Linking Merchant Center and AdWords

Ready to use your product data from Google Merchant Center to show Product Listing Ads with Shopping campaigns? You'll need to link your Merchant Center account to your AdWords account to get started. Once the accounts are linked, you can take advantage of retail-centric AdWords campaign tools to improve your presence on the web. Product data in Merchant Center can also be used to set up campaigns for dynamic remarketing, local inventory ads, and more.

Why link AdWords to Merchant Center

When you approve a link to a Google Merchant Center account, you'll allow your product data to flow into AdWords for use in advertising campaigns. Depending on which type of product data you submit, you can create Shopping campaigns to advertise your products, use dynamic remarketing to drive your Display campaigns, and more.

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What happens when you link Merchant Center and AdWords

  • Only the Merchant Center account owner can request to link the accounts. New account link requests will appear in your AdWords account on your "Linked accounts" page, which is located in the Settings drop-down menu.
  • Once the AdWords account owner approves the request, some information is shared between accounts. The Merchant Center's product information is available in AdWords for campaign creation. Certain AdWords statistics like clicks are shown in the linked Merchant Center account.
  • Both the AdWords and Merchant Center account owners can remove the link at any time. Neither party can make changes in the other linked account. For instance, the Merchant Center account owner cannot pause or start campaigns, or make changes to bids in the linked AdWords account.
  • If you remove the account link, you won't be able to create new campaigns in AdWords that rely on product information from this Merchant Center account.

Before getting started, check to make sure you have the right access level for your AdWords account. You need to have "Administrative Access" to approve Merchant Center linking requests in AdWords.

Check AdWords access level
To check your AdWords account's access level, follow these steps:
  1. Log into your AdWords account at https://adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the Settings icon (), then select Account settings.
  3. In the navigation menu, click Account access.
  4. In the "Access level" column, make sure your account shows "Administrative access."

If you don't have the right level of access, you can ask the administrator of your AdWords account to grant you access, or to link the accounts for you.

Step 1: Request to link Merchant Center to AdWords

You'll initiate the link from Merchant Center. You can link multiple AdWords accounts to a single Merchant Center account, and a single AdWords account can be linked to multiple Merchant Center accounts.

  1. In your Merchant Center account, click Settings and then click AdWords.
  2. Enter the AdWords customer ID of the account you want to link. You can find the customer ID at the top of any AdWords page when you're signed in, near your email address.
  3. Click Add.

Step 2: Approve link requests from Merchant Center in AdWords

When a Merchant Center account sends you a request to link, these invitations will appear in the table on your "Linked accounts" page in AdWords.

  1. Click the gear icon (), then select Linked accounts from Account settings and open the Google Merchant Center section.
  2. Click the View request button.
  3. Review the request details. Linking the accounts doesn't grant administrative access to either account holder, and either you or the Merchant Center account holder can unlink the accounts at any time.
  4. To approve the link, click Approve.
  5. To reject this link, click Reject and confirm that you want to reject it. If you want to link these accounts later, you'll need to send a new link request from Merchant Center.

Manage your linked accounts

Once you've linked Merchant Center and AdWords accounts, you can cancel or resend link requests, or unlink any account at any time.

In Merchant Center, you can manage your linked AdWords account by clicking Settings > AdWords.

In AdWords, you can manage your linked Merchant Center accounts using the table on the "Linked accounts" page.

Linked account statuses

Link needs approval Needs your approval: The account owner from this Merchant Center account has requested to link to your AdWords account. You can approve or reject their requests.
Accounts linked Linked: Your AdWords account has been linked to this Merchant Center account, and the remarketing lists for the apps in the account have been activated.
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