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Make a payment

This article describes how advertisers using automatic or manual payment settings make payments. If you are an advertiser who uses monthly invoicing, visit Make a payment for monthly invoicing accounts.

You can make a payment at any time, with any payment method that’s available to you. To make one, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account, and navigate to the Billing Summary page.
  2. Click Make a payment.

Go to Billing Summary

You’ll then be able to choose from any payment methods already associated with your account, or you can add a new payment method.

Read on to see how your payments work with your payment setting, whether it’s manual or automatic.

It may take more than a few days for your payment to be reflected on your Transactions page. Learn more about waiting for your balance to update after a payment

Payments on the manual payment setting

The manual payments setting isn’t available for new accounts in the countries and territories listed below. If you can’t see this option when creating your account, you’ll need to proceed with the automatic payments option to finish creating your account. Your account can’t be switched to manual payments in these countries and territories.

Countries and territories

If you’re on the manual payment setting, you’ll make a payment for your Google Ads costs before your ads run, and that payment will be used to pay for your advertising costs once your ads start running.

You’ll do this each time you want to add money to your Google Ads account, and whenever the money in your account starts getting low, we’ll send you an email reminding you to make another payment.

Here’s what to keep in mind as you make payments on this setting:

  • Pay whatever amount you like: The amount you pay is up to you, as long as it’s above the minimum transaction amount for your location and currency. You’ll see what that minimum is when you make a payment.
  • Store your favorite payment methods in your account: You can make payments more quickly by storing multiple payment methods in your account.
  • Use any payment method for your country and currency: You can make a payment with any payment method in your account, or with a new payment method that’s available in your location and currency. Check to see what’s available to you.
  • Keep your ads running: Make a payment to ensure your ads continue to run for a while—we suggest 30 times the cumulative amount of your ad campaign average daily budgets. If your account balance is running low, we’ll send an email (based on your notification settings) when your budget has less than 7 days worth of advertising funds.

Allow for processing time: Depending on how you pay, it can take from 24 hours to a week or more for your payment to reach your account. Allow for this time when you’re trying to keep your ads running. Remember VAT: In some countries, Google deducts Value-Added Tax (VAT) from your payments. If this is the case in your country, be sure to factor the VAT deduction into your payments.

Payments on the automatic payment setting

If you’re on the automatic payment setting—where you pay automatically after you accrue costs—you can still make a separate, manual payment for your costs at any time. You might want to make a payment for these reasons:

  • You want more control over how and when you’re charged. With a manual payment, you can pay your entire Google Ads account balance, just a fraction of it, or more than your balance to cover future costs. You can also pay with a new payment method or divide your balance among several of them. This can help delay when your primary payment method is charged. Keep in mind: sometimes if you make a manual payment close to when your automatic payment is due, you might be charged twice.

Keep in mind: If your last back account payment was declined, you may experience a delay of up to 7 days in while your payment is being confirmed. Your ads may not run while your payment is being processed. To avoid service impact, it’s recommended to use a card so that the payment is immediate. 

Manual payments from bank accounts take up to 7 days to clear, while manual payments from a credit card are cleared almost immediately. If your payment is cleared within the 7-day period, the payment will be posted and your balance will be updated.


Let’s say you have a campaign with an average daily budget of $2,000 and that we charge your payment method whenever your costs reach $500. This means you’re charged multiple times a day.

Now let’s say you make a payment for $10,000 with another payment method—essentially paying for five days worth of your advertising costs ($2,000 x 5 = $10,000). This means that your primary payment method won’t be charged until you’ve used up your $10,000 payment and an additional $500, which triggers another charge.

  • Your automatic payment was declined, and you want your ads to run. Banks decline credit card or bank account payments for various reasons. So if your payment method is ever declined, you can make a manual payment to help your ads keep running while you resolve the decline with your bank. If you make a payment by another credit card, bank transfer, or another bank account, your account will start running again once we’ve received the payment.

