How to Setup AdWords Site Targeted Campaign in 5 Minutes or Less and Start Attracting Traffic to Your Blog

August 1, 2007 by  

Setting up an AdWords site-targeted campaign is a good way to promote your blog either to a large audience or to a precise audience without burning a hole in your pocket.

While AdWords can be a good source for high quality traffic, for the uninitiated it can be a frustrating experience especially if you continue to get low CTRs for your ads while spending more than what you’d like.

Getting the right results with AdWords campaign doesn’t have to be a wild guess as long as you know how to do it correctly.

As promised in my previous post, I am going to share some tips how to setup AdWords site-targeted campaign the right way.

For a site targeted campaign, you’ll be charged by the impressions (CPM) your AdWords ads get rather than by the click. You can handpick any sites in the Google content network where you want your ads to appear.

Here’s how to do it step-by-step. This article assumed you have signed up with Google AdWords, if you haven’t, then


Create a New Site-Targeted Campaign & Target Customers

Once you’ve identified the site you want to target, click the “site targeted” link to create a new site-targeted campaign.


Next fill out the necessary information such as your campaign name, your new ad group name, target customers by language, and target customers by location. If your blog is in English, be sure to select “English” only. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting valuable ad impressions if your ad is shown to someone from China who doesn’t read English.

Since this is a site-targeted ad, I tend to select All Countries and territories under the “Target customers by location”.


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In the next section you can specifically target readers from certain countries. If you are selling something from your blog, select the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and other major English speaking countries to improve your conversion rates. If all you want is traffic, you should select the English speaking readers from “All Countries and Territories


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Creating Your Ads

If you are creating a keyword targeted campaign, it’s important to show you major keyword in the ad’s headline. The second line should include a benefit that you think most people are looking for and the third line should contain a feature.

However since we are creating a site-targeted campaign, you have to think in terms of what the site readers are looking for. Remember, the ad is not about you but what your potential visitors will get when they visit your blog.



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At this stage, most AdWords advertiser will target a site and set the campaign off on its own.


However, before we get there, there’s one more important thing to do, that is to create a second ad for split-testing purposes.

How do you know the ad you currently have is the best ad it can be? Well you don’t. That’s why you need to do split testing as it allows you to get a clear idea what actually work in real time.

If done correctly, you’ll make steady improvements in your ads CTRs, and ultimately attract more traffic at a lower cost. This was demonstrated clearly in my John Chow Dot Com AdWords experiment where I showed a gradual improvement in my ads CTRs.

You can split test as many ads at a time as you like but I personally like two at a time. Google will rotate the two ads evenly. Later you can pick the winner, delete the loser and create a new ad to beat the winner.


However, in order to show your ads more evenly for split-testing purposes, you need to change the Ad serving option under Edit Campaign Settings to Rotate: Show ads more evenly as shown below.


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Set Pricing

I usually set a relatively high daily budget and the maximum CPM initially and reduce them later once the ads performance has improved. The amount depends on your budget, and how much traffic you expect to get from the site you are targeting.



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In the final stage, you’ll be able to review and edit your campaign. Click Save Campaign if you are satisfied with everything and your new campaign is now active.


What to Do Next?

Just keep an eye on your ads performance and continue with the split testing process. I usually start removing bad performing ad when I get 20 clicks or more for both ads.

I’ve written several posts about AdWords recently which I hope will give you some ideas how to improve your AdWords ads performance. Check out

7 Critical Mistakes New Advertisers Make When Setting Up Their AdWords Campaigns

While this post is written primarily for keyword-targeted campaign instead of site-targeted one, you can adapt the ideas into your site-targeted campaign as well.

Keyword targeted campaign is where the advertiser selects keywords (as oppose to a site) that will trigger ads from the campaign, keyword-targeted ads can appear on search results pages, on content pages, and on other properties on the Google Network.

For more split-testing ideas check out 10 AdWords Split Testing Ideas For Better CTR

Another post you can check How “Statistical Significance” Can Help You Optimize Your AdWords


After my AdWords experiment at John Chow Dot Com, it seems that John no longer allows me to target his blog. That’s funny because that’s exactly what had happened to him when Darren Rowse banned him from site targeting I guess he didn’t like the idea I am revealing too much of his ReviewMe results.

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Comment by
2007-08-01 23:43:44

This is a great tutorial for both newbies as well as us who have been using AdWords for quite some time. The basics really help this post!

Comment by
2007-08-01 23:50:49

Another great tip for newbies from my fellow sabahan!

Comment by Mr. Rajawang
2007-08-02 10:39:04

thanks for the info, i will be joining adwords soon to promote my site..

Comment by pablopabla
2007-08-02 10:42:14

Thank you for the superb tutorial. Who needs John Chow now? Maybe I should target your site for adwords. LOL!

Comment by papajoneh
2007-08-02 11:02:35

Definitely helpful. I think I wanna try this. :D
Thanks Gaman.

Comment by Iry Subscribed to comments via email
2007-08-02 11:36:13

Off topic – It would be interesting to hear your story and challenges that you’ve faced throughout these years in Internet business … :)

Comment by Gaman
2007-08-02 12:52:24

Good suggestion. I think I am going to share that in one of my upcoming posts.

Comment by Wahlau.NET
2007-08-02 11:52:19

i tried to look for this last week…now i already know..hehe..nice instruction

Comment by TextAdSearch
2007-08-02 14:54:19

Thanks for the article. I have used Adwords before but neglected to do split testing.

Comment by ben
2007-08-02 15:53:22

good information gaman, i will see if this works for me.. :)

Comment by
2007-08-02 23:33:31

Ive been passing this post around the blogosphere. It seems to really help out anybody who is a bit lost when it comes to AdWords…

2007-08-03 03:24:05

this is definitely great or those who have not used adwords at all. I hadn’t before now, and had no idea how to target one site.

thanks Gaman!

2007-08-04 12:12:03

Since I read this I have setup an adWords account, but haven’t used it yet…but I did setup a Microsoft AdCenter account with a free $25 credit I had, check out my latest post “Microsoft AdCenter, a Low Cost Way to get Traffic to your Blog!”

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