Pay the most money, and you can get your text-only ad to be number one on Google, right? The Google AdWords system is far more complicated than that.
A good “Quality Score” gives an edge to advertisers, even if they aren’t the highest bidder. “Ad Extensions” mean that ads can show pictures, maps, ratings and more.
Technically, having a Quality Score under 4 doesn’t mean that your ad can’t show. You’ll get a message saying the ad doesn’t trigger because of a low AdRank. But if you were to pay much more, that would boost your AdRank and let the ad appear.
Of course, it would be far better to improve your ad itself! For tips on this, see our articles below, some of which come from the Google: AdWords area of the Search Engine Land Library and some from our Paid Search column — sign-up for that, to get great tactical tips emailed to you each week.
- Google Tweaks Competition Rank In AdWords Keyword Tool To “Low,” “Medium” or “High”
- Google Intros Dynamic Search Ads
- Google Tweaks AdWords To Give Landing Page Quality More Weight
- Google Now Showing Three-Line Ad Sitelinks
- All Phone Numbers In Mobile AdWords To Become Clickable
- 7 Quick Wins For High Converting PPC Landing Pages
- Understanding Google’s Latest Landing Page Quality Score Release
- A Quality Score Rant Plus 3 Suggestions For The Engines To Improve It
- New Insights Into The Google Auction
- Google+ Pages For Businesses: The AdWords Impact
- UPDATED: Google Officially Rolls Out Ads At The Bottom Of Search Results