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Disabled keywords

will soon be deleted .... over the next two weeks

4:54 am on Sep 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Disabled keywords will soon be deleted from your account.
The introduction of simplified keyword states and quality-based minimum bids has removed the need for keyword disabling. Therefore, we'll be deleting keywords disabled prior to these improvements over the next two weeks.

That would be fine, if the Keyword Report actually worked and I could find them without going into each AdGroup.

Looking at another post it seems half the keyword related tools are broken, most since the "change".

Is it reasonable to expect that the Keyword Reports and the "Find & Edit Keyword" tools that we've come to rely on so much will be fixed well before two weeks?

It really isn't fair to delete the Disabled keywords when the inability to find them via the reports has not been functioning.

Google programmers be careful! The way the recent changes have thrown everything aflutter recently, your purge may delete only all the Active keywords by mistake.


10:32 am on Sep 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Should I be using the "Find and Edit Keywords" tool to locate diabled and deleted keywords? Trying to run a report before they are all deleted in 2 weeks.

This report seems to only show inactive and active keywords, thus I wondered if I should be looking somewhere else - though I can't see anything that will do the job for me.


2:11 pm on Sep 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We went through all accounts and did it the hard way...
1. Filter each AdGroup by disabled terms.
2. Copy all terms (and the statistics for keywords too).
3. Paste them into Excel.
4. Delete all stats and add " " to phrase terms.
5. Delete KWs out of AdGroup.
6. Copy Excel list and re-add to AdGroup.

It took forever, but it's done now. Besides, we had to do something since the KW tools don't work...

8:22 pm on Sep 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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PyrettaBlaze - Many thanks for taking the time to outline your method.
8:31 pm on Sep 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sorry - fallen at the first fence!

What report from the following applies to point 1, just coulded see a way of filtering by diabled :

Find and Edit Max CPCs
Update single or multiple Max CPCs throughout your account all at once.

Change Keyword Matching Options
Quickly and easily update your keyword matching options.

Find and Edit Ad Text
Update single or multiple ads throughout your account all at once.

Find and Edit Keywords
Update single or multiple keywords throughout your account all at once.


8:31 pm on Sep 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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coulded - could not!
8:45 pm on Sep 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A little easier solution.

1. In each AdGroup, click on Edit Ad Group.
2. Copy all the keywords, keyword CPCs and Keyword URLs from the text box and then hit Cancel
3. In the Adgroup page, delete all the keywords.
4. Add Keywords and paste what you had copied earlier.

A simple script with Adwords API will also do the job.

3:02 am on Sep 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The message on the AdWords home page says "over the next two weeks", not in 2 weeks. They may be half gone now!


I don't see how the filtering helps isolate the Disabled keywords. Even after you filter and go into "Edit Keywords" that text box still only contains the non-disabled keywords as it always does.

I'm looking for a list of Disabled that I can "copy" and not by hand. Something like the way the reports are supposed to work. Is that solution not possible?


3:42 am on Sep 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yep it all seems messed up - I assume Google are aware of the problem. I would like a simple report that pinpointed "disabled keywords" - even some functionality that automatically deleted them and resubmitted at the minimum price. Some how I don't think this will happen.

If they do delete diabled keywords before the reporting is fixed, I would be surprised as surely this isn't Google's style of doing tings.

4:44 am on Sep 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm not going to dwell on this because I'm of the belief that even after they delete these disabled words, I can still do the following.

Change the time range to "All Time" and check the box marked "Include deleted items that were active in this date range" and put back any I see fit. I can do this down the road when time permits, I believe. Am I mistaken?

This will only show those that got at least one impression ever, but I don't why people would want any that never got at least an impression.


I hope the same is true for everyone else, but I'm still making money. I think for me, it's more important to get more sites and ads going rather than jumping every time Google decides to throw another wrench in the works. One could spend all day managing an account.

I did almost nothing when the last "change" took effect and beyond seeing my overall CPC go up one penny (some people who were proactive claim to have significantly lowered their CPC lately), I don't feel it hurt me. The penny I'm able to live with and still make the same money it appears.


6:28 am on Sep 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is anyone finding a keyword report of disabled keywords to be accurate?

I'm seeing serious problems with a number of reports and tools I used to use. Tried different machines, etc. Has this become "normal"?