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Are Google Ads Worth it in 2019?

June 24, 2019

I often get asked by clients to create and manage an AdWords campaign for them. My answer to all for the past one year was - don't do it. It's not worth it.


The main reason why I said that was because Google was preparing an algorithm update, which was not due for release until 2020. 


In the process, a lot of Google services suffered. You probably noticed that Google Maps were in total shambles at some point. Google+ was shut down and there was more trouble. AdWords were not an exclusion. 


However, the new update is here and it's been rolling for a month now. The best thing about it, advertisers say, is the improved machine learning and precision of the algorithm. This is what we wanted, needed and waited for. 


So, do we have the green light to use Google Ads again? 


I mean, I'm not going to tell you what to do with and for your business unless you hire me to do so. But my in humble professional opinion, there are other advertising avenues, which may be way more effective. Yes, I'll explain which and why. 




Google Ads are Complicated


There's no denial of that. No matter how experienced you are, the constant updates and changes will keep you on your toes with every campaign you create and manage. At a glance everything looks pretty straightforward. In reality, though, there are plenty of little details that you need to pay attention to and deal with appropriately. 


As a heavy user of social media ads, I must say, they are much easier to navigate successfully than AdWords. Even a non-professional can create a campaign, achieving decent results with a little guidance.


Competition for Keywords is Crazy


Because Google Ads is one of the most popular advertising platforms for businesses of all sizes, the competition is fierce. Some industries, mainly offering local services, are even more affected by this. 


Think about it, your business is competing with hundreds or thousands other businesses that do the same thing. Logically, you use the same keywords. Your saving grace is location. Then again, you have local competitors too! 


How do you beat the competition? Increase your budget. 


Google Ads are Expensive


In comparison to Facebook or Twitter ads, Google Ads are indeed more expensive. This is a direct result of the huge competition for keywords. And the demand.


Often times, you pay a very high price per click, which