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AdWords Management - Tips On Keyword Selection

Apr 20, 2008
You can grab your client's attention by entering into the conversation going on inside her head. Google can help you to accomplish this and get higher clicks as well, by skillful use of keywords in your ads. One of the premier rules of AdWords management is; capture the attention of more people by bidding on more keywords.

Nothing endears you to your customer like reading his own diary, showing that you know what it feels like to be him. Telling him exactly what his day was like today. And that's what it means to enter the conversation inside your customer's head. When you step right into his thoughts and talk to him the way he talks to other people and himself about things that are important to him, he'll listen to you.

From the conversations in their minds, people draw the keywords that are typed in for search. When your ad says just what they are thinking, then you will grab their interest. Therefore when you have your keywords showcased in the headline, body and URL of your ad you are practicing sound advertising strategies.

If you have keywords showing up more places in your ads, you have a bigger chance of getting more clicks. Look for it in your headline. Look for it in the body of the ad and you should look for it in the display URL. Say someone is searching for "German" or "Learn German", how many times are they going to find their keywords in this ad:

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If effective AdWords Management means speaking directly to what people are searching on and repeating it back at them, how do you go about finding out what people are searching on in the first place? Where do you go to get the good keywords, especially the keywords that are worth the most money?

The best place to start is on Overture's Keyword Selector Tool, a free service available at: http://inventory.overture.com. You can get an immediate idea of the value of your keywords and their value in relation to each other.

458,579 learn german

103,157 german shepherd

85,210 german

22,970 german dictionary

16,990 german english dictionary

16,294 german translation

15,992 german shepherd dog

14,409 german translator

13,037 german shepherd puppy

11,646 english german dictionary

10,187 german to english

9,810 german to english translation

9,800 german short hair pointer

Take a quick glance at the above list and you will see where the traffic and money are. It is clear as well that some of those keywords don't belong on your list.

You haven't spent a penny yet and you already know what your major negative keywords are going to be. These are words you include in your list where you specifically do not want your ad to show when people type them in. You enter them into your keyword list with negatives in front of them. For example:










When someone uses this word for a search, your ads will not show.

If you want to know what the keywords will probably cost you to advertise on them head over to Yahoo Resource Center at www.overture.com, and select the "BidsTool". Enter your keyword in the search box and you will receive from Overture a list of the prices advertisers pay to sell their products on Yahoo sites. The prices for "learn German" range from 47 cents to a nickel.

Of course, this is Overture, not Google. At the time of this writing, positions on Yahoo's search pages are determined by bids and bids only, whereas on Google you get preferential treatment for having an especially good click-through rate, and the competition, and the nature of the traffic, are different.

Not to worry though. This tool is only an initial indicator of what kind of business advertisers are getting from their clicks on Yahoo. This example says advertisers wouldn't pay more than forty-seven cents for a click for "learn German". This is an indicator. Contrast that with "home mortgage" where bids top off at $4 and you can see how lucrative, or not, "learn German" is.
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Need to optimize or "fix" your Adwords & PPC campaigns? Kirt Christensen manages over $600k in PPC spending & knows what it takes to make your account hum! When it comes to adwords bid management, he's the man!
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