8 steps to prepare your campaign for success

This article helps you get a sense of the key considerations in setting up a successful Google Ads campaign. These features work together to help you design and manage campaigns that further your specific advertising goals.

You can use this quick-start guide as you prepare to set up a campaign.

1. Define your objective


Each campaign begins by choosing a goal. This goal focuses your campaign on delivering a specific outcome:

Benefits of preparing for success with Google Ads campaigns

The objective you choose will inform the options you select when setting up your campaign.

For example, if your goal is to increase website traffic, you’ll likely want to select a type of bidding like Maximise clicks to put your money towards getting people to click your ad.

Learn more about campaign goals

2. Choose a campaign type

After selecting a goal, you’ll see a list of recommended campaign types to reach it.

Your campaign type determines where your ads will show and what they’ll look like.

Learn more about choosing the right campaign types

For example, a video or Discovery campaign will show video ads on YouTube, while a display campaign shows image ads on websites.

What are the campaign types

Search text ad example


  • Where: Search results
  • Ad types: Text ads
Display image ad example


  • Where: Websites, search results, Gmail inboxes
  • Ad types: Image ads
Video ad example


  • Where: YouTube
  • Ad types: Video ads
Discovery ads | multi-image carousel ad example


App ads | auto-created multi-format ads App
  • Where: Search results on mobile devices, Google Play, YouTube, AdMob, Discover, and more than 3 million sites and apps
  • Ad types: Your auto-created ads combine text, image, video or HTML5 assets that you upload, or assets from your app's listing in the relevant app store
Shopping ads | Product listing ads


  • Where: Search results, Shopping tab on search results, websites, Gmail inboxes
  • Ad types: Product listing ads

Local ads | Text and image ads


  • Where: Google Maps, websites and YouTube
  • Ad types: Text and image ads

3. Set a budget

You’ll set an average daily budget to control how much you spend with your ad bidding. You can change it at any time.

Learn more about campaign budgets

4. Choose your bidding

If you’ve selected a campaign goal, when selecting a bid type, you’ll see a recommendation for bidding focus, e.g. 'conversions', based on your campaign goal.

This is to ensure that your campaign is designed to meet your specific goal. For some campaign types, if you choose not to select the recommended bidding focus, you can choose an automated bidding strategy – for example, target cost-per-acquisition (CPA) or target return on ad spend (ROAS).

Note: If the bid strategy that you’d like to use does not appear as an option in this step, you may have to change the campaign goal you selected initially.

Learn more about automated bidding strategies

5. Add extensions to your ads

With search, video and Discovery campaigns, you can add additional information to your ads such as more website links, directions or a phone number to call.

These extensions give people more reasons to choose your business and typically increase an ad's click-through rate by several percentage points. Learn more about ad extensions and extensions you can select based on your business goals

6. Create ad groups

For all campaigns except Shopping, you'll group sets of related ads together around the same targeting. For example, you'd group ads that focus on dress shoes together and have them target people searching for dress shoes.

Learn how ad groups work

Shopping campaigns use product groups to group a set of related products around the same targeting.

7. Select your targeting

Targeting helps define how narrow or broad your audience targeting will be.

Without targeting, your ads will have the widest reach. Targeting your ads lets you home in on the specific customers who are interested in what you have to offer.

Common forms of targeting include keywords, audiences, locations, topics, devices and remarketing.

Learn more about targeting

8. Set up conversions

Conversion tracking can help you track the actions that you want customers to take on your website. It can greatly improve your ability to assess the effectiveness of your ads, targeting and overall campaigns.

Learn more about conversion tracking

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