You might have noticed that Google’s search engine results page has been changing a lot lately. Everyday it seems there’s a new change or new addition. It’s even quite possible for you to see a new feature one day only to come back the following day and it is no longer there.
Having trouble keeping up?
Google’s Ad platform, Adwords, is quite similar in that it’s always changing. If you don’t live and breathe PPC then it’s just not possible to keep up with the number of changes and improvements that are made to Adwords on a daily basis.
A common site, seen multiple times per day on Google Adwords:
If you don’t keep up to date with the changes in Google’s search engine then the next time you go to make a search you could get a little confused, irritated, or just be delightfully surprised when you take note of a convenient new feature. However, If you are an advertiser with a Google Adwords account and you don’t keep up to date with the changes to Adwords the consequences are much, much worse. Remember, Google is out there to make money too, so don’t think they have your best interests in mind when they make “improvements”.
Although many of these changes come as a blessing to professional PPC managers, they hardly ever have positive outcomes for amateurs with neglected accounts. At the very least, with a neglected Adwords account you are missing out on new opportunities that your competitors are taking advantage of and you’re account performance is declining because of the improved competition. While many small changes and missed opportunities mostly result in a steady decline in account performance, big changes that occur more frequently than you’d think cause neglected accounts to go completely haywire and waste thousands and thousands of dollars in no time at all.
Creating a single successful PPC campaign can be done by anyone, but delivering results time and time again is something else. Being able to consistently produce campaigns that achieve results in an ever-changing industry is the difference between amateur and professional Pay-Per-Click management.