Removing Bad Keywords Improves Your Google AdWords Quality Score

Sep 24, 2008 • 10:15 am | comments (3) by twitter | Filed Under Google AdWords

With all the hype about the new Google AdWords Quality Score, Google Groups is providing useful tips on how to improve your score and to keep it high.

It's helpful, AdWordsPro.Sarah suggests, to do an account cleanup. Look into your keywords and clean up those that are not performing well. They shouldn't be there.

If you have keywords that also have 0% CTR and a few impressions, you should also remove those.

All of these should help improve your Quality Score and also to make account management easier. In fact, it may just prevent your minimum bids from increasing to $100.

Forum discussion continues at Google Groups.

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09/24/2008 04:12 pm

Not convinced by AdwordsPro.Sarah's arguments at all. In my ad campaign I have keywords with QS "great" (8/10 to 10/10) that have VERY low CTRs (if any most days)and others ranked "poor" or "okay" that have relatively high CTRs (c. 2-3%). Currently my best performing keyword, i.e. highest CTR, only scores 5/10. (Also interesting to note that although Google suggests £1.25 minimum bid for 1st page exposure this word currently averages position 2.7 at a bid of just £0.15!)


09/25/2008 04:09 am

I think there's still a lot of confusion out there about what constitutes "performance" and also how all the various parts of an Adwords campaign get assessed for quality. Every part of your campaign has a quality score - the word, the ad, the landing page, the campaign itself, the ad group... and content network QS is different from search network QS. A basic best practice for fixing quality scores is to take the words with bad scores out of an otherwise good group in order to attain the lowest CPC possible for the remaining keywords. Also, CTR, while used in determining QS on a keyword, really has less to do with the word than it has to do with the ad. Any idiot can write an ad that will get clicked on - just promise people free money for clicking on it. They won't even remember what it was they were searching for in the first place.

Jaan Kanellis

09/26/2008 12:49 am

Cant see why they would punish you for having keywords in your AdGroup that have little impressions. Doesnt make much sense.

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