Write successful text ads

To reach potential customers effectively, your text ads should be specific, relevant, attractive and empowering. This article shares best practices for writing successful text ads and common mistakes to avoid.

Highlight what makes you unique
Free Delivery? Dazzling variety? Tell people! Showcase the products, services or offers that make you competitive.

Include prices, promotions and exclusives
People often use Google search to make a decision about something. Give them what they need to decide. If you have a limited-time discount or stock an exclusive product, say so.

Empower customers to take action
Are you selling something? Tell people what they can buy. Are you offering a service? Tell people how to contact you. Calls to action such as purchase, call today, order, browse, sign up or get a quote make clear what the next steps are.

Include at least one of your keywords
Keywords in your ad text show your ad’s relevance to what people want. For example, if you've included digital cameras as a keyword, your ad headline could be "Buy Digital Cameras". Find out how to build the best keyword list.

Match your ad to your landing page
Have a look at the page that you're linking to from your ad (the landing page), and make sure that the promotions or products in your ad are included there. People might leave your website if they don’t find what they expect.

Appeal to customers on mobile
People seeing your ads on mobile are more likely to want to know where you are, or to call you. Show your location and phone number with location extensions and call extensions. Also consider creating ads devoted to people on mobile devices, using the mobile version of your website as a landing page and offering specials suited to a mobile audience. Bear in mind that your text ads can appear differently on mobile.

See how your site scores on mobile friendliness and speed, and find out how to improve it. Test your site.

Create three to four ads for each ad group, and use different messages for each to see which does the best. Google Ads rotates ads automatically to show the best-performing ads more often. Find out more about ad rotation.

Check for common ad text mistakes
In order to make sure all ads are high quality, every ad must meet high professional and editorial standards. That means no  extra    spaces, sTrAnGe CAPITALISATION or unclear URLs, to name a few.
The following information only applies to standard text ads. To find out more about expanded text ads and tips on how to write them, visit our guide.


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