Adwords

Negative Keywords Extremely Important Part in Small Biz Google Ads Success

This is a significant update to an article I wrote back in 2017 when Google changed what "Exact Match" keywords meant by definition. More changes have made negative keywords grow in importance. Negative keywords have become more important than ever, and many small business owners don't even know that they exist.  Just to clarify, when [...]

Should You Trust Google AI in Your Google Ads?

Google AI Ads. You might have gotten to this post because you’re searching for guidance on the latest AI offerings from Google Ads. The world of digital marketing is increasingly embracing artificial intelligence (AI) , and Google Ads is no exception. However, with this shift comes a crucial question for marketers and businesses alike: should [...]

Be Wary of Automatic AI Updates to Your Google Ads Accounts

Google Ads can be a very helpful and efficient way to get new business when handled properly. It is an immediate way to get out in front of people that are actively searching for what you offer. In many ways Google presents a very simplified version of their Google Ads tool that can get you [...]

Latest Google Ads Scams May Be Google Themselves

Be careful out there.  For years I have saved several people per year who had "help" from Google with setting up their Google Adwords (now referred to as Google Ads) campaigns.  There was a time when I was warning people about fake people calling and tricking business owners into letting them "help" them with Google [...]

You Should Definitely Be Using Audiences in Your Small Biz Google Ads Campaign

Are you using audiences in your Google Ads campaigns?  It isn't hard to do and can make a big difference in campaign performance.  For the most part, I always say measure everything you can to help make better decisions.  Google Ads allows you to set up Audience observations with a pretty simple search and a [...]

Dangers in Performance Max Campaigns

If you follow my blog and newsletters, you definitely have heard me warn against the dangers of letting Google run your Google Ads campaigns. Performance Max campaigns are another example of a "black box" type ad spend where Google takes your ad dollars and spends them in a way that you have less and less [...]

How Much is Google Ads Monthly?

I get this question all of the time. What is the monthly cost to run Google Ads?  As with many questions in the world of digital marketing, the answer is, "it depends". The absolutely simplest answer is as much as you want to spend. So How Does Google Ads Work? Google Ads itself is a [...]

Optimization Score Dropped – Does it Matter?

In the world we live in with constant notifications for everything from new emails and texts to news updates and more, we are constantly triggered into action or worry by the latest icon that pops up on our phones.  Google adds to the digital stress with regular updates on your optimization score. I've written before [...]

Small Business Advertisers, Google, and Third-Party Cookies

There has been a lot of buzz around Google blocking third-party cookies and FLOC and a number of things that the typical small business owner isn't totally tuned into.  This post isn't intended to get into the weeds, but to give you the headlines, and the options to read up on the details. So I [...]

“Other” Search Terms Accounting for Over 33% of Budget and Growing

Back in September, I pointed out some of the sneaky ways Google has been slowly creeping in and removing more and more control from the advertiser to run their campaigns efficiently. One "Google Creep" method that was discussed and got a lot of reaction from the industry was limiting which search terms that the advertiser [...]

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