Exclude specific audiences from an ad group

In addition to reaching specific audiences with your ads, you can exclude unrelated and therefore unprofitable audiences. By reaching only the audiences that are relevant to your business, you can help to reduce your costs and increase the likelihood that your ad will attract clicks and conversions.

Just as you can improve your keyword list by excluding specific keywords, you can remove specific types of audiences, such as remarketing lists or audiences, from your ad group if they're not a good match for what you're advertising. Bear in mind that audience exclusions are only available in certain campaign types:

  • "Display Network only" > "Marketing objectives" > "Drive action" > "Buy on your website"
  • "Display Network only " > "No marketing objective" > "All features"
  • "Display Network only – Remarketing"
  • "Display Network only – All features"
  • "Search Network with Display Select – All features"
  • "Search Network only – All features" (Remarketing lists for search ads only)

How to exclude audiences

You can exclude audiences at the ad group and campaign level. Just follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at https://adwords.google.co.uk.
  2. Click on the Campaigns tab at the top.
  3. Click on All campaigns.
  4. Click on the Display Network tab to exclude audiences from a Display Network campaign, or the Audiences tab to exclude audiences from a Search Network campaign.
  5. At the bottom of the page, below the statistics table, click on +Exclusions.
  6. Either select an ad group under "Ad group targeting and exclusions" or a campaign under "Campaign exclusions".
  7. Under "Ad group exclusions" or "Campaign exclusions", select "Interests & remarketing" from the drop-down menu.
  8. Select as many audiences as you like, either by using "Search by list name" or by clicking on the double arrow » to the right of each audience. Your audience will then appear in the "Selected" column.
  9. Click on Save. Your selections are then listed in the "Excluded audience" table.
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