Google’s New Top vs. Side Segment 101

In any online business, one of the most important ways to make money is through advertising. If a business owner does not put their business out there in front of the public then people have no way of finding them, and if people can’t find them, they can’t make money.

A huge part of most businesses ad portfolio is pay per click ads. With these comes a huge amount of data that needs to be crunched in order to make sure the advertising budget is being spent in the right places. Ad managers only have limited resources and they need to make sure they are not being allocated to unprofitable ad campaigns. One important piece of data that ad managers need to look at is how effective an ad is in a certain position. Some ads perform better on the side, and others hit higher marks on top.

Recently, Google AdWords rolled out a feature that lets ad managers keep track of how their ads do on the side of Google search results versus the top. This is incredibly valuable information because it lets businesses know where they should invest more of their money when it comes to ad placement.

When it comes to data on a PPC ad campaign, there is no such thing as too much information, and this Top vs. Side feature on Google AdWords is just another piece of the information puzzle.

The first step is access this data. To do so is a fairly simple process. The follow is a step by step guide to access this data:

  1. Select the Campaign, then click the Ad groups, Ads or Keywords tab of the AdWords account.
  2. Click the Segment button in the toolbar above the data table.
  3. Select Top vs. side from the drop-down menu. The results will appear in rows beneath each of the ads in the selected campaign.

Having access to this data is great, but it still needs to be interpreted in order to really make proper use of it. This is where AdWords advanced reports come in, they make it so the data can be properly parsed for the important information, which can really help an ad campaign manager make the most of their budget.

The first kind of report to run is Head Keyword Performance. To run this report, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to the Keyword tab on AdWords
  2. Create a filter that shows keywords with a minimum of clicks, impressions or conversions, depending on which metric the particular site uses.
  3. Select the proper campaign that shows the correct unbranded keywords.
  4. Go the segment menu and select Top vs. Side

This new report will present the most important keywords. Using this report allows ad managers to see which keywords are effective at a reasonable cost. Because these keywords are the highest performing, small tweaks and improvements can make a huge difference to the bottom line.

The next report this new tweak from Google allows access to is an Ad Text Performance report. This report will provide information about how certain keywords perform depending on which position they appear in on Google.

  1. Go over to the Ads tab in AdWords.
  2. Create a filter that show ads with a minimum of clicks, impressions or conversions depending on what metrics the site in question uses.
  3. Select the campaigns or ad groups that contain the ads information is need on.
  4. Look at the segment menu and select Top vs. Side

This will provide some incredibly valuable information about how keywords can affect performance, and really let the ad managers know what words to run on the side and what words should be placed on the top. Since the top costs more than the side, they will want to make sure they optimize what ads they are spending the extra money on.

Ad managers should take some time to really explore this new feature of Google AdWords. There are all kinds of reports they can run to truly narrow down when it is worth placing an ad at the top, and when it draws more attention on the side of the page.

Play around with the different kind of reports and find out what works best. Every company has different priorities, but the basic reports shown here will help a lot finding exactly what works.

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  • http://www.theqsva.com/shop/ The QSVA

    I’ll do some research to see what is exactly the change. I’m not very keen on Google Adwords but you have to know ALL the possibilities. I find it interesting this new data the more info the more accurate. Thanks Lior

  • Sanctus

    I agree that advertising is definitely important. A lot of tech savvy users block ads with addons; me included. Targeting advanced computer users with pesky ads turn them off real quick to whatever you are trying to sell them. There are better alternatives for some audiences. It could work if you were selling things like hair care products. I think you gentlemen know what I mean and can figure out the rest. :P

  • http://www.web3box.com Daniel Gheorghe

    I will give this new feature a test in the near future to see how this improves on my website’s results. However I do believe that the ads on top of Google results will give better results as they are the first place where a searcher will look and an ad that is well thought of will bring in traffic from there. Ads placed on the side however have the disadvantage of being noticed later on, after the searcher has given a good look at the search results page. To conclude, as a web designer this new feature will however bring in more data and in this way improve my campaigns.

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