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If you have any questions relating to a thread, please reply to that thread instead of this master one.

If there's anything not covered, ask in here and I'll see about creating a thread for that.

  1. AdWords Dude Saying Hello (<--- Intro post)
  2. (Radio interview) How to get started quickly in business
  3. The Biggest Benefit of AdWords
  4. Are You Only Buying Traffic?
  5. Your Goal Is To INCREASE CPCs
  6. What Happens When You Increase CPCs
  7. The Trick To Understanding AdWords
  8. Newbie Mistake #1 - "Limited by Budget"
  9. Launch & Learn
  10. The Single Biggest Reason People Lose Money With AdWords
  11. Don't Let Google Control Where Your Traffic Goes
  12. Hidden Dangers of Wide Funnels
  13. The Holy Trinity Of Paid Search
  14. AdWords Sneaky Extended Headlines
  15. Newbie Mistake #2 - "Our Landing Pages Don't Convert!"
  16. The Allure of Easy Money
  17. 18 Advanced AdWords Tips
  18. (Video) What's Your Problem?
  19. (Video) Online Direct Response Metrics
  20. (Video) The Most Important Formula in Business
  21. (Video) Segmenting AdWords Data By More Than One Dimension
  22. (Video) The Online Buying Lifecycle
  23. The AdWords Jumpstart (<-- 40 page HOW-TO doc in the Speedway subforum)
  24. The need for speed
  25. How to get profitable or fail fast with AdWords
  26. The What & Why of Local Lead Gen
  27. What's better than low hanging fruit?
  28. Please bid on your brand name!
  29. Lead Gen for Local Service Businesses
  30. (Video) 70 min AdWords Interview
  31. (Video) AdWords location targeting tip
  32. (Video) Segment your AdWords data!
  33. (Video) Categorising keywords with MS-Excel
  34. (Video) How I screwed up a sales pitch
  35. (Video) Local Lead Gen - simplified
  36. (Video) Andy reviews Neal's AdWords account
  37. (Video Series) Keyword & Competitor Research for Local Lead Gen
  38. [Progress] Using AdWords to sell my house
  39. (Video) AdWords Keyword Research
  40. Using Pivot-Tables to analyse Google Ads data
  41. [Video] Google Ads Review - Laudromat
  42. How to contact Google Ad support via chat
  43. (Video) Google Ads Audit
  44. (Video) Keyword Research for a business that wants to sell shoes online
  45. (Video) The phone stopped ringing! Is it because of going to Level 5 lockdown?
  46. (Video) Google Ads for Business Owners (Masterclass Replay)
  47. (Audio) Andy discusses Google Ads on The Subscription Box Show
 
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You can probably tell from my constant 'likes' that your Adwords posts have been a great resource for me (and plenty of others I'm sure).

I had a solid grasp of Adwords. Your stuff has taken it to the next level though.

Much appreciated. Keep the good stuff coming!
 

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Working my way through these, some huge insight.

Count this as a bump for newer readers.


Also, did you guys know that Google gifts grants of up to $10,000 per month in AdWords Credit to Non-Profit Organisations?

I see this as a huge opportunity to offer services managing their campaigns for free or for a fee. Imagine the experience you'd gain if you managed a budget of $10,000 PER MONTH. You'd learn real quick.

I imagine there are quite a few non-profits that are not fully utilising this service, or are not using it the right way.

Credit to @MikeAU for pointing this out!!

Edit: My mistake - $40,000 per month for GrantsPro users (potentially)!
https://www.google.com.au/intl/en/grants/index.html
 
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For other people wondering if these posts are still relevant for 2017...

Yes, they're evergreen since they are mostly to get your mindset right.

The AdWords Jumpstart "how-to" doc in the Speedway subforum is slightly out of date, purely because it's got so many screenshots in it. The principles still apply, it's just that some of the functionality is slightly different (ad lengths are longer now for instance).

I'm updating The AdWords Jumpstart for 2017 and will upload it to Amazon (as a free book if I can). It will contain a link to a free accompanying video series of me stepping through the doc. I'll post more details nearer the time it's released.
 

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Oh boy.

Thanks Andy. Thank you so much.

You make it so simple. Who would've thought that all the complicated SEO I work with isn't essential. Your explanations show split tests and Excel multi-dimensional data segmentation can be set up quickly and "failed fast." (And cheaply or at break even/ positive ROI.) Absolutely loved the simple story of making the apple tart, helping the current clients and being ready for more. And the whole focus, set up around paid advertising, of Mindset.

They're people not numbers and clicks. Give them what they want.

The simple sketches I've taken as notes could be uploaded once they're soft copies. Hopefully they'll be a "value add" here, and not just to me in gaining the company I'll be promoting/getting "champions" for.

Cheers
 
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You can probably tell from my constant 'likes' that your Adwords posts have been a great resource for me (and plenty of others I'm sure).

I had a solid grasp of Adwords. Your stuff has taken it to the next level though.

Much appreciated. Keep the good stuff coming!
Thanks man.

Mindset > Skillset

This is mostly Mindset stuff. :)
 
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Oooo.... Now that I'm a mod, I've just realised I can finally go back and reorder the links in the opening post into a more sensible order.
 
