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Anna George

New Contextual Targeting – Choose Your Topic

11th Apr 2011 Paid Search, Google AdWords, News, Industry News 1 minute to read


Google announced recently a new feature for Display Network targeting. Previously contextual targeting through the Display Network meant utilising keywords to match potential web pages relevant to the area you want to advertise in. Google have now introduced a new feature called ‘Topics’ to target your ads, with over 1,750 topics to choose from.

Much like choosing an industry or category area for listings, you can now allocate ‘Topics’ for your ad. This does mean you can target areas rather than researching every possible piece of content which might exist on a Display Network site. Topics have been created by Google reviewing all of the content on a Display Network partner site to establish which topics are relevant – this does enable a broader targeting method for Display Network advertisers.

To use Topics for your Display Network campaigns you need to first add the ‘Topics’ tab to your view:

Adding Topics tab to Google AdWords viewYou can then select ‘Add topics’ to target. You have the option here to either run through all available categories or search via themes/keywords to find those topics which you want to focus on.

Review list for your Topic:

Adding Topics to target

Use keywords or themes to find your Topic:

Searching for topics to targetAs well as focusing on Topic areas you can also target with keywords if you wanted a more specific reach. This is a great advantage if the reference to ‘broader targeting’ on the Display Network gives you shivers!

Advertisers can also choose Topics to exclude from their targeting as well, by adding the areas as negatives to further target your reach.

This could be a great new addition to those advertisers who want to feature on sites that are a little different to your direct offering, for example news or discussion sites, but still ensuring that the area of discussion is relevant to your product or service.

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Anna has worked in online marketing and eCommerce for over 4 years, working both digital agency and client side. She provides insightful tips for webmasters.

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