Google Makes Longer Headlines For Paid Search Ads

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 Adwords, pay per click

Google announced that select ads will feature a new format. Many analysts always try to find ways to maximize each line of their ad to get their message across to users. To help this Google is making a change to certain ads that will allow you to display more information where it’s most likely to be noticed in the headline.

For some ads where each line appears to be a separate sentence and ends in the proper punctuation, description line 1 will be taken over to the headline and separated by a hyphen. As an effect, some top placement ads will have longer headlines. Here’s an example:

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It is found that the change results in higher clickthrough rates for ads that are revealed with the longer headline, as well as other top ads that appear beside them. It also creates a enhanced experience for users by highlighting more information in the ad.

While only some ads will be shown with the longer headline, you can augment your chances by ensuring that each line of your ad appears to be a separate sentence and ends in the proper punctuation (e.g., a period or a question mark). Since this is a global change, punctuation will differ by country.

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