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What are keyword matching options?



The four keyword matching options determine which Google searches can trigger your ads to appear. These options can help you control who sees your ads.
You can set each search-targeted keyword to have one of those four settings. To use a keyword matching option, just add the appropriate punctuation to your keyword:
  1. Broad match: keyword
    Allows your ad to show on similar phrases and relevant variations
    (The broad match modifier may also be used to further refine your broad keyword matches: +keyword.)

  2. Phrase match: "keyword"
    Allows your ad to show for searches that match the exact phrase

  3. Exact match: [keyword]
    Allows your ad to show for searches that match the exact phrase exclusively

  4. Negative match: -keyword
    Ensures your ad doesn't show for any search that includes that term
With some options, you'll enjoy more ad impressions, clicks, and conversions; with others, you'll get fewer impressions and more narrow targeting. By applying the appropriate matching options to your keywords, you can best meet your ROI goals.

Broad Match

This is the default option. If your ad group contained the keyword 'tennis shoes,' your ad would be eligible to appear when a user's search term contained either or both words ('tennis' and 'shoes') in any order, and possibly along with other terms. Your ads could also show for singular/plural forms, synonyms, and other relevant variations.
Broad match keyword:Ads may show on searches for:
tennis shoestennis
shoes
buy tennis shoes
tennis shoe photos
running shoes
tennis sneakers
Run a search term report to see what keyword variations trigger your ad. The Inside AdWords blog also contains more information on how broad match can help you reach more customers.
Use the broad match modifier to have greater reach with your keywords than phrase match, and more control than broad match.

Phrase Match

If you enter your keyword in quotation marks, as in "tennis shoes," your ad would be eligible to appear when a user searches on the phrase tennis shoes, with the words in that order. It can also appear for searches that contain other terms as long as it includes the exact phrase you've specified.
Phrase match keyword:Ads may show on searches for:Ads won't show on searches for:
"tennis shoes"red tennis shoes
buy tennis shoes
tennis shoes photo
shoes for tennis
tennis shoe
tennis sneakers
Phrase match is more targeted than broad match, but more flexible than exact match.

Exact Match

If you surround your keywords in brackets -- such as [tennis shoes] -- your ad would be eligible to appear when a user searches for the specific phrase 'tennis shoes,' in this order, and without any other words in the search term.
Exact match keyword:Ads may show on searches for:Ads won't show on searches for:
[tennis shoes]tennis shoesred tennis shoes
tennis shoe
buy tennis shoes
You likely won't receive as many impressions, clicks, or conversions with exact match as you would with broad match. However, if you've carefully constructed a comprehensive keyword list, the traffic you do receive may be more targeted to your product or service.

Negative Match

If your keyword is 'tennis shoes' and you add the negative keyword '-used,' your ad will not appear for any searches that contain the word 'used.'
Keywords:Ads may show on searches for:Ads won't show on searches for:
tennis shoes
-used
tennis shoes
buy tennis shoes
tennis
used tennis shoes
shoe used for tennis 
Negative keywords are especially useful if your account contains lots of broad match keywords. It's a good idea to add any irrelevant keyword variations you see in a search term report or the Keyword Tool as a negative keyword.


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