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How can I preview complete urls that uses an URL template?

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Our company is in the process of figuring out how to upgrade to the new URL system. I tried the upgrade on a test campaign using the combination of "URL template" and "Final URL". When I hovered the mouse over the preview Ad, it only showed the "Final URL" part without any of the query parameters. I cannot find anywhere in the online UI to get a preview of the the complete url i.e. including all the query parameters to show up.

 

Am I missing something that will allow me to preview the complete URL? 

 

I dislike the thought of not able to debug or to check the complete URL. With thousands of ad urls, it is easy to make a mistake in the template and ruin the whole campaign or adgroup depending on what level the URL template is set.

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I wrote a blog for the same today.  See if that's helpful. If not let me know, I''ll post a detailed screenshot for you here. 

 

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Hmm... Interesting;

Let me ping  some of our programing specialists on this.

@Jon_Gritton ?

@Dave_Davis ?

@petebardo ?

 

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I use Ad Preview and Diagnosis Tool for this.  

 

Hovering mouse on ad and looking into the taskbar down at the bottom of browser window does show the full URL, and it shows what the complete URL is. 

 

It's a good way around for me at the moment. 

 

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@MosheTLV
I edited my post to use "complete URL".

@Ratan-jh
The "Ad Diagnostic and Preview Tool" is a hit-and-miss work around. Not all ads show up in the tool. It will be too late if I find out the complete URL is wrong in "Ad Diagnostic and Preview Tool". Damages are already done.

I would like to submit a request to AdWords development team to come up with a solution that allows verification of the complete URL before the Ads are enabled. A template system can do a lot of damage in a very short time.

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@Raymond W,

 

I do not disagree at all when you say there should be an efficient way for the preview of complete URL. But I have upgraded URLs in at least 15 of the accounts by now and in my personal experience, it's not a very big problem. I will tell you why...

 

In most of the cases, Upgraded URLs are used with Shared Templates where the same template is used at different levels viz. account, campaigns, ad groups and so on... Multiple Ads use the same templates. Hence, testing the complete URL (combined with Final and Template) in browser should not be a difficult task. Whenever I use it at upper levels in the hierarchy, I do test the complete URL in browser to see if it is working the right way.  

 

I have not found any problem in it so far. 

 

Also, using upgraded URLs at ad level, makes no sense to me. If someone uses it, it would be with a smaller of ads. So again, it can easily be tested by practically entering them in browser's address bar. 

 

Though, there does not seem to be any way to test it live at the moment. Let's get our fingers crossed and hope that AdWords' Engineers take note of it. 

 

Thank you!

 

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Ratan Jha

 

 


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Thanks for sharing your experience with upgraded URL. Much appreciated.

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Hi @Raymond W,

 

Just wanted to update you that now it's possible to preview the complete landing URLs before making them live. Isn't it a great piece of news?

 

Find more information here https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/6076199

 

Scroll down the page to find Test your landing page.

 

If you need any help on it, do not hesitate to post your question. 

 

All the best!

 

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This is great news. I follow the online document but I could not find the "Test" button. :-( 

 

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I wrote a blog for the same today.  See if that's helpful. If not let me know, I''ll post a detailed screenshot for you here. 

 

Thanks
Ratan Jha


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Thank you Ratan-Jha. I found the "Test" button after reading your blog post. Thank you Google Adwords Engineers. :-)