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Any way to exclude Sudan from campaign targeting?

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When I search for Sudan only some city in Texas, USA is being displayed.

How can I exclude Sudan, the country, from my campaign?

 

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Hello fahrenheit2539,

 

Welcome to the community.

 

That's unusual as I can't target Sudan for exclusion / inclusion either. As a temporay fix I would recommend going into the advanced settings, locating Sudan on the map and then create a radius of 500 miles around it like this:

 

AdWords Sudan.png


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Hello fahrenheit2539,

 

Welcome to the community.

 

That's unusual as I can't target Sudan for exclusion / inclusion either. As a temporay fix I would recommend going into the advanced settings, locating Sudan on the map and then create a radius of 500 miles around it like this:

 

AdWords Sudan.png


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Thanks, Scott, will do it this way. Do you know any efficient way to get it escalated to the dev team for a proper fix?

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I will look into this for you, it's not just on your interface so I will see if there is a reason behind it.


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Also it seems like I rushed a bit to accept a solution - while I can target Sudan they way you proposed, I can't find a way to exclude it from targeting. Any ideas?

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Ah good point fahrenheit2539...

 

Your question won't be ignored anyway, let's wait for some more information.


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Hello.

 

According to this policy http://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1052605 one cannot submit ads that would violate government trade sanctions, and Sudan is on the list of parties that the US has sanctions against: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_embargoes#Targeted_parties

 

Therefore, since you cannot target by country (you can only do that by radius), I assume that if you target a larger area Sudan may be a part of (Africa as a whole, for instance), your ads will not show in Sudan.

 

But, as Scott says, let's wait for some more info.

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As a follow-up to Sudan issue - I have changed my campaign from 'exclude list of countries' to 'include list of countries'. As a bonus I was able to adjust bids for individual countries.

 

However today I have received successful goal completion from North Korea (which obviously not in my list of countries included due to ban).

After investigating further I found out that there were totally 3 clicks from North Korea during April.

 

The most interesting thing is that these clicks were generated by my North American Adwords campaign (which has only USA and Canada included).

 

It is not a big issue as I believe such clicks are being refunded later, just a bit of interesting information

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Thanks for updating us with your situation!

 

The North Korean conversions may be occurring because of your location settings. If you really want to restrict it to the USA and Canada then I would recommend going into your settings and changing the Target option to People in my targeted location as this should eliminate "outsiders" from seeing your ad. 


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Any way to exclude Sudan from campaign targeting?

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The same problem with my account. I wasted lot of money on Sudan and Syria.