About payment settings in Google Ads

Payment settings determine when you pay for your ads. Google Ads has two payment settings available in your country: manual payments and monthly invoicing.

  • Manual payments: You make a payment before your ads run. Then, as your ads run and you accrue costs, the credit from your payment will decrease. When your payment is used up, your ads will stop running.
  • Monthly invoicing: Google provides you a line of credit for your advertising costs. You accrue costs, and receive a monthly invoice.

The payment setting available for your account will depend on your account’s billing country and currency. Note that in some cases, certain payment settings may be temporarily unavailable while Google Ads reviews your account’s eligibility to use them.

This article explains these payment settings and shows you how they work. To learn more about payment methods—what you pay with—see Add a new payment method.

How Much Does Google Ads Cost?

How much does Google Ads cost? It’s a reasonable question, and one we hear all the time, especially from newcomers to paid search. After all, you’ll want to know whether you can afford it. The good news is, you can. The bad news is, there’s no easy, one-size-fits-all answer. The clearest (and most infuriating) one we can provide is: it depends.

But don’t worry. In this guide, we’re going to cover all of the variables involved in Google Ads pricing so you can understand how much Google Ads will cost for your business and how to set a realistic budget.

Factors that impact Google Ads pricing

As mentioned above (and precisely why we’ve written this guide), there is no simple or one-size-fits all answer to the question of how much Google Ads will cost your business. Google Ads pricing varies depending on your industry, customer lifecycle, current trends, and how well you manage your account.


The biggest influence on Google Ads pricing is industry. For example, the business services vertical (legal, accounting, real estate, etc.) is one of the more competitive verticals in Google Ads, which generally translates to higher costs per click (CPC). This is due to the nature of the professional services industry: one new client could yield upwards of $1,000 – $10,000 depending on your business, so a CPC of $50 is a small price to pay for that client.

Search Advertising Benchmarks

Average Cost Per Click

On the other hand, businesses in the arts and entertainment vertical have lower CPCs, but they need to reach a lot more customers to hit that $1,000 – $10,000 number.

Customer lifecycle

You also have to take into account the lifecycle of your customer. For bigger ticket offerings, it takes longer for potential clients to move through the decision-making process, and your business needs to stay top-of-mind throughout that journey. This may involve multiple visits to your website, a content download or two, participation in a webinar, and more—before taking that final step.

Current trends

Neither consumer trends nor online advertising platforms are ever in a state of rest. It’s important to keep up with what’s going in your industry and within your niche—sentimentally and empirically. Take COVID, for example. At the height of the pandemic, average cost per click for the apparel industry was about $1.40. It dropped down to $0.70 in April when average conversion rates went up, and then ended up at $0.89 in May.

How well you manage your account

A recent study by Google showed that the average ROI on Google Ads is 800%—that is, $8 for every $1 spent. Of course, this all depends on how well you manage your account. You can’t just activate your ads and kick back. If you want to keep your Google Ads costs low and your returns high, you need to:

  • Keep a proper Google Ads account structure.
  • Report on your performance and make data-driven optimizations.
  • Maintain your keyword lists.
  • Perform regular account audits, and more.

How does Google Ads determine your cost per click?

The great part about Google Ads is that while it works as an auction, the winners aren’t chosen based on bid alone, and you don’t necessarily pay your maximum bid. How is this possible? Let’s take a quick run-through on how Google Ads determines the winners and what they pay per click.

Step #1: Quality Score

When someone searches on Google, Google looks to see if any advertisers are bidding on keywords relevant to that query. If yes, an auction is triggered and Google enters all relevant ads into the auction. Its first step in choosing a winner is to assign each ad a Quality Score. This is a number from 1-10 determined by the ad and landing page’s relevance to the keyword, expected click-through rate (which involves your historic performance), and landing page experience.

Step #2: Ad Rank

Google will then calculate each contending ad’s Ad Rank, which determines if and where your ad will be placed in the paid results section. Ad Rank is your Quality Score multiplied by your maximum bid (the most you’re willing to pay per click on your ad).

