4 Free Tools to Help You Stop Wasting Money on Google AdWords Spend
Not sure where to start with your Google AdWords Campaign?
You might be surprised to learn that the answer might be right under your nose. If you’re like any good business owner there’s a good chance that you do pay some attention to what your competition is doing. Why not apply that same thought process to setting up your Google AdWords campaign?
I am not suggesting that you give your competitor a call and ask them how they set up their Ad campaign, how much they’re bidding on keywords or what their monthly ad spend is. Even if they are friendly competitors they’re probably not likely to share their successes.
There is a way for you to research what your competition is doing on Google AdWords, for free. Using tools that are easily accessible and available to everyone you can determine what keywords your competition is using, what they are spending for those keywords and what they are spending per month.
4 Tools to Get You Started on Google AdWords
- Spyfu-is a great tool to use to determine what your competitors are doing within organic search and within their Google AdWords For AdWords you can see up to 5 keyword phrases, the monthly spend and what your competitor is spending on cost per click without spending any of your own money. If you want more information you’ll have to pay for a subscription.Spyfu offers plenty of other resources to help with your Google Dominance including organic results, backlink checker and tons of research tools. They are all available for free with limitations.
- Google Keyword Planner-When planning for Google why not use a FREE Google tool? The Google Keyword Planner allows you to search for keywords that are relevant to your competitor’s website. All you have to do is enter their website URL.This is great for several reasons. First you can see the number of searches particular keywords get monthly. The number is based on a 12 month average but it helps to determine whether or not you should spend money on a keyword phrase.
You can also search for specific keyword phrases within very specific locations..down to the zip code. This allows you to see how many people within a certain area are searching for something, and how often.
Google adds a suggested bid to the keyword research but in most cases you won’t have to spend the suggested amount if things are set up properly.
- Google Analytics-There’s a saying in the digital advertising world that goes something like this. “Don’t spend money on an ad until you know it works”. So now you’re probably wondering how I do that. Well one way is to use Google Analytics to determine what people are coming to your site for organically. On this site people show a lot of interest in Instagram for Business so given that piece of information I might run an ad on Google letting people know they can use Instagram to grow their business, or advertising on Instagram.
- Google Trends-You can use Google Trends to check trending traffic for keyword phrases. This is useful if you’re in a seasonal business or if you believe an offering you have may become more and more relevant.You can also see in what parts of the world the keyword phrase is trending most, and related keyword phrases and performance. You might find that a related keyword phrase is a better alternative than the one you first thought.
Using my example above of Instagram for Business I can see that the phrase is trending up over the last few months and years (duh). But I can also see where in the world it is the most popular, and what phrases are relevant to Instagram for Business.
Being a Connecticut based business most of my AdWords Clients are in Connecticut, and in most cases they are local businesses. Research is a critical component to setting up an Ad on any platform or your ad budget can be blown to pieces very quickly. Wasted ad spend is probably one of the biggest reasons you can easily get discouraged from using AdWords on a consistent basis. Using the 4 tools above you can get started with the right keywords and budget while being at peace with your choices if you do things correctly.
Don’t just set it and forget it though. Make sure you’re checking back almost daily to make sure your results are what you’re expecting. There are other aspects of your campaign that you need to keep an eye on, or you will waste ad spend.