Google Ads

If your tired of waiting for organic ads to do their thing, Google Ads gives you that instant result.

Google Ads Mandurah


The search marketing world has blown paper based directories out of the water, and it is only going to dominate further as the Internet's reach becomes wider.

Google Ads (formerly known as Google AdWords) is Google’s own advertising service (think of the green ad box) which allows you to place search results for your website on a search engine via carefully selected keywords that you have chosen.  The resulting page you are found on is known as a (SERP) Search Engine Results Page.

While organically you can see results after any amount of time, by using a paid search you can see immediate results and therefore immediate responses.  And it’s not nearly as difficult to use or expensive as you may think.

Paid search


Paid search is the term we use for advertising within the listings of a search engine. These normally appear at the top of a SERP or to the side, and increasingly look more and more like organic results. At the moment Google places a small green ‘Ad’ label on them.

Google Ads Mandurah

Google Ads Mandurah

Google isn’t the only search engine where your business can reach new customers; Bing also runs its own advertising network, and there are even more out there.

What is Ad Rank?


Ad Rank is a system that Google uses to determine the order in which paid search ads are displayed on the SERP. See Google Ads Help

Generally speaking, the ad with the highest Ad Rank gets to show in the top position and the ad with the second-highest Ad Rank gets to show in the second position, and so on.

Your bid amount is just one of five factors that go into calculating Ad Rank. Others include:

  • The quality of your ads (reflected in your Quality Score)
  • The Ad Rank thresholds.  These can depend on things like the topic, location, and device type
  • Search context, including the query, the time of the search, the other ads and search results that show on the page, and other user signals like location and device type
  • Ad extensions and other ad formats: these are the pieces of additional information you can add such as a phone number, or more links to other pages on your website.



You pay Google Ads each time your ad is clicked. The price you’re willing to pay for each click is called cost-per-click (CPC).

You can pick a maximum bid amount, and if you choose the automatic option, Google chooses the bid amount for you within your budget, and theoretically brings you the most clicks possible within that budget.

There is also another less common option called cost per impression (CPM). This is where you pay the search engine for every 1,000 times your ad appears on the SERP. The user doesn’t have to click through.

You can choose between either method.

The time it takes for Google Ads to look at all the relevant advertisers bidding for a search term, decide whether there will be an auction or not, hold that auction, work out which ad offers a mixture of highest maximum bid + quality score and finally serves that ad on the results page, is the time it takes for someone to type a search term into Google and receive the results.

Which is about 0.26 seconds.

Alternatives to Google Ads


The Bing Network: Formerly known as the Yahoo Bing Network, the Bing Network is the ad network belonging to Bing, Google’s biggest search engine rival. A number of syndicated partners make up the Network, including AOL, the Wall Street Journal and Gumtree.

According to statistics from Bing Ads, the Bing Network currently has a 33.9% market share in the US, and 24.7% in the UK, meaning that it reaches a not insignificant portion of searchers who may not be reachable via Google Ads.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO): This term refers to all the methods, tactics and processes by which you can increase the likelihood of your website appearing and ranking well in the organic (non-paid) search engine results. If you employ cracking SEO, then you may not even need to use paid search. However, many marketers will recommend that both are vital to search marketing and complement each other effectively.

Google Shopping: You may have noticed in the example at the top of the page a carousel showing sponsored shopping results.

You can submit listings such as this to Google Ads, by creating Product Listing Ads (PLA) featuring relevant details, rich images, product prices and your store name.

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