Effective ads connect people with the content that’s most relevant to them, right when they’re looking for it. In AdWords, you can assess how relevant your keywords, ads, and landing pages are by evaluating Quality Score and its components: expected clickthrough rate, ad relevance and landing page experience. Starting this week, we’re rolling out several improvements to Quality Score reporting that make it easier for you to get more visibility into these scores.
New status columns for Quality Score
We’ve heard from you that the three Quality Score components available today through the keyword status bubble are super helpful. However, you need a way to review them at scale and easily share them. To save you time and help you make more informed decisions, we’re adding three new optional status columns to the Keywords tab for “Exp. CTR,” “Ad Relevance” and “Landing Page Exper.” Simply add these columns to your keyword reports to get a comprehensive snapshot of your keywords’ current scores.
History lessons in keyword quality
To improve campaign performance, it’s important to understand how changes to your account, like ad optimization, impact Quality Score. Starting today, you can view historical Quality Score, and its components, for all of your keywords to understand how they’ve changed over time. This data will be available via four new columns: “Qual. Score (hist.),” “Landing page exper. (hist.),” “Ad relevance (hist.)” and “Exp. CTR (hist.).”
There are two important things to know about these columns:
- They reflect the last known score for the date range you selected. Note that historical data won’t be available for dates earlier than January 22, 2016.
- If you apply the “Day” segment to your Keyword reports, these columns will show daily values that reflect what your scores were at the end of each day.
To help you understand what this looks like, let’s take a look at the example report above, which is segmented by day. Let’s say it’s Feb. 10 and you want to see what the Quality Score was for your keyword “Oranges” from Feb. 3 to Feb. 8.
- First, notice the current Quality Score in the “Qual. Score” column, 3/10. This column will always show the current Quality Score, regardless of the date you’re reporting on.
- Next, you’ll see the new “Quality Scores (hist.)” column shows the last known Quality Score for the reporting period, 4/10, as well as the historical score for each day within that period.
- When there aren’t enough impressions or clicks to accurately determine a keyword’s Quality Score, like on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, you’ll see a null Quality Score (“—”).
These new Quality Score columns are also available at the manager account level. For Quality Score tips and best practices, read our guide to ad quality or visit the AdWords Help Center.