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5 Super Tools for Online Advertisers

(Updated June 2018)

My favorite super tools for online advertisers, web developers, and SEO mavens.

Sharing is caring, so here are my top five go-to “super tools.” The websites and applications below produce tools that I use regularly for a variety of tasks in online advertising and SEO. I’ve listed them here in order of my usage. All of them are free tools and they serve a variety of purposes. Ready to decrease your workload and work smarter, not harder?

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Google Ads Character Limits – Text Ads & Extensions (2018)

About the Character Limits for Google Ads

Updated: August 22, 2018: Google Ad accounts are starting to see the new 3rd Headline (30 Characters) and 2nd Description (90 Characters) for Expanded Text Ads; no, we’re not talking the responsive text ad variations, but actual regular Expanded Text Ads!

Google announced the launch, and eventual changeover, to an Expanded Text Ad format in mid-2016. The Expanded Text Ads gave a boost to the clickable real-estate of the ad, and a longer description for more detail. If you haven’t updated your older ads, you’re missing an opportunity to increase your position and Click Through Rate. Here’s a little more information:

(See below for the character limits list)

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Understanding Click-Through Rate (CTR) & Common Pitfalls

Click-Through Rate (CTR) is a simple metric that shows that rate at which an ad impression receives a click. It’s a core measurement in Search Engine Marketing and yet, slightly misunderstood on the surface. Let’s look at this major ad performance metric.

What is Click-Through Rate?

Whenever and however you generate traffic to your app or website — be it through any channel (social, organic, referral, paid, display, email) — your links, banners, or ads will have impressions (views) and clicks. Impressions are the number of times a link or ad was seen, or rather available on the screen to be seen. Clicks are, well, people who clicked the link or ad. Click-Through Rate is the percentage of people who saw the impression and clicked it.

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Google Adwords – Choosing Campaign Types

Adwords Choosing Campaign Types

As of now, Google Adwords contains six different campaign types to select. Choosing a campaign type is your first step in getting ads running, so study up. Each campaign type has secondary features that expand and contract the functionality in the campaign (e.g. Standard, All Features, Mobile app installs, Dynamic Search Ads, Call-only, Marketing Objectives, etc.). Fortunately, those features change on-page, as you select, for easy viewing.

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3 Quick Google Adwords Tips

With over several million advertising accounts on Google Adwords, I’d guess that less than 30-40% of them are run by a professional (Google Partner). Given this, a lot of accounts are probably just kinda running and not measuring or seeing any positive results. With that in mind, here are three simple monthly Google Adwords tips the average account manager can use to optimize their campaign performance.

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