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Measure keyword performance on the Search Network

Just like all good managers evaluate their employees' performance on a regular basis, you probably want to review your keywords' performance to see which ones are helping you meet your advertising goals for your campaigns that target the Google Search Network. To do so, you can view and download your keyword performance from a specific time period, or customise your AdWords statistics table to track how your keywords are performing by match type. You can also run a keyword diagnosis to review your keyword Quality Score.

View and download your keyword performance

Guided tour: Reports

Click the "Show me how" button below to go to your account and to be guided through key performance metrics. Or you can read the instructions below.



Show me how
  1. Sign into your AdWords account at https://adwords.google.co.uk
  2. Click the Campaigns tab.
  3. Click the Keywords tab. Make sure that your statistics table contains the date range, columns, filters and segments that you'd like to include in your report. Segments that you've applied to the data in the table show up in your report as columns. Learn how to create a customised view of your data.
  4. Click the Download button Download Icon.
  5. You'll see a Download and schedule report panel above your statistics table.
  6. Name your report, and then choose the type of format.
  7. Click Create.

Note

Due to the large amount of information that must be collected to create the reports, complete data for a given day is not available until 3 pm PT the following day.

Use specific segments, columns or filters to track keyword statistics

You can customise your statistics table to view keyword data by the following:

  • Segments: Split your data into rows by the options that you select (such as date, click type or device).
  • Columns: Add specific types of data to your statistics table.
  • Filters: Search for statistics that you'd like to see.

Use segments to see performance of search terms match type

You can see your keyword data segmented by search terms match type. These are broad, phrase and exact match search terms that triggered your keyword. This allows you to compare statistics such as clicks, impressions, CTRs or conversion rates for search terms that triggered your ad. Use segmentation options to identify which keywords are driving the best performance for a particular search term match type.

To segment your data by search terms match type, click the Segment button above your statistics table and select "Search terms match type" from the drop-down menu.

Use columns to track your Quality Score

Quality Score is a measure of how relevant your ads, keywords and landing page are to a customer. Each keyword gets a Quality Score on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest score and 10 being the highest.

To enable your Quality Score column, go to the Keywords tab and click the Columns button above your statistics table, then choose Modify columns. In the Attributes section, click the Add link next to Qual. score.

Use columns to view your first page, top of page and first position bid estimates

Your first page bid estimate, top of page bid estimate, and first position bid estimate are the approximate cost-per-click (CPC) bids needed for your ad to reach the first page, the top of the page or in the very first ad position of Google search results, respectively, when a search term exactly matches your keyword. The estimates are based on your Quality Score and current advertiser competition for that keyword. If these ad position bid estimates are very high, it may mean that your keyword's Quality Score is poor.

To see these ad position bid estimates, go to the Keywords tab and click the Columns button above your statistics table, then choose Modify columns. In the Attributes section, click the Add link next to "Est. first page bid", "Est. top page bid" or "Est. first pos. bid".

Use columns to see the potential impact of bid changes on your Search Network traffic

The bid simulator columns estimate how keyword bid changes of +/- 50%, +300% and meeting the top page bid estimate might impact your weekly Search Network clicks and costs.

To see the estimates, go to the Keywords tab and click the Columns button above your statistics table, then choose Modify columns. In the Bid simulator section, click the Add link next to the columns that interest you or click Add all columns.

Use columns to view your keyword match type

Your keyword match types are the keyword matching options – broad, phrase, exact – that we use to determine which Google searches can trigger your ads to appear. You might see more ad impressions, clicks and conversions with some match types, or fewer impressions and more narrow targeting with others.

To monitor how a particular keyword match type is performing, go to the Keywords tab and click the Columns button above your statistics table, then choose Modify columns. In the Attributes section, click the Add link next to Match type.

Use filters to sort your keyword data

Filters allow you to search for specific types of data so that you can easily evaluate the performance of your keywords. You might filter your data to see which keywords are eligible to trigger ads, or maybe you'd like to see which keywords have a good return-on-investment (ROI).

To create a filter, go to the Keywords tab and click the Filter button. Then choose Create filter. In the filter panel, select the filter that you'd like to use from the drop-down menu.

Diagnose your keywords

If you'd like to know whether your keyword is showing ads, or if you'd like to get a snapshot of your keyword's Quality Score, you can easily diagnose your keywords. Follow the steps below to diagnose individual keywords or multiple keywords at once.

Diagnose individual keywords:

  1. Click the Campaigns tab.
  2. Click the Keywords tab.
  3. Hover over the speech bubble next to the status of your keyword to see whether your keyword is showing ads and its Quality Score. If your keyword isn't showing ads, then we'll explain why and help you solve the problem. You'll also see a breakdown of your Quality Score, which includes your keyword relevance, landing page experience and landing page loading time.

Diagnose multiple keywords at once:

  1. Click the Campaigns tab.
  2. Click the Keywords tab.
  3. Click the "Details" drop-down menu.
  4. Select Diagnose keywords.
  5. You'll see a Diagnose keywords panel where you can customise your diagnosis to answer specific questions about your ad's visibility. For example, you can test whether people on specific Google domains, those using Google in a particular language or those in particular countries are seeing your ads. Choose which attributes you'd like to test.
  6. Click Run test.
  7. When you have received results from your diagnosis, the information in the Status column will change. To see results for a particular keyword, hover over the speech bubble in the Status column. Click the Close link above the table to clear your diagnosis.

Note

The results of your diagnosis are only applicable during the time that you run the diagnosis, and may quickly become outdated. Your most recent diagnosis will be indicated by a timestamp above your statistics table ("Diagnosis complete - -"). Run a new keyword diagnosis when you want to see fresh data.

 

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