Archive for the ‘Quality Score’ Category

The Google Adwords Ad Auction and Quality Score Explained

July 12, 2010

Who better to explain the Google Ad Auction and the Google Adwords Quality Score than Google’s Chief Economist, Hal Varian?

In this video, Varian explains the AdWords Ad Auction and how an advertisers max CPC bid and quality score determine how much is paid for a click on Google.com.

In summary: Max CPC bid x Quality Score = Ad Rank.

Advertisers actual costs per click are calculated by dividing the next advertiser’s ad rank by the given advertiser’s quality score + $0.01.

Google Adwords Quality Score 10

April 22, 2009

Today I was studying one of my Google Adwords accounts and was somewhat surprised to discover I have several 10 Quality Scores.

Google Adwords Quality Score 10

Google Adwords Quality Score 10

Now if I could only increase the search volume to this particular keyword while lowering its average cost per click,  I might be satisfied.

Google Adwords Editor 7.0.0 Update Available

December 16, 2008

Google Adwords Editor update 7.0.0 is available for download now.

Google Adwords Editor 7.0.0

Google Adwords Editor 7.0.0

I don’t know what improvements have been added yet, but will report those I discover.

Update 12-17-08: For more information about specific improvements found in Adwords Editor 7.0 including keyword Quality Scores and First Page Bid estimates visit the Adwords Editor Forum.

Google Adwords Quality Score Available in Reports

October 22, 2008

In a previous post, I requested Adwords provide Quality Score reporting options from within Adword reports.

Quality Score data are now available from Google Adwords reports.

Google Adwords Quality Score Reporting

Google Adwords Quality Score Reporting

By providing Quality Score report data to their advertisers, Google Adwords has taken the first step toward making Adwords Quality Score Management a reality.

Thanks Google Adwords!

Pay Per Click Friction

October 4, 2008

There are many tactics search engine advertisers can use by design to either induce searchers to click or not click on their ads until after the ad viewer has self qualified their interest in the advertisers’ message.

Placing an offer’s price in the ad is one tactic often discussed.

Placing a lower price than other visible or known offers can reduce pay per click ad friction with its audience and tends to increase an ads click through rate. However, placing low prices in a pay per click ad doesn’t necessarily translate into more qualified searchers or buyers nor will it translate into high transaction volume.

Another tactic not mentioned as often is placing high price points in the pay per click ad which increases click friction. High price points within pay per click ads purportedly dissuades dis-interested and the budget conscious from clicking through to view the advertiser’s offer.

Today, I came across the most extraordinary example of an advertiser’s use of premium pricing to qualify search traffic I ever recall ever seeing.

Pay Per Click Friction

Pay Per Click Friction

Theoretically, in this example placing their minimum annual fee requirements of $150,000 in the ad would create click friction and cause searchers unwilling to spend $150,000 a year to pass the ad over – thus sparing the advertiser unwanted clicks and costs from disinterested searchers.

However, by placing such a high barrier into their ad this particular advertiser will more than likely experience extremely low click through rates which in turn will create the ultimate form of pay per click advertising friction for instead – the advertiser… lower click through rates, lower ad quality score and ultimately an ad that requires higher bids just to be shown at all.

Will the above example prove to be a successful marketing strategy for the advertiser or will their ad’s premium pricing cause fewer clicks and lower click through rates – ultimately bringing their pay per click advertising campaign to a screeching halt?

Google Adwords Reports and Quality Score Management

September 25, 2008

With Google having added numeric quality scores ranging from 1 to 10 within all Adwords advertisers accounts, an entirely new level of performance data has become available to paid search managers.

Will Google Adwords Quality Score Management soon follow?

Presently, Adwords provides advertisers with ten different types of account performance reports.

