From Beginner to Pro: 22 Free Google Ads Tutorials

22 Free Google Ads Tutorials


Google Ads tutorials offer comprehensive learning for effective pay-per-click strategies. These resources guide beginners to a professional level without the need for costly training programs. This article offers 22 free tutorials filled with essential knowledge on Google Ads, ensuring a budget-friendly path to expertise in digital advertising. Explore these tutorials to enhance your clients' campaign effectiveness.

As PPC budgets continue to grow, so too will the demand for experienced pay-per-click services.

It's no surprise then that PPC and SEM jobs are on the rise, and the need for quality PPC analysts and Google Ads (formerly Google Adwords) managers continues to increase.

Although brands allocate large portions of their marketing budget to the Google Ads platform, learning effective pay-per-click strategies doesn't have to break the bank. Trying to learn Google Ads can be overwhelming—with countless courses and guides, many would-be PPC consultants are scratching their heads and wondering, "Where do I start?"

Let's get one thing straight: learning the fundamentals of how Google Ads work doesn't have to cost you a cent. If you're starting out, you don't need to buy into expensive training programs or monthly subscription services. A free Google Ads tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about the platform.

We sought out the best free tutorials on the web today, covering every facet of the Google Ads universe.

Let's get started.

The Ultimate Agency Guide To Google Ads Optimization

You can't afford to waste any of your client’s Google Ads budget, which is why it's important that every piece of the advertising puzzle has been checked.

Created by AgencyAnalytics' own in-house experts, this Google Ads Optimization Checklist covers everything—from targeting options (age range/gender) down to dayparting periods or time zones used by users.

Plus, there's a free downloadable PDF version that you can keep as a handy reference guide.

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Keep these useful tips, insights, and ideas handy whenever you need them.

Written by the search marketing software company Spyfu, this seven-step tutorial is the perfect place to start to use Google Ads. The guide includes everything from choosing relevant keywords, writing strong ad copy, adjusting your default settings, finding your ad data using your Google Analytics account, advanced features like dynamic search ads and responsive search ads, and much more. At the end of the guide, you'll also find Google Ads templates to fast-track your search campaign setup in the Google Ads Editor.

The Ultimate Guide to Google Ads

The HubSpot blog is full of useful sales and marketing resources, and this Google Ads guide is no exception. The guide teaches you all the PPC terms you need to know, how to set up your Google Ads account, and useful bidding strategies to optimize your campaigns.

Split into 11 in-depth chapters, this Google Ads guide from AdEspresso covers everything you need to start advertising on the platform.

The guide includes the basics, such as getting your Google Ads account set up properly, keyword research, and bidding optimization. What separates it is that from other guides is that they help you understand what to do after your new Google ads are up and running, including Google Ads reporting and account maintenance.

With so much detail in each chapter, this is a resource you can keep coming back to.

How to Use Google AdWords [Infographic]

Many of the other guides in this list are extremely detailed, but if you're looking for a quick Google AdWords tutorial overview, check out this infographic from WordStream.

Of course, the infographic just gives you a high-level overview of getting started with Google Ads, but they also provide additional resources for each step of the journey.

Google Ads Tutorial Infographic

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Unbounce is the leading authority on conversion rate optimization. They consistently write content that explains complex ideas in simple terms, and their Noob Guide to PPC is no different. The guide covers the absolute essentials, from ad types (including video ads for YouTube videos) and campaign setup (e.g., connecting an ad and landing page) to keyword targeting and Google ad rank. This guide is for you if you're just getting started and looking for help setting up your first small campaign.

The Google Ads support center is another excellent resource for any and every PPC consultant, from beginner to expert. But it wasn't always this way—the support was outdated and sporadically updated for a long time. Times have changed, though, and Google regularly updates the tutorials as the platform evolves.

My favorite thing about the Google Ads support guides: many of the tutorials come in video format. If you're a visual learner, these videos are an excellent resource and explain detailed PPC concepts and best practices with simple, short cartoons. Given that Google is one of the major PPC platforms (and the world's largest search engine), it's worth visiting the support site to stay up-to-date on the latest goings-on with the platform.

