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Failing with Google Adwords Can Help You Master Internet Advertising

Aug 19, 2007
If you have taken the time to research search engine placement, methods of obtaining a high search engine ranking, or Internet advertising, you have probably heard of Google Adwords. Adwords are a relatively new, but popular form of Internet Advertising. This forward thinking medium displays ads based on keywords and phrases that are entered into search engines, such as Google. For example, if an Internet user was searching for chocolate candy, they would most likely see ads for businesses selling something related to chocolate candy. If an Internet user was searching for a motor bike they may see ads relating to motor bike or bike motor.

As you can imagine, Adwords are an effective form of Internet advertising, because they help you reach your target audience. The only people who will be viewing the ads are people who are interested in the product. However, much like using keywords to obtain a high search engine ranking, Google Adwords will only work if you know what your customers will be searching for. Getting this information may take a little bit of research and planning on your part, but it will be well worth the time that you spend on it. A good research tool for keywords or Adwords is inventory.overture.com. All you have to do is visit the site and type in a keyword. Within 30 seconds, you will know how many people searched that word in the last month.

How Google Adwords Works
Google Adwords uses a comprehensive matching program to match ads with keywords entered. To assist their advertisers in controlling the Internet advertising and matching process, Google provides three keyword match types. Broad, phrase and exact. We'll use the example of motor bike. An exact match would be motor bike, a phrase match would be bike motor, and a broad match would contain anything that includes the words motor or bike.

The good part about a Google Adwords Internet Advertising campaign is the research that it provides. Success and failure can be easily measured. If the keywords you choose for the Adwords campaign do not perform well, then you have learned something very important.

You are using the wrong keywords for your market. This will help you fine tune your marketing and search engine placement campaigns, because you will quickly learn which keywords work and which ones don't. If your home page, or your entire website, is filled with useless keywords, you know that changing them will be to your benefit.

Google Adwords can also give you an idea of how large your market is by providing statistics on the number of times your ad was displayed and the number of times it was clicked on. This can be very valuable because it gives you an idea of exactly how large your customer base is. This will help you to better plan your Internet advertising campaigns.

And don't worry about throwing good Internet advertising money out the window. With Google Adwords, you only pay for ads that receive clicks. If your ad doesn't generate many clicks, there is no financial loss. This makes Adwords a very inexpensive method of determining which words or phrases are popular with searchers and which are not. You can then take your findings and apply them to your website and other forms of Internet advertising to achieve a higher search engine ranking. A refined knowledge of good keywords practically guarantees high search engine placement.

Can you turn Google Adwords failure into success? Absolutely. You just need to learn from your mistakes and figure out how to turn those lemons into lemonade.
About the Author
Cliff Posey, owner of CRP Marketing, owns and operates http://webbusinesstoolsonline.com. Cliff Posey has also operated several other successful web businesses including Love Song Cards and Radio Career Consultants. The content in this article was developed from his experience in these businesses.
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