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This is a listing of the techniques in using Google Adwords. It explains what each option is about, along with some tips and facts about what is involved in using any of them.

Google Search network

Ads can appear on the right hand side or highlighted on the top for keywords you have specified. This can be worth a fortune for the right position and or product on one of the millions of search terms used in a day. To advertise on the search page of the largest search engine in the world opens a world of income possibilities. With only this choice your ads will only show on search pages that are produced by Google.

Search Partners

Search Partners include such corporations as AOL, CompuServe, Netscape, Lycos and AT&T. Combine these with other Google properties such as blogs and a wide variety of participating websites, on practically every conceivable subject, and you get an amazing network of potential customers.

Both the search methods are thought to bring better quality clicks because the people who searched wanted to find what you have and what they were looking for. It is permission marketing at its finest.

Content network

Google also has a content network of its own working with entities like the New York Times, HGTV and The Food Network. The Google content network also includes the massive power of Gmail. It would be a mistake to miss the smaller entities such as people who provide content on small websites. There are millions of these small websites that cover practically every conceivable topic. With all these different opportunities, it can only mean more eyes seeing your ads. With all the options considered, Google covers over 80 % of the internet.

A lot of gurus will suggest that you leave this section out of initial attempts. Personally the content network has made me money, more money than the search functions. I use it a lot with click-per-signup where the end products is usually a free trial offer. The cost per click is generally less and the volume of clicks is generally more.

Placements you have targeted

If you aren’t comfortable with the keyword route, you have another choice. The placement function is relatively new. It offers a new way of advertising using Google. You can hand pick the sites that are most relevant to your ads. As long as the page is part of the Google content network then you can be one of the ads in the “Ads by Google” boxes. Check the page to see if it has any of these boxes. Also check if you think the page is acceptable for your ad. Some aren’t.

Google Tools that will help out your selections

Okay I can hear the groans, “picking keywords”, “picking websites”, sounds complicated. Really it isn’t that complicated but Google has thought about this. Under the Tools tab, they have a keyword tool that will suggest keywords based on either a topic or a URL that you supply. It not only suggests keywords but also groups them. That’s really quite handy for composing ads. The groups could be used as prime subjects for the ads. This keeps the ads and keywords closely related which is something that will help your quality score with Google. A high quality score lowers the bid needed for a specific position. The first three categories listed here are all dependent on keywords that you choose.

The other problem is picking websites for placements. Google also has a tool for that. The placement tool is only available from the ad group level under the Placement tab. When you choose the Add Placements menu option, Google will take you to the Placement tool. It will pick websites based on four different ways to get associated websites.
1. Picking from an expandable list of topics that are closely related to the subject of your ad
2. Specify a topic or multiple topics
3. Specific URLs. You put in the URLs and Google looks for similar websites
4. Demographically, things like gender, age or annual income.

It’s a Wrap!

Google also has the ability to put your ads in physical newspapers all around the world. They also do audio ads through a network of radio stations. By the time you read this, there may be even more options involving things like video and social networking like Facebook. The one think about Google is that they don’t sit on their hands after bringing new products online. The constant thing about working with Google is the changes that happen.

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