My last blog was about Quality Content as defined by Google, and in danger of running with a theme, this week’s blog tackles Googles ‘Quality Score’.
This term references the score your Google Adwords Pay-Per-Click campaign can obtain in order for the Adwords algorithms to rate your advert. Your Quality Score has nothing to do with your SEO ranking as adwords and natural SEO are unrelated.
Paid search advertising is a great way to target narrowly a specific keyword and ensure your dental practices’ presence on that search results page, but it can be confusing and overwhelming. The sheer number of options available to you from keyword combinations to bids is astounding. If you do it wrong, you might end up spending too much on ineffective ads.
The key to truly understanding pay per click advertising with Google is understanding your ad’s Quality Score.
What is Quality Score?
Quality score is a 1-10 estimation of the overall quality of your ad. It is determined by a combination of several key factors of your advertisement:
How do I find my Quality Score?
You should be able to see your quality score on the Campaigns tab of your Google AdWords dashboard. Click on keywords. Your quality score will be listed under the “Qual. Score” column. You can also run a keyword diagnosis.
What does this score mean for me?
If you have a high quality score, then Google anticipates that your ad will be effective. More effective ads are great for you because they result in more clicks on your ad and more sales, but they are also great for Google because they get more money. If they think you’ll get a great click through rate, your bid per click will be much more affordable. A great quality score is great for both sides.
A bad quality score, though, will raise your price per click because Google believes it will take more impressions to generate one click. That’s why you want to understand quality score, what goes into it and how to improve it.
How do I improve my quality score?
The best way to make sure you have a great quality score is to ensure your strategy is well thought out. You want to spend time identifying the keywords, which ones you need to be paying to advertise in, and on which local areas to focus.
Next, build a custom landing page for your advertisement. You want it to be fast, easy to read, and limits the number of steps to the offer your ad is making. If you’re offering a particular promotion, you want your landing page to give all of the details and make it very easy for them to claim the offer, or call the practice there and then being able to quote the offer/promotion.
Each Ad set should have a specific landing page loaded with great copy that includes as many of that set’s keyword combinations as possible.
Next, you want to make sure your ad’s copy is snappy, short and compelling. Try to give your potential patients a clear benefit for getting in touch with your practice.
Quality score is a good thing
It may seem like an overly complicated score, but trust me, Google Quality Score is a good thing. It is the single best measurement of how effective your ads are and will be. Once you understand how to use it, you can greatly improve your PPC advertising.