The Fundamentals of Google Ads: Learning The Basics

In this guide we’ll start with the basics: from navigating your
dashboard to building the foundation for well-run campaigns.

The Fundamentals of Google Ads: Learning The Basics​

Lesson 1 – Get familiar with your account metrics

Here’s what to track.
Your dashboard is the window into your campaign’s performance. Here are the metrics you’ll use to track how well your campaign is doing.
 
1Impressions
 This is the number of people who viewed your ad.
2Clicks
 This is the number of people who visited your website by clicking on your ad.
3Clickthrough rate (CTR)
 This is the percentage of people who click your ad after seeing it. CTRs can vary by business type, but keeping yours above 1% for Search campaigns is a good start point.
4Conversions
 These are valuable actions customers take after clicking your ad, like purchases, calls, leads, or app downloads.
In the early stages of your campaign, it’s important to focus on CTR and website engagement to make sure you’re attracting the right customers to your website. You can also connect your goals to data and track sales and conversions to monitor important actions.

Lesson 2 – The basics of understanding your customers

Get to know – and reach – the right people.
Now that you’re using Google Ads, it’s time to figure out who your most ideal customers are.
 
Here are a few ways to understand who the right people are, so you can position your ad for that target audience.
1Understand their behaviors
 Use Think With Google to understand fresh customer insights.
2Reach the right customers
 Consider your customers’ preferences, habits, and traits to help you choose the right settings for your campaign.

Lesson 3 – Positioning your business

Use Google to help get your message out and gain attention.
Now that you’ve identified your audience, it’s time to highlight what your business offers.
 
Share what makes you unique
Include your unique offerings in all your marketing communications. For example, if you offer free shipping, make sure to say so in your ads and on your landing pages.

Lesson 4 – The basics of strong landing pages

Create landing pages that resonate.
Your Landing page experience is Google Ads‘ measure of how well your website gives people what they’re looking for when they click your ad. Take a look at the tips below to help you improve your site.
 
1Be relevant
 Direct your ads to a page that’s directly relevant to your ad text and keywords. For general search terms, you could lead users to your homepage. If your ad is specific to a product or service, it should lead somewhere specific.
2Establish trust
 There are plenty of best practices you can follow to improve your landing page experience. Displaying reviews and removing pop-ups are just a few ways to build trust with users.
3Make it easy
 Get straight to the point with bullets or lists, clear calls to action, and oversized buttons. Also, help customers quickly find what they’re looking for by prioritizing the content above the fold.
4Be reliable
 Give your users a uniform experience across platforms. Ensure that you’re either using a mobile site version of your landing page for mobile ads or that your website has a responsive design.

Lesson 5 – Understanding your account structure

The anatomy of your account.
Finding the best way to organize your account will help you save time and target the right customers. Below are some tips for structuring ad groups.
 
1Let your website be your guide
 For many businesses, the way your website is structured is a good place to start. Make sure the text of your ads and your landing page is highly relevant to the keywords in each ad group.
2Pick a theme
 Organize your ad groups by common theme, product, or goal, and create smaller lists (20–30 terms long) of tightly themed keywords. Specificity and detail will help your ads be more relevant; and relevance leads to higher-quality ads.
3More groups
 Check out your top three ad groups. We recommend having at least three ads per ad group. This helps you learn what message resonates best with your audience.

Lesson 6 – Intro to keywords and targeting

Choose the right keywords.
Selecting high-quality keywords can help you connect with the right people, at the right time. Below are a few tips to help you get started.
 
1Keep your keywords relevant
 Include phrases that people would use to describe your products or services. Make sure they relate directly to the theme of your ad and the landing page you’re linking to. Here are a few more best practices to consider when creating your keyword list.
2Reach the right people at the right time
 The Keyword Planner can help you pick keywords that make it easier for people to find you when they’re searching by product, service, or location.
3Add negative keywords
 You can help reduce costs and prevent your ad from being shown to the wrong people by adding negative keywords. For example, adding “used car” as a negative keyword will help make sure that your ad for a toy car doesn’t show up on any search containing “used car.”

Lesson 7 – The basics of creating high quality ads

Create ads that resonate.
Now that you’ve created a high-quality keyword list, you can start writing engaging text ads that resonate with your target audience. Below are a few tips.
1 Include at least one of your keywords
Integrating words from your keyword list is a great way to make sure your ads are relevant to what people are searching for. For example, if “designer quilts” is one of your keywords, your ad headline could be “handmade designer quilts.”
2 Make your ads actionable
Giving people a clear indicator of what they should do next will make your ads more engaging. Common examples include “Call now for a free quote” and “Learn more today.”
3 Make sure your ad matches your landing page
Showcasing a promotion or product in your ad? Double-check that the page you’re linking to matches the content in your ad. People might leave your website if they don’t immediately find what they expected.

Lesson 8 – Using ad extensions

Improve your presence with ad extensions.
Extensions can showcase what’s unique about your business, and give people the opportunity to take action directly from your ad.
Here’s how you can use extensions to make your ads more engaging and helpful:
1Align your extensions with your goals
 You can do this by selecting ad extensions that match the action you want people to take. For instance, you can get more people to call you by adding a call button or encourage them to download your app with app extensions.
2Get your message out there
 When your extensions show, your ad is easier to see.

Lesson 9 – Understand and improve your Quality Score

Introducing your Quality Score.
To help create a better ad experience for everyone, the Google Ads auction system is set up to identify and reward quality ads. See how you can improve your ads with the following tips.
 
1Know your Quality Score
 Your Quality Score gives you a general idea of how well a specific keyword has performed in past ad auctions. The higher your score, the more likely your ad will be shown for that keyword.
2Know where to improve
 Your Quality Score is based on factors such as how likely your ad will be clicked on and how easily people can navigate your ad‘s landing page. Understanding your score can help you identify changes you need to make to improve your ads.
3Climb the rankings
 High-quality ads can give you a higher Ad Rank, which can lead to a lower cost-per-click and better ad positions.

Lesson 10 – The basics of bidding

Learn the best way to bid.
In addition to your Quality Score, your bids help determine if your ads are shown when people search, and what order they appear in. A good bidding strategy and high Ad Rank are key to getting your ads shown. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1 Use the right tools to improve
The Keyword Planner helps you find the best starting bid for each keyword and gathers useful bidding data, which can help you improve your Ad Rank.
2 Bid smarter
Once your account gathers enough data from manual bidding, you can apply Smart Bidding strategies that automatically adjust your bids and save you time.
3 Meet your goals
Choose a bidding strategy that’s best for your campaign type and advertising goals. Whether you’re more focused on getting people to visit your website or increasing brand awareness, there’s a strategy for you.
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