How to set up Ad Extensions

Ad Extensions are a great way to customize your ads in google to add a location, business hours, the ability to call, and more.

Sitelinks Ad Extension:

These are the links that show up under the main link to a website and add a professional look to the site. They also enables site users to visit links based on their specific need.

            Link Text:

The text you want to appear for your link. Try to keep it short and relevant.

            Description Line 1:

The description for the link. For an example, if you were creating a link for a painter and the link is Services. Have a description of “Painting, Staining, Varnishing, Etc.

            Description Line 2:

For this description, ADFly likes to use something that expands on the link. Still using the painting example ADFly would put something like “Friendly Contractor Near You!” or. “Residential Home Painting”

            Final URL:

This is the page that you want the searcher to go to. Make sure that you put the link exactly as it should be.

 

Call Ad Extension:

When you Google something and can make a call to the business is a call ad extension in use. It can significantly increase your conversion rates. It makes things very easy for the user. All you must do is enter the phone number you want to be called. ADFly likes to use at least 4 call extensions.

Callout Ad Extensions:

Callout ad extensions let you include text to show more detailed information about your business, products, and services. Keep them short if you plan on using more than one. Shorter text means more callouts can show in your ads. Have your callout text be something relevant to the number. If the number was a painter and the offer free estimates have the text be “Get Your Free Estimate.”

Structured Snippets Ad Extension:

Structured snippets ad extensions highlight specific aspects of your products and services. Adwords offers a list of headers:

  • Amenities
  • Brands
  • Courses
  • Degree programs
  • Destinations
  • Featured hotels
  • Insurance coverage
  • Models
  • Neighborhoods
  • Service catalog
  • Shows
  • Styles
  • Types

Pick a relevant header, then add values. For example, if your header was services, and the ad is for a painter, put a list of their services in the values column (exterior painting, interior painting, staining).

Location Ad Extensions:

Location ad extensions help people find your location by showing your ads with your address, a map to your location, and the distance to your business. People can then click your extension to get more details about your location, which includes the most relevant business information all in one place. Location extensions may also include a phone number or call button so that users can easily call your business.

To add in location extensions you first need to enter them into your Google my Business Account. Then review the Adwords to add the extension to your campaign. Linking Adwords with Google my Business Account will sync information such as, hours, location, and phone number like the picture below.

 

Getting the Most Out of Your Expanded Text Ads

If you are new to Adwords or are struggling with the results of your ad campaigns, here are a few tips from the team at ADFly to help increase conversion rates.

(Additional info can be found here:  Google support)

Parts of an Ad

Eye tracking software shows that the average person looking at google search results is only going to look at the first 3 results after ads. After that, they take action on a page or make another Google search. This makes having an attractive ad crucial.

Parts of an ad:

An ad has a Headline 1&2, Description, Path, and Final URL, and finished expanded text ads should look like:

ad-example

Headline 1:

Have something that is relevant to the content being searched. For SKAG (Single Keyword Ad Groups) a lot of times we will incorporate the Keywords in the ad group into the expanded text ads itself. Remember to capitalize the important words. A sound approach is if a word would be capitalized in a book title, then capitalize it in your headline. You are allowed 30 characters for both headlines.

headline-1-adwords

Headline 2:

ADFly uses this section of the expanded text ads for something to advertise your product, service, webpage, etc. For instance, if you were advertising for a painter you could put something like “Get Your Free Estimate today.” ADFly’s Single Keyword Ad Group strategy is to use a Call-To-Action in this field.

headline-2-adwords

Description:

Try to use things that are relevant and may improve your SEO. For instance, if you have painting service try to incorporate keywords like “house painting”.  If you have a specific location try to include that as well. You have 80 characters to work with in the description line and you get one exclamation point to use.

EX: House Painting Contractor in New York with Exterior Expertise. Schedule your Free Estimate Today!

description-adwords

Path:

This is a expanded text ads extension on your URL that is not actually in the URL. Use something the is very relevant to the information being searched. So, if someone google “House painter in New York City” have your path be “new-york” in the first path and house-painting in the next. The ad will then be programmed to show the link as “www.bestpaintingcompany/new-york/house-painting.”  People will look at this link as an if it is even more relevant to what they need.

path-adwords

Things to remember are to use lower case and use a hyphen between words.

Final URL:

This is the “landing page” that your potential customers clicking on your expanded text ad will go to. Make sure that you put the link exactly as it should be. If you replace any text in the Google Ad Words Editor, make sure you double check on your final path to see if any changes were made.

When complete it should look similar to this:

final-ad-adwords

Final Mobile URL:

Having a landing page that is made specifically for mobile is when this is needed. Enter that into the final mobile URL location and make sure it is correct.

Always take the time to double check expanded text ads and make sure that these best practices are implemented correctly. Setting your ads up in this way will lead to a more successful ad campaigns with higher conversion rates.