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Paid search marketing is a critical tool for any marketer or small business owner. But it’s not easy. From navigating the world of bidding, to writing ad copy that resonates, to setting up Google Ads conversion tracking and more: there are a lot of skills that fall under the paid search marketing umbrella. At WordStream, we’re here to help you refine those skills. Check out our paid search marketing blogs and get the knowledge you need to succeed.


Google Adds Data Back to Search Terms Report–What’s the Catch?

Learn about what new data is included in the Google Ads search terms report, what data is eventually going away, and four tips to make the most of the data you have.

Susie Marino
September 16, 2021 | Paid Search Marketing

What Does Google FLoC Mean for Advertisers? 7 FAQs Answered

What is Google FLoC? What are third-party cookies? We're answering these questions and more to help you understand how FLoC proposes to help ad targeting without cookies.

Amy Bishop
September 8, 2021 | Paid Search Marketing

Expanded Text Ads Are Over. Here’s What It Means

Learn how and when Google Ads is sunsetting expanded text ads, what (and what not) you should be concerned about, and what you can do to stay successful with your paid search strategy.

How to Improve Google Shopping ROAS with Priority Bidding

Learn how the Google Shopping priority bidding structure works and how to use it to optimize your bids and negatives for maximum ROAS—with plenty of pro tips and examples.

15 Ways to Lower Your Cost Per Click in Google & Facebook Ads

Find out the average CPC for Search, Display, Shopping, Facebook, and Instagram ads—plus 15 essential tips to lower your cost per click on each platform.

Why & How to Import Cost Data to Google Analytics (+Template)

Learn how to import cost data into Google Analytics so you can view your PPC performance metrics for Google Ads, Facebook ads, and other channels—all in one place.

11 Tips to Lower Your Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC)

Customer acquisition cost (CAC) is calculated by dividing your total marketing spend by your number of new customers. Implement these 11 tips to improve conversions throughout your funnel, get the most out of your spend, and lower customer acquisition costs.

8 Creative PPC Strategies to Overcome Today’s Challenging Landscape

Between privacy restrictions, platform changes, and the push for automation, the PPC landscape is undergoing a major shift. Use these eight creative PPC strategies to succeed in 2021 and beyond.

Google’s NEW 3-Strikes Ad Policy: The Full Scoop + 5 Tips to Prepare

Learn what the Google Ads three-strike policy system is, when the pilot will start, and how it will impact accounts—plus five tips to avoid strikes and suspensions.

The Easy Guide to Google Ads Image Extensions

Learn how to set up Google Ads image extensions, where to find images for them (plus specs), as well as best practices for image extensions and how to view your performance.

3 Reasons to Use Google Ads Dynamic Exclusion Lists (+How to Do It)

Learn how Google Ads dynamic exclusion lists protect your time, budget, and reputation, plus what exactly makes them dynamic, who can set them up, and how.

Google Ads Location Targeting: 10 Smart Tips to Maximize Your ROI

Get our top 10 tips to make sure your money goes to the right place—literally!

7 Things to Know About the NEW Google Ads Creative Studio

Should you try the new Google Ads Creative Studio? Learn exactly what it is, how it helps with rich media ad creation, and what to know before you get started.

19 Pesky Google Ads Disapprovals and How to Fix Them

Find out 19 Google Ads disapprovals that could be tripping you up, what they mean, and how to fix, appeal, and prevent them!

How to Succeed in Google Ads Without Modified Broad Match

Modified broad match may have gone away, but we have a workaround! Learn how to combine broad match with audience targeting in Google Ads so you can both expand your reach and get quality leads.

Should You Let Google Ads Apply Recommendations Automatically?

The newly expanded Google Ads auto-applied recommendations have been met by advertisers with mixed feelings. Learn about the pros and cons of this new feature as well as best practices for identifying and applying the right recommendations for you.

8 Google Ads Conversion Tracking Hang-Ups and How to Fix Them

Google Ads conversion tracking gets complicated fast. That's why we're going through the eight most common hangups we see in Google Ads conversion tracking—and how to fix them—so you can make sure your data is accurate and ultimately increase conversions!

Should You Use the New Google Ads Insights Page? [Pros & Cons]

Google has released its Insights page out of beta—should you be using it? Take a look at exactly how to use the Google Ads Insights page and learn the pros and cons to see if it's right for you.

How to Set Up Ad Scheduling RIGHT (+the Finer Details You Need to Know)

Ad scheduling is a huge money-saver, but the process has nuances across Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. Equipped with the finer details of ad scheduling on each platform, you'll learn how to set it up right and save money.

4 Ways to Collect Valuable First-Party Data in a Cookieless World

With iOS 14's tracking opt-out feature, Google's plan to do away with third-party cookies, and other privacy measures being taken, a first-party-first strategy is a must! Learn four tactics to help you start gathering more first-party data for your business.

How to Supercharge Your PPC Performance Using LinkedIn Audiences

LinkedIn audiences are one of the most powerful tools for high-performing Microsoft ads. In this post, you'll learn about the different types of LinkedIn audiences and what they entail, how to set them up for targeting in Microsoft Ads, and how to optimize your ads with bid adjustments.

4 Tips to Succeed Using Google Ads Broad Match (with Data!)

In this post, we share data from a successful use case with broad match (now that modified broad has gone away), and provide four tips for testing this safely while not breaking the bank: Monitor performance, trust automation, review your search query reports, and be patient with hitting targets.

15 Ways to Audit Your Google Ads Account Post-COVID

In this post-pandemic Google Ads account audit checklist, we cover the various aspects of your account that you should check before reactivating, so you can see success with your campaigns. We'll go over daily budgets, location targeting, ad copy, ad extensions, negative keywords, and so much more!

8 Must-Know Microsoft Ads Tips to Get More Clicks and Conversions

Looking to get more clicks and conversions on your Microsoft ads? From pre-qualifying your prospects to price extensions, this post covers 8 Microsoft ads optimizations to help you ensure you get the most of your budget.

Gmail Ads Are Going Away: Everything You Need to Know

As of July 1, 2021, advertisers will not be able to create or edit Gmail campaigns. This post covers the key features that are going away as well as how you can adapt by using Discovery ads.

5 Ways to Do More (Genuine!) Customer-Centric Marketing

This post provides 5 ways to make your customer experience better than ever, which may actually result in bigger profits for you, too.

2020: The Year in Review for PPC

This post covers the most important PPC events of 2020 that should inform your 2021 paid strategy, including Google's launch of Discovery Campaigns and GA4; its limitations within reporting, Gmail ads, and text options; Facebook's ad suppression; the iOS update; and developments in LinkedIn, YouTube, and Quora ads.