Get your ads shown on the first page
On average, ads that appear on the first page or above the search results get substantially more clicks than ads that appear on other search results pages. To help you get your ads to show in these valuable positions, AdWords provides cost-per-click (CPC) bid estimates that you can use when setting your bids.
This article also explains first page, top of page and first position bid estimates and how to find them.
About bid estimates
There are three types of bid estimates available in the Keywords tab to help you get your ads on the first page of search results when a search query exactly matches your keyword.
First page bid estimate: The bid that you probably need to set for your ad to be shown anywhere on the first page of search results.
Top of page bid estimate: The bid that you probably need to set for your ad to be shown among the ads at the top of the first page of search results.
First position bid estimate: The bid you likely need to set for your ad to be shown in the first position at the top of the first page of search results.
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- Sign in to your AdWords account.
- Click on the Keywords tab.
- Click on the Columns button above the statistics table.
- Select Modify columns from the drop-down menu.
- In the "Attributes" menu, add "Est. first page bid", "Est. top page bid" and "Est. first pos. bid", then click Save. You'll now see these columns in the statistics table.
First page, top of page and first position bid estimates are a guide, meant to give you greater insight with which to plan your bidding strategy – but meeting or exceeding these estimates isn’t a guarantee of ad placement. Final placement will still depend on competition from other advertisers, your Ad Rank, your budget and account settings and user behaviour.
Note: Device targeting and bid estimates
First page, top of page and first position bid estimates show the bid that you probably need for your ad to reach your preferred placement in search results for the device(s) that you’re targeting.
For example, if you’re running a campaign that only serves on mobile devices, the first page bid estimate will reflect the bid likely required to reach the first page of search results on mobile devices.
What to do if your ad still doesn’t appear
In some cases, your ad might not appear in your preferred placement in the search results, even if you meet the relevant bid estimate for that placement. Bear in mind that these estimates are guidelines based on your keyword's Quality Score and recent advertiser competition, and they apply to search queries exactly matching your keyword. For example, if your first page bid estimate is very high, it may mean that the quality of your ads and website is poor. Meeting or exceeding these bid estimates isn’t a guarantee of where your ad will appear.
Below are a few common reasons why your ad might not show on the first page, even when you meet this bid estimate:
- Advertiser competition: There could be new competition on your keywords.
- Keyword match: The searches that customers are performing might not match up exactly with your keywords.
- Budget changes: If a recently changed budget has been fully depleted, your ad might not run.
If you're meeting a bid estimate, and your ads still don't appear in your preferred placement in the search results, you may want to review the basics of ad position and Ad Rank.