How to fix Google Ads campaigns not running or low traffic

You may notice that your campaigns don’t serve as many impressions as you’d like or that they don’t use much of your set daily budget. This article explains why your ads may not serve and how to troubleshoot in Google Ads.

Before you begin

What to expect when a campaign is created

If you recently created your campaign, it can take time for your campaign to serve impressions. This delay may be because:

  • Campaigns that use automated bidding strategies need time to optimize. You may notice performance fluctuations or frequent changes in spend while Google Ads learns how to optimize for your set goals.
  • It takes 1–2 days for newly created or edited ads to be reviewed to ensure that they meet all policy requirements.
  • It takes Google Ads some time to adjust serving if you make frequent changes to your campaign settings.
  • If your ad doesn't receive any impressions after 3 business days, review the common reasons listed below.

Go to Campaigns



Recommendations help highlight opportunities to improve performance when your campaign isn't running or gets low traffic. For example, you can search for the following example recommendation types when troubleshooting these issues.

Common recommendation types to fix campaigns not running:

  • Campaign hasn’t started or has ended
  • Create or unpause an ad group
  • Account budget exhausted
  • All ads disapproved

Common recommendation types to fix low traffic:

  • Adjust your CPA targets
  • Adjust your budgets

Go to Recommendations


If your ad doesn't receive any impressions after 3 business days, review the common reasons listed below.


10 common reasons why your ads don't run or get low traffic

1. Account issues

If your account is suspended, or if you have a billing issue, you won’t be able to run your ads until the problem is resolved. If your account has been suspended, you will see a notification in your Google Ads account. You will also have received an email notification with the reason your account has been suspended

Learn more about and fix Account issues.


2. Date ranges and campaign start and end dates

Google Ads shows you performance data for the date range that you select. Your campaign will show no impressions outside of the date range your campaign has been active.

Learn more about and fix Date ranges.

3. Ad groups, assets, or ads aren't active or have policy issues

Even if your campaign is active, check to make sure you have active ad groups, assets, or ads within your campaign. You can view this in the Campaigns "Status" column.

Learn more about and fix Ad groups, assets, or ads.


4. Low creative asset coverage and diversity (Ad Strength)

If you’re running an asset-based campaign, such as Responsive Search Ads, Responsive Display Ads, App Campaigns, Performance Max, it’s important to ensure you have a unique set of creatives across ad formats.

Learn more about and fix Low creative asset coverage.


5. Low bid targets and optimization goals

While it may be possible to serve ads with a very low bid, your campaign isn't likely to enter or win as many auctions and your ads may not have any impressions.

Learn more about and fix Low bid targets.


6. Low budget

When you have a low budget, your ads may not serve as often while Google Ads ensures your campaign doesn't spend more than your spending limit.

Learn more about and fix Low budget.


7. Targeting is too narrow

While targeting settings help you find the right set of users most interested in your business, each time you add targeting or if you have issues with your remarketing lists, you narrow the potential reach of your ads.

Learn more about and fix Targeting that is too narrow.


8. Targeting overlaps with other campaigns or ad groups

You may have multiple campaigns or ad groups in your account that are eligible to enter overlapping auctions due to similar keywords or other targeting.

Learn more about and fix Targeting overlap.


9. Conversion tracking issues

If your campaign is using Automated bidding to optimize towards conversions, but is not getting sufficient conversion data or your conversion tracking is not set up correctly, your ad may have limited serving.

Learn more about and fix Conversion tracking issues.


10. Auction dynamics

Other advertisers who are participating in the same auctions as you can affect your campaign’s ability to serve.

Learn more about and fix Auction dynamics.



Tip: If you’d like additional information to troubleshoot your account, you can use the following resources:

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