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Your guide to broad match

Broad match extends its reach beyond exact and phrase match by identifying related queries. This helps you attract more visitors to your website, spend less time building keyword lists and focus your spending on keywords that work. Using broad match to capture these high-intent queries can increase your reach and coverage. Take a look About keyword matching options for details.

For the keyword ‘lawn mowing service’, we can match the following queries– 1. Broad match (comprehensive matching) – Ads may show on searches that relate to your keyword such as 'lawn aeration prices'. Notation for inputting keywords – lawn mowing services (without any brackets or inside quotations). 2. Phrase match (moderate matching) – Ads may show on searches that include the meaning of your keyword, such as 'lawn mowing service near me', 'hire company to mow lawn' or 'landscaping service to cut grass'. Notation for inputting keywords – 'lawn mowing services' (keyword in quotations). 3. Exact match (tight matching) – Ads may show on searches that have the same meaning as your keyword such as, 'lawn mowing service' or 'grass cut service'. Notation for inputting keywords – [lawn mowing services] (keyword within square brackets).

Broad match benefits

With broad match keywords, your campaigns:

  • Can reach additional relevant search terms compared to phrase and exact match
  • Provide more data and flexibility for Smart Bidding
  • Use additional signals to ensure relevance and intent in expansions
Google Ads Tutorial: Add broad match keywords to your Search Campaigns to reach more customers

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How to get started with broad match

Note: The instructions below are part of the new design for the Google Ads user experience. To use the previous design, click the 'Appearance' icon and select Use previous design. If you're using the previous version of Google Ads, review the Quick reference map or use the search bar in the top navigation panel of Google Ads to find the page you’re searching for.

Broad match is the default match type for all keywords. When creating a new keyword, you can use broad match by simply inputting the keyword in plain text. To convert exact or phrase match keywords to broad match, select 'Broad Match' in the drop-down in the 'Match type' column. To convert multiple keywords at the same time:

  1. In your Google Ads account, click the Campaigns icon Campaigns Icon.
  2. Click the Audiences, keywords and content drop-down in the section menu.
  3. Click Search keywords
  4. Tick the box next to the keywords that you want to edit.
  5. Click Edit.
  6. Select 'Change match types' and then, if it’s available, click Upgrade to broad match. If that option isn’t available, click Change all match types and then select 'broad match'.
  7. Click Apply.


Check out the Search Automation technical guide to learn more about the signals Google uses, how queries match to keywords, how using Google AI makes keyword matching more effective, and what you can do to improve performance.

Note: It’s critical to use Smart Bidding with broad match. This is because every search query is different, and bids for each query should reflect the unique contextual signals present at auction time. Smart Bidding uses these signals to ensure that, for all of the relevant searches you could reach with broad match, you’re only competing in the right auctions, at the right bid, for the right user. Take a look Your guide to Smart Bidding for details.

Measuring broad match results

Our measurement resources can provide insights into the performance of your broad match enabled campaigns. You can use these tools to find out how to optimise your keywords, build out negative keywords and discover how well your campaign keywords are performing overall.

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