6 Steps to Building a Brilliant Paid Search Account Structure

The folks at WordStream are trusted experts when it comes to pay-per-click advertising. Yet despite their extensive expertise, they explain technical concepts in a way that is generally accessible and easy to absorb. Such is the case with their guide: 6 Steps to Building a Brilliant Paid Search Account Structure.

Laid out sequentially, each step covers a defense aspect of the campaign structure. Chief among these, as they point out, is doing your due diligence in the two phases before the campaign even starts: planning and keyword research.

For many PPC consultants, including (and perhaps, specifically) the veterans, there is a temptation to rush through the planning and keyword research phases. The fact is, these do not scale well—every campaign is different and will be structured differently.

Website structure, products and services, and location targeting all play a part in the PPC campaign structure and should be considered to help the campaign succeed over time.

How to do Keyword Research the Smart Way: Targeting Interest and Intent

If you've been anywhere near the pay-per-click advertising industry in the past 15 years, then you probably feel like the keyword search topic has been beaten to death by now. But the fact is, smart advertisers know that success comes from the fundamentals, and nothing is more essential to PPC than effective keyword selection.

In this keyword research PPC tutorial, veteran marketer Beth Morgan shows us how to truly identify the types of keywords that will convert Google searchers into buyers. The right target keywords are an exact match to the interest and intent of a searcher when they are at a particular stage of the buying cycle.

Rather than putting keywords into ad groups based on their grammatical similarities (the 'traditional' way of doing keyword research), we should, according to Beth, ad group them according to the likelihood of converting. In doing so, we can allocate more daily budget to the keywords with the highest ROI.

PPC Keyword Research Guide: How to Find the Words for Your Paid Search Campaigns

I'll cut right to the chase: this keyword research tutorial drops a value bomb tip, and it's one that almost every PPC consultant I know completely overlooks. It's quite simple: put yourself into the customer's shoes.

So often, we set out to crest the perfect Google Ads campaign with the perfect keywords (as if such ad campaigns were even possible), without even asking the customer about their needs. "Me! Me! Me!" is the default way our minds work, so it's crucial that we take a step back and remember why we're doing paid advertising campaigns in the first place: to deliver an amazing experience to another human being through our advertised product or service.

7 Totally Underrated Free Google Ads Tools

As you can see from this list of tutorials, mastering Google search ads takes a lot of work. Luckily, many tools are available to help make your life easier. With these seven free tools for Google Ads, you also don't need to break the bank to get the most out of your online advertising.

How to Use Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner (formerly Google Keyword Tool) is one free tool that you definitely want to check out. In this incredibly detailed guide from Backlinko, Brian Dean shows you exactly how to get started, as well as an interesting GKP "hack" you've probably never heard of.

How To Write The Best Google Ads Copy (Best Practices)

Unbounce has created this brief, useful tutorial for writing PPC ad copy to improve click-through rates. The biggest takeaway here is, not surprisingly, to write like a human speaking to other humans. Focus on the end needs, wants, and outcomes of your target audience.

Speak their language. Don't be afraid to get personal, explaining what you can do for your customer in the ad copy.

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Ad Writing 101: Writing Headlines

Without a doubt, the most important part of PPC text ads copy is the headline. It's the largest part of the ad, the part we see first, and what triggers an emotional reaction. In this tutorial for writing PPC headlines that convert, PPC expert Andrew Lolk at White Shark Media takes a deep dive into the art and science of writing amazing ad copy.

The guide then lays out eight common pitfalls to avoid for writing ad copy that converts, including tips for saving space and which words to use to build trust with customers.

But without a doubt, the biggest takeaway from this guide is that writing effective headlines is about much more than throwing your main keyword in the headline and hoping for the best. In fact, as Andrew points out, the best headlines on multiple ads today omit the keyword entirely. So next time you're writing headlines for ads, test a few sans-keywords.

The Ultimate Guide to PPC Landing Pages

Oli Gardner and the Unbounce team continue to unleash their PPC knowledge with this epic 50-page ebook for building the ultimate PPC landing pages. This is Unbounce's bread and butter—building better landing pages for PPC marketers—and it's definitely worth the read.

The ebook covers everything from user intent and attention ratio (the amount of the page dedicated to converting the visitor), to optimizing mobile landing pages.

