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Search Engine Advertisement

Basic Principles

  • Split & Conquer: target as granular as possible.
  • Campaign Naming Conventions make monitoring, reporting and controlling so much easier.
  • 80/20
  • Automated bidding is not always the best solution.

Google Adwords

Campaign Naming Convention

Heavily depends on your business.

Assuming an international setup i'd go for something like this

  • AS_CAT_cDE_gDE_CategoryID_HumanReadableComment
  • AS_CAT_cUK_gEN_zip12345_CategoryID_HumanReadableComment
  • AS_GDN_cFR_gFR_zip12345_

I guess this convention could be extended to cover all possible targeting options in Google Adwords Search, Display & Youtube Network.

Account Structure

  • Use MCCs
  • Get used to a multi-account setup
    • Don't worry too much about account history, if something doesn't work: scrap the account, open a new one.
  • Split, split, split...

Example Account: Ecommerce

This Google Charts OrgChart uses a Google Spreadsheet as a data source and displays a possible configuration for an Ecommerce Adwords account setup.

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Adwords Scripts

Adwords Scripts by Russel Savage:

Adwords Scripts at Optmyzr: