Here’s the first installment of your PPC Questions Answered.
Question 1: Phil Williams
When you put the subdomain link in the Display URL. Does this subdomain need to exist? eg leadjam.com/TimSales
Before i answer this, i want to make a little disclaimer. What i am about to tell you works right now with Google but it’s NOT a good practice. It is very possible that Google will one day change their rule and you won’t be able to do this any more. Be warned!
The way that Adwords works at the time of this recording is that it only requires your display URL’s TOP level domain to match your target URL’s top level domain. That means, in your adwords ad, if you’re using leadtrafficjam.com as your target URL, you can get away with using a display URL like TimSales.leadtrafficjam.com or leadtrafficjam.com/TimSales even if the display URL’s path doesn’t really exist. Google only requires that your target URL go to a real page.
While you can get away with that, i suggest that you follow good practice and make your display URL a valid one so that if the rules change at a later time your ads won’t be disapproved.
Question 2: Steve Jones
As I donâ€™t have a business of my own I went with Magnetic Sponsoring and used that as my single keyword. My campaign is called Stage 3 – Magnetic Sponsoring. My adgroup is called Magnetic. After two days there has not been a single impression. I checked with the ad diagnostic tool on adwords and it came up with No ad is being shown for the keyword â€˜magnetic sponsoringâ€™ any idea why there have been no impressions?
Ok steve, Most likely the reason is that your bid is too low. You may have to bid very high especially if you’re sending people directly to the magnetic sponsoring system landing page. The page is not optimized for PPC and it’s likely that so much bad history on the magnetic sponsoring domain has been created by past advertisers who sent traffic to the same page. I suggest you build out your own landing pages tailored to each keyword and ad group. Not only will this get you cheaper clicks and cheaper leads, but it forces google to create a new history based only on YOUR advertising habits. There’s more details on this in the first Q&A call we did on PPC Domination. But if you’re looking for a quick fix for now, then just bid high and then tweak your ad quickly to get a solid click-thru-rate. By the way, there are very few daily searches going on for Magnetic Sponsoring and this may be another reason you’re seeing no impressions.
Question 3: Julie
Within an hour I had 2 clicks (and 2 MS prospects in back office!) – but now have 1200 impressions and CTR of 0.16%. Should I just leave it? What about Quality Score? (Keyword is my company name – which is also a product.)
Julie, you got lucky with your ad for those first two clicks. What matters is the overall performance of that ad over thousands of impressions. So don’t leave your ad alone – it’s not gonna improve by itself. You should quickly experiment with different ads. Delete this one, the click-thru-rate over the ad’s lifetime is way too low. Run two new ad variations and split-test them a pair at a time with the objective of getting a Click-thru-rate over 1%. Full details on this are in video #9 of PPC Domination. If you follow the instructions, you will be sure that you don’t suffer quality score problems down the line on your keyword.
Question 4: Evan Broadhead
Jim, do you know where I can go to create a graphic signature for my landing page?
Yep, I use a service called vletter. Check it out at vletter.com they can even do custom fonts for you based on your own hand-writing. Pretty cool!
Question 5: Evan Broadhead
So I have my domain and you have told me that I need someone to host it! I have created my landing page now how do I take that and make it my domain? Before I was having it be forwarded to my MS page. Please help! Thank you so much.
Evan, your domain name and webhost are two different things. Your domain is like a phone number that you’ve been assigned. But without a phone that rings when people call, your number is meaningless. That’s where a webhosting service comes in handy. The hosting service is like installing a phone in your home. Usually hosting is paid monthly and you can get it for about $6 a month. If you used godaddy to register your domain name, then you can just add the hosting service through their control panel pretty easily. I suggest you look up a website setup guide on the internet or go through the godaddy documentation and learn how to upload a page to your site. You need something called an FTP client. Godaddy includes a simple web-based one through their easy-to-use hosting interface too. I personally use a client called Best FTP Explorer 2000 which allows me a bit more flexibility. Once you decide on a FTP client, connect to your hosting server and grab the new html file from your desktop to upload into your site. If you call the new page index.html it will become the default page on your domain!
That’s all folks. Keep them coming!
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