The ads with the highest Ad Rank scores are the ones that get shown.

Step #3: Cost per click

If your ad gets shown, you only pay if someone clicks on it. But as mentioned above, you don’t necessarily pay your maximum bid. The Google Ads cost per click formula is: the Ad Rank of the ad below yours divided by your Quality Score, plus one cent.

With this formula, an advertiser can pay less per click than another advertiser in the SERP and still be in the higher position due to a better Quality Score. This is why advertisers with a small budget can compete with big spenders on Google.

Additional variables in your Google Ads costs

There are several other variables that impact your Ad Rank—and ultimately, your ad spend—but maximum bid and Quality Score are the important ones to know. Here are some (but certainly not all) of the additional factors that influence your costs.

  • Landing page relevance and experience
  • Auction-time quality
  • The device, location, and context of users’ searches
  • Alternative bidding methods
  • Alternative ad formats

How does budgeting work with Google Ads costs?

Let’s move on to the next component of Google Ads cost: budgeting. All too often, advertisers see their Google Ads budget for the month get burned up in a matter of days, leading them to believe Google Ads is prohibitively expensive. This isn’t necessarily the case; more often than not it’s the result of a misunderstanding of how Google Ads budgeting works. So let’s set the record straight. Here are the terms to know:

  • Budget: How much you’re able to spend on Google Ads
  • Bid: The most you’re willing to pay for a click on your ad.
  • Spend: The amount Google takes out of your budget when an ad participates in an auction.
  • Cost: The actual amount you pay for a click on your ad.

Daily average budgets

When you set up a campaign in Google Ads, you will be asked to provide a daily budget. There is a shared budget feature, but if you’re just starting out, it’s best to give each campaign its own separate budget. But the daily budget you set does not mean Google will spend that exact amount each day. You’re giving Google a rough idea of what you’d like your daily spend to average out to at the end of the month—meaning it could exceed or fall short of that amount on any given day. Which leads us to spending limits.

Spending limits

Originally, Google could spend up to 20% more than your daily average budget in this manner—until October 2017 when it announced it could spend up to 100% more of, or double, your budget—if it means more clicks or conversions. This means that if you set a daily average budget of $50, your daily spending limit is $100. You will never pay more in a day than your daily spending limit, and you will never pay more than a month than your monthly spending limit (your average daily budget x 30.4; although if you’re not paying for Google Ads with the invoice method, you can set a monthly spend limit at the account level).

How to determine your average daily budget

To calculate your average daily budget, simply take your budget for the month for that campaign and divide it by 30.4. What should your monthly budget be? This depends on:

  • Your overall Google Ads budget.
  • The average cost per click of the keywords you’re bidding on (which you can get with Google Keyword Planner or any other keyword research tool).
  • The importance of that campaign relative to the others in your account.

For example, you may want to dedicate more budget to Campaign A, advertising your best-selling product, than to Campaign B, which promotes content to prospective customers at the top of the funnel.

You can also plug different daily average budget numbers into the budget report mentioned above to see how it would impact your monthly spend.

The Google Ads budget report gives you visibility into how much of your budget it spent on any given day.

You can also play around with different daily budget adjustments to see how it will impact your monthly spend.


As we’ve mentioned a few times already in this guide, how much you’ll pay for Google Ads also depends on your bid. This is the maximum amount you’re willing to pay for a click on your ad. Simple enough, right? Well, as is the theme with this post, no. A few things to know:

  • Even though Quality Score helps you to pay less for higher positions, that doesn’t mean you can set your bids super low. You need to make sure your bids are high enough to compete.
  • If you bid manually, you’ll set one maximum CPC per ad group, but you can set different bids for each keyword in that ad group.
  • If you choose automated bidding, you can still set maximum bid limits for strategies like maximize clicks, target impression share, tCPA and tROAS. For enhanced CPC, however, Google could spend more than your max CPC.

What other factors influence my Google Ads costs?

