If you're ready to start advertising with Google AdWords, follow these four steps to set up your account.
First access the Google AdWords home page.
You will need a Google username to use Google AdWords. If you have a Gmail account, then you can use your Gmail username, or if you choose to create a new Google username for the AdWords service, you may do so by clicking on the Start now button shown below.
You will be taken to the Create Google Account page, where you can choose the username and password you'd like to use with AdWords.
During step 1, if you decided to use your existing Google account (i.e., your Gmail account) to create an AdWords account, then you do not need to follow this step. However, if you created a new Google account for AdWords, then you will be required to verify your account.
After verifying your account with Google, you will be able to sign in using your username and password.
Once you are signed in to Google AdWords, the system will prompt you to create your first campaign.
You can choose your campaign settings (name for your new campaign, audience language, location, network settings, bidding and budget options, etc.) as shown in the following example:
You will need to provide the following basic information to create your campaign and then click the Save and continue button at the bottom of the page when you are done.
There are one-time account activation fees. Account activation fees and payment options vary according to the currency you use and the location of your billing address.
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