Google Text Ads


A. SignUp
B. SetUp
C. Create a Product Campaign
D. Create a Group and DSA campaign
E. Brand/Product Type campaign


A. Sign up

First, you need to sign up separately for DFW Text Ads. Go to the Channels-page and select Google Text Ads from the side bar. Scroll down and select the most appropriate plan. Please note that we only count the number of products in your Text Ads feeds. 



B. Set up

Add the Text Ad feed:


Map the feed like you always do and make sure that

  • your feed contains separate fields with all data that you need to create keywords and text ads
  • out-of stock products are excluded from your feed


Then select 'Campaigns' from the side bar and connect your Google account:



Approve the access:


C. Create a Product Campaign



The Product campaign automatically creates an adgroup for every unique product.

1. Source file



2. Tag assignment 



3. Filters

You can select which products to include in this campaign. If you do nothing, all products will be included.



Why use Filters?

  1. Multiple campaigns enable you to set a separate budget and template for each category or brand
  2. AdWords does not allow more than 10,000 adgroups per campaign. So if you have more than 10,000 unique products in your feed, we will divide them over multiple campaigns. You can als use choose to divide them yourself by using filters.


4. Create Keywords

a) By Truncating

The complete Title will be a keyword, so you have the longest-tail keyword. But also shorter (truncated) versions of the Title are added as a keyword, so you also cover more generic search terms:


The part of the Title that is no longer unique to a product, will be added as keywords to the Group campaign that you create next.

b) By Tag combination

This method is only useful for retailers that sell electronics, computers and other products for which people search for a specific combination of brand, model, type, number, etc.:


You can use both Tag Combination and Truncating

5. Ads Creation



It is advisable to create multiple text ad templates (patterns) so you can a/b test different text ads per adgroup. (Please note that this is different from creating a back up template (alternative) for each ad)


6. Campaign settings



Why set a fixed CPC?

  • Learn what the real CPCs will be (in a new campaign) without enabling Google to only show the products with the highest bids.
  • Prevent overbidding on products with a high CPA (if you set CPC as % of CPA and the price is high and the competition is low)

Why set a dynamic CPC?

  • A unique bid for every product
    • Limit the CPA to the gross margin. In the screenshot: If the conversion rate = 5% and the gross margin = 20% of the price, you will never spend more than what you can afford (max CPA)


D. Create a Group and DSA campaign

Blue_Winston_Campaign_Types.pngIn order to cover ALL search queries, it is crucial to create a Group Campaign and a DSA campaign for the same products:

The Group Campaign will cover the generic search terms. The DSA campaign will cover the long tail searches for which search volume is too low (keywords not eligible)

7. Create a Group Campaign

Add a new campaign:


 and copy the settings from the corresponding product campaign:


All settings from the product campaign are now copied, so you only need to click Click Save & continue in every tab, with only one exception:

Keywords: set your Landing page 

Every adgroup contains a group of products, so each text ad should link to a Landing page that contains all these products.

Check in your store what the URL of the Search Result page is:


 Then paste it in the tab for the Landing page:


Please note:If you would rather use your own, SEO-optimized landing pages instead of the search page of your site, you can do that as well. Scroll down to E. Brand/Product Type campaign to learn how.

Text Ads

The text ads templates are also copied from the Product Campaign, but please note improvements for two fields:

  • Product Name is now Truncated Product name
  • Price is now Price From 


8. Create a DSA Campaign

In a Dynamic Search Ads (DSA) Campaign, keywords and text ads are generated automatically by Google. Products for which search volume is too low, will still be shown in a DSA campaign.  

All products from the Product campaign without enough search volume (no eligible keywords) will automatically be added to the DSA-campaign. To ensure that there will be no overlap between the Product campaign and the DSA campaign, all keywords from the Product campaign will be added as negative keywords in theDSA campaign.


