The Five Tips for Creating Effective Google Ads

The Five Tips for Creating Effective Google Ads

You have probably seen sponsored search ads placed on top or on the right of natural (“organic”) search results on Google or Yahoo! Let’s review a couple of most common questions regarding pay-per-click advertising, and see how you can put together an effective search ad based on these five easy to follow rules.

Q: How do those Google ads actually work? Does it cost a lot of money to advertise on Google?

A: Sponsored search advertising has been on the rise for many years. Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, is the form of advertising where the advertisers only pay if someone clicks on their ad. The “normal” cost per click (CPC) is anywhere from $0.10 to $10.00 or more, and advertisers can limit their daily advertising budget at any level.

Q: Does anyone ever click on those sponsored search ads?

A: According to GroupM UK and Nielsen (via, more people click on organic search results than on paid ads. The research of more than 28 million people and 1.4 billion searches discovered that search engine users overwhelmingly click on organic results by a margin of 94 percent to 6 percent. However, one might argue that the people who are looking to actually buy something, are more likely to use sponsored (paid) ads than organic results. In addition, keep in mind that Google answers more than 100 billion searches every month, so “only” 6% of 100 billion people is quite a big number!

Q: Where does one start with PPC advertising?

A: The two leading PPC advertising programs are Google’s Adwords ( and Yahoo! and Microsofts’ Bingads ( Try any of the two, the tips given below apply to both.

Q: Five tips for creating effective search ads?

A:  Remember, you have quite limited space (only four lines) to make AIDA impact (Attention-Interest-Desire-Action). By following tips below, your ads will get more attention, and you will ensure that your CTR (click through rate) goes up which leads to both more traffic and lower cost per click (CPC).

1: Be targeted

Repeat in your ad heading the exact phrase that your prospective customers are likely to use. Don’t make people think too much. Be direct, specific and targeted. For example, if your customers are likely to search for “leather office chair”, try putting “Leather Office Chairs” as a heading in your Google ad!

This approach will require that you have different ad groups for several key phrases; one universal ad won’t work.

2. Stress the key benefit. Stand out.

As always in marketing, the point is to stress the key benefits, not features. Stand out and give them the main reason to choose you over the competition. So the second line of your ad could be something like, “Largest selection of office chairs”, “100% genuine leather”, “Next day delivery”, “100% satisfaction guarantee”, or “Free delivery”.

  1. Provide a call to action

    This old marketing rule becomes even more important in the online marketing age. You should always prompt people to act: “Sign up for our e-newsletter”, “Buy now”, “Order today and get 10% off”, etc. Again, always use a call to action. Remember, your customers are literally only one click away!


  1. Put the most important keywords in the display URL

    When specifying your website address, Google lets you use a so-called “display URL”. This is the URL that you want to show to others. The display URL does not have to be the real website page on your website. That said, if your company ( is in leather chair business, your display URL, could be something like:
  2. Use a landing pageWhen people click on your ad, they should be “landing” on a separate page on your website. This page is called a landing page, and its purpose is to finish the job of educating customers and closing the sale. It also makes it easier to track the effectiveness of your ads. The landing page should not have too much content, nor too many distracting links; it should rather just seamlessly repeat the content of your Google ad, reassure the visitors about the products benefits, give them a peace of mind through a satisfaction guarantee, and let them order right away. Keep it simple. It works!So here is your new Google ad:

Leather Office Chairs
Huge selection. 100% genuine leather.
Order today and save 10%.

Want to learn more? Watch this short video and become an expert in creating Google ads that work:


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Cyri Jones ( teaches at BCIT and Capilano University. Heis the founder of and co-founder of Zen Launchpad. . Dr Ivan Surjanovic ( is a marketing faculty at Capilano University and CEO of iPowerLab. He blogs at  and tweets on

Written by Dr. Ivan Surjanovic and Cyri Jones, 
adapted from BizTech101 column in Business in Vancouver

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