The ten types of Google Adwords reports along with their attributes are:

1. Keyword Performance: Performance data for all keywords or those in selected campaigns.

2. Ad Performance: Performance data for each of your ads

3. URL Performance: Performance data for each of your Destination URLs.

4. Ad Group Performance: Ad group performance data for one or more of your campaigns.

5. Campaign Performance: Performance data for your campaigns.

6. Account Performance: Performance data for your entire account.

7. Demographic Performance: Performance data for sites by demographic.

8. Geographic Performance: Performance data by geographic origin.

9. Search Query Performance: Performance data for search queries which triggered your ad and received clicks.

10. Placement Performance: Performance data for placements where your ad was placed.

Adwords Quality Score Report Type

Adwords Quality Score Report Type

These ten types of Google Adwords reports provide valuable and actionable Adwords account performance data paid search managers require for making informed adverting purchasing decisions.

Reports are available in daily, weekly and monthly intervals.

With the Adwords reports advanced settings option, advertisers can receive an even greater degree of account performance details.

Additional attributes available from the advanced settings reports include performance statistics, conversion types and detailed conversion data.

Adwords Quality Score Advanced Settings

Adwords Quality Score Advanced Settings

With the advent of their Adwords numeric quality score, Google has now denominated the level of advertising performance it requires from advertisers.

Additionally, Google has given their advertisers a new tool for further identifying, managing and improving ad and keyword performance.

In exchange for their new advertising quality measurement tool, Google will ultimately get improved advertising quality.

As far as I know, the numeric quality score is the first metric Google has made public to either its publisher or advertiser community that can be measured against and thus managed to.

The numeric quality score is yet another milestone on Google’s road to further transparency with its advertisers.

At some point, will Google provide Adwords Quality Score reporting options to its advertisers too?

By providing advertisers with Quality Score reporting, advertisers will then have an another set of important data for further managing and improving the performance of their ads and keywords.

By making Quality Scores available in Adwords reports, Google would initialize the Adwords Quality Score Management process.

Search Network Quality Score 10: Content Network 0

September 22, 2008

Adwords new Quality Scores have been live since September 17 according to Ophir Cohen.

Nuno Macedo of Páginas Amarelas Portugal has provided me with a screen shot of his Adwords Quality Score of 10 in Portuguese no less.

Quality Score 10

Quality Score 10

After digging further into my accounts, it appears Google Adwords will continue assigning Quality Scores to just Search Network only distibuted ads – not Content network ads – per this message:

Quality Score Content Network

Quality Score Content Network

Also appearing in my Adwords account for the first time are “Bid Below First Page” notifications:

Bid Below First Page

Bid Below First Page

Each “Bid Below First Page” notice is accompanied by Google’s recommended bid for achieving first page placement.

Now if only Adwords would provide Quality Score reporting options from their Report Center, large and small advertisers alike could begin to manage their Adwords account’s performance by its most important metric – the Quality Score.

Google Adwords Quality Score Updated

September 21, 2008

As promised on the Inside Adwords blog, Adwords accounts are now showing Quality Score data for each ad and its keyword.

I first noticed the Quality Score data across all of my active accounts yesterday.

Each ad and keyword’s Quality Score shows its status – whether the ads are showing or not as well as its numeric Quality Score.

I have found Adwords Quality scores ranging from 9 down through 2.

I am not sure whether Adwords assigns a Quality Score of 10 to any ads and keywords performance. Nor am I sure whether they score any ad and keyword below 2.

If Adwords does, I haven’t yet found any examples to share.

Within the new Adwords Quality scoring system, ads and keywords which score 9 and 8 are considered “Great”.

Adwords Quality Score 9

Adwords Quality Score 9

Adwords Quality Score 8

Adwords Quality Score 8

Ads and keywords showing 7, 6 and 5 are “OK”.

Quality Score 7

Quality Score 7

Quality Score 6

Quality Score 6

Quality Score 5

Quality Score 5

Ads and their keywords with Quality scores of 4, 3 and 2 are considered “Poor”.

Quality Score 4+No

Quality Score 4+No

Quality Score 3 No+Poor

Quality Score 3 No+Poor

Quality Score 2 No+Poor

Quality Score 2 No+Poor

I have found examples of OK Quality Scores where the ad and its keywords weren’t being shown for numerous reasons.

Additionally, I have found examples of ads and their keywords being shown while still having a Poor Quality Score.

Having numeric Adwords Quality Scores for each ad and keyword will surely help Google Adwords deliver more relevant and targeted advertising while also helping their advertisers score more targeted search traffic.


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