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A new twist on the "Adwords Features" threads...

And your comments are requested

10:42 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hey all,

Those of you that know me, know that I hardly ever start new threads. But I think we have an opportunity here, and I wanted to run it past you all.

A group of us were brainstorming a short time ago, and thinking up ideas for very minor interface changes that could most likely be quickly accomplished, but which would add real value for our advertisers. Or make life with AdWords easier. Or more pleasant. Or more efficient.

You get the picture.

Anyway, in mid-meeting I stopped and said I should ask the folks on WebmasterWorld. Who better, right?

So, we're looking for ideas on the level of this example:

I'd like to see small message next to date range tool, saying that it's setting will stay where the advertiser puts it, until it is actively changed.

It's just a tiny thing, right? But it'd probably help to avoid a lot of confusion over time. After all, how often do we talk on this Forum about making sure someone is looking at an appropriate date range?

Anyway, we're looking for really small 'niceties' such as that. And while I can't make an actual promise that any or all ideas will be implemented, I do promise that they'll be seen by the right people!

Are you game? Give it a shot, and lets see how many we can get by the end of the day! (Or pretty soon, at least.)

Thanks in advance. ;)


7:28 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes, CTR, that way we could know which keywords are creating the most impressions. I have almost two million impressions on an adgroup with 4 keywords on the content network, I can figure out which clicks are coming from each keyword, but not which impressions are. That would be HUGE.

my two cents


11:48 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I agree with JACK_HUGHES, msg. #25 in this thread. Ability to copy a single ad, or an adgroup, or even the whole darn campaign if you want would be AWESOME!
1:32 am on May 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There are lots of really excellent ideas here, all of which have been passed on in a variety of ways. Earlier today, in fact, a bunch of us talked over the entire list for an hour.

Thanks a ton, folks. And feel free to keep the thread alive. ;) I really get a kick out of how active it's been.


6:25 am on May 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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1) I'd like to provide additional validation for the need to "pause" either a keyword or a single ad within an adgroup.

Yesterday, I found a long time keyword getting an immense of impressions and clicks due to a tangentially related news item. I felt (perhaps incorrectly) that if I deleted it and then re-instated it next week, it would have lost its impressive old CTR. Instead I ended up pausing an entire adgroup.

Tonight, I wanted to "lose" a long time ad for a while to try a new variation exclusively for a week or so. I could have set up another AdGroup, but I would have been duplicating the keywords unneccessarily and without their accumulated history. Would have been nice to stop that original ad for a while.

Now if I'm wrong on either of those points about the loss of history if a word or an ad is deleted then re-istated, please someone correct me. I have a suspicion the keyword may have found its history, but I doubt the ad would.

Either way, pausing would have been easier than deleting.

2) There has been a recent furor here over the fact that ad changes in effect become new ads as those who used the API found. One can create or delete but not change. Now that ads appear to carry their own weight toward the overall CTR of the AdGroup, this stifles simple changes that need to be made from time to time.

Perhaps a relatively uncomplicated algo could be introduced that could measure change level in an ad. If less than say 5 characters or 5% of the ad body differed from old to new, chances are great that the basic substance of an ad has not changed. A year may now be different or a price or a typo may have been corrected.

It would be helpful to those who lose ad history because of one of the above cited reasons. Especially in terms of a price/date/year, sometimes you cannot simply create a second ad and wait for it to accumulate CTR; it must be an immediate replacement.


10:44 am on May 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Be able to choose the timezone for the 24 hour click reporting.

At present I assume PST. I want UTC +1

8:32 pm on May 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Easy and obvious control of the Content Network.

I want to prohibit urls by CLASS of site, not "simply"(!) by known URLS after checking my logs

11:33 am on May 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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p2a: afaik the keyword history remains unchanged when you delete a kw and reinstall it in the same adgroup
12:43 am on May 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Why Thanks HitProf,

I'd always wanted to test that out, but whenever I thought of it I was always working with a keyword too valuable to "play" with.


I still want to pause an ad though!

2:31 pm on May 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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One more I just realized a need for as I'm going through my campaigns:

It would be handy to be able to control the view on the "Conversion Tracking Screen" to show only a particular match type.

I find myself going down the list of results manually to see if (or which) [exact matches] or "phrase matches" are getting hits. It gives me an idea of whether I'm using reasonable [exacts] or "phrases".

Hard on the eyes this way. Anyone else?



1:21 am on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I found a spare half hour, and I'm getting a head start on this weeks Advertiser Feedback Report. I'll forward any additions to this thread, if anyone has any last minute brainstorms.

Thanks, as always, for the great feedback!


4:04 pm on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If I knew what the "Google Adword Day" was (PLEASE make it in local time, please, please) then I would like to be able to concentrate my impressions in the timezones I perceive to benefit my business most. This is not the same as geographic selection depsite appearing initially to be similar.

So the control console could say "Select the 3 (4, 5?) priority timezones and select the %age of the impressions you want to run in that time. (Using local time woudl make my liofe far simpler here

5:12 pm on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Regarding the date range options. You have "this month," last month," how about "year to date?" I'm not a programmer but it strikes me as a possibly easy yet valuable upgrade.
10:31 pm on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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yes! I always set this manually! (This month and then change starting date)
9:57 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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For the feature wish list:

- i wish i could set up a new acccount from within the MCC
- i wish i could add an mcc to another mcc on the fly (without support)

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