Exact match keywords are an efficient brand advertising strategy.
Google is a unique platform where you can offer your products. According to recent Google Search Statistics, Google processes over 8.5 billion product searches per day. In addition, Google has a very relevant advertising service: Google Ads. Users pay for advertising that appears in the search results.
The focus of Google Ads is keywords. As the name suggests, keywords refer to terms and phrases people enter into a search engine when looking for specific information. So selecting keywords is crucial for your business to grow through advertising. What makes keywords so valuable is that they tell search engines about your website’s page content.
Get started with Google Ads
To start using Google Ads, you need to select a relevant list of keywords. This list generally consists of words people would likely use when searching for the product. You bid on those keywords by choosing the amount of money you are willing to pay for that ad click. What determines the ad position on the SERP is the quality Google assigns to ads, combined with that bid.
To begin using Google Ads, follow these steps:
- Define a goal by heading to the Google Ads homepage.
- Select keywords list.
- Choose your target audience.
- Decide on the billing.
Some of the benefits that the Google Ads service provides is that you can target your ads. This allows you to get to people with specific interests, so you can show them ads they are interested in. Another benefit is that you can control your costs and decide on the billing according to your budget. You can also measure success and manage your business campaigns.
That is why it is so important to choose the right type of keyword when you create your ad. Each type of keyword has its own benefits and drawbacks. You should find out more about them to create a successful campaign.
In this blog, we will see what exact match, broad match, and phrase match keywords are, their differences, and how to use them effectively for content marketing success.
Types of Keyword Matches
Exact Match Keywords
Exact match is a Google keyword type of match. When a searcher types a word exactly as the word or phrase you are bidding on, your ad will be shown. As the name implies, the terms you are entering are the exact terms that the searcher is looking for when they’re on Google. Exact match keywords, when used correctly, can have a dramatically positive impact on your paid marketing program.
For instance, if your search term is “gold bar prices,” and you have that term as an exact match term, your advertisement will only appear if a searcher types in that exact phrase into the search box. If they make any change to it, like, even though they may be similar, as a result, your ad won’t appear.
The benefits of targeting your message using exact match keywords are:
- Higher click rate and high click-through rate.
Your ad will be very tight on point and have a much higher click rate, which is very important because it directly affects your quality score. In addition, when you advertise on relevant queries, you are attracting the highest number of people to your offering, achieving a high click-through rate.
- Lower costs and better ad positions.
Your quality score, that Google assigns, is going to be high since an exact match lowers the search term-to-keyword ratio. Higher quality scores mean lower costs and better ad positions.
- Lower cost per click.
Your cost per click is going to be optimized and potentially lower, as you bid for that exact keyword. This match type lowers the amount of traffic your ad produces significantly, which works great for your budget. An exact match produces such extremely targeted traffic that has the highest chance of converting. A reason for this is that users are looking for the exact term related to the product you’re offering.
You might want to start bidding on exact match keywords if your advertising budget is tight. Using exact match keywords can give you a better revenue on your ad budget.
However, there are also some downsides to going with exact match keywords. The first downside is that you’re going to have fewer opportunities to be able to serve and add up to your potential audience. Other disadvantages are the low volume and that you’re going to need to have different ads.
Sometimes, there may be a mismatch between the message and what the search was searching for, which could hurt you and require more work. The compromise solution to that is using dynamic ad units, which Google rolled out a while ago, that can potentially help solve that problem for you.
Phrase Match Keywords
As the name implies, phrase match ensures that you can include a particular phrase in the query. So, let’s say the searcher was doing a question to find the best job posting services in Illinois. That’s the query that the user entered. So, if you set up a phrase match of “job posting service,“ then any search query that includes the exact phrase of job posting service will fire your advertisement.
The advantages of using phrase match are that:
- You get tighter targeting.
- You exclude a lot of what you would perceive to be garbage queries.
But at the same time, you don’t limit your search volume as much as you would under mapped exact match phrases. So, many times, phrase match can be a happy medium for SEO success.
For phrase match to be successful, you need to overlay – terms on the ad group for on at the pain level to ensure that the other portions of the query that the user enters don’t go against your objectives. So a phrase match is meant to be the happy medium between an exact match and a broad match.
Broad Match Keywords
This match type is called broad because it matches your ad with a wide variety of other keyword searches that are similar to yours, which helps you reach a wider audience. An example would be the term “job.“ If that were set to broad match, Google would serve up any queries, including variance of job.
The problem with broad match is that you have your ads served on too many garbage search queries. So what ends up happening is that you spend a lot of money on targeted traffic, and your message will not be on target. On the contrary, you may show up on specific keyword phrases, which harm your brand.
A positive aspect of a broad match is that it’s an excellent opportunity to get a large number of impressions on your advertisement in a brief period. In addition, broad match phrases sometimes will come in at a much lower cost per click because of their general nature.
The other benefit is that you can still apply geo-targeting or geographic targeting to the term, further narrowing down who you’re going after, and giving you more control.
Tips in using exact, phrase, and broad match keywords
The best approach you can do is to use phrase match for most of your keywords with an extensive and well-built term list.
For those areas that are highly competitive and expensive, where the conversion rate is of critical importance it’s better to use exact match phrases.
Using broad match keyword phrases should never be applied within a pay-per-click program within Google AdWords. It’s a recipe for disaster.
It is essential to choose the right keyword match type during the PPC planning process.
Google is an excellent platform where you can offer your products. And as Google focuses on keywords to show your ads, Google Ads is a perfect option to make your business grow.
Deciding on which keyword type to choose when starting your ad campaign for the first time may be difficult. But the good thing is that after some period of testing, you will see what works and what doesn’t for you. Continue experimenting to get a mixture of keyword match types that are convenient for you.
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