Adwords Cheatsheet

A quick cheatsheet to help you remember all the things you need for a successful Adwords campaign.


Do you need one or more campaigns?
Which countries/languages?
Go local? Can you sell outside your local area?
Daily budget? Set for each campaign. Start as high as you can.
Remove search/display network if this is your first campaign.
Add separate campaigns for Display, Remarketing, Mobile & other uses.

Ad groups

Split keywords into groups/themes
Keep as narrow & tightly defined as possible
Don’t use too many industry terms or jargon
Focus on the keywords your prospects use


Start as high as you can afford
How does changing the bid affect your return on investment?


Tools:, Google’s built in keyword tool
Remember negative keywords – the single biggest weapon at your disposal
Use thesaurus to help brainstorm

Ad Position

How is position affected by bid price?
How much can you afford?
Not #1 (too many click-happy people)
Positions 4-6 usually give best results

Writing your ads 3 parts

Headline (25 characters)
As relevant to keywords as possible (benefit of bold type)
State a benefit
Capitalise Every Word
Power of “builds your…” better than “build your…”
Look at competitors

Body copy (2 lines, 35 chars each)

Try one line for benefit & 1 for feature.
Experiment with price, no price
If expensive kw, try negative qualifier
Again power of ‘
Use words they used in search “why such small groups/themes”

Display url (35 characters)

Different from destination url
Use capitals to make it easier to read
Advanced techniques sub-domains, sub-directories

Split testing

Always have 2 Ads per AdGroup (even if it’s exactly the same ad, but with 2 lines reversed!)
When you have a new winner (after about 50 clicks), delete the loser & write new ad
Use to check how sure you are that you have a winner


Key to the whole game & the only way to improve
Use Google Analytics to track results
Start by watching ROI! want to make sure its worth doing!
Have half a dozen key numbers that you track once a week

Landing page

Now a key part of Google formula
Must send visitors to a targeted/relevant page, otherwise the same traffic will cost a lot more
If you can think of a theme for the AdGroups, you should have a landing page for each one remember the key is as relevant as possible for your visitor