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Google Ads: from beginner to capable

Learn how to run successful, profitable PPC ads in 1h 30min, and get the tactics that work in 2023, guided by a world-class expert.

  • Learn the key decisions you must make in order to succeed with Google Ads
  • Understand keyword research, campaign types, bidding, and reporting
  • Get the PPC tactics you can immediately apply to get the right results

Online course: Google Ads for Beginners

21 lessons, 1h 30min

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Susan Wenograd

Marketing Consultant

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Forget about running ineffective, costly ads

If you’ve ever struggled to make your PPC ads work for your business needs, this course is for you.

In 1h 30min, you will learn a full suite of practical recipes updated for 2023, and you’ll walk away with a framework for running and optimizing ads that hit the right targets and get your business the right results.

This is a campaign-level training, which means it covers everything that goes into making a profitable and successful Ads campaign, including choosing a budget, bid type, geography, and other segmentation settings.

Get the Google Ads playbook that works in 2023

The Google Ads platform has changed wildly in the last few years. The best practices you’ve always read are now obsolete playbooks that make you waste your PPC budget.

Take keywords. They’re an outdated chapter in most Google Ads courses you’ll find. This training will help you understand how they work now.

You’ll understand every single match type, as Susan Wenograd walks you through all features on the platform.

After you take this course, you’ll be ready to measure conversions the right way and differentiate the various attribution models.

Learn from a world-class PPC legend

Susan Wenograd

Marketing Consultant

Susan has spent the last 20 years in marketing, specializing in paid search and social for brands and agencies. She has managed tens of millions of ad dollars working with many household names, including General Motors, Instacart, and She’s Birdie.

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Who is this course for:

This course is for you if you…

  • Are a marketing specialist or manager, and would like to work with a PPC agency while being an expert in the field.
  • If you’re a marketing specialist and would like to run Google Ads in-house with deep expertise, getting the right results and following the guidance of a PPC legend.
  • If you would like to build a career as a paid ads specialist from scratch, knowing how to get the best results out of Google Ads.

Take this course and you will…

After taking this course, you will:

  • Be able to set up efficient, successful ads.
  • Know the most up-to-date best practices from a world-class PPC expert.
  • Fully understand how to structure Ads campaigns and how the key concepts have changed in 2023.
  • Master the key metrics used in reporting, and how reporting from Ads and GA4 works.
  • Understand how to monitor your Ads campaign performance over time, and how to optimize it.
  • Avoid being caught up by any recent platform changes.

Skills you will master

Google Ads TargetingGoogle Ads Campaign BuildPPC campaignsSearch Engine Marketing (SEM)Google AdsGoogle Ads Metrics

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Your course curriculum

Google Ads for Beginners

1 The Google Ads Interface

Google Ads for Beginners

This module will get you comfortable with the interface of Google Ads. You'll learn where to go for performance data where things are set up, and also where administrative functions are handled such as billing and account access.

2 Setting Up Conversions

Google Ads for Beginners

Google Ads can measure many different conversion types. Some can be used just to observe, while others can be used in your calculations. We'll take you through the two main ways to set up tracking, and how to choose what you use.

3 How Search Campaigns Are Made

Google Ads for Beginners

There are many settings in Google Ads, and understanding where they are is important. These settings affect everything you run within that Campaign or Ad Group, so we'll make sure you know where to find them, and the considerations of each. There are many settings that you won't need to mess with when you're just starting, so we focus on just the need-to-knows.

4 Search Queries, Keywords & Match Types

Google Ads for Beginners

What you bid on and what users search isn't the same. In fact, how Google handles this matching process is different than it was even just a few years ago. We'll show you how this has changed, and what to to understand about the pros and cons of being specific versus giving Google autonomy in choosing.

5 Grouping Keywords

Google Ads for Beginners

How do you decide the number of keywords in an ad set? How do you know if you should group a certain way? We'll review the most common ways to handle this, so you can make an informed decision for your account set up.

6 What is Quality Score

Google Ads for Beginners

Quality Score can determine things like how often your ad shows, and what you pay per click. While it's not a metric we optimize for, it can be helpful in understanding where you might be falling short, and how you can improve. Google gives you a few pieces of data to help with this, and we'll walk you through it.

7 Different Bidding Types & How to Choose

Google Ads for Beginners

Bidding can feel like a stressful choice, but there's a system we usually recommend when you're first starting. Your bidding will evolve as you get more data over time, and we'll show you how to do that.

8 Optimizing Using Search Query Reports

Google Ads for Beginners

Curious what queries Google is matching you for? The search query report is a goldmine of information to understand how Google finds you relevant, what users search for, and things you don't want to show for but (oops!) are. We'll show you how to mine for search queries you want, add them to your account, and add ones you never want to show for again.

9 Optimizing Using Auction Insights

Google Ads for Beginners

You may be seeing changes in your results you can't explain, and that could mean external forces are at work. Learn how to use the Auction Insights report to look at changes over time in the auction space, what your competitors might be up to, and how to adjust what you're doing if you find problems.

10 Using Audiences for Deeper Insight

Google Ads for Beginners

Audience segments are a powerful way to understand what different user types are doing when they search for you. These insights can drive future campaign structure, bidding choices, or even targeting on other Google channels like YouTube and Display. We will walk you through how to add these audiences to your campaigns to observe them, and how to use the data you gather from it.

11 Course Wrap-Up

Google Ads for Beginners

We will review the most important topics to consider before you spend a dime and after you launch your Google Ads campaigns.

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Google Ads for Beginner course: FAQ

How long does it take to complete this course?

This is entirely up to you – it’s how many study hours per week you can put in. This course is 1h 30min long. The majority of people will complete the course in between 1 and 1.5 hours.

What does the course include?

Our Google Ads for Beginners training includes 21 lessons, 3 downloadable resources, 1h 30min of video material, several assignments, and a final exam.

Are subtitles available for the lessons?

Lessons have English subtitles and transcriptions available.

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

After taking this course, you will receive the Google Ads certification from CXL, with credentials that you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

What is the refund policy?

All plans come with a 7-day refund period 7-day no questions asked money-back period.