Fix low traffic issues with your Dynamic Search Ads

If your Dynamic Search Ads aren't getting traffic, it might be because your settings are missing key information. Within an ad group, you'll need to create your Dynamic Search Ad text and choose Dynamic ad targets for your ad to run.

This article goes over some of the most common reasons why Dynamic Search Ads don’t receive traffic after initial setup.

The new Google Ads experience is now the exclusive way for most users to manage their accounts. Note, automatic targeting is only available in the new Google Ads experience.

Check that you've correctly entered your website domain and language

Dynamic Search Ads require a website domain (for example, example.com) and language corresponding to the pages you want your ads to target to be set in the campaign. To create a Dynamic ad group in a search campaign, you'll need to provide your website information and website domain and language in the campaign settings.

Here’s how to check your domain and language settings:

  1. From the page menu on the left, click Campaigns.
  2. Use a table filter to find your campaign, then click its name.
  3. To see your campaign settings, click Settings from the page menu on the left.
  4. Click Additional settings, and then click Dynamic Search Ads. You should see the website domain and language listed if you previously gave this information. Make sure the language in your settings matches the language of your website.
  5. If the domain or language is missing, enter the domain or select a language from the drop-down. Double-check to be sure that your domain name is spelled correctly.
  6. Click Save.

The following domains cannot be used for Dynamic Search Ads:

  • Domains that redirect to a different domain
  • Sites from some sensitive verticals, such as pharmaceutical, gambling, and adult may not serve with Dynamic Search Ads
  • Domains without enough content to target:
    • Sites that mostly contain flash content or images
    • Sites that require a user to login to access the majority of the site's content
    • Sites that don't have a lot of pages indexed by Google (check your website's index status on Google)
If your URL works only when it starts with ‘www,’ enter the URL, starting with ‘www’, in the campaign settings. Similarly, if your domain doesn't work if it starts with ‘www’, enter the domain in campaign settings without ‘www’.
Review your dynamic ad targets

Dynamic Search Ads use dynamic ad targets to determine which sections or pages of your website to use for showing your ads to customers. When you create a Dynamic ad group, we suggest you start by implementing “Landing pages from your standard ad groups."Learn more about creating targets for Dynamic Search Ads

If you want to set up your own dynamic ad targets, you'll need to format them in a way that our system understands. If your dynamic ad target isn’t serving, you may see a status indicating why the target is ineligible to serve. To understand the meaning of dynamic ad target statuses, refer to this article.

Check your negative keywords and negative dynamic ad targets

Negative keywords

Negative keywords in your Dynamic ad groups block your ads from appearing when a customer uses those words as a search phrase. You can compare your negative keywords with pages on your website that you want to include for your Dynamic Search Ads. If there are matches, consider removing the negative keyword. For example, if you don’t want Dynamic Search Ads to show on a brand term that you’re already targeting with keywords, you should add this brand term as a negative exact match keyword.

However, Dynamic Search Ads may find opportunities to serve ads on searches that contain your brand term that you aren’t already targeting with keywords. To make sure you don’t lose these serving opportunities, don’t add your brand term as a negative broad match keyword.

Negative dynamic ad targets

Negative dynamic ad targets prevent us from using certain pages on your website to target your Dynamic Search Ads. If a customer uses a search phrase that could've been matched with a page from your website that's in a negative target, that customer won't see your ad.

Here's how to check your negative targets and to remove those you don’t want:

  1. From the page menu of the left, click Dynamic ad targets.
  2. Click Negative dynamic ad targets.
  3. Review your list of negative targets. Check if any of them are blocking pages on your website that you don't want blocked.
  4. Check the box next to the negative target that's blocking those pages and click Remove.

Check your targets reach with the “Website coverage” column

You can review the ”Website coverage” column to see the percentage of pages that belong to a dynamic ad target. It will tell you the percentage of landing pages—out of all the pages in your website's domain that Google has indexed—that belong to the same category, contain certain words in the page title, use the same URL snippet, or have common phrases in the content of the website itself. If you can’t see the “Website coverage” column, add it to the table.
Please note that it can take up to 72 hours to expose the website coverage of each Dynamic ad target if you start a new Dynamic ad group. Note that seeing “--,” rather than a number, as the coverage means that there are no pages targeted at all, so this dynamic ad target will get no traffic. This column only shows the percent of webpages that are eligible to serve, so pages excluded by a negative dynamic ad target won’t be reflected in the value shown. Some sites may show 0.0% webpage coverage and still have traffic because the site is very large.
You should use the “Website coverage” column to make sure your target is set up correctly and targeting a subset of your webpages. You can also use this column in the "Negative dynamic ad targets" view to make sure your negative targets don’t have a wider reach than you intend. For example, if you add a “Page_Content contains out of stock” target to prevent out of stock pages from serving, but “out of stock” is in webpage text across your website, then you may be accidentally preventing pages from your website from serving that you meant to target.
Other reasons your Dynamic Search Ads might not appear as expected
  • Your Dynamic Search Ads can show instead of your keyword-based ad groups when the keywords in your keyword-based ad groups are active, paused, or removed.
  • Your Dynamic Search Ads targets may overlap with each other. If this is the case, the most targeted dynamic ad target may serve, or traffic may split between the targets so you don’t get as much traffic as you would expect.
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