Articles in The 'product-extensions' Tag

May 14 2013

Google to Retire Product Extensions This Month

by Anne Garcia

Google has announced that they will be retiring Product Extension ads in late May 2013, which comes after Product Listing Ads were introduced to advertisers last year.

Google says that advertisers have seen better results from their paid model of Product Listing Ads and as a result, they will retire Product Extensions which will no longer be a separate ad extension in AdWords campaigns.

Product Extensions are additions to text ads on a search engine results page that include a small image and pricing of the product the user searched for.

Google recommends that advertisers implement Product Listing Ads in order to capture commerce-related searches and promote products on and within Google Shopping. In addition, Google has introduced new product feed specifications that merchants must comply with by July 2013.

Advertisers can still implement Sitelinks, Location Extensions, Call Extensions and other ad extensions discussed here.

December 7 2012

An Overview of AdWords Ad Extension Options

by Anne Garcia

Google AdWords Ad Extensions are a way for advertisers to extend their ads with deeper, more relevant content to searchers in the form of additional links within a text ad.  