Just as there are factors that influence your Quality Score, which influences your Ad Rank, which influences your cost per click, there are factors that influence how your budget gets spent—which also play into how you can save money in Google Ads.


Also known as ad scheduling, dayparting is the practice of specifying when you want your ads to appear to prospective customers. Although your ads will still have to go through the ad auction process, you can tell Google when you want your ads to be displayed.

This is especially useful for local businesses that want to attract customers to a physical location through their ads. If you run a bakery that closes at 7pm, for example, you may not want your ads to be shown outside your normal business hours. Alternatively, you can specify that your ads run continually throughout the day, but allocate a greater portion of your daily budget for hours during which you want increased visibility.


Just as you can allocate more of your Google Ads budget to certain times of day, you can also spend more of your budget on certain geographical areas. This technique is known as geo targeting, or location targeting.

Geotargeting allows you to ensure your ads appear only for Google searchers in specific areas, which can be as large as a state or province, or as small as a three-block radius from your store.

Google Ads geotargeting can be an excellent way to capitalize on growing mobile traffic trends and on-the-go shopping habits of today’s consumers, and it might factor into how you allocate your daily ad budget. For example, you may want your ads to appear alongside relevant searches in a particular state, but you could also allocate more budget to searches conducted in a specific city or even neighborhood.

Device targeting

Long gone are the days when prospects searched exclusively from desktop browsers. Today, consumers are searching online across multiple devices (often at the same time), which means you need to pay attention to where your most valuable leads are coming from. This is where device targeting comes into play.

Let’s say that you want to appear on results across both desktop and mobile searches, but that mobile traffic is more valuable to you. You could specify that a portion of your budget be used for desktop, but a greater portion be allocated to mobile devices. You may even want to devote more money to traffic coming from specific types of mobile devices, depending on what you’re advertising or your ad copy.

Setting a daily budget and understanding how it will be depleted are the most important aspects of budgeting for PPC, but it pays to be aware of how advanced targeting options can affect your ad spend.

Google Ads pricing: How much does a typical click cost in Google Ads?

Now that you know how the Google Ads process works and how to set your budget, it makes sense for your next question to be, “How much does a typical click cost in Google Ads?” Unsurprisingly, the answer is complicated. But we’re going to break it down.

The key influence on pricing in Google Ads: keywords

In some ways, you can think of PPC advertising roughly along the same lines as traditional print advertising; you’d expect to spend more on a glossy full-page ad in a national magazine than you would for a classified ad in a local newspaper. In digital marketing, however, the pricing isn’t influenced by the format of the ad, but rather the intent of and competition for the keywords you’re bidding on. So you can expect to spend more on a high-intent keyword like “roof repair near me” than something lower intent like “how much does it cost to repair a roof.”

In super-competitive markets like legal and accounting, clicks can get much pricier. Let’s take a look at some keyword benchmarks in Google Ads to give you an idea of how much a click can cost for your business.

What is the average CPC in Google Ads?

If you take the average CPCs across all different types of businesses and keywords in the US, the overall average CPC in Google Ads is between $1 and $2. That’s on the Search Network. On the Google Display network, clicks tend to be cheaper, averaging under $1.

What is the cost-per-click for long-tail keywords?

People sometimes like to point at the grand, show-stopping keyword categories above as a definitive example of how expensive Google Ads can be. The reality, however, is that these keyword categories only make up a small portion of total search volumes. Long-tail keywords actually account for the majority of web searches and are also often significantly cheaper than shorter keyword-rich queries and can have as much—if not more—commercial intent.

For example, if someone has an ant problem in their kitchen, “exterminator [their town],” is one search they might perform. “Exterminator” is a broad keyword with a volume of 97,000 and a cost per click of $16.00 in Ahrefs. But they might also search for “how to get rid of ants in the kitchen.” This is a long-tail keyword with a volume of 9,100 and a cost per click of $1.40—much lower. The intent may not be as strong, since they could be looking to DIY, but it’s still pretty strong, so they’ll likely be open to—or even click on—an ad for an exterminator.

