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Why may I not exclude an automatic placement?

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HI!

 

I'm looking at placements (See Details > All) and want to exclude one.

 

I get an error message: Placement URLs must be provided in a valid URL format.

 

I"m not providing the URLs. I'm just checking a box and clicking Exclude.

 

What gives?

 

Thanks!

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July 2016

Re: Why may I not exclude an automatic placement?

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Hi @Greg M,

 

AdWords does not accept placement exclusions that are more than two levels deep. This is a very common problem that comes up while doing placements. Basically once you come across this problem, you have two choices:

 

1. Edit the URL to make it two levels deep and then add it as an exclusion (www.google.com/second-level-deep/do-not-go-three-levels

2. Edit the URL to add the entire domain say "Example.com" as a negative

 

Hope this helps,

 

James

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Re: Why may I not exclude an automatic placement?

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Thank you J.