Pitfalls to avoid with your Do-It-Yourself PPC Campaigns

1. Bidding too low

Let’s start by looking at one of our clients in the legal field who started out as a DIYer. Their bids were set to $50 for “personal injury” keywords. (If you’re familiar with the legal field, you know that sometimes, clicks can cost upward of $150.)

This resulted in less than a 10-percent impression share for this business, and when the ads did show up, they were low in the SERPs, and the click-through rates were dismal.

 

What DIYers often don’t know is that you can still frequently stay within your budget when it comes to cost per click if you show Google you’re serious and willing to pay (That means jacking up your bids).

 

While you might initially pay more for the clicks, over time, as your account begins to improve and your Quality Score shows it, you may end up paying around what you initially wanted to spend on clicks — but the icing on the cake is that you’ll probably have more conversions.

 

When we took over this lawyer’s account, we cranked up the max we were willing to pay for a click to $150. The impression share jumped 90 percent, which made them competitive enough to show up in the search results.

 

And, over time, their cost per click was between $65 and $72 — not much higher than the $50 they originally bid.

2. Trying to do too much in one ad group
Each ad group should have one job to do, with one focus. A common mistake is to try to make one ad group do too many things by including keyword phrases that are too dissimilar.

 

As you can see from the screen shot of this account that we inherited, the keywords featured in one ad group are pretty different, and they could easily be broken out into their own individual ads groups.

 

 

Having focused ad groups helps you better tailor the message of the ads that are served for those key terms to make them more relevant to your audience and your business.

3. Not keeping up with innovations

One of the hardest parts of AdWords management is keeping up with all the new features and strategies. It truly is a full-time job. So when you already have a full-time job, it’s nearly impossible to do.

This means you can miss out on big opportunities. Opportunities like call-only ads, which our lawyer friend wasn’t exploring at the time, though it was available to him. When we inherited the account, we immediately added it because we knew it can be an important strategy for local service-based businesses.

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