Duplicate AdWords Headline in Description: Does It Work?

Jan 30, 2008 • 7:21 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdWords
 

Search Engine Watch Forums moderator, abbottsys, is on a roll. Today, he posted some early results on a test ad he was playing with. He took the headline from his best working ad, and placed the headline in the description lines. For example, let's say his headline was RustyWords, the ad would look like this in Google:

Google AdWords Headline Test

You see, he placed his best converting AdWords ad headline into the headline, description line 1 and description line 2. Then placed the ad live and began tracking all the metrics.

Guess what, so far, the early results match the results of his best running ad.

His early findings:

The bogus ad has matched the real ad in terms of clicks, CTR and conversions. In short, its performance is superb.

If he can replicate these results across multiple ad sets and over a longer period of time then AdWords professionals need to begin scratching their heads.

Of course, the headline text might be so good that repeating it screams to searchers. Testing this in a lower converting ad might reproduce the same results or not. It would be interesting to test this AdWords tactic out a bit more and see more results.

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Comments:

Brent

01/30/2008 01:36 pm

Worked with a PPC consultant that did the same thing and said the ads produced the saem if not better results.

Ann Whitr

01/31/2008 01:52 am

A good tool for checking ads is Glyphius by James Brausch. It gives quicker results than split testing, and helps you write better and more effective ads.

Ludvik Høegh-Krohn

02/01/2008 09:33 am

Does this mean that Google could restrict all ads to oneliners, and the result would be the same for searchers? -I doubt it! If everybody used this trick the overall quality and clickrate would go down...

Ludvik Høegh-Krohn

02/01/2008 10:02 am

Maybe Google could just use oneliners as text ads, and that would be just as good for all parts involved (Better for Google, more ads per page)

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