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Geotargeting in Google Ads Getting Worse, Especially for Local Businesses

I try to use my blog to simplify some of the more advanced and "in the weeds" issues in digital marketing.  Digging into the Google algorithm or the constant evolution and shift in all of the options and settings in Google Ads.  One thing that has really hit businesses in the last couple of years [...]

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 [...]

Are Google Ads Worth it for Shopify?

There is no easy answer when it comes to whether or not Google Ads are worth it for Shopify businesses. It ultimately depends on a number of factors, including your goals, your target audience, your budget, and more. For the most part, if you know what you are doing, you can scale up an ad [...]

Google Ads Success Stories: Turning Around a Tanking eCommerce Account

I'm often brought in to look at a Google Ads account and see if I can fix it or make tweaks to improve performance. Over the years I have helped accounts ranging from hyperlocal electricians or cleaning companies to national and even global high volume eCommerce and news organizations. One of the most common issues [...]

Small Business Google Ads (PPC) Strategies to Save Money

One of the true challenges of a small business owner is to stretch our budgets and get the most out of each dollar without the benefit of the expensive automation tools that corporations have.  This is especially apparent in the world of pay-per-click advertising and Google Ads.  Corporations have the advantage of being able to [...]

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