When Google Adwords Isn't Working - 5 Things Holding You Back from a Successful Campaign
The truth is its really hard to create a successful Google Adwords campaign whether you're a newbie or an advanced internet marketer. It's a high risk marketing method that will cost you dearly if you commit a mistake. You can always delay putting up your Adwords campaign but the insights and rewards will come only after you start your campaign and continually find ways to improve it.
These costly mistakes are addressed in the book The Definitive Guide to Google Adwords. Written by Perry Marshall, the book is all about getting excellent results from Adwords campaigns consistently.
Below are five common mistakes you must avoid to get you started in raking in huge traffic from your target market:
1. Writing keyword-less ads. By this I mean writing keywords only in the headline of your ad. Posting 1-2 keywords or keyphrases in the body of your ad will make it more relevant in the eyes of both your target market and Google.
2. Directing all traffic to your homepage. Don't ever send your visitors to your homepage when they click your ads. In most cases, a homepage is used to give general information about a company and its products or services. Those who click on ads do so for a specific reason. Give them what they've came for by directing them to a landing page listing your value proposition for them.
3. Using 'broad match' in the Google Adwords Keyword Selector Tool as the basis of your research and campaign. As the name suggests, the 'broad match' selection is only useful for an overview of your chosen niche or market. The whole point of keyword research is to know the precise words or phrases your target market uses when searching for information in Google. Make use of 'phrase match' and 'exact match' instead to find out the exact keywords or keyphrases that will lure in your prospects.
4. Using irrelevant keywords. Do not rush to find out what your target market is actually typing in search boxes. Some people make the mistake of assuming that their target market also uses the same words they use to find products and services. This results in a keyword list that gives you sub-par results. To avoid this, utilize the 'synonyms' function in the Google Adwords Keyword Tool. This function will list related keywords from your original keywords giving you vital details on how to best conduct your campaign.
5. An uninteresting headline. Each ad on average only has a second to grab the attention of viewers before they move on. The headline of your ad serves as the hook to reel in visitors. It's the most prominent part of your ad and the quality of it will determine if the reader checks out the rest of the ad or not. State the most important benefit you're giving in your headline to compel viewers to read the body of your ad and click through it.