Landing Pages For Google Adwords
Creating Landing Pages For Google Adwords
In creating a Google AdWords campaign, advertisers often spend
most of their time creating their ads and researching their keywords.
There is often little or no thought to where the surfer will be
sent when the ad does its job and generates a click. Often advertisers
send the surfer to the home page of their website, hoping the website
will do the rest of the work.
These advertisers are neglecting a very important part of their
AdWords campaign: the landing page. A good landing page is just
as important as a good ad, good keywords and strategic bidding.
By creating an effective landing page advertisers can increase conversions,
which will make their campaigns more competitive and profitable.
When creating your landing page remember to make it specific to
the ad that is sending the traffic. As with everything else, the
landing page must be highly targeted. If a surfer clicked an ad
expecting to find gold plated doorknobs, then you better make sure
the corresponding landing page has just that. There is nothing worse
than having a customer who is ready to buy but can’t.
The role of your ad is to get clicks. The role of your landing
page is to convert those clicks into leads or sales. Make sure you
can convert the surfer within 3 clicks or less. If the surfer has
to click more than 3 times to buy your product you will probably
lose the sale. Ideally you want the surfer to click only twice,
once on your ad, and once on your landing page to get to your order
page. That’s it. The more clicks you have, the less sales
Remember that surfers are impatient. You need to give them what
they want with as little effort as possible on their part. Therefore,
it is important to always keep your original objective (conversions)
in mind, as well as to refer to the specific keywords and calls
to action in your ad, when creating your landing page.
The landing page is where you will use all your copywriting skills
to complete the sale. As I said before, the goal of your ad is to
get the click, and the goal of your landing page is to get the sale.
It is in your landing page where you have all the room you need
to explain all the benefits and features of your product or service.
It is important to remember that your landing page is your sales
Your ad did its job by generating enough interest in the surfer
to click through to your landing page. Now you should continue to
hook and draw the prospect into your copy to complete the sale.
The best way to do this is through a good headline. This headline
should hook the prospect by appealing to her self-interest. What’s
in it for her? How will your product or service benefit her?
Continue to expand on your headline in your copy with more benefits
for the prospect, and support these benefits with the features of
your product or service. Do this throughout your copy and with subheadings.
Make sure you keep the prospect interested and try to build some
excitement in your product or service.
Use plenty of bullets and lists in your copy to show your benefits
and features. Bullets are essentially mini headlines. Bullets can
be used to summarize all benefits the prospect will gain from your
product or service. They can also summarize all the problems your
prospect is experiencing and that your product or service can solve.
Headlines, subheadings and bullets are very important aspects of
your landing page. As I said above, surfers are impatient and impulsive.
They tend to be in a hurry and want instant gratification. As a
result, they often only scan the page. If a surfer is scanning your
page, they will only read your headline, subheadings, and bullets.
It is important that you get all the benefits to the prospect included
in your headlines, subheadings, and bullets, for this reason. Of
course there are also surfers who will read your whole page, so
you will need to have good copy, which provides greater detail and
all the information the prospect needs to make a decision.
Pictures are usually very effective, especially if you are selling
a product. In this case make sure the surfer gets a good, clear
look at the product. Since the surfer cannot touch the product it
is important that they get as much visual information as they need.
Your copy should support your pictures and your pictures should
support your copy. The important thing is that the landing page
is focused on what the prospect wants. So if the prospect is looking
for gold plated doorknobs, then when they click your ad they should
go to a landing page where they only see pictures of gold plated
doorknobs, and only read text that describes the features and benefits
of gold plated doorknobs.
Finally, at some point you will need to ask for the sale. This
all needs to be done on your landing page. Do not ask the surfer
to click through to another page and try to close the sale there.
You must close the sale on your landing page. The surfer should
only have to click through to your order page to provide their credit
card information. If you are only looking to generate leads, have
the form they need to fill out on the landing page as well.
The landing page is a very important aspect of a Google AdWords
campaign. You should spend the same amount of time, if not more,
creating your landing page as you do creating your ad and generating
your keywords. By creating effective landing pages you can improve
the overall profitability of your campaigns. Improving the profitability
of your campaign can allow you to bid more per keyword and generate
more traffic. In end, the landing page is an integral part of your
search engine marketing and should not be neglected.
About the Author
George Peters is a
professional Internet marketer and pay per click advertising expert.
His website is located at http://CPCSecrets.com.