3 Ways to Check if Your Google Ads Manager Is Doing a Good Job

You might be wondering, “is my Google Ads manager doing a good job?”

Well if that’s the case then there are three quick and easy ways to check if your Google Ads manager is doing a good job of optimising your campaigns.


Geographical Targeting Settings

The first section to look at is the campaigns geo targeting to ensure that it doesn’t include any of the wrong locations.

You can imagine that is could potentially be a very costly mistake to make within a campaign; it is however a very typical issue that is seen within Google Ads accounts.

As it is both a very common and significant issue, this is one of the first places that I look within a client’s account.

To access this report, select ‘Locations’ from the left hand menu when logged into your Google Ads account. Then selection User Locations from the sub menu.

Are there any countries that you don’t want to target within the report?

Within the report you can view the associated impressions, clicks and costs for each of the locations to see how much of your budget has been spent serving ads in these unwanted locations.

Part of the reason that this mistake occurs is because of an option within the location settings:

“Target people who are in, and who show an interest in my target location”.

This setting allows a much wider range of countries, outside of your intended targeting to be served with your ads, at your expense.

It’s the recommended (by Google) setting and is easy to overlook, and this is the reason why new or inexperienced Google Ads managers can make this mistake.


No or Very Few Negative Keywords

Negative keywords are used in order to block non-relevant search terms from being targeted by your campaigns.

The negative keywords can be checked for each campaign by navigating to the Keywords tab, and then selecting the Negative Keywords tab.

If there are no negative keywords set for the campaign, you should also check whether a negative keyword list is being used by selecting the “Tools and Settings” menu at the top of the page and then “Negative Keyword Lists”.

The absence of negative keywords is a red flag, and this issue can result in the campaigns budget being wasted on non-relevant search terms.


No Device Bid Adjustments

Typically there will be a difference in performance for each of the devices that ads can be served to users on: desktop computers; mobile phones; and tablets. Bids can then be adjusted within the settings for each of these devices.

To view the bid adjustment settings, select the Devices tab in the left menu.

Review the conversion rates and cost per conversion, and if you see a clear difference between these and also see an absence device bid adjustments, then it is likely that this has been overlooked and needs attending to.

Not using device bid adjustments could result in sub-optimal performance and/or wasted ad spend.



Those are the three quick and easy areas to check within your account to confirm whether or not your Google Ads manager is doing a good job.

If you need help to review your account, and would like an expert to review your campaigns, then feel free to get in contact with us at contact@optimiselab.com.

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philip September 24, 2019 0 Comments

How the Replacing of Google’s Average Position Could Affect You

Google’s Average Position is Going Away


We plan to sunset average position in September of this year.
– Google Ads

In place of the average position metric which will be going away, Google has added a number of new metrics which are meant to give advertisers a greater level of clarity when reviewing the performance of their ads.

What is Average Position?

Average position is represented as a number that indicates which order your ad appeared in relative to the ads of other advertisers. An average position of 1 for example would indicate that on average your ad appeared in the 1st position, the highest position on the results page relative to the other ads.

However sometimes the placement of ads in the search engine results can begin at the bottom of the page, below the organic results. An average position of 1 doesn’t necessarily mean your ad appeared at the top of the page, only above the other ads, and this is partly why Google have introduced the new metrics.


Why Is Average Position Being Replaced?

Google has constantly developed the way ads are presented within the search results, and on the display network, across a myriad of devices. The placements of ads is now more dynamic, and to help advertisers understand where exactly their had has appeared, a new set of metrics is needed.
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The New (Improved?) Position Metrics

To help offer advertisers more clarity on the position of their ads, Google has introduced the following new metrics:

  • Impr. (Absolute Top) % – is the proportion of impressions your ads have received while in the very first ad position, above the organic website listings.
  • Impr. (Top) % – is the proportion of impressions your ads have received anywhere above the organic website listings.
  • Search (Absolute Top) Impression Share – indicates the proportion your ad received of the total available impressions at the very first ad position, above the organic listings. For example, if there were 1000 impressions available, and your ad received 300, then your impression share of the Absolute Top would be 30%.
  • Search (Top) Impression Share – indicates the proportion your ad received of the total available impressions anywhere above the organic listings.
  • Search Lost Abs.Top IS (budget) – indicates the proportion of available impressions your ad missed out on in the ‘Absolute Top’ position, due to budget constraints.
  • Search Lost Abs.Top IS (rank) – indicates the proportion of available impressions your ad missed out on in the ‘Absolute Top’ position, due to a low ad rank.
  • Search Lost Top IS (budget) – indicates the proportion of available impressions your ad missed out on in the ‘Top’ position, due to budget constraints.
  • Search Lost Top IS (rank) – indicates the proportion of available impressions your ad missed out on in the ‘Top’ position, due to a low ad rank.


Position Metrics


What is the Advantage of These New Metrics?


Greater Clarity for Potentially Better Decisions

The new metrics provide more clarity on how often your ad has been placed at the actual top of the results page, above the organic listings, where it will be likely to get the greatest exposure and volume of clicks.

The additional metrics also provide clarity on how you can increase the proportion of impressions your ad will receive at the top of the page, whether this is by increasing your budget or improving your ad’s rank.

Dominating Branded Terms

The new metrics are especially useful for when targeting your own brand keywords. Instead of bidding to attain an average position of 1, you can now more clearly see how often your ad is appearing above the organic listings for your branded keywords.


Are there Any Drawbacks?


Clarity on Competition

Although the new metrics do add clarity regarding how often an ad appears above the organic search listings, without the Ad Position metric, it is difficult to know how your ad has been placed relative to your competitors. This is especially true in cases where the ad listings have appeared below the organic site listings.
With Google Ads, we are competing with other advertisers, not the organic listings. With this in mind, it makes sense to have an idea of how our ads are positioned in relation to our competitors.
Without the Ad Position metrics, we won’t be able to see if our ad is on average being placed in position 2 or 3, and to estimate the cost for improving our position.

Increased Costs

The change could potentially lead to an increase in competition, with higher bids in the auctions as advertises vie for the top/absolute top positions.

Adapting to The Change

Would it be nice to continue to have access to the Average Position metric? Yes. But with the changes we are seeing within the marketing landscape, Ad Position is becoming less and less important. Instead we are focusing more on audiences, context, and intent.

The new metrics can help to lend more insight into where on the page users are viewing and engaging with our ads, and should be embraced for what they can offer.

In anticipation of Ad Position being removed, any bid strategies for processes which make use of the Ad Position metric should be switched for those that incorporate the new metrics.

Additionally, it can be useful to view the new metrics in conjunction with the current Ad Position metric, to both see how the new metrics relate to the old, and to get accustomed to using the new metrics to optimise campaigns.

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philip April 18, 2019 0 Comments

Google Ads Reps to Begin Managing Client Accounts

A selection of Google Ads customers/advertisers have been notified that adjustments will begin being made to their account by Google staff…

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philip January 28, 2019 0 Comments