This is the kind of opportunity that long-tail keyword targeting presents to advertisers. In addition to making up the vast majority of searches,

You can learn more in this guide to long-tail keywords.

How much do Google Ads cost in my industry?

As we’ve mentioned, Google Ads pricing varies from industry to industry, and even by subcategories within each industry. You can see the average CTR, CVR as well as average cost per click and cost per lead in 20 different industries in our paid search advertising benchmarks report. But here are some additional insights to help you decide whether you should use Google Ads.

What are the most expensive keywords in Google Ads?

As Google owns the largest paid search platform, we’ll focus on Google Ads first.

Listed below are the most expensive keyword categories in Google Ads, and the average cost-per-click of each. It’s worth noting that these are keyword categories, not actual keywords themselves—in some cases, the CPCs of keywords within each category may be higher than the averages stated:

  1. Insurance – $54.91
  2. Loans – $44.28
  3. Mortgage – $47.12
  4. Attorney – $47.07
  5. Credit – $36.06
  6. Lawyer – $42.51
  7. Donate – $42.02
  8. Degree – $40.61
  9. Hosting – $31.91
  10. Claim – $45.51
  11. Conference call – $42.05
  12. Trading – $33.19
  13. Software – $35.29
  14. Recovery – $42.03
  15. Transfer – $29.86
  16. Gas/Electricity – $54.62
  17. Classes – $35.04
  18. Rehab – $33.59
  19. Treatment – $37.18
  20. Cord blood – $27.80

We then ran a second report a few years later. The results were similar, but we did see some new highly expensive keyword niches on the list, and also that average CPC’s (unsurprisingly) had gone up.

What are the most expensive keywords in Bing Ads?

As Bing is growing in market share, we decided to conduct a similar study to find the most expensive keywords in Bing Ads.

Listed below are the most expensive keyword categories in Bing Ads, as well as the average cost-per-click for each:

  1. Lawyers – $109.21
  2. Attorney – $101.77
  3. Structured settlements – $78.39
  4. DUI – $69.56
  5. Mesothelioma – $68.95
  6. Treatment – $67.46
  7. Annuity – $67.31
  8. MBA – $62.78
  9. Phone – $53.94
  10. Insurance – $53.14
  11. Diploma – $52.73
  12. Rehab – $49.67
  13. Cloud – $49.52
  14. Accounting – $44.82
  15. Exterminator – $44.66
  16. Mobile – $43.04
  17. Business – $40.75
  18. Repair – $39.80
  19. Plumber – $36.97
  20. Podiatry – $29.89

Of course, these are just some of the hundreds of thousands of keywords that businesses all over the world are bidding on, and costs can vary widely depending on a wide range of factors. Even if you’re in an industry with high average costs-per-click, such as insurance or legal services, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be forced to pay these amounts for each click on your ad.

Overall, the average CPC of keywords across all industries typically ranges between $2-4—significantly less than the averages from Google Ads and Bing listed above.

Furthermore, it’s important to take ROI into account. These industries can afford high CPCs because the average lifetime value of a customer is so high.

How much do typical businesses spend on Google Ads?

Usually, once someone has asked about the average cost-per-click of a PPC ad, their next question will be how much do “typical” businesses spend on Google Ads as part of their larger online marketing costs. Unfortunately, this is another question without an easy answer. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t tell you a little bit more about how much a “typical” business spends on paid search. First, we need to look at overall spend data by industry.

If you look at the average CPC data below, you’ll see that the top five most competitive terms are found in:

  1. Insurance
  2. Online education
  3. Legal
  4. Marketing & advertising
  5. Internet & telecom

In our latest search advertising benchmarks report, we found these industries to have the highest average costs per click:

  • Attorneys & legal services ($8.67)
  • Dentists & dental services ($6.49)
  • Home and home improvement ($5.75)
  • Finance and insurance ($5.16)
  • Business services ($4.90)

There’s also significant overlap in the industries with the highest average cost per lead:

  1. Attorneys & legal services ($73.70)
  2. Furniture ($64.72)
  3. Finance and insurance ($62.80)
  4. Business services ($62.18)
  5. Career and employment ($53.52)

As you can see, companies in the insurance and legal industries spend the most per month on Google Ads. Big brands in the industries above can spend $40 to $50 million a year, but this isn’t exactly relevant information to would-be advertiser who’s still on the fence about Google Ads. And good news for you, you don’t need to spend millions on Google Ads to make it work for your business.

How much do small businesses spend on Google Ads?

As you might expect, the amount that small businesses spend on PPC varies widely. Some, such as for real estate, home services, and healthcare, spend $1,000 – $3,000 on Google Ads per month.

Here’s what we found in our latest vertical benchmarks reports:

  • Real estate: $1,000 – $2,000 per month
  • Home services: $700 – $3,000 per month
  • Healthcare: $500 – $2,000 per month

But for mid-sized companies and agencies, we see anywhere from $7,000 – $30,000 per month. Historically, from the very smallest mom-and-pop shop to the mid-sized PPC agency—we’ve seen an average of $9,813 per month spent on PPC advertising.That’s still a pretty wide range, but you can at least orient yourself with respect to where you fall on the spectrum.

What other costs are involved in Google Ads?

Your ad budget will always be the largest, most direct cost associated with your Google Ads campaigns. However, while your ad budget is important, it’s not necessarily the be-all and end-all of your paid search efforts. There are other potential costs you may have to consider, depending on your business, marketing goals, and individual situation when evaluating whether your investment in Google ads is worth it for your business.

Agency costs

Some small businesses opt to have an agency handle their PPC work to save them the time and stress. This isn’t cheap, and even the smallest of boutique agencies will take a percentage of your ad spend, regardless of ROI. Agency cuts typically hover around the 10% mark, though this varies from one agency to another. Also, some agencies may guarantee a threshold ROI, whereas others won’t.

Even still, having a seasoned expert run your account can save you from costly errors and also help you yield the highest returns on your ad spend. To ensure you choose an agency that is worth the investment, make sure you check off all your boxes when vetting them. You can use our checklist below:

There’s a lot more than price to consider when choosing an agency.

Obviously it’s in the agency’s best interests to deliver results (to reduce churn and retain clients), but even if your ads don’t result in any conversions, you’ll still have to pony up and pay your agency unless it’s explicitly stated otherwise in your contract.

How much do Google Ads cost? Key takeaways

We’ve covered a lot in this guide, so let’s go over the key takeaways that you can use to orient yourself in terms of what you could spend in Google Ads:

  • Before even getting into calculations, the cost of Google Ads for a business will depend on its industry, customer lifecycle, and current consumer trends.
  • Google Ads is based on an auction system that rewards high-quality ads with lower costs and better ad placement.
  • You can exercise tight control over how your Google Ads budget is spent using tactics like ad scheduling, geotargeting, and device targeting.
  • The average cost per click in Google Ads is between $2 and $4 on the Search Network.
  • The average cost per click on the Display Network is under $1.
  • The most expensive keywords in Google Ads and Bing Ads cost $50 or more per click. These are generally highly competitive keywords in industries that have high customer lifetime values, like law and insurance.
  • Giant retailers can spend up to $50 million per year on paid search in Google Ads.
  • The average small- to mid-size business spends anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 per month on their Google paid search campaigns. That’s $12,000 to $120,000 per year.

Is the Google Ads price right for you?

As we’ve stated throughout, there are numerous factors that can have a significant impact on the cost of running a PPC campaign, but remember: almost any type of business can make Google Ads work for them! If you’re not sure about anything we’ve covered in this guide, or if you have specific questions, leave a comment and we’ll answer them as best we can.

If you’re ready to get started, then follow our step-by-step tutorial on how to run Google Ads and then use our free Google Ads Performance Grader to make sure you’re not wasting any money!

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