Read this article to get to know different types of online ads. Proceed to learn to write optimal text ads for Google AdWords or similar providers.
The different types of Ads
Online advertising ads are messages that web users encounter when using search engines, surfing web pages or watching videos. Web users can click on these messages in order to visit the website to which each ad is linked. The most common online ads are Image ads, Video ads and Text ads.
On both the Google Search Network and the Google Display Network, text ads are available. They are the most common type of ad. Impressions are free of charge but if someone clicks an ad, the CPC is charged. Actual prices are calculated on the basis of an auction among all competitors. In the following we will only deal with text ads.
Google offers to publish different sizes and forms of advertising banners throughout its network of publisher websites, the Google Display Network (GDN). They are priced either complying to the principle of CPM or CPC.
Video advertisements are prerolls on sites like YouTube, or overlays placed in the bottom of a running video. Overlays can be either graphics or simple texts. Pricing is done according to the CPC, CPM or CPV. With CPV you are charged only if a viewer watches your video.
General structure of text ads
Text ads are generally composed of three main pieces plus optional ad extensions. Every ad has a headline of maximally 25 characters, a display URL and two lines of description of 35 characters each. Ad Extensions may complement the ad e.g. with Sitelinks (a map or other useful utilities).
Every AdWords Text ad must comply with Google’s principles for a positive user experience from the AdWords policy center. Apart from these, further determinants influence the success of an ad.
AdWords Policy Center
- No incorrect grammar or misspellings in the ads; except for common misspellings or informal words, abbreviations
- No excessive use of capitalized letters; exceptions are allowed for trademarks, brands, acronyms and other commonly capitalized words; capitalizing the first letter of each word is allowed and it has proved to generate higher CTR
- No unnecessary / unusual punctuation or symbols (e.g. too many exclamation marks, repetitions, bullet points, emoticons, ASCII art codes)
- No extra / missing spaces and excessive repetitions of a single word (e.g. Free Free Free!)
- No inappropriate language (e.g. obscene or excessively generic language)
Safety and Security
- No malwares or viruses
- No deception of the search users
- No spam
- Relevance, clarity and accuracy of the ads in order to get published in the paid search sections
Transparency and Privacy
- No collection and improper use of personal information
- No unclear billing methods
- No redirection to domains that are different from that displayed in the ad
- Compliance with local regulations
- Compliance with trademarks and copyrights restrictions
- No promotion of counterfeit goods
Google’s Brand Decisions
- Compliance with further guidelines that reflect Google’s culture and values
Tips for Successful Ads
- Highlight the higher value of your offering compared to competitors
- Promote unique products, discounts or prices explicitly and offer them on the corresponding LP
- In order to have bold words in your ad, structure your campaign, book more exact or phrase keywords and use many keywords in your ad texts
- Include call to action for the user
- Provide a LP which exactly complements the ad
- Regularly create new ads and compare their success to older ones. Keep the best