For example, the guide explains the difference between responsive design and dedicated mobile landing pages, and when to use each. Once again, Unbounce takes complex concepts in the PPC marketing space and distills them into a clear, concise tutorial.

The Most Entertaining Guide to Landing Page Optimization You'll Ever Read

This "Entertaining" Guide to building and optimizing landing pages is written by none other than Oli Gardner, the founder of Unbounce and leading PPC expert.

This tutorial takes a more light-hearted approach, covering many of the same ideas as the PPC Landing Page ebook, sprinkling in various fun examples and light-hearted memes. I, for one, enjoy this writing style as it helps me learn and absorb material much more easily.

A 14-Point Checklist for Designing a PPC Landing Page

This incredible PPC tutorial truly covers every detail for building PPC landing pages. It's not surprising how detailed this article is, given that the author Graham Charlton is editor-in-chief of ClickZ, a long-time authority in digital advertising and the pay-per-click space.

The checklist overlaps with Unbounce guides in many areas but also stands out in others. Namely, it looks at a high-level view of the different types of landing pages, and when to use them. Graham also shares a few points for capturing visitors who don't convert, but may end up converting later on in some other way.

Overall, this sequential checklist is a nice summary of the essential steps to build PPC landing pages and is definitely worth a read!

The Beginner’s Guide to Using Negative Keywords

PPC consultants spend a large part of their careers searching for the ideal keywords to target—those that lead to the most clicks and conversions. However, fewer devote as much time and energy to building a negative keyword list, despite the crucial role that negative keywords play in maximizing the ROI of Google Ads campaigns.

The fact is, negative keywords are equally important to the success of any PPC marketing campaign, and this tutorial on using negative keywords shows just how to identify and use negative keywords effectively.

Types of Google Ads Negative Keyword Match Types

Author Igor Belogolovsky points out that building a negative keyword list is about more than just omitting keywords like "free," "torrent," or adult-related search terms. While that aspect is important, it's also about identifying "blind-side" keywords that may drive up conversion costs—i.e., keywords you would not expect to show up for search results unrelated to your brand.

This negative keyword tutorial is simple, straightforward, and a quick read for anyone looking to optimize their keyword lists.

The Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords Ad Extensions

Everything you could possibly want to know about Ad Extensions is in this ebook from Wordstream. Seriously, everything. That's why we chose at this the sole free PPC tutorial in the Ad Extensions category.

The ebook is broken down into 6 sections, one for each of the different extension types: Location Extensions, Product Extensions, Sitelinks, Call Extensions, Communication Extensions, and Offer Extensions.

Google is constantly releasing new extensions, which is a tool that most PPC marketers don't understand or use well. This guide clears the confusion, giving use cases and examples with visuals for each extension type. Save and bookmark this PPC Ad extension guide—it's a resource worth coming back to.

Ultimate Guide to Google Ads Remarketing

Remarketing, through both Google Search Network and the Google Display Network, is perhaps the most powerful and effective marketing tool on the web today. And yet, there are many PPC marketers who don't know exactly what remarketing is or how to use it properly.

In Google's own words, "remarketing lets you show ads to people who have visited your website or used your mobile app before. When people leave your website without buying anything, remarketing helps you reconnect with them by showing relevant ads as they browse the web, use mobile apps, or search on Google."

This in-depth tutorial from PPC Hero explains Google Ads remarketing in its entirety, covering everything from list building, member duration windows, custom combinations, and the interaction of all three.

There's a lot of information here, so it's best to move through it at your own pace. Remarketing can take some time to set up, but once it's up and running, it's a powerful tool in any PPC marketer's arsenal.

How To Harness Google Ads Scripts To Keep Your Account In Tip-Top Shape

Using scripts for your Google Ads is certainly more advanced and will take a bit of time to learn, but with the time you can save automating tasks, it's usually worth a try. In this guide on Google Ads scripts, the author explains why you should use them and exactly how to set them up with an eight-step process.

Get Started with Google Ads Scripts

To conclude this article, we've got another resource from Google Ads on getting started with scripts. After you've checked out this Getting Started guide, be sure to check out their other articles on scripting concepts, and Google Ads features to become a true expert on the platform.

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