How to Make the Most of a Limited AdWords Budget?

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How to Make the Most of a Limited AdWords Budget?

When speaking to business owners who are new to search advertising, a common concern is that their marketing budget is simply not big enough to compete with some of their competitors who are investing huge amounts of money into their marketing efforts. If this sounds like you, then I have some good news for you!

Although having a large AdWords budget will help you to achieve results much faster, there are still ways in which you can set up your AdWords account to perform well with even the smallest budget. Below are some ways in which you can get the best possible results out of a small AdWords budget:

Target Lower Ad Positions

Many advertisers tend to target the first one to three positions on Google based on the belief that these are the only ads that will be clicked on by Google users, when in fact this is not the case at all.

Adverts in positions 4+ still obtain traffic, often at a much lower CPC (Cost-Per-Click) price than the higher positions. Furthermore, for some industries, these lower positions can even convert better, as well. This is due to the fact that sometimes the top positions will attract a lot of “tyre kickers”—that is, people who really aren’t interested in making a purchase at all and just clicked the first Google listing they saw.

 

Target Only Specific, Long-Tail Keywords

If your AdWords budget is extremely limited, the importance of using only the most targeted and specific keywords is much higher than usual. In general, specific long-tail keywords (keywords made up of 3+ words) that describe your exact services are much more likely to convert compared with broader, single word keywords.

For example, if you were an AdWords agency looking to attract more customers, you’d probably want to focus on terms such as “AdWords agency Sydney” rather than a keyword like “AdWords.” This is because a person searching for “AdWords agency Sydney” is obviously only looking for one thing: an AdWords agency in Sydney.

However, someone searching for “AdWords” in Google could be looking for a range of different things; they could be looking for information on AdWords, a blog, the AdWords login screen etc.

Create Specific Campaigns for High-Converting Keywords

One of the biggest mistakes made by business owners running an AdWords account (see this article for a full run down on common problems found in self-managed campaigns) is only creating single campaign for all of their campaigns. This can create many problems, one being that it groups all of your traffic under a single budget cap each day.

If you’ve got broad, highly popular but low-converting keywords within the campaign, then there’s a chance that these keywords will obtain traffic very quickly, exhausting your budget before any of your other keywords can a chance to obtain traffic. Because of this, it’s recommended that you dedicate at least one campaign for only your high-converting keywords. This will give your high-converting keywords their own dedicated media budget, which should allow for more conversions overall throughout the day.

Avoid the Display Network

While the display network has the potential to drive huge traffic volume and expose your brand to a massive audience, conversion rates seen in this channel are generally nowhere near as high as what you’d see from search traffic. Because of this, if your budget is limited then it’s probably best to disable the display network.

Analyze Location Segment Reports, Then Refine Geotargeting

Thanks to the extremely granular reporting provided by AdWords, you’re able to quickly identify which cities and states your traffic is coming from. If you’ve got conversion tracking installed on your account, then you’ll also be able to see which areas are delivering conversions.

To maximise your conversion rate with a low budget, it’d be a good idea to monitor this report about once a month and exclude any areas that have poor conversion rates compared to other areas. You may even want to create specific campaigns that target only your highest converting locations, too!

These points should help you get the most from your limited AdWords budget. However, the most important thing to do to ensure you’re getting the best results possible is to pay close, regular attention to how every aspect of your campaign is performing. Ensure that campaigns, adverts, and keywords are analyzed regularly and optimize your account according to the data you see.

Do you have any other tips or ways you work with limited budgets? Please leave in the comments below!

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Jeremy Decker
Jeremy Decker is the SEM manager for Australian Google Adwords & SEO agency, Click Click Media. Jeremy joined Click Click Media in late 2011, after... Read Full Bio
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