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    Search Engine Marketing for Small Business -- SEM Blog

This is the DIY portion of my website. If you're a go-getter entrepreneurial type, well then, go get it! My hope is that my posts here will help you master the web and build your business into a powerhouse. And of course if you need help, I'm here as a consultant. Dig in and enjoy!

List of Character Limits – Google Adwords

For Expanded Text Ads with Ad Extensions

In 2016, Google Announced the launch, and eventual changeover, to an Expanded Text Ad format. The change gave the ads a little boost in clickable real estate and a longer description. Here are some answers to some faq’s I get about the Expanded Text Ad format and Ad Extensions.

  • Expanded Text Ads are the basic format for text based search ads on Google’s Search Network. The ads can show on mobile and desktop (and variations in the display network).
  • Character limits apply to the standard elements of the ad and to the Ad Extension.
  • Ad Extension are optional features to extend information in the ad.

The following image is generated using a ad preview tool to show how the various Ad Extensions show up on an Expanded Text Ad, and the character limit list is located below. Note, that the ad above the phone is a desktop view. That preview tool is located at: Expanded Text Ad Preview Tool Thanks guys at @karooya!

Elements of a Google ad including extensions with desktop and mobile previews

Character Limits for AdWords Ads and Extensions

Expanded Text Ad
Headline 1: 30 Characters
Headline 2: 30 Characters
Description: 80 Characters
Path 1: 15 Characters
Path 2: 15 Characters

Sitelink Extension
Link Text: 25 Characters
Description Line 1: 35 Characters
Description Line 2: 35 Characters

Callout Extension
Callout Text: 25 Characters

Structured Snippet
Value 1, 2, 3…: 25 Characters

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Google’s Best Practices for Effective Ads

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Understanding Click-Through Rate (CTR) & Common Pitfalls

Click-through rate (CTR) adwords 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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No Physical Address? No Problem.

Add Your Business to the Google Maps “Service Area” in Two Easy Steps!

Google My Business - "Service Area" options page

Small businesses are often turned off to adding their business to the Google map, because they don’t actually have a physical address. Logically, this makes sense. You probably don’t want to show your home address or PO Box number to the public, and Google has accounted for this by allowing you to include a “service area.”

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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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Presentation: Grow Your Business Online

On Tuesday, I hosted a “Grow Your Business Online” workshop to 50 working professionals, on behalf of Big Cat Advertising. I presented on the topic of leveraging your local search presence using Google My Business, website SEO 101, and an overview of Google Adwords and best practices. The response to the event was great as we sold out a week ahead. Judging from the feedback and the reactions during the event, the topic generated a lot of engagement from small business owners; as it should, because it’s a powerful tool. I’ve released my presentation notes with links and expanded topics over on the Big Cat Advertising website. I’m enclosing the full presentation slides here to this post.

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5 Super Tools for Online Advertisers

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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Track Blog Performance – GA Dashboard

steering wheel dashboard analogy

I’m a big fan of Dashboards in Google Analytics (GA). A dashboard can give you quick access to monitor sections of your website or track an advertising campaign. The options are endless, and you can share dashboards seamlessly between views. Handy, especially if you monitor several websites or in my case dozens! Here is one of my free Google Analytics Dashboards that I’m sharing for tracking blog performance.

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