Create a DSA campaignBlue_Winston_Create_DSA_Campaign.png

and copy the settings from the corresponding product campaign:


All settings from the product campaign are now copied, so you only need to click Click Save & continue in every tab, with only one exception:

Text Ads: set the description



E. Brand/Product Type campaign

If you have created your own, SEO-optimized landing pages for certain groups of products (brands, product types, etc) you can use them in DFW Text Ads as well. This is how:
a) Create a Google Sheet (or a csv) with these columns:
  • Product type or brand or whatever group you have the landing pages for
  • Landing page
  • Lowest price
  • Keywords


b) Add a shop in DataFeedWatch with that Google Sheet as source (here is how). 
c) Create a text ad feed for this shop
Your mapping should look like this:
Next Connect to the same Google account as for your other campaigns
d) Create a Brand/Product Type ("BPT”) campaign, by adding a new product campaign (not a copy of the previous product campaign) with these settings: 
  • Source file: select the URL of the text ad feed you just created
  • Tag assignment: map the fields like this:BPT_campaign_tag_assignment.png
  • Keywords: do not use truncation but create keywords by tag combination:


This campaign will create an adgroup for each product type/brand with the corresponding landing page
e) Create a Group campaign as well, to cover all product groups that are not covered by your optimised landing pages in the BPT-campaign you just created.
Copy the settings from your first 'real' product campaign (not from your BPT-campaign). Make it a 'normal' Group campaign, that uses the search result page as landing page, but make sure that you only include (using filters in the Tag assignment tab) products that are not covered by the BPT-campaign 



How does truncating work?

Truncating your title = shortening your title by cutting off one word at the time from the end. So:

  • keyword 1 = adidas Adipower Boost Boa Shoes White 10 Womens Golf
  • keyword 2 = adidas Adipower Boost Boa Shoes White 10 Womens
  • keyword 3 = adidas Adipower Boost Boa Shoes White 10
  • keyword 4 = etc.

When does it stop truncating a title?

  • When it reaches words that are not unique to a product; these words are found in the title of multiple products (like variants). These words are better added as a keyword for a Product Group campaign.
  • You can make it stop truncating when it reaches a specific word (string) that you enter
  • You can make it stop truncating when it reaches a specific field (tag) that you have selected from the drop-down.
  • You can make it stop truncating when it reaches a minimum number of words that you set: a minimum of 2 words is required, so when you set it to ‘Truncate +1 word’, it will stoop truncating when there are 3 words left.


Why are some products 'not eligible' & what to do about it?

'Not eligible' means that there is not enough search volume for a keyword. Google decides what is eligible and what is not. Google will simply not show any ads with un-eligible keywords.

What can you do about it?

DSA campaign: You should always create a DSA-campaign for every product campaign. Google will show ads for un-eligible products for any search query that they see fit. This is how you get Google to still cover these products.

Improve Titles: If your Titles are very specific, you can shorten them and make them more 'generic' and thus more eligible.

Group Campaign: You need to group campaign as well: This covers the generic (and thus more eligible) part of your titles.


Why are not all my products in my campaign?

If you click the preview button in the top right corner, you can see how many products are in your campaign:


In red you see the error messages that explain why certain products did not make it into the campaign. You can also download the products for each error.

Below you can click the green button 'Show product list preview' and get an preview of the first 200 products.



Why does my template not work for 100% of my ads?

Usually there are too many characters in the Headlines or Description. There are several ways to solve that:

  • Prolong: for some of the products, the field that you entered in Headline 1 is longer than 30 characters, so it will not fit. If you click ‘prolong’, the text is extended into Headline 2:


  • Remove specific words (see below) to reduce the number of characters in the Headlines or Description
  • Cut off all characters over 30 in Headline 2 (see below)


It may also be because there are no characters in the Headlines or Description.

  • Add more text or fields if the error message shows 0 characters, you may need to add a text or another field. 

Can create Extended Text Ads?

DFW Text does not offer extended text ads. Yet!

How can I unsubscribe from DFW Text Ads? 

Just delete the feeds that you created for DFW Text Ads and send an email to with your request to be unsubscribed.

How can I up/downgrade my Plan for DFW Text Ads? 

Please send an email to and indicate which plan you would like.

What happens if my campaign is split into multiple campaigns?

When the number of products in your campaign exceeds the number of allowed ad groups, your campaign is split into 2 separate campaigns. All settings of the 1st campaign are opied to the 2nd campaign. Sometimes, we are unable to copy the bid strategy. In that case, bidding for the 2nd campaign will be set to TargetCPA. We will calculate the targetCPA based on historical performance data. You will be notified and you can always change it.


Does DFW Text Ads overwrite manual changes that I make in AdWords?

  • Changes to bids & budgets will not be overwritten
  • Changes to territory & language will not be overwritten
  • Changes to ad groups, keywords and text ads: Those changes will be overwritten unless you remove the ‘BW-label’ in Adwords:

BW_Labels.pngIn Adwords: Just select the ad groups or text ads or keywords that should not be overwritten and then click 'Label' in the blue bar that just appeared. That is where you can untick the box for the 'BW' label. 

What if certain fields are no longer in my feed?



How to create better text ads?

You can only create the best text ads if you have the right fields in your data feed. So make sure that you have added all fields that you need in DataFeedWatch. Use ‘Custom fields’ to create any field you need. Examples:

  • Product_name_only: Your product name may contain too much data: create a new field like ‘Product_name_only’ and make sure that only the essential parts are in there.
  • Product_type_only: the Category may be Men’s > Golf > Jackets, but you want it to be Jackets or Men’s Golf Jackets. Create new field like ‘Product_type_only where only ‘Jackets’ is extracted with a regexp or where the “>” is removed.
  • Synonyms & Misspellings: if you have enriched your feed with synonyms of your product types or misspelings of your brands or products, you can create additional templates to include those as well.

 To create additional fields, just go back to the channel DFW text Ads in DataFeedWatch and add custom fields. Then refresh the feed in the tab ‘source file’.

Are there any limitations to the number of ad patterns?

Google does not allow more than 50 text ads and we do not have limits for the number of alternatives (back up templates)


Can I add other fields to create keywords?

Yes: In addition to truncating, you can also ‘create keywords by tag combination’  (see higher up on this page)


Can I combine different fields into keywords

Yes: Create a field in your DFW Text Ad Feed and just combine all the fields from your shop that you want

Can I add & use keywords from a separate file?

Yes: if you have a list of keywords for each product or group, you can add these keyword-fields with a Lookup Table or merge that list into your source feed. Once the keywords-fields are in your source feed, you can add them to your DFW Text Ad feed and use them to ‘create keywords by tag combination’  (see section above)

Can I set a CPA per product and use that in my Google Search campaign?

Yes: If you want to set a bidding strategy that focuses on conversions (Target CPA), you can set a Max-CPA from your feed or by setting it as a % of the price. You can subsequently set you Target-CPA as a % of the max.CPA. You can set it as 100% (then it is the same), but you probably want to take a lower % because Google often targets within a certain margin. Also: you want to make a profit, so keep some of your margin.

How often are my campaigns sync’d with my Google AdWords account?

We update your campaigns 4x per day


Can I set a State, Province or Region as a territory?

No, you can only set that in AdWords - not in DFW Text Ads


What is the maximum size of the source feed for DFW Text Ads?

Our text ads system can handle files up to 400Mb

Can I automate my existing, manual campaigns with DFW Text Ads?

No that is not possible. Your campaigns in DFW Text Ads will be created based on your product feed - not based on your existing campaigns. But you may be able to combine your existing (manual) campaigns with DFW Text Ads in a different way. See separate item

Can I combine my existing (manual) campaigns with DFW Text Ads?

To some extent that is possible, depending on what is in your current campaigns:
Manual campaign for product types, brands or similar groups of products
If you have created adgroups for certain groups of products, this is comparable with the Group Campaigns in DFW Text Ads. You can consider keeping your manual campaigns and use DFW Text Ads to add a Product campaign and a corresponding DSA Campaign, to cover the long tail search queries. It is very important that the manual campaigns contain fairly generic keywords  so there will be no or little overlap with the keywords in the Product campaign
Manual campaign for a limited number of products
You can create new campaigns in DFW Text Ads, and make sure to exclude the products that are already in your existing manual campaigns.

I don’t want to lose the history of my existing campaigns 

You can simply pause them and keep the campaign history in your AdWords-account.

Can I use a 3rd-party tool to optimise the campaigns?

Yes. You can manage the campaigns that are created by DFW Text Ads any way you want. Just make sure that to remove a label called "BW”  if you want to pause keywords, text ads or adgroups.










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