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How to Avoid Wasting Money on Google Adwords

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Internet marketing has surpassed traditional forms of advertising such as radio broadcasting, direct mail and the passing out of flyers in the neighborhoods. One of the best ways to utilize Internet marketing is to use Google Adwords because it helps you attract high traffic to your business website and if you are a blogger, it is a way to do affiliate marketing in order to earn money while blogging. The problem comes when those who are new to Google Adwords do not use this tool properly and as a result, you lose out on money. Here is how you can avoid wasting money on Google Adwords.

Never Direct Adwords Back To Your Home Page

This is a mistake because most Internet users do not have a lot of time to search for multiple webpages just to locate your items and you want your Google ads to go directly to the webpage that has what customers and regular Web visitors are looking for. For example, if you are selling your bridal wear at discount prices for the spring, the Google ad should lead customers to the webpage where they can shop for the discounted clothing.

Have Discernment When Choosing Words From Google Adwords Keyword Generator

When you sign up for Google Adwords you will receive a list of suggested keywords for use in the Google ads but it does not mean that it is necessary to include every one of those words as part of your ad. When you use Adwords that are too generic, it will be hard to attract the right visitors to your website. If your website offers marriage advice to interracial couples, you want to narrow your keywords so that mostly those couples will come to your site.

Check Out Your Competition

You can avoid wasting money on Google Adwords by checking out your competition and seeing what kind of keywords they use to attract high traffic to their websites. You can do this by going to the Google keyword tool and then click on “site related keywords.” After you do this you would type in the name of the website you want to research and then you would look at the main keywords on the site. When you look at the competition it gives you the opportunity to improve your ads and website overall.

Don’t Forget The Mobile Audience

When you do not optimize the Google ads for mobile devices, you lose out on potential customers and money. Mobile device users are looking for quick information on businesses or certain topics, and when your mobile ads lead them to the results they want, they are more likely to make purchases or read your content.

Work on Building A Good Landing Page


A common mistake some people make with Google Adwords is the failure to create excellent landing pages that will keep customers interested in what you offer. The purpose of the landing page is to showcase your services and if you know the keywords they used in getting to your ads, you can customize the landing page to meet their needs. If you have a blog that features photos of vintage weddings from the early 20th century, you would have a landing page that have some of the photos and then you can include a message for them to download or save the photos to their computers.

Use Your Keyword Matches Wisely

You can target your audience better and save money by using your keyword matches wisely. A broad match lets you include a wide variation of your targeted keywords and this would include generic and specific keywords. For example, if you included “jazz albums” as your keyword in a broad match, you may also get variations such as “jazz albums 2014” or “jazz albums for beginners.” When you bid on words for a broad match, you could get traffic that is not related to your target customer. A phrase match would show ads for an exact phrase you chose while the exact match shows ads that only suit the keyword you chose.

Look At The Quality Score

The quality score is essential to a successful Google Adwords campaign because if certain keywords have low quality scores, you waste money and you do not get a lot of traffic or conversions for your website. You should eliminate unprofitable keywords with the lowest scores and organize your best scoring keywords by theme for best results.

Localize The Ads

If you are a local business owner, then your best Google Adwords strategy would be to localize the ads so that mostly residents in your city will go to your website and buy from your website. While on Google Adwords’ website you would click om the “Campaigns” button and then you would go to the “Locations and languages” tab where you can choose the city you want to target the ads.

Track The Conversions


If you want to know how well your ads are performing, track the conversions of your website by going to the “Tools” section on Adwords’ website and then you will click on the “Conversions” tab. If you see a low amount of conversions from your website’s ads, make a few changes so that the conversions increase.

Use Negative Keywords

The advantage of using negative keywords is that you limit undesired traffic to your website and it ensures that your money is spent wisely on Google Adwords. For example, if you sell plus size work wear but you do not sell plus size bridal wear, you can choose “bridal wear” as a negative keyword. When this happens, your ad will not appear on websites where people are searching for plus size bridal wear.

Separate Ad Campaigns

By default Google combines the search and display ad campaigns but you waste money with this method. It is better to separate your ad campaigns when deciding which keywords to include in your ads.You can assign certain ads to be used for Google Search and then assign others for display ads. Also separate your mobile ads.

Test Your Ads Periodically

When you test the ads, you want to think about the best messages to use to convince potential customers to click on the ads and make a purchase. Include calls-to-action as part of your ads and decide whether to use lighthearted or a serious tone with the ads. You can also test your ad with different categories so you will know which ad would succeed.

Take Advantage of Ad Extensions

Ad extensions are good for increasing traffic to your website and your ads, and the best ad extensions to use are site links. Site links are links underneath your ad that bring visitors to other webpages on your website such as “Contact Us” or “About Us.” Another idea is to use image ad extensions but they should represent your ad’s keywords or themes. Some businesses use “offer extensions” and it serves as a way to promote your services with discounts or freebies. When you use offer extensions they must have a promotion code.


Google Adwords is an excellent way to increase your business’s visibility online and offline, and with these methods you can succeed in this kind of marketing.


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George Nielsen

George Nielsen has been in the internet marketing game since 2008 and is passionate about helping businesses use SEO and inbound marketing to generate leads online. He has a B.S. in Marketing Management, loves fishing, and is a big football fan.

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