Stupid Google Adwords Tricks

Ian Lurie Aug 30 2005

Burning American money with Benjamin Franklins face appearing on fire on a one hundred dollar bill.Yup, it’s ranting time. Why are the biggest online players the worst online marketers? I don’t know the ‘why’ but I can sure prove the ‘what’. Here’s a story of Yahoo and GoDaddy wasting pay-per-click dollars like they owned their own mint. It’s also a great story of what not to do.

I was searching for a .ca (Canada) domains registrar today for a client, and got this query result (click here) on Google. At the time of this writing, Yahoo and GoDaddy are number 1 and number 2.

Do they sell .ca domains? Nope. They’re spending about $4.00-6.00 per click, and $30-50/day (I checked) to get clicks for a product they don’t even sell.

May not sound like much, but over a year that’s $11,000. For $11,000 you could carry on a campaign on four or five second-tier pay-per-click engines, take out a targeted banner ad, or fly to three or four trade shows to talk up your services.

Mr. Yahoo marketing exec, Ms. GoDaddy marketing exec, don’t listen to the defensive stammer of your online marketing manager when they try to explain this. There is no explanation.

Don’t advertise for a product you don’t sell. It’s the oldest rule of marketing. Break that rule on the Internet and you’re burning money you can use other ways.

tags : conversation marketing