We all want to have our business visible on Google; it’s the world’s most popular search engine, with hundreds of millions of search queries being entered every day after all.
But whilst Google Search Campaigns look great, they can be a little daunting if you don’t know what you’re doing and they can be costly to outsource if you don’t have the time.
So we thought it might be a good idea to create a quick guide to show you how you can set up your own Search Campaigns and some bonus tips on how to get your business ranking higher for paid ads on Google Search.
First of all, when we say a ‘Google Search Ad’, we’re talking about those ads displayed at the top of the page on Google when you type in a query, along with the organic results that follow below.
For example, when you search for ‘AA Breakdown’ on Google, the following will appear:
Organic search results are listings on the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) that appear because of their relevance to the search query, as opposed to being a paid advertisement. Google decides which websites are the most useful and relevant to the user by using a complex algorithm.
When running a Google Search Campaign, you can pick the words that you would like to trigger your ad to be shown. These are called keywords.
For example, if you only wanted to advertise your hair salon to people local to your business, you can simply choose to show your ads when someone searches for ‘hair salons’ in your city. i.e. Hair Salons Liverpool.
Depending on how well your ad is optimized, and how much your bidding for your ad, you can influence how high your ad shows in the search network listings. The aim is to always appear in in the top 3 ad results on the page.
Search Ads are an excellent way of promoting your business to your target audience, and you only pay when your ad is clicked.
We would all love to rank high on the Search Engine Results Page for free – also known as organically- but this takes a long time and a strong SEO skill set. If your website does not rank high on Google’s result page for relevant topics then you may want to consider paid ads.
By running a paid search ad, you can quickly get ahead of the competition and take users to your preferred page on your website. Maybe you have an offer you would like to promote or a new product or service that you would like to generate leads for?
A good ad can take someone who has never heard of your business before to your website where they may decide to make a booking or purchase your product. This means that you have acquired a new customer at a relatively low cost.
Please note, you MUST have a website in order to run a Google Search ad, you cannot direct your ad to a social media business page.
Add in your daily budget. We suggest starting small and then increase your budget if you are happy with the results.
For the Network, we would recommend you stick with Search Network if this is your first ever campaign, to keep things simple.
For the location, you can stick with the UK or be more granular (see image below).
If you select the edit option on the Location setting, you will be able to type in your city or town. If the location you are looking for does not appear, try the following:
Note – you can add multiple locations.
Now it’s time to add your keywords! Remember, Keywords are words or phrases that customers would use when searching for your product or service.
When a customer types in a keyword you are bidding for they will be shown an ad.
This video includes some great tips for creating your keyword list:
Google will recommend keywords to you, based on the content of your website. You can select all of the keywords which are fitting to your business and add in your own keywords.
Word of caution on keyword selection – Google is a commercial business and it’s in their interest to show you a lot of keywords that could generate clicks through to your website. More clicks = more revenue for Google. Do not bulk add recommended keywords before double checking that they are the right fit for your business and not too generic.
Scope out your competitors. Have a look at their ad copy and what keywords they are using. Is there anything they are doing that really stands out to you? Is there anything that you could use as inspiration for your own ad?
Here are some of our top tips for writing an ad that stands out:
Now it’s time to add in your payment details and get your new Google Search Ad up and running. Congratulations!
If you would like to hone your digital marketing skills for your business, you can take part in Google’s Digital Garage. It consists of multiple free online courses aimed to help you grow your business and learn the basics of online marketing.