How to Setup a Google Adwords Campaign in 15 Steps | REALTOR® Tech Tips

Posted by Andrew Fortune on Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 5:57am. 63,610 Views

How To Setup a Google Adwords CampaignWant to drive more traffic to your real estate website? Google AdWords pay-per-click (PPC) advertising is one of the best ways to accomplish this, however it can be an intimidating process for beginners. After spending many hours showing other fellow Realtors how to set up an effective AdWords campaign, I thought it would be beneficial to make a step-by-step article for future reference and visual guidance through the process. I have been using Google AdWords since 2009 and I've learned a lot about it since I first started. I'm happy to share my knowledge and experience with you to help you learn how to utilize this valuable resource.

It's easy to blow $500 on Google AdWords with no results if you do not know what you're doing. When I first started using AdWords, I almost gave up on it because it seemed to eat through my budget within days, with no benefits to show for it. It is precisely this reason that there are services that will set up your campaigns for you. In my opinion, you stand the best chance of success by setting up your own campaigns and learning the service yourself. You'll spend less money and learn valuable skills this way. If you follow the steps below, you can have an effective AdWords campaign setup and running within minutes.

I have made the 15 steps below as simple as possible by creating screenshots for each step. Just follow each step to complete an effective Google AdWords campaign that will drive business to your website based on your needs.

Let's Get Started Creating Your Google AdWords campaign:

1.) Log into Your Google AdWords Account

Login Here:

Google AdWords Sign In

If you don't already have an account, you can register for one here:

2.) Start a New Campaign

Click on the "+Campaign" Button.

Start Google AdWords Champaign

3.) Choose "Search Network Only" 

Choose Search Network Only

Running ads on the Search Network is the most common way of setting up your champaign. This choice allows your ads to appear on Google SERPs alone. Selecting "with Display Network" extends your reach to smaller search engines like AOL, and thousands of other sites. We want to target consumers who are actively looking for our products on Google, so we are choosing "Search Network Only".

4.) Choose "All Features"

Choose All Features

This will allow you to choose certain times of each day for your ads to be shown. I'll explain later how this option will help keep your account stats higher (CTR) by not gaining ad impressions during less performing hours.

5.) Name your Campaign Something Relevant 

Name Your Campaign

You may be setting up many more campaign, so make sure to properly keep your titles relevant to keep track of your campaigns.

6.) Uncheck "Include Search Partners" on the "Networks" Section.

Include Search Partners

Google automatically checks this for you, so make sure that it is not checked. This will keep your ad impressions only showing within Google's paid search results.

7.) Target Your Geographical Area.

Choose "Advanced Search"

Choose Advanced Options


Enter Your Targeted Area

Enter Your Area

Fine Tune Your Results

Fine Tune Your Results

Save Your Results

Save Your Results

I work mainly in Colorado Springs, CO,  so I will target my area, plus a 10 mile radius to make sure that consumers in my extended area can find my ad. You can also target zip codes, radius of location, and many different other options. Play around with this section for a while to get the best results.

8.) Choose to Manually Set Your Own Bids for Clicks

On your "Bid Strategy", choose "Focus on Clicks" and then choose "I'll manually set my bids for clicks."

Choose Manually Set Clicks

The other options here are good to learn about and use later on to optimize your campaigns. For now, stick with the most common way to set up your ads to get started with an easy Pay Per Click campaign.

9.) Set Your Default Bid for Clicks & Daily Budget for Your Ads.

Set Bid Amount

The amount you enter here is not necessarily the cost that you will pay for clicks. It is the maximum amount that you are willing to bid. I usually enter $5.00 here and end up paying around $0.40 to $2.50 per click on my ads, depending on my keyword's popularity. If you aren't willing to pay much for a click, Google may not take your campaign seriously enough to show it in the paid SERP's.

10.) Set up your ad schedule based on when most people are searching for you keywords.

Setup Daily Schedule

This is one of the most important parts to help keep your click through rate low. I have my ads running everyday, except Friday. I run my weekend ads from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and my weekday ads from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. This is the optimal time for my area, based on my past AdWords data. One of the major benefits of managing your own AdWords account is that it will reveal consumer search habits and trends to you.

11.) Choose "Save and Continue".

Save and Continue Your Campaign is now setup!

Now let's continue onto the Ad Group section. 

12.) Name your "Ad Group" with a relevant title.

Name Your Ad Group

13.) Choose "Text Ad" and start creating your ad.

Make Your Keyword Rich Ad

This is where you will need to focus your efforts over time to get your keywords and ad text optimized to it's highest and best potential.

Your Headline is the large print at the top. Try to use your most important keywords here. You have two lines for the description to help sell your ad to the consumer. Try to find sentences that have your main keywords in them, while still promoting your advertisement well. Don't go too keyword heavy.

The "Display URL" is the URL that you want shown under your Headline. I usually use my domain name here. The "Destination URL" is the URL for the webpage that you want the consumer to land on once they click on your ad.

