AdWords workaround for the long ad approval process

Posted by Aaron WeinerGoogle Ads

If you’re using AdWords, you have most likely run into the dreaded ad approval queue. Does the following sound familiar? Weeks after creating your new AdWords ads, you phone Google to ask why it is taking so long for them to become active. Google say, “The amount of time it takes for your ad to be reviewed may vary depending … Read More

Create AdWords image ads in no time

Posted by Aaron WeinerGoogle Ads

We’ve recently been seeing quite good performance with image ads, both animated and static. The problem is the time it takes to have another ad created to your specific needs. It only takes a few seconds to create a new text ad, yet when it comes to creating a new image ad, this can often take a lot longer. Display … Read More

Are you creating the right content network campaign?

Posted by Aaron WeinerGoogle Ads

If you are running an AdWords account you most likely have come across a section within the campaign settings called “Networks and devices”. Within that section you are able to select where you want your ads to be displayed. If you are looking to setup a campaign which targets the content network, you have two available options: “Relevant pages across … Read More

My thoughts on broad match keywords

Posted by Aaron WeinerGoogle Ads

I have always known the risks involved with using broad match terms in Google AdWords. Before there were search query reports, I would use the raw log files to see what people were actually searching for, and was often shocked at what I would find. An example of this outrageous irrelevance would be if I were to have bid on … Read More

Fed up with Adwords ads pending review? Make your voice heard!

Posted by Dave CollinsGoogle Ads

On April 10th, 2009, one of the SoftwarePromotions AdWords team posted a blog entry entitled New AdWords Ads Increasingly Getting Stuck in the ‘Under Review’ Black Hole. “It seems like every new ad I create takes longer and longer to actually begin running. Depending on the client, and which AdWords GUI format they’re using, the new ads assume the label of  … Read More

AdWords conversion tracking – you probably didn’t know this

Posted by Aaron WeinerGoogle Ads

When Google AdWords updated their interface, you probably noticed their new conversion tracking metrics: The 1-per-click and many-per-click columns. I wrote about these new metrics some time ago, but do you know what happens with these values when you use multiple conversion actions? At the time of writing this, Google did not have any information on this topic within their … Read More

Google to Begin Testing Product-Specific Ads

Posted by Dave CollinsGoogle Ads

Google recently began beta testing a new product specific ad format with a select group of their advertising customers. The new product ads are not intended as a replacement for the traditional AdWords text ads, and the two ad types will appear together in some sort of expanded “sponsored links” area. According to an email sent by Google to participating … Read More

U.S. Online Ad Revenue Now Shrinking

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing, Google Ads

From the Silicon Alley Insider: “For the first time since the dot-com bust, the U.S. online ad market is shrinking, including search. That’s a stunning drop in growth from a year ago, when the market was still growing more than 20%.” As a person who spends a large amount of time handling Google AdWords accounts, this reinforces what I already … Read More

AdWords Editor headed for retirement

Posted by Dave CollinsGoogle Ads

As a long-term user of Google’s AdWords Editor, I have a strong (but treasured) love-hate relationship with the software. I love it because it saves me time and makes my life easier. And I hate it because it’s quirky, ugly and feature-limited. But as is often the case in a love-hate scenario, love wins. And I wouldn’t be without it. … Read More

Google AdWords are lifting the veils of secrecy

Posted by Dave CollinsGoogle Ads

Okay so I’m getting a little carried away. Google are lifting one of their layers of secrecy within AdWords. Allow me to explain. Google have a complex and incredibly effective strategy in place within their AdWords system. With one hand they calm their advertisers down and gently point them towards the information they need. And with the other hand they … Read More