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Analyzing Your Google AdWords Ads

By Tom Demers January 24, 2012 Posted In: AdWords Tips Comments: 1

This is the fifth and final post in our series on creating and analyzing Google AdWords ads. In the previous four installments we’ve covered:

This post will focus on analyzing the AdWords ads you’ve created.

How to Analyze Your Ads within the Google AdWords Interface

If you’re looking to evaluate the performance of your ads, an obvious first step is to take a look within the AdWords interface to see how ads are performing. Here you can do things like customize date ranges, look at cost, click, impression, and conversion data, and quickly make changes to your ads:

Ad Analysis

This is a very useful view and interface if you’re optimizing ads on an ad group by ad group basis. For smaller campaigns, this really may be all you need for measuring ad peformance. You can quickly glimpse:

  • Click-through rate, which will impact your Quality Score
  • Share of voice across the ads, impressions per ad, the cost being pushed to each ad, and which ads are showing in higher positions
  • Conversion and cost data

You want to be sure to take Quality Score and strong click-through rates into account, but of course the main driver behind your decision on which ads to designate as winners and losers should be conversions and profitability.

The trouble with the AdWords interface is mainly scale. I can compare these metrics, then pause the ads that didn’t win, then create new ad copies. The problem is if I have a larger account I may have to do this across hundreds or thousands of ad groups. This means I need to be able to analyze and edit multiple ads at once.

One helpful feature here is to set up a filter based on ad text performance data. You can find the Filter menu in the Ads tab:

AdWords Ad Filter

This can help you cut through some of the noisier data to find out things like which ads have a cost per conversion that’s unprofitable, which have particularly low click-through rates, etc., if you’re analyzing data across a large number of ads.

Finally, within the AdWords interface you can also use AdWords Campaign Experiments for ad copy testing.

Analyzing Your AdWords Ads within AdWords Editor

Google AdWords Editor is a free desktop application offered by AdWords specifically to help to advertisers handle “bulk edits.” Within AdWords Editor you can quickly make bulk changes to ads (for instance, if you need to move the landing page your ads are driving to, you can quickly change several ad destination URLs at once) but AdWords Editor doesn’t offer a view of actual ad text performance.

Analyzing Your AdWords Ads within Microsoft Excel

The single most popular tool for analyzing ad text data among PPC advertisers who manage large-scale campaigns is Excel. Excel allows you to make bulk edits and leverage advanced formulas to slice and dice your data, as well as activating and pausing ads and even altering ad creative in bulk.

There are a lot of ways to test, analyze and optimize ads in Excel. Below you’ll find a collection of great resources for analyzing AdWords ads in Excel. Many of these were created by our friend Chad Summerhill and Richard Fergie, who seem to be far and away the most active creators of ad analysis content, but if you know of additional posts or articles we missed, please leave them in the comments.

By leveraging the resources below, you’ll be able to get a lot of great insight into large sets of ads using Excel:

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Wednesday January 25, 2012

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Clear, informative, simple. Like your post!

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