14.) Enter Your Keywords

 Enter Your Keywords

This is one of the most important parts of the whole process.

Click Here to view my tips for finding good keywords using Google AdWords Keyword Planner at the bottom of this page.

15.) Click on "Save Ad Group"

Save Your Ad Group


You have just setup a Google AdWords Champaign and Ad Group. Nice job! (you had a good teacher) Now you just need to keep working on it. Here's a good resource to help you succeed your first time around. I recently wrote an article for RISMedia's HouseCall where I give out all of my best Google AdWords advice. This should help you understand the big ticket items that you need to focus on to really grow your business with AdWords this year.

6 Tips for Growing Your Business Using Google AdWords

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly or leave them in the comments section below. Good luck and Happy Marketing!

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Andrew FortuneHi! I'm Andrew Fortune, the founder of Great Colorado Homes and the creator of much of the content on this website. Thanks for taking the time to read this article. Please feel free to share this article with someone who might benefit from it. I appreciate your time here on this site and am always open to suggestions and ideas from our readers. Feel free to leave a comment in the box below.


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20 Responses to "How to Setup a Google Adwords Campaign in 15 Steps | REALTOR® Tech Tips"

Brian Kurtz wrote: This is excellent. Can you post another one with similar instructions on how to set a campaign up for Facebook?

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 8:27am.

Andrew Fortune wrote: Thanks Brian. I do plan on making a Facebook Ad tutorial as well. I've been using it a lot over the past 3 months and I'd be glad to share what I've learned from it. Thanks for the comment. :)

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 8:39am.

Chris Severns wrote: Thanks for this Andrew! Bookmarked and will refer to it when it comes time to set up my first AdWords campaign!

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 1:43pm.

Paul Sian wrote: Great info Andrew and thanks for sharing!

I have been dipping my toe in the Adwords stream but this will definitely help me use it more effectively.

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 2:05pm.

Andrew Fortune wrote: Great Paul. I'm glad that you found the information helpful.

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 2:10pm.

Lynne Huysamen wrote: This is very helpful. I struggle so much with Google Adwords and quite frankly usually have no idea what I am doing! I will read through this again when I have some more time and I am ready to do some more advertising. I have already seen a number of things I am doing incorrectly.

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 4:12am.

Lynne Huysamen wrote: Thanks Paul, I am going to be setting up new campaigns today and following your steps. I am just hoping your instructions work for me, I need "Google Adwords for Mommy Dummies that have had NO sleep for 4 years"!

Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 2:13am.

Lori Walker wrote: I have been in the business for less than 6 months, plus a new resident in Georgia. Thank you for the article!!!!

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 5:45am.

Nielle McCammon wrote: The visuals are such great tools Andrew! Google Ads are no easy tasks. Once you get campaigns established, there are hundreds of little options to maximize results.
What I've found most helpful is to contact my Google representative (everyone gets free consultation with an account) and they will chat with you logged into your account and help you get the most out of your campaigns.
It can certainly get complicated! Experimentation is important too. You are killin it!!! :)

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at 12:23pm.

Eric Peterson wrote: Great article. When you are using Geo Targeting do you still use the name of the city you are targeting in your keywords?

Posted on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 11:58am.

Vivek Koppikar wrote: Very informative & helpful. Please give us a similar information on how to setup a campaign on Facebook, since it is very confusing. A step by step instruction guide will be really very helpful.

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 2:12am.

Justin wrote: I am a paralegal who has been asked to handle the law firms adwords campaign. I've been searching the web for a good tutorial. This will be very helpful, the graphics make it simple to understand. Thanks!

Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 5:50am.

Adwords Expert wrote: Wow! Excellent tips with proper steps.Recently I have launched a new eCommerce website. Now I want to start a new adwords campaign for my business.

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 5:52am.

Abe wrote: Hi,
I am starting a new business, I did not design my website, can I initiate the Adwords campaign by myself or do I need to contact the website designer. Thanks, Abe

Posted on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 4:12pm.

Navin Rao wrote: That was an informative article....
Detailed one...

Posted on Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 2:02am.

William wrote: I think one strategy overlooked that I still don't know how to do is retargeting or remarketing. You click on a site, then hours and days later their ad comes up again and again.

Posted on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 3:35pm.

shreelatha wrote: Just used this for my adwords campagin. Thanks guys

Posted on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 5:31am.

Narendra wrote: Thanks for sharing an Informative blog with us, especially thanks to you because I have learned new things from your blog.

Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 7:07am.

Jasbir wrote: Hi, Andrew,
This article really helps many newbies and professionals that how they can set up their first business campaign. The screenshots help me too. So valuable.

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 6:14am.

Murali Trippy wrote: Thank you soo sooo much for your Adwords material.

Posted on Sunday, June 17th, 2018 at 12:22pm.

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