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Have you recently descended the rabbit-hole?



I'm interested in how long it takes people to read everything linked to in the first post

... and interested in your take-aways.




If you're willing, I'd much appreciate you adding your take-aways to this thread

... and what you're going to do differently going forward.
 

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Was just putting a list together of your Adwords threads to watch and read through. This saves me quite a bit of time! Great to have it in order too.
 

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Andy, this is unbelievable! I've been going through all of the threads and I can't believe how much I didn't know! Such an important piece of the puzzle that I never quite dedicated enough time to learning. Now I see why I failed so many times.

I'm gonna be trying out some campaigns tomorrow. Thanks!
 
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I've been reading some of your adwords stuff and got the general gist of "find what people want and sell it to them"
As an app developer i often get ideas that seem good in my head but in reality i don't have a clue if it will go viral.

Even though i focus on creating a minimal viable product and see that as testing the market, im wondering if some adwords keyword kungfu would help me decide which idea among several to pursue.

Let's say i want to create an app related to instagram, i wonder if playing around with the keyword "instagram", i can find common pain points that people google for and maybe find one that can be solved with an external app!
 

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Andy hi,

I've learnt a lot from your posts and videos. Your ideas and directions gave a great boost to my PPC results. I know i've mentioned that several times, just wanted to pay tribute one more time :)

I've looked through your posts and on youtube channel and do not see automation topic covered (maybe i've missed it)
Did you covered it in any of your posts/videos?
Do you recommend using Automated Bid Management, Automated Rules or Adwords Scripts?

At the moment i am using 0 automation. And i have feeling that i am loosing some efficiency by doing that.

What made me research on automation is idea to bid to position.
In my niche I would like to hold second position for main KWs.(there is one big player I can not compete with)
Often some of smaller players increase their bid and can take 2nd position from me. Obviously i can't check my postion all the time manually:)

After digging a little i realized that automating is very big topic.
 

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Hi @Andy Black
I am running some call-only ads for a long distance moving company. Why doesn't my phone call metric not equal my "calls from ads" conversion metric? I am confused between the phone call metric & conversions. My conversions(calls from ads) are recorded when the call reaches 15 sec duration, but isn't that the limit for the phone call metric also 15 sec duration?

Google support is useless for this topic.

Phone calls vs. phone call conversions​

It is important to remember that there are differences between a click that results in a call to your business and that call being considered a conversion.

A phone call conversion is defined by the duration of the call, which you determine in your account. A phone call has no duration requirements which means that your reporting will be expected to have more calls than call conversions. For example, if you set call conversions to 30 seconds and have a call last for 26 seconds, Google Ads will report 1 phone call and 0 phone call conversions. Learn more about phone call conversion tracking.

Note: Phone calls are reported on the date they occur, but phone call conversions are reported on the date of the ad click, this means the reporting dates may be different. For example, a customer sees a call-only ad on August 5 and writes down the Google Forwarding Number (GFN). On August 7 they call the GFN and the duration meets your conversion requirements. Google Ads will show 1 phone call on August 7, and a phone call conversion for August 5.

 
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I never seen this before... I stopped using adwords because I was making a few mistakes, but hopefully I can read threw these post & see what I did wrong.
 
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I've just updated the opening post to contain ALL the AdWords posts I've created, plus a few other useful ones. (Maaan... I've posted a LOT...)

I'll keep that post up to date.
 

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Saving spot. Updates soon...

Thanks Andy, I've just made a commitment to help a local fellow entrepreneur who has been unhappily running AdWords since April.

So here I go, reading everything. Estimated time, for me a few hours...

The things I do differently will be compared to their previous methods not mine. As for Results, I may get specific on the Inside soon but would you prefer percentages or numbers in this thread?

Cheers
 
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Saving spot. Updates soon...

Thanks Andy, I've just made a commitment to help a local fellow entrepreneur who has been unhappily running AdWords since April.

So here I go, reading everything. Estimated time, for me a few hours...

The things I do differently will be compared to their previous methods not mine. As for Results, I may get specific on the Inside soon but would you prefer percentages or numbers in this thread?

Cheers
Gosh, no numbers needed, just mindset shifts really. Thanks!
 
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Thanks for this! I'm working my way through all this value!

Andy, do you happen to have any books you would suggest as recommended reading?
I remember Perry Marshall's book was good.

I have a thread in the Speedway Forum that has screenshots on how to get some skin in the game without losing your shirt.
 

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This whole section is exactly what I needed to find. I'm so beyond grateful for all of this information! Thanks Andy!!


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I've been reading some of your adwords stuff and got the general gist of "find what people want and sell it to them"
As an app developer i often get ideas that seem good in my head but in reality i don't have a clue if it will go viral.

Even though i focus on creating a minimal viable product and see that as testing the market, im wondering if some adwords keyword kungfu would help me decide which idea among several to pursue.

Let's say i want to create an app related to instagram, i wonder if playing around with the keyword "instagram", i can find common pain points that people google for and maybe find one that can be solved with an external app!
You mean like this?

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