrase / exact match keywords.

3. Using relevant, traffic oriented and targeted keywords: Using keywords that are too generic or using keywords that may not be popular searched will decline the performance of the campaign. The non-targeted keywords will waste your marketing dollars by attracting significant traffic while the low traffic keywords will get you too little clicks. A better option would be to check the traffic on the keywords using Google Tool https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal while choosing the keywords.

4. Improve keyword quality score: A higher keyword quality score means that your ad is more relevant to your campaign keywords and that Google is most likely going to rank your listing higher and at a lower cost per click. To improve quality score, improve landing page quality by using more targeted content, use keywords in the ad copy, set the appropriate bid amounts on keywords, and try to maintain a good click-through rate (CTR). A CTR above one percent is considered good. For the campaigns which have a good CTR historically, Google tends to show the ads high enough on the paid listings at a lower cost per click (CPC).

5. Writing targeted ad copy: Writing simple, effective ad copy with a clear message and a call to action text works much better than including too many technical details in the ad. If it's a regionally targeted ad, which most often cleaning companies do, try to add the region / city name in the ad. Also, try to make use of your campaign keywords in the ad copy. This will improve the relevancy and quality score of a keyword extremely gratifying you a lower cost per click and higher ranking on Google.

6. Writing multiple ad copies: Writing multiple ad copies will allow Google to rotate the ads and automatically show ads which work better than the other. A simple trick may be to just change the title of the ad and re-use the two-line description ad text. By running multiple ads, you can find out which ad copy generates more clicks and retain it and remove ads which are not performing well.

7. Choosing the right geography: Be it a 50 mile service area around your office, one city, multiple cities or states or countries, Google allows you to choose the exact geography where you would like to show your listing. Without choosing the right geography, you will end up wasting your marketing dollars. So consider researching your service area on Google and select the geographical location where you want to target the ads.

8. Using search versus content network: Google provides an option to run your ads on search network and content network. Search networks include Google and Google partner sites like AOL.com, etc. Content networks consist of websites that have chosen to show Google Ad listing. If your target prospects / customers visit a particular website, then you can choose to show your ad listing on that site. Considering the pay-per-click model; it may not harm to add some content sites. Try to keep the number not too high as irrelevant content sites lower down the overall CTR of the campaign and raise the bid amount on keywords. But certainly consider experimenting with some sites and add sites that you think your target customers would shop on.

9. Choosing a budget: This depends on your marketing budget. Start with a smaller budget sufficient to test out your campaign and see what works. Sometimes campaigns may not give you instant return on your investment. So avoid overspending without running a test campaign and knowing what works.

10. Landing page design: The landing page or the page which the prospects see when they click on your listing should have sufficient information to be able to catch the prospects attention and make up their mind to contact you. The landing page should use relevant keywords that you have chosen in the campaign so that keyword quality score is higher.

The above 10 simple tips will help you get more out of your Google marketing dollars by driving more targeted traffic to your site, generating more leads, improving the conversion rate of the website and getting a consistent ROI.

10 Simple Tips to Get Higher ROI Out of Your Google Marketing $$

10 Simple Tips to Get Higher ROI Out of Your Google Marketing $$