5 easy ways to increase your AdWords CTR (Click Through Rate)

If you use Google’s AdWords to promote your services or products, you probably know that one of the most important metrics used to measure the success of a campaign is the click through rate. A high CTR indicates a good combination of keywords and ad copy.

adwords click through rate - 5 easy ways to increase your AdWords CTR (Click Through Rate)

But what is click through rate exactly? The click through rate is the number of clicks your ad receives divided by the number of times your ad is shown. To calculate your CTR, divide the number of clicks with the number of impressions. A high CTR indicates that your ad is relevant and useful to its intended audience.

If you’re achieving a high CTR then you’re likely focusing on the right keywords and targeting the right audience. If you’re struggling to get a good CTR, your return on investment will be poor. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The most important thing is your conversions and conversion rate.


If you’re struggling to increase your CTR, read on for our tips on how to change your fortunes:


1. Make sure keywords and ad copy is relevant

Use the ad group’s main keyword within the ad. Doing so will increase the chances of someone clicking on it, seeing as it is relevant to what they were searching for. If you don’t include the keywords you are bidding on in your ad copy, you may end up paying more than you should. There is a skill in using the target keywords while not being repetitious. The ad copy must be compelling and relevant. Get all this right, and you will increase CTR, improve keyword quality scores and reduce advertising costs.


2. Use ad extensions

Sitelink extensions allow for a maximum of four landing pages in your ad. You can create more, but Google will choose which ones to display. By using sitelink extensions you’ll enlarge the size of your ad, drawing attention away from the other ads in the paid search results while encouraging the searcher to focus on your ad. Sitelink extensions also allow you to promote other services, while having more links to your website. Google says that using a sitelink ad extension can boost CTR by up to 20%.

Note there are other ad extensions to choose from, including call extensions (use if you take telephone calls), location extensions (ideal if you have a physical store, shop or office), and review extensions. Using these ad extensions will make your ads appear more relevant, thereby increasing CTR.


3. Remember to adjust your bids

Your CTR will be negatively affected if you bid too low on your keywords. You must monitor your bid prices and readjust accordingly to ensure your bids place you high enough on page one of Google. A strong position on the page will naturally improve CTR and conversion rates.


4. Test your ads

Create ad copy variations with different messages for the headlines and description. Then test to see which ad receives more clicks. Run an ad for a while, and make changes in line with the ad’s performance. All the ads can compete against each other, and from there you can build on your insights and ideas to create high-performing ads. Always be as proactive as possible with testing your ads.


5. Use negative keywords

These are the keywords that are irrelevant to your campaign. By compiling a list of negative keywords, you are telling Google which phrases your ads should not be shown for. In effect, you are influencing who will see your ads. For example, if you only sell new furniture, you won’t want your ad to appear in front of someone searching for ‘antique furniture’, so ‘antique’ might be a negative keyword in your campaign.

Negative keywords help increase your CTR as they make your campaign more targeted. Your ad campaign will be focused on relevant keywords which are more likely to convert. If you do this you should achieve higher quality stores, increase your CTR, and reduce campaign costs.


A higher CTR should lead to a higher conversion rate.

Are you unsure how well your campaign is performing? Do you want to get the most out of your investment? For a limited time only, we are offering a FREE AdWords campaign assessment to companies spending over £2,000 per month with Google. Contact us, quoting ‘FREE AdWords Campaign Offer’, and we will email you further information (assessment usually charged at £1,500 +VAT).

This assessment is very time consuming, as it is done manually by one of our PPC specialists. For that reason, we are only able to offer it to 10 companies on a first come first serve basis.


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