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5 Things You Need to Know About Google AdWords’ Quality Score

Pay Per Click October 18th, 2012

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If you want traffic for your website, you can always buy it. That is how Google makes billions of dollars off its AdWords service. But buying traffic doesn’t guarantee you will make a profit. In order to maximize your returns, running a successful Adwords campaign requires significant knowledge and an understanding of what is necessary to convert your ad into new customers.

As a result, the Google AdWords Quality Score has achieved an almost mythical status. The higher your score, the higher you will appear on page one, and the more clicks you will get on your ads. The complexity of the Quality Score is a problem for a lot of online marketers and business owners, many of who don’t really understand how quality scores are calculated.

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Relevance to Searches

Some advertisements match keywords that users search for on a regular basis. There’s a bigger audience to read such ads than those that aren’t as popular. Therefore, these targeted ads are likely to have a higher quality score.

When preparing an ad, carefully considering what users are searching for. Most online marketers can borrow a few tricks from the world of search engine optimization to pull this off. Know your keyword phrases and select the terms and phrases that will best convert. The density of keyword usage is not nearly important as the relevance of terms.

Click-Through History

Ads that have had a high click-through rate in the past will have a higher overall quality score in the present. Increasing the click-through rate of an individual ad isn’t easy. Learning as much as possible about an individual marketing demographic can help to increase the odds of someone clicking on an advertisement.

That being said, users are what really decide which ads get clicked. That’s why it’s so important to understand your customer base and test different types of ads and gauge conversion rates. Higher ad placement usually helps to improve click-through rates.

Load Times

At times, Google’s developers have calculated the load time of landing pages. Slow pages received lower Quality Scores. This is perhaps increasingly important with the number of people who access the Internet from mobile devices and through services that limit bandwidth.

Landing pages shouldn’t be bloated anyways. Flash movie introductions are popular, but they’re often unnecessary and won’t render on Apple devices. Good design and efficient page load times are critical.

Google Network

Overall quality scores often have a lot to do with how different ads are placed on the rest of the Google network. Many people don’t realize this, and think of AdWords as just being sponsored links either on Google’s search pages or on affiliate sites. The rest of the network is an untapped resource.

Have Patience and Adapt

When you add new keywords to a campaign, Google rates you based on the historical Quality Score for that phrase, not your own campaign’s performance. Once Google has enough data on the individual campaign, the Quality Score can be updated to reflect is performance. This can take time so be patient and be constantly seeking out new ways to improve your ad.

Online marketers who want to target all of Google should pay especially close attention to their overall AdWords Quality score. Improving it can mean a substantial increase in revenue.

Post By Jason Nelson (1 Posts)

Jason Nelson authored this post for http://www.ascentinternet.com. Ascent Internet provides SEO and PPC services for businesses across the U.S.

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