Google Ads will pause low-activity keywords starting in June

Google Ads will automatically pause low-activity keywords, starting in June, according to an email sent to advertisers by the Google Ads team.

What is low activity? Campaigns that were created more than 13 months ago and that have had zero impressions in the past 13 months.

Why we care. Navah Hopkins explained it well on LinkedIn: “Keywords with no impressions in your account are dragging down your account performance. We’ve seen documentation from the DOJ trial highlighting an account Quality Score – what do you think having hundreds/thousands of zero impression keywords does to the account?”

Unpausing paused keywords. If you unpause a paused keyword in Google Ads, Google will automatically pause it again if it receives no impressions over the next three months.

Why the change. So advertisers “focus on keywords that drive results,” Google said.

Ad group pause. As a reminder, Google Ads began automatically pausing ad groups with low activity in March.

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Goodwin has been editing and writing about the latest developments and trends in search and digital marketing since 2007. He previously was Executive Editor of Search Engine Journal (from 2017 to 2022), managing editor of Momentology (from 2014-2016) and editor of Search Engine Watch (from 2007 to 2014). He has spoken at many major search conferences and virtual events, and has been sourced for his expertise by a wide range of publications and podcasts.

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