The importance of traffic
One of the most basic lessons an aspiring website publisher will learn after s/he creates the first site is how crucial a role traffic plays in the success of that site. This is based on one simple and enduring fact: driving traffic to a website is the most important thing any site owner can do in order for that site to be successful.
It is a fact that any website owner, webmaster or administrator will attest to, if asked. And when the traffic is streamlined (targeted) to a specific topic, niche or product the effect it can have on a particular website is truly amazing; because highly targeted traffic is one of the most important elements in the internet universe.
This is evidenced by a simple fact: that the success of a website does not rely entirely on the site itself; but on the right advertising strategies, without which that site would not attract the high traffic volume needed to be self sustained. In other words, you can’t just create a website and leave it to its own design and mere existence to succeed.
And this is true whether or not the owner has a terrific idea for a website, offers an excellent product/service, or have an exceptionally designed site with superb content; because attracting targeted traffic is a task that must be taken seriously for any website to succeed and/or make a profit.
A popular traffic source
Fortunately for website owners who are serious about their sites’ success, there are Internet marketing tools designed to help them drive traffic to their websites; and one of the most significant and effective of such tools is Adwords, which is one of Google’s advertising services.
If you are not familiar with Google AdWords, then you may ask, how does Google Adwords work? But to answer this question in the best way, it might be helpful to know what or who Google is, so this is where we will begin. Google is the single largest search engine on the web, receiving over 200 million queries every day through its various services.
As Google is the most popular search engine today, webmasters are keen on having their websites achieve a higher ranking in the search engine results pages (SERPs) it provides; because a high ranking can mean a great deal of traffic for their websites. The SERPs are also great as a venue for advertisers to promote products and service through ads and links.
Consequently, Google launched its Adwords service as a way for businesses to advertise products and services to a targeted audience, because Google Adwords can actually guarantee instant traffic. Per this service, Google displays relevant text-based ads within its SERPs termed as “Sponsored Links,” and whenever a particular keyword is searched for, these relevant links appear in a separate section giving excellent exposure to the sites listed.
Proper use of Google AdWords
So how can you get the highest and best use of Google Adwords? First, you have to open an account with the Google Adwords Service; then you should indicate your target language and country. This is important because you would not want your products advertised in countries where your product or service cannot be sold.
Afterwards, you should create an ad group, which involves designing an ad, selecting keywords and determining the maximum cost per click that you are willing to spend and defining bid amounts. The most important step in creating a successful Adwords campaign is selecting an effective title tag that will catch the attention of your target audience.
The title tag, generally a short phrase, is the most important part of your Adwords campaign so you’ll have to make sure that it is attractive and catchy. You should describe the website clearly and accurately, since the most effective advertising conveys a clear message to the target audience. This will help you attract qualified leads which can eventually convert to sales. Thus the importance of keywords.
There are keyword variations you can incorporate in order to reach more prospects, and by using these varieties, misspellings and derivatives you can also increase the odds of your ads being served. Broad match is targeting keywords in a loosely defined manner, whereas the ads appear based on the keywords that have been queried by other users as opposed to exact match, which calls for the keyword to match the query exactly.
Create an advertising budget
Meanwhile, a keyword phrase (keyphrase) set to match a particular phrase will only appear when the exact phrase is searched for; but a negative keyword is helpful in filtering unrelated pages. After you have decided on what title tag to use in your ad, you must then define a budget in order to maximize exposure.
Google Adwords recommend a daily budget for each campaign. However, you should determine a budget that you can afford and which is suitable for your purposes. You should also determine the maximum cost per click which you are willing to pay, even though Google will offer a recommended cost per click, but you do not have to stick with this recommendation.
Note, a number one position is usually not ideal as it can also attract unwanted traffic and useless clicks. A number two position is more preferred as it can filter useless clicks and provide traffic with a higher conversion rate.
Google Adwords is an excellent strategy and tool for giving your site maximum exposure; but Google Adwords should not be your only advertising campaign, even though it will definitely help you find the all-important, highly targeted traffic that is so critically needed for the success of your website, whether it is a business site or otherwise.