Terminologies used in Google Ads can be confusing for even the most
experienced users, let alone someone who’s just taking their first steps
into this world. There’s just so much to learn and understand. It
comprises numerous settings from the basic to the advanced level,
features, tools, and campaign optimization options — enough to drive
you nuts if someone doesn’t help you through it.
What you need is a thorough dictionary that consists of all the
important terms that you’ll need to know during your experience with
Google Ads. This Google Ads Glossary (A-Z) is the ultimate compilation
of the terms you might need help with. Let’s see what we’ve got.
This refers to the Google Ads account that a user creates. The account
contains all the information about the online advertising campaign of an
organization. From billing information to all the necessary details,
you’ll find everything inside your account that you create with Google
Ad Customizers enable a user to automatically upload the information
that they want to see in their final ad. It means that once you select
what information you want to include in the final ad, Google Ads will
include it automatically, every time.
Bid adjustments are adjustments by percentage that are made to the final
bid. They can be set for locations, ad schedules, devices, top content,
methods of display targeting, remarketing lists, and interactions. In
case multiple bid adjustments apply to a single bid, they’re combined to
calculate the final bid.
It’s the amount of money you’re willing to spend per day on your
Campaigns are folders within an account. Campaigns are based on the
advertising objectives that you’ve set.
Clicks are when a user clicks on an ad, after which they’re redirected
to the landing page for the advertisement. The advertiser is charged for
The delivery method enables a user to choose their budget. It also
affects how an ad is displayed.
Dynamic ads are a type of ads that select a landing page, create
headlines, and display the URLs automatically. All the user needs to do
is provide a description.
The earned view is an additional view after a viewer first watches your
Enhanced cost-per-click is one of the bidding options that automatically
increases your final bid if Google thinks there are high chances of
Filters allow a temporary narrowing of your focus within your account.
The frequency cap limits the maximum impressions for an ad. This allows
the user to control how many times someone can see your display ad.
GCLID, or the Google Click Identifier, is added to the URL of a landing
page when the user has enabled auto-tagging inside Google Ads.
Google Display Network
It comprises more than 650,000 mobile apps and more than two million
websites. It allows users to show their ads to people who’re engaging
with content online.
This is a type of ad that consists of an image; static or animated.
Impression refers to when an ad is displayed, whether clicked or not.
This is a textual instruction to Google that tells when to display an
A keyword planner is a tool that helps users research the right keywords
for their advertisement campaigns.
This enables the user to target the language for their ad campaign,
allowing them to match the language that someone is using to run a
search on Google
Location targeting allows the user to target a location where they want
their ads to be displayed. The ad is displayed to people located within
a specified geographical location by default. The user can always choose
their target location.
Match type allows the users to control how their keywords are matched to
the search queries people are using. It could be a broad match, phrase
match, negative match, or even an exact match.
It’s an automated strategy for bidding that drives maximum conversions
for an ad campaign.
This is a setting for a targeting method in a display ad campaign.
Narrow targeting means that all targets have to be matched for an ad to
This is a type of match that prevents an ad from getting displayed.
A type of conversion that occurs offline.
An option for targeting and bidding for display ad campaigns that makes
use of behavioral data for the identification of people who have
Placement (as the name suggests) refers to where an ad is displayed on
the Google Display Network. It could be on a website, video, or mobile
This is a measure by Google of how relevant an ad is to what someone is
interested in. It’s based on relevance, click-through rate, and landing
A metric that indicates how many people viewed the particular
percentages of a video ad. It’s reported as 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%.
Automatic recommendations that help improve the performance of a user’s
account, like a new keyword or budget recommendations.
This is created within Google Ads to target people based on their
previous interactions with the user’s organization.
It’s the actual text that someone entered in the search bar to search
for something on Google.
The content that Google sees as popular. Users can bid higher to get ad
placements within the top content with more engagement and impressions.
A format of a video ad that allows the user to pay only when a viewer
watches the video ad on YouTube.
Universal App Campaign
A campaign that’s designed to drive more people to install a user’s
mobile app (iOS or Android).
This is a feature that tracks certain details about the ad that a user
clicks on. These details include the keyword, placement, etc.
A view is when someone watches an advertiser’s video ad. The
users/advertisers are charged per view.
The video platform of Google.
The Google Ads Glossary (A-Z) — well, more like A-Y — covers all the
terminologies that you’re more likely to come across when you delve into
the world of advertising on Google and Google’s associated platforms.
With this information on-hand, you’re less likely to be confused when
you come across these terms in the future.