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5 Common PPC Mistakes

Pay Per Click February 11th, 2015


PPC Fails

1. Sending Visitors to Your Home Page

Every ad created for an ad group has a display URL and a destination URL. The display URL is typically the home page of the website you’re advertising and is shown in green. The destination URL is the clickable link which takes the customer to the landing page as they click on your ad. When first starting out with PPC, most people make the mistake of having both their display and destination URL set to the same webpage, the home page.

If you want to be smart about the way you spend your PPC budget, avoid the mistake of sending your potential customer to your home page. If the purpose of your ad is to advertise a certain product on your website, have the destination URL set to land at the particular page with the product displayed, rather than the home page.

2. Avoiding Negative Keywords

Negative keywords exist for a reason. Just as it is important to include specific and relevant keywords in your ad text, it is equally important to include negative keywords. Negative keywords are used to filter out products that are irrelevant to your ad. You can add negative keywords to your ad group so that you create ads that don’t target people who aren’t interested in the product you are offering. For example, if you offer shoes for teenagers and your keyword is “teen shoes”, you can add “toddler” as a negative keyword. This would filter out that word, and therefore when someone searches for “toddler shoes” your ad will not appear to them.

There are many benefits of using negative keywords. The addition of a single negative keyword will help you reach the most interested customers, reduce your costs, and increase your return on investment (ROI). Your ad will show to people who are more likely to click on them, hence possibly increasing your click-through-rate.

How to add negative keywords:

3. Not Using Keyword Research Tools

Keywords are an essential component of a paid search ad. Brainstorm keywords that are relevant to the ad group’s advertising product. Using keyword research tools helps a great deal with building up a relevant list of keywords. Goolge AdWords Keyword planner is of course a great tool you can use to see how much traffic or search volume a particular keyword receives per month.

Keywordtool.io is another keyword research tool you can use to help in your process of keyword building. All you have to do is type in the keyword in the search bar, and you will automatically be served multiple variations of the keyword. Keywordtool.io will show you the different ways in which people type that keyword into the Google search bar, giving you greater flexibility.

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4. Not Taking Advantage of Extensions

Including ad extensions will improve your campaign performance. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to pay a single penny extra. You’ll be charged as usual for clicks on your ad, including clicks on any extension.

Here’s a list of a few of the most used ad extensions:

  • App extensions – Allows you to show a link below your ad text that sends people to your app store

app extension

  • Call extensions – Allows people to click a button in order to call you

call extensions

  • Location extensions – Allows people nearby to find your nearest storefront

location extension

  • Review extensions – Allows you to showcase positive reviews with star ratings

review extension

  • Sitelink extensions – Allows you to add additional links to help people find what they are looking for

sitelink extensions

  • Callout extensions – Allows you to add a descriptive text to your ad to help people learn more about what you have to offer

callout extensions

5. Not Creating Mobile-Friendly Campaigns

Mobile searches are on the rise therefore having a mobile optimized campaign is becoming more and more fundamental to success.

If your PPC campaigns are not visible on mobile, chances are you are losing potential customers. Creating campaigns that people are able to access via searching on their mobile device will guarantee more impressions which in turn will lead to more traffic, and consequently, more conversions.

Components of a mobile-friendly campaign:

  • Make sure your landing page is mobile-friendly
  • Focus on short tail keywords
  • Implement mobile call extensions

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Celine has a true passion for writing and all things digital, her experience in the digital landscape and her love for play, combine to earn her a personal title as ‘Part digital marketer and part storyteller’.


Celine has a true passion for writing and all things digital, her experience in the digital landscape and her love for play, combine to earn her a personal title as ‘Part digital marketer and part storyteller’.
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