Writing ad copy for search engine listings is not only about knowing the right formula for creating
good ads. Following good copywriting guidelines gets you past tough search engine editors, and in
front of potential consumers. Understanding that, here are some suggestions for writing great ad copy:
Use your keywords:
Including your keywords in your advertisements can increase the
efficiency of those ads. Additionally, if you’re using the keywords that you’ve selected,
then your ads are likely to appear in conjunction with related topics, making it easier
for you to entice traffic.
Qualify your traffic:
Creating an advertisement that people will click on is not enough.
You must create an ad the right people will click on. Not all traffic is equal. Even people
who search with the same phrase might have different needs. One purpose of your ad is
to appeal to your target audience, while signaling to anyone else that your business would
not be a good fit for their differing needs.
List features and benefits:
In your ad description, include at least one feature and bene-
fit for the product or services that you’re advertising with the PPC program. Generally,
you have very little space in which to include a description, so choose the words that you
plan to use very carefully.
Use a call to action:
Too often, advertisements are created without including a call to action.
However, studies show that including a call to action will increase your conversion rates,
whereas ads that do not contain a call to action tend to perform less efficiently and effec-
tively than those that include it.
Many PPC advertisers in the same areas will have very similar PPC advertise-
ments. If you can create ads that stand out from these other, more generic ads, you have
a much better chance of having an effective PPC program. It will be worth your time to
spend some planning hours creating an ad that helps you stand out from the crowd. That
extra effort will be well worth the results.
Monitoring and Analyzing Results
It’s been mentioned several times in passing in this chapter, but it’s essential that you see this mes-
You’re not finished with your PPC campaign once you have it set up. PPC is not one of those programs
you can set up and then walk away from and expect it to work properly. It is crucial to the success
of any PPC campaign that it be monitored regularly, because positions can and do change every day.
Apart from position monitoring, it is also important to track and analyze the effectiveness of individual
keyword phrases on a monthly basis. Viewing click-through rates and studying visitor habits can lend
valuable insight into their motivations and habits, and help to further refine your PPC program.
These monitoring and analyzing activities must be ongoing. It’s not enough to say, “I’ll check on
this PPC program next month.” Monitoring and analyzing PPC results should become part of your
daily routine. In some cases, your rank in a search engine can change very rapidly. If you’re focused
on your PPC program, however, you’ll likely find far more success (or at least the potential for suc-
cess) if you regularly monitor and analyze the program’s results.
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