How Your Website Relates to Google Grants Part II

This is the second installment of our two-part series on how your website can affect your Google Ad Grant. Read part one on website compliance here

The Google Ad Grant Program gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free in-kind advertising to fund Google Search Ads. The quality of your ad campaigns is a huge part of maintaining a successful Grant account, but did you know that the quality of your website is just as important?

Here are just a few of the ways that design and user experience can affect Grant performance:

  • Impressions: Google’s algorithm reviews your landing pages to determine how easy it will be for a user to find the information they’re looking for and whether the information is relevant to their search. Therefore, if your landing pages are poorly configured, your ads are less likely to show.
  • Bounce Rate: Even if the user lands on your page, poor user experiences can increase your bounce rate. In other words, the rate that users visit a single page on your site and leave without interacting any further.
  • Conversion Rate: Website quality can be the deciding factor in whether a user who clicks one of your ads will convert, or take a meaningful action on your site such as signing up for a newsletter, registering for an event, calling your hotline, or making a donation.

Read on to discover must-haves for a high-quality website that encourages users who’ve clicked on your ads to meaningfully engage with your organization’s online presence.


Well-designed navigation helps users find the information they’re looking for quickly and encourage them to stay longer.

Navigation bar example

  • An Intuitive Navigation Bar: Use clear wording that links to every key element of your website in your navigation bar. In the case that you have many links, we recommend supplementing a main navigation bar or menu with a navigation element in your footer.
  • A Concise Menu: While it’s important that your navigation is thorough, you don’t want to overwhelm the user with too much choice.  Limit the number of items in your navigation bar to the essentials to prevents user from going down a rabbit hole and getting lost.
  • Limited Visual Friction: The easier it is to find information, the better the landing page experience. Avoid the use of excessive pop-ups or other features that could interfere with navigation on your site. Also, make sure the information you present on your landing pages is scannable and easy-to-read. (Consider using digestible bullet points to get your point across—it’s what we did with this very blog post!)

Highly Relevant Landing Pages

Google’s algorithm takes the relevance of your landing pages into account when deciding when to show your ads.

  • Keywords: Add the keywords you’re bidding on to the landing pages you use in your ads. This will help improve your keyword quality scores and increase your chances of reaching a qualified audience that will be inspired to take action on your site.
  • Unique Content: Google recommends that your landing pages contain helpful and highly unique content that will highlight the value and relevance of your organization.

Concrete Calls-To-Action

A call-to-action is messaging that tells a user exactly what you want them to do on your site. When you’re clear about what you’re asking of the user, they’re more likely to take that action.

  • Direct Language: Use concise, direct language in calls-to-action, such as “Contact Us” or “Register Now.”

An example of a clear call to action

  • Prominent Style: Calls-to-action should stylistically stand out on the page so that they’re easier to locate. Consider adding prominent buttons or colors that contrast with the rest of the page’s content. Add your call-to-action at the beginning and end of your landing pages (or even throughout the page). This can also increase conversion rates by giving users more than one opportunity to take that action.


Transparency is one of the main pillars of the Google Ad Grants program. Providing information about your mission and a concrete way for users to reach you is important in building trust. Trust is especially important when you offer services to the public. 

  • A Clear Logo: You want users to know they’re in the right place as soon as they click an ad. Make sure your logo and brand name are clearly visible on all pages.
  • An Informative Homepage: The Google Ad Grants program requires grantees to clearly state their mission on their website. Use your homepage to convey what your organization offers and why.
  • Easy-To-Locate Contact Information: Your organization’s contact information should appear clearly in your website’s header or footer. If your website has a “Contact Us” form, make sure it’s easy to navigate to. 
  • Transparent Requests: If your site requests personal information from users, explain why you’re asking and what you’ll do with it. Transparency builds trust that will encourage users to meaningfully engage with your organization.

A Great Mobile Experience

In 2019 over 50% of global internet traffic came from mobile devices—and this number is predicted to keep rising. Even if you do not see a significant amount of mobile traffic right now, get ahead of the trend by optimizing your mobile experience.  

  • Responsive Design: Your website should use “responsive design,” or a layout that automatically adjusts to a user’s device. This will make your website grids, layouts, and images flexible to accommodate screen size and resolution. 

An example of responsive mobile design

  • Minimalism: Mobile screens are much smaller than desktop, and the smaller the screen, the harder it can be for users to find what they need. A high-quality mobile site adapts to smaller screens by using clean pages with minimal blocks of text, bold calls-to-action, and a consistent menu on every page.

Images, Video, and Supplementary Material

Eye-catching media like photos, videos, or graphics are a great way to break up the text  and draw users in. 

  • Persuasive Content: Adding original photos or videos taken by your organization to your landing pages can be an effective way to foster empathy and encourage users to take action. 
  • Pagespeed: However, too much media, or very large images and long videos, can cause your pages to load slowly. This can create a poor user experience, lead to high bounce rates, and hurt your Google Ads performance. Test your page speeds and find recommendations for improving your visual content using Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool. 

The better the experience your website delivers, the more likely users are to meaningfully engage after clicking your Google Ad. Following these tips and best practices to get more from your Google Ad Grant and grow your organization’s impact. If you’d like to learn more about nurturing the relationship between your website and Google Ads, get in touch for a free demo of our professional Google Ad Grants management service.

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About Conversion Tracking

What is a conversion?

A conversion is defined as any action a user takes on your website that you deem valuable. For some, this is a donation, for others it’s a registration.

Why track conversions?

Tracking conversions is essential to the success of any digital marketing effort. If you don’t understand what actions are leading to growing your impact, you can’t effectively make the right decision to optimize for them.

How we track conversions

Our team will install and implement platforms such as Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics to track and assess these metrics. Our best practices with this valuable data enables us to optimally manage your account.

The Role Of Your Account Manager

What is an Account Manager?

Each one of our clients is matched with a Dedicated Account Manager (AM), who is both your digital marketing expert and main point-of-contact.

What is their expertise?

Upon joining ConnectAd, all AMs go through an extensive training & certification program before managing nonprofit accounts. Additionally, AMs go through further training each week as part of our culture of learning so that they can continue to develop their skill set.

As a result, AMs become proficient in multiple areas of digital marketing to the benefit of our clients.

A $499 Setup Fee May Apply

Before you apply for the Google Ad Grant, nonprofits require:

  1. Access to an approved Techsoup account
  2. Access to an approved Google for Nonprofits account
If you have both of the above, we will waive the $499 setup fee and complete the rest of the Google Ad Grants application process on your behalf. If you already have the Google Grant but lost administrative access or has been deactivated, we will apply this fee toward helping you getting your account back and reactivated.

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