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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.


8 Advertising Tips for Electricians & Other Tradesmen

Digital advertising can be challenging for tradesmen and blue-collar professionals, but these eight tips will help you find more clients and get return on your online advertising spend.

Margot Whitney
September 18, 2017 | Marketing Ideas

What’s a Good Quality Score for Each Type of Keyword?

What's a good Quality Score in AdWords? As usual, it depends, but we can set different Quality Score benchmarks for different keyword types: brand, low-intent, high-intent and competitor keywords.

Allen Finn
September 18, 2017 | Paid Search Marketing

How to Compete with Big Spenders in Google Ads (Without Spending More $)

According to our data, businesses with big AdWords budgets are doing better by almost every PPC metric - ouch! But even on a smaller budget, you can win just by copying what big spenders do. Here's how.

Allen Finn
September 5, 2017 | Paid Search Marketing

Google Announces Major Changes to Ad Rotation Settings

Ad testing is important, and Google is simplifying the options you have when testing multiple ads within an ad group. Here's what you need to know about optimizing your AdWords settings moving forward.

These 4 Forgotten Google Ads Best Practices Still Matter – Here’s Proof

In the rush to implement Expanded Text Ads, many advertisers forgot to implement some of the industry’s oldest best practices. These forgotten PPC best practices still matter!

How to Do Keyword Research: The Easy, Step-by-Step Guide

Intimidated by the prospect of keyword research? Don't be! This guide tells you exactly how to do keyword research for SEO, PPC, content, and competitors! Plus we share our five favorite keyword research tools.

Positive vs. Negative Ads: Which Works Better?

Sentiment, whether positive, negative, or neutral, can have a major impact on the performance of your AdWords campaigns. Check out these tips and examples to help you test emotion in your text and display ads.

How to Get Your Piece of the Search Impression Share Pie

Learn all about search impression share in AdWords: why it's important, what it means for your account, and what to do when you're losing impression share to budget or rank.

All of Google’s Recent Changes to the Mobile SERP

Google has been mixing up the mobile SERP, introducing new features like sitelink carousels and lots of new mobile ad types to keep both users and advertisers happy. Learn more

The Feed Is Coming. Here’s How Google Could Monetize It

The feed is Google’s answer to Facebook’s News Feed. As of now, there are no public plans to use the feed as an advertising platform; here's how Google might go about monetizing it.

Best New Online Advertising Features of 2017 (So Far)

Highlighting 2017's best new online advertising features across search and social ad channels, including some potentially paradigm-shifting features to try in your digital marketing campaigns!

13 Power Tips for #Winning Mobile Ad Copy

Your customers are on mobile, and if you want MORE customers, you need to write ads that speak to the context and experience of the mobile user. Here's how!

The Highest CPC Keywords in Canada

The most expensive AdWords keywords in Canada include keywords related to immigration (super visa insurance) and small business operations (POS systems, calling software, merchant accounts). Learn more!

The Top 25 Costliest Keywords in South Africa

What keywords demand the highest bids and costs per click (CPC's) in the ZAR currency? Check out the top 25 most expensive AdWords keywords, South Africa Edition!

7 Proven Hacks to Turn Any Restaurant into an Instagram Powerhouse

Looking for some fool-proof ways to market your bar or restaurant on Instagram? These seven proven hacks will grow your following, expand your reach, and have customers lining up at your door.

Gordon Donnelly
July 6, 2017 | Instagram

The Comprehensive Guide to Online Advertising Costs

How much do online ads cost? Learn everything you need to know about online advertising costs including average costs to advertise on Google and Facebook, plus how to lower your online ad costs.

The 25 Most Expensive Keywords in Australia

What are the most expensive keywords in Australia? These 25 keywords will cost you more Australian dollars per click than any other keywords in AdWords advertising...

The Most Expensive Keywords in the UK

What are the most expensive keywords in the United Kingdom? These 25 keywords will cost you more British pounds per click than any other keywords in AdWords advertising...

The 25 Most Expensive Keywords in Google Ads

We’ve completed a new, comprehensive analysis of keyword data for five different currencies in English-speaking countries. We determined the top 25 most expensive keywords (meaning these niche markets are super-competitive) along with their average CPC. Check out the results!

5 Insurance Marketing Tactics that Drive Quality Leads

Insurance marketing isn't easy. Bring your sky-high CPCs back down to earth with these five easy-to-implement AdWords tactics that will work in your own or your client's account.

7 Data-Backed Tips for AdWords Ads that Work Right Now

The way people search has evolved, so your ads need to evolve too! Here are seven tips, backed by data, to help you write super-effective ads that resonate with your audience now.

Knock-Off Thousands from Your Google Ads Costs with Close Variants

Are you using close variants as a keyword match type in your Google Ads campaigns? If not, it's time to start. Here's how to use them to save money.

4 Must-Try Google Mobile Ad Strategies (with Data!)

Struggling to rank and get clicks on the mobile SERP? Check out these four must-try mobile ad features including price extensions and Purchases on Google.

The 10 Most Popular Words in Google Ads (+8 Other Findings)

What makes great Google ad copy? We analyzed 512 of the best Google Ads to find out.

Case Study: How Google Ads Life Events Targeting Lifts Brand Interest 175%

Learn about AdWords' Consumer Patterns & Life Events targeting, a new weapon to target more relevant audience segments, and see what kind of results you can get.

4 Useful Features Hidden in the New Google Ads Interface

The new AdWords UI, referred to as the new AdWords Experience, boasts a whole new look and, along with it, new features! Let's take a look at four things buried in the new AdWords UI you should know.

Promotion Extension in Google Ads Drives Super-High CTR

The new AdWords promotion extensions will show a noticeable price tag icon beneath your ad and highlight a sale on your website, allowing you to save valuable characters in your text ads and raise CTR. Learn more!