Irrelevant Geographical Traffic – Warning! 95% of AdWords Ads Are Showing Up Overseas!

AdWords has become so effective because of its unparalleled ability to target potential customers for the right services, in the right location.Targeting the right area is crucial for all forms of marketing and with the ease of choosing your target markets locations you can really narrow down your targeted location. Even though AdWords allows you to tightly target the area you work within, the most common problem we find when reviewing campaigns is irrelevant traffic.

You may be thinking this couldn’t be the case for yourself… think again. When you setup your account, you are able to choose a specific location to target, whether that be Australia-wide, all over the world or perhaps just a 20km radius around your house. Unfortunately, nearly every campaign that is not professionally managed (or managed by the right professional) will be chock full of irrlevant traffic from just about everywhere in the in the world.

Whether you are a local plumber or online clothing store, if you have not delved deep into the more advanced settings you will most likely have a multitude of traffic from all over the globe. And the longer your campaign has been running, the more irrelvant traffic has been burning through your budget.

Since you’re paying per click, if your ad is being viewed and clicked on in another state even worse, overseas, then you are basically throwing money in the ocean!

It’s a scary thought, I know. So is there a way to avoid this? You could throw your computer out the window and run for the hills. But there is a better option.

By using more advanced strategies we only allow IP addresses that are physically located within the locations that you actually want to target. Of course Google will happily let you go on thinking everything is hunky-dory but without implementing advanced settings you will have no control over where your ad is actually appearing.

A great way of knowing if your ad is showing up for these irrelevant locations is from cold calls. Yep, those pesky phone calls are a huge indicator. If you ever receive cold calls or emails from overseas from people trying to sell you AdWords management or SEO, you can guarantee your ads are not targeted just to your audience.

So not only can we stop your campaign haemorrhaging money from the wrong traffic, we can cut down those calls too.

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