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Ad Fails: What Makes a Good Ad in Google Adwords?

Good Ad KittyWriting a search ad in Google AdWords is easy to do in theory, but often difficult in practice. On the surface putting an ad together in AdWords seems as simple as filling in the blanks, however there is much more to creating a good ad than merely writing about a business.

What’s In An Ad?

Google offers traditional and expanded text ads that appear on the front page of the search engine on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. These ads often connect directly to a dedicated place on a website called a landing page. Both ads types consist of a headline, two lines of text and a display URL.

The traditional ads consist of 25 characters for the headline and 35 for the two lines of ad text and display URL. With the expanded text ads there is a higher character limit, the headline consists of two 30 character max lines, a single description box with an 80 character length and the display URL consists of the fixed domain name and two 15 character sections for the landing page.


Examples of Traditional and Expanded Ads

The Bad Ad

The things that make a bad ad are often the simple things, such as grammar, punctuation, and word choice. The
challenge of writing an ad is to attract a viewer to click on the ads and go to the target page. Writing an ad filled with errors does not inspire confidence in users and the chances of someone clicking through are very low.

Another aspect that makes an ad bad is lack of draw. Having bland titles or nothing in the ad text that actually entices the user to click will result in many ad views but no clicks. Having the business name as the headline, non-specific offers in the ad text, and no calls to action. Basically if an ad writer is not giving a user a reason to click it is not a good ad.


Example of a ‘Bad Ad’

The Good Ad

A good ad is one that makes the user want to click, it draws their eye and gives them a reason to select them our of the
lineup of other ads and then click through to the website. This is often achieved by several methods. The first is an attractive headlines, good ads often have a relevant keyword as the headline of the ad. The second is having a good call out to users, something like “contact us now” or “call now” engages the user and prompts to action.


Example of a ‘Good Ad’

The Great Ad

Great ads take the basic elements of good ads but add specificity. Instead of hoping that the user finds an ad relevant merely through keyword association, or a call out, the creator of a great ad needs to give something to a user that basically says “I dare you not to click.” So instead of just having the basic details of your business and a token call out such as “Call now” include prices, seasonal deals, timely and relatable language, and signals of quality.


Example of a ‘Great Ad’

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