Things that can be hard:
1. Dubstep dancing
2. Google Ads
3. Saying no to free stuff
And as such, I’ve rounded up 10 free tools to help you succeed with Google Ads—from ad creation, account structure, and audits to RSAs, reporting, and ROI.
And if you think I forgot about dubstep dancing, think again.
Let’s get into it.
Google Ads gives us plenty of free and useful tools, like the Keyword Planner, budget report, and offline conversions import helper tool. But let’s take a look at tools outside of Google Ads that your competitors may not know about.
Okay so this tool you probably do know about since it’s plastered all over our site. But that’s because it’s awesome. Sure, Google Ads will show you your campaign metrics, but metrics alone won’t give you the full picture of your performance. WordStream’s free Google Ads Performance Grader uses 17 factors to tell you how your account is really doing, like:
In less than a minute, you’ll get an in-depth, easy-to-read report with your score plus exactly how to improve it. Try the free Google Ads Performance Grader now.
As of June 30, 2022, responsive search ads will be the only search ad type you can create or edit for both Google and Microsoft ads (here’s the story in case you missed it). As such, it only felt right to kick off this list with a free RSA template from Optimise Lab.
Use the template to build RSA campaigns fast. Also, don’t miss these seven things to do to make sure you’re prepared for this change.
With so many PPC metrics, it can be hard to make heads or tails of the reports in the Google Ads interface. Whatagraph’s free Google Ads report template visualizes key metrics like like clicks, impressions, conversions, and more to help you stay on track with your KPIs.
Create a free account, select Google Ads as the platform, then choose the data you’re looking for (conversions, traffic, or ecommerce). You’ll then see a report based on sample data:
Select “change” in the black box on the right to connect your Google Ads account and see your own information displayed.
And if you’re in the cross-channel marketing game, you can do this for a slew of other platforms, like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Analytics, Facebook Page, and more.
Data Studio is another free tool to help you with better PPC reporting. In the free marketing template library, there are reports for:
Select any report and in the upper right, click where it says “Click to select your data” so you can connect your account.
If this 12-year-old can master dubstep dance in eight months with YouTube alone, then you can certainly stand to benefit from a Google Ads tutorial or two. Our round-up up of the best Google Ads training courses contains plenty of tutorials. We also have a few of our own, like:
Ink’s free Google Ads description generator uses AI to help you write ads that convert. Of course, you can’t rely on a machine to generate your descriptions. You need to do your keyword research and cultivate ad copy over time based on results. But this tool can help you get ideas to start with, or even for copy elsewhere in your marketing materials.
Enter your product name and “brief concept” of 100 characters or less. Hit create, and see what you get.
It is called a headline generator but it only generates descriptions.
I tried the tool out for our Google Ads Grader.
Here’s what I got:
Not bad, right? I wouldn’t necessarily use these word for word in my Google Ads copy, but there are some good ideas in there, like “in-depth insights,” “how it impacts your bottom line,” and “what’s going on behind the scenes.” And the fact that it came up with terms like bids and advertising budget is pretty cool.
Speaking of doing your keyword research, we’ve got a free tool for that! It’s got a fancy name. It’s called…
Enter a term or URL into the tool, choose your location and industry if you so please, and get hundreds of relevant keywords to target with your ads and website content—with cost per click and competition levels for Google and Bing. You can then get the keywords emailed to you in a CSV.
Try our Free Keyword Tool here.
Here’s another free generator tool for you to try out. In StoryLab’s free Google ad headline generator, enter the name of your product, service, or offering, a brief description, then click “Inspire me!” (that’s a fun call to action phrase).
You’ll have to create a free account to see your results, but no credit card information needed).
I tested this one as well with our Google Ads Grader.
The results? Not too bad.
You get 25 runs free when you create an account and can also try out the Google Ads description generator.
Did you know that you can view your ad costs in Google Analytics for ads other than Google Ads? All you need is the data import tool in Google Ads and a CSV. Easy but not so peasy. That’s why we have a post on how to import your cost data into Google Analytics, step by step. In it you’ll find a free Google sheet template to use in the process.
The post will also show you how to customize your cost analysis report to your liking and see your ROAS.
How much does Google Ads cost? This depends on so many things so we can’t give you a definitive answer, but we can give you a tool to help you plan, pace, and stay within your target budget. It’s a free Google Ads budget pacing template by Supermetrics that will help you to keep track of and visualize your budget and projections for any number of accounts. You can even set up email notifications for certain budget thresholds.
You may also be interested in the Google Ads budget report.
Whether you’re looking to make Google Ads account optimizations, conduct a successful PPC audit, write better ad copy, or something else, these free tools can help make your life easier. Give them a shot!
Kristen is the Senior Managing Editor at WordStream, where she helps businesses to make sense of their online marketing and advertising. She specializes in SEO and copywriting and finds life to be exponentially more delightful on a bicycle.
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