The top five mistakes to avoid when getting started with PPC

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The top five mistakes to avoid when getting started with PPC

When setting up your PPC campaigns, take your time and avoid these common mistakes.

A big advantage of PPC advertising is that you can set it up quickly and get your ads showing on Google within a few hours. This means you can get your business online and start driving traffic to your site almost immediately.

However, speaking from experience, there are some elements that do require consideration even when setting up an account in a rush.

The five most common mistakes to avoid are:

1. Time zone and billing currency settings

You only get one chance to set these up at the account level when you are first creating your account. You must be careful because once these have been set they can't be changed and they will impact the currency you are billed in.

Also, if you use time of day targeting selecting the wrong time zone will have a detrimental impact on your results.

2. Putting all your keywords in one place

Avoid the mistake of having one campaign with only a few ad groups. You also need to make sure that you break your keywords down into tightly themed ad groups and place them in relevant campaigns.

This will enable you to make your ad copy and landing pages as relevant as possible. Therefore you can set budgets at a more granular level.

3. Leaving all keywords on the default broad match setting

Broad match is the default keyword match type, but take the time to select different match types for your keywords. Make sure you avoid paying for wasted clicks.

You should utilise all available match types (including negatives) to tighten the targeting of your ads. Then you can be sure they are only displayed to (and clicked on) by relevant users who are more likely to carry out the required conversion once they land on your site.

4. Boring Ad Copy

It can be difficult fitting your message into the short ad text, but you should not forget to make it stand out from the others on the results page. Encourage your users to click on your ad by including your USPs (unique selling points) and a clear call to action.

You should maintain relevance throughout the user journey, making sure the ad text is relevant to the search term that triggered the ad. This will prepare the users for what they will see and be expected to do once they land on your site.

5. Using the home page as your landing page

You should avoid using your website home page as the landing page when a user clicks on your PPC adverts. This is because they will then have to search again on your site to find what they were looking for and plenty of people will just give up at this stage.

Always select the most relevant landing page for the keyword that triggered the ad. Preferably you could set up a specific landing page closely tailored to your overall campaign.

Therefore, in summary don't rush when setting up your account. Take your time and avoid these common mistakes to get your PPC campaigns off to a good start.