I guess you are ready to start promoting your business or website via the pay per click advertising on the Google search engine but don't know how to pay for the ads as a Nigerian right? Just relax as I share with you how I pay for Google Ads with my Nigerian credit cards. If you don't know how Google Adwords works, you can read : "What is the meaning of Google Adwords" before going ahead to read this.
Advertising on Google is something you should consider if you want to reach new audience for your website or new customers for your business quickly. If for example, you've just launched a website where you want to be selling Apple iPads, you can use Google Adwords to promote the website in such a way that your website will be recommended to anyone that searches Google for "where to buy iPad in Nigeria". In addition to this, your ad will appear on all blogs that display Google Ads.
I use Google Adwords to advertise my blog and other internet businesses. Below is a snapshot of one of my Google Ads been displayed on Nairaland.
NOTE: Nairaland no longer displays Google Ads as at the time of publishing this post.
So, How Do I Pay For Google Ads?
As a Nigerian, you can easily pay for your Google adverts using the Visa and MasterCards obtainable from Nigerian banks. Though you can use free Google Adwords coupons to place some adverts on Google but if you are a serious advertiser, you will have to get a card for your payments because you can only use ONE coupon per Adwords account.
The Zenith Visa Prepaid card works perfectly for me in paying for my Google and Facebook ads. I tried GTB Naira Mastercard earlier this year and Google rejected it but to my surprise, I tried it yesterday and it was accepted, though it took several hours before Google could verify the payment. I've heard some bloggers claim that Google also accepts the UBA Africard (Visa Card) but I can't say much about it because I don't have the card for now.
I Have My Visa and Master Cards. What Next?
==> Log in to Google Adwords and click on the "Billing" tab and set the "how you pay" settings to "Manual payments"
==> Click on the "Make a Payment" button
==> Choose "Credit card" as your form of payment and enter your card details. The billing address must correspond with the address you used when applying for the card at your bank.
==> Specify the amount you want to pay and click on the review payment button
==> Click the "Make payment" button once you've reviewed the payment
==> Wait for confirmation from Google
==> If successful, your payment will reflect in your Adwords account balance and you can go ahead to create your ads. Advertising costs will be deducted from your balance as you accrue them.
You can read how I obtained my Zenith Visa Prepaid card here and also read how to get the UBA bank Africard (Visa card).
Do you advertise on Google? If Yes, which Nigerian cards do you use? If you have contributions or questions to ask, please, let me also hear from you via comments.