Negative keywords let you exclude search terms from your campaigns and bid on specific keywords related to your customers’ interests. Using negative keywords improves your targeting and increases your digital marketing ROI.
When researching negative keywords for search campaigns, seek search terms that are similar to your keywords but may be related to customers searching for a different product. For example, if you’re an optometrist who sells eyeglasses, you should include negative keywords for search terms like “wine glasses” and “drinking glasses.”
If you’re using Display or Video campaigns, you can use negative keywords to prevent showing your display ads or video on websites that contain the negative keywords. For Display and Video ads, a maximum of 5,000 negative keywords is considered.
Negative keywords for Display or Video campaigns aren’t as precise as they are for search campaigns. Your ads may still appear on websites that you want to exclude. The best way to prevent your display ad or video appear on unrelated websites, use content exclusions and site category options.
For search campaigns, there’s broad match, phrase match, or exact match negative keywords. These negative match types work slightly differently than their positive counterparts. You need to add synonyms, singular or plural versions, misspellings, and other close variations if you want to exclude them.
For Display campaigns, banner ads won’t appear on webpages that fit the topic of the set of negative keywords that you have added.
For example, if you add a set of negative keywords like “women’s pants” and “girl pants”, Google display network would block bidding on a page with content about women’s jeans, even if the exact phrase “women’s pants” don’t appear on the page.
This is the default type for your negative keywords. For negative broad match keywords, your ad won’t show if the search contains all your negative keyword terms, even if the terms are in a different order. Your ad may still appear if the search contains only some of your keyword terms.
Negative broad match keyword: running shoes.
For negative phrase match keywords, your ad won’t show if the search contains the exact keyword terms in the same order. The search may include additional words, but the ad won’t show as long as all the keyword terms are included in the search in the same order. The search may also include additional characters to a word and the ad will show even when the rest of the keyword terms are included in the search in the same order.
Negative phrase match keyword: “running shoes”
For negative exact match keywords, your ad won’t show if the search contains the exact keyword terms, in the same order, without extra words. Your ad may still show if the search contains the keyword terms with additional words.
Negative exact match keyword: [running shoes]
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