Google Ads will attempt to pair your advertisements based on the keywords you’ve placed a bid on. However, let’s say that you’ve placed a bid for “men’s basketball shoes”.
Depending on the keyword match type setting you select, there’s a possibility that your ads can show up for the keyword, “men’s Nike shoes”. This is the purpose of the broad match keyword type.
Sometimes, this is the best setting you can choose for your campaign. If you’ve decided to use this setting, this article will explain all of the best practices you should follow to ensure your Google Ads campaign is a success.
Broad match keywords let Google Ads know that your ads should show whenever someone searches for any variation of the keyword you’ve provided.
As a result, if someone searched “women’s running shoes”, your ad could also show up because the ad text includes “running shoes”.
This is crucial to remember: Google Ads will treat this search query as though they typed in exactly “women’s running shoes”.
So, what does This mean? Broad match campaigns are often the most difficult type of campaign to grow. Even if someone does search for one of your exact keywords, there’s always a chance they’ll include a misspelling or different verbiage than what you’re targeting.
Broad match keywords are the answer to fixing a lot of PPC visibility issues. By specifying additional keywords and phrases within your keyword, you can further define what a potential customer looks like.
Let’s look back at our running shoe example: If we only allow broad matches for “women’s running shoes”, we might not show up for someone who searches for “black women’s running shoes”. Using Broad Match Modifier would allow us to include additional keywords such as “black” or “lace-up” in order to be visible for these types of search queries too!
Additionally, while it may seem redundant to target a phrase that exactly includes your primary keyword, there are successful campaigns that follow this strategy.
Broad match keywords can be useful for ensuring that your campaign is visible for a bunch of different keyword variations. Essentially, you’ll be getting the most bang for your buck, even if you’re bidding for a select few keywords.
So how should you decide whether or not to use broad match modifiers? When it comes down to it, you don’t have to choose. In fact, most people don’t even know about the broad modifier options until they’re in the campaign setting up their ads. If you want to make sure that your ads run with modified broad keywords as well as exact-match keywords then just leave them checked off!
If you want more control over your ads and are interested in creating a highly specific audience for your campaigns (e.g., women’s athletic shoes between 5-10 sizes), then turn this feature off.
Broad match keywords aren’t for everyone. The main disadvantage to allowing this setting is that ad visibility isn’t everything. Just because your ads are showing up for several different keyword variations doesn’t mean more leads will convert on your landing page.
In fact, if your ad shows up for irrelevant keywords, you’ll not only be decreasing your ad quality score, but you’ll also waste a lot of money. This can be frustrating when you notice a lot of people viewing your ads, but no one is converting.
If you have created a landing page for a specific product, it’s probably best to turn off this setting and direct your attention to more focused keywords that are relevant to your campaign.
When it comes to using broad match keywords, the task isn’t all too difficult. Below, are some helpful tips to consider when using this setting in your campaign:
If you’re serious about reaching a broad audience, start by performing in-depth keyword research. The best practice is to create new campaigns for each group of keywords.
For instance, if your goal is to reach both women and men who are interested in investing in stock market portfolios, create two new campaigns based on your initial keyword list that contains relevant keywords specific to each audience.
When creating separate campaigns, remember to use the ad groups feature so you can manage your unique key phrase lists as efficiently as possible. Be sure to only include exact match keywords in each campaign or ad group.
This will allow Google’s system to better analyze which ads are most effective with this type of search query since exact match queries have been manually triggered by searchers looking for keywords that are semantically the same as the ones you’ve placed a bid for.
Once you’ve set up your campaigns, it’s time to create a list of negative keywords.
These are the words that trigger irrelevant ads from appearing when someone searches for them. They also help narrow down bids and save money as you won’t bid on meaningless queries in the first place.
By creating a list of negative keywords, you can avoid the disadvantages of broad match keywords, which are usually your ads appearing for irrelevant searches.
Once you’ve created your list of negative keywords, don’t assume it’s complete.
As people search for terms that would trigger irrelevant ads, add them to the end of your list. Remember, these are single words so make sure there are no other variations on the word (i.e., “point”, “pointers” and “pointer”).
This way you’ll be syncing up with what your end users want as time goes on.
Adding new words will also help prevent unnecessary spending. After all, money is not being wasted when ads aren’t triggered by searches that aren’t relevant!
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