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Google AdWords Reporting: How to Use AdWords Reports

March 05, 2012
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AdWords Tips

This is the second post in a series on getting the most out of the Google AdWords left nav. We’ve done several similar posts in recent months designed to help advertisers better understand all of the features and functionality available to them within the AdWords interface. The first post in this series focused on the Google AdWords shared library, and this post will walk through Google AdWords reports within the AdWords left navigation.

Pre-Set AdWords Reports

Not unlike the reporting capabilities you’d find in the AdWords dimensions tab, within the reporting section in the left navigation you’re offered a series of standard reports:

  • Keyword report
  • Campaign report
  • Geographic report
  • Demographic report

These are actually just links to reports that live in other areas, though – the geographic report and demographic report will kick you over to reports in the dimensions tab, and the keyword and campaign reports push you into the standard reporting functionality in the keyword and campaign tabs. This is a great example of how confusing and complex the AdWords interface has become: these reports are available deep within the interface, but because there are so many moving pieces within AdWords they’ve floated them up, positioning them within a reports section within the persistent left navigation.

Managing Your Recurring Google AdWords Reports

One of the functionalities not present in the dimensions tab (and the most useful feature of the reporting section available in the AdWords left nav) is the ability to manage all of your reports – both historical and regular reports.

recurring reports

As you can see, once you’ve run a report you can go back into your reporting history and set reports to:

  • Be run against different date ranges
  • Be emailed to the account owner or specific email addresses
  • Be run on a recurring basis (such as weekly or monthly)

This is particularly helpful if you have multiple stakeholders working to manage and keep tabs on the same account. This is functionality that previously lived along with the reports themselves in the AdWords reporting tab, and that was displaced for many advertisers when Google updated the interface. If you’re managing multiple campaigns or just have a number of different responsibilities on your plate, being able to quickly control and update the reports that you’re having pushed at you periodically is really valuable, as you can stay better organized and have data delivered to you without having to jump into AdWords and run the same report weekly/monthly/etc.

Comments

Thanks for this article. I have a quesiton. Do you know if adwords samples data the same way google analytics does? I ask this because I am going back a few years for a client and I wonder if the data especially the traffic are accurate. I'd assume no but I want to confirm. Thanks

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