3 Huge Adwords Editor Timesaving Tips

I definitely have issues with Google’s quality score and the constant battle to keep campaigns running on their network, but one thing I can’t fault them for is their interface. It is simply the best out there, hands down. When you are handling large scale campaigns, their offline adwords editor is a huge time saver. Here are a some tips you may or may not know about in the editor.

Tip #1 Using the editor to build campaigns for other networks

With the Adwords editor, it is very quick and easy to build campaigns with multiple adgroups, ad copy, and keywords. I have found that it’s the fastest way to build up a campaign and get it into CSV form so you can work with it on other PPC networks.

Just build the campaign in “draft mode” then go to File > Export to CSV > Export Current Campaign. Now you have a campaign in spreadsheet format that with a little massaging, you can upload into other engines like MSN or Yahoo.

Tip #2 Copying text ads to other adgroups

If you do a lot of ad copy testing (which you should!), you often want to move ads from one group to another. Or rather than writing a whole new ad, copy an ad from on place to another, then tweak it. In the Adwords Editor this is a piece of cake.

Just click on the adgroup that contains the ad on the left panel, then click the text ads tab on the top. Now highlight the ad in this view and do a control –c. Now navigate to the new adgroup and do a control –v. The ad will now be ready under the text ads tab to run or edit with your changes for A/B testing.

Tip #3 Whole campaign inactive keyword bid edits

This is probably my favorite feature. With Adwords, keywords are constantly going “inactive for search” and you may need to up edit your bid amounts to activate them again. If you have a campaign with 200 adgroups, it would be a tough task to check each one and then go in and edit each keyword with a new bid. With this technique, it’s a 30 second task no matter how many adgroups you have.

In the Adwords Editor click on the main top level campaign on the left panel (not an adgroup). Now click on the keywords tab. Then click the status bar (usually twice) to sort by inactive words. Now you will see all the inactive keywords in all of your adgroups. To change the bid amount you scroll down to find the last inactive word, do control-shift-home to select only the inactives, change the bid, and bam, you are done. When you look at your adgroup list now, you will see the change icon in all the adgroups where keywords were changed. That would have taken hours on a large campaign with the web interface.

Just a note to any PPC networks like Yahoo, MSN, Miva, Looksmart etc. who might be reading this. If you really want to increase your network usage and spends by your advertisers, build an offline editor! The easier it is for people to run their campaigns, the more money they will spend with you.

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Posted in Adwords, General, Pay Per Click by cdfnetworks on 03|28|07
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Comment by amit
2007-03-29 04:09:09

hi
iam not setisfied to u because every key words have different costs to activate.

 
Comment by Chad
2007-03-29 08:02:57

Right, but it will also show you which ones reached the activation level by placing the “changed” icon next to it. You can then re-sort by that and keep narrowing down your field in small increments…

 
Comment by CPA Affiliates
2007-03-31 08:25:03

Some good tips for those doing bulk editing in adwords. As far as the other advertising networks, untill they decide they want to take the lead they will always be one step behind trying to copy G.

 
Comment by daminc
2007-04-28 12:22:35

When I tried to get used to offline editor it seemed too difficult for me, so I got back to online editing 8)..
I’d better take a second look into it now 8)

 
Comment by Alex
2007-08-30 14:11:38

it looks i have underrated the possibilities of the offline editor.

 
2007-09-03 17:37:24

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2007-09-09 06:19:29

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Comment by Quality Nonsense
2007-10-12 19:02:57

Agreed with offline editors for Yahoo/MSN et al. I always bring up the subject whenever I’ve met reps at PubCon etc.

 
2008-01-03 03:02:50

[...] I’m not quit sure that you are familiar with Google Adwords Editor or not. With the Google Adwords Editor, it is easier to manage your adwords campaigns. You can do it offline and then upload your campaigns later. Also, you can export to Excel spreadsheet and you can upload to YSM and MSNAdCenter. However, today I am going to share 3 great tips to save your time with the Google Adwords Editor. Those tips are written by Chad. [...]

 
Comment by chuks ugoji
2008-03-20 10:54:46

THANKS A LOT FOR THE TIME SAVING TIPS

 
Comment by 45n5
2008-04-12 15:59:36

Tip #3 Whole campaign inactive keyword bid edits

also – look at the bottom of the editor for the hyperlink “advanced bid changes”

they have an option there:

“Raise maximum CPC bids for inactive keywords to their minimum CPC bids”

;)

 
Comment by Digant
2009-03-04 06:37:04

Agreed. Adwords editor is the best available offline option out there. This is in sharp contrast to YSM – where you have to be advertiser for 3 months (and have to spend $200 / month) to be able to just get “import” button on the account! Not an offline tool, nothing fancy – but just to get ‘import’ function turned on.

How ridiculous – why would someone wait for 3 months where they already have Adwords and Adcenter bending for their business with superior mass campaign management offline tools.

Anyway, google still leads the way.

 
Comment by Mark
2009-07-25 16:33:16

It would be nice if there was a program like Google Adwords editor that could manage all engines. I guess it will be possible as all engines figure out their APIs.

Mark

 
Comment by vektör
2009-12-19 03:33:15

Some good tips for those doing bulk editing in adwords. As far as the other advertising networks, untill they decide they want to take the lead they will always be one step behind trying to copy G.

 
Comment by oyun
2010-01-26 15:19:27

How ridiculous – why would someone wait for 3 months where they already have Adwords and Adcenter bending for their business with superior mass campaign management offline tools.

 
Comment by ex recovery system
2012-12-03 23:37:41

Nice explanation of a system of shortcuts to recover precious time during editing and testing and setting up of campaigns, thanks.

 
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