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30 AdWords Tips in 30 Days - Day #11 - Evaluate Automatic Placements

The Google Display Network is a great way to increase your Reach and serve your Ads to potential customers viewing relevant content across a million+ sites in Google's Network.  When running on the Google Display Network and contextually targeting, you have the ability to have Google serve your Ads on Automatic Placements; performance on these Placements can, and should be, evaluated.


Tip #11 - Evaluate Automatic Placement Performance


An Automatic Placement Report is similar to a Keyword Report - You'll see how often your Ads served on certain Placements, how often they were clicked on, how often traffic from your Placem... (if Conversion Tracking setup), etc.  


Where do I find my Automatic Placement Report?


1.  Log into AdWords

2.  Click on the Display Network Tab

3.  Click on Placements (right beneath the main Tabs)

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What kind of decisions should I make based on Automatic Placement Performance?


Similar to the process for evaluating Keywords, there are many decisions to consider regarding performance of Automatic Placements.  Below are my top three:


1.  Move high performing Automatic Placements to Managed Placements - Managing Placements directly gives you the opportunity to control how much budget goes to that Placement (by placing in their own Campaign), tailor Ad Copy/Creative, and/or adjust bids.


2.  Exclude Placements - If a Placement is not performing well for you, consider blocking your Ads from serving on those Placements.


3. Adjust Bids - Just as you can increase/decrease Max CPCs on Keywords, you can also adjust accordingly on Automatic Placements.


about Brian Valentini

Chicago-based husband and father who likes sports, traveling, and laughing. Excited about the field of Digital Marketing, especially Paid Search. Work-life = Vice President/Director of Search Marketing at DigitasLBi, a global digital marketing and technology agency.

April 2014

Nice article @vkore91 Smiley Happy


Tom Wilson
Freelance Adwords & Google Shopping Consultant

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April 2014

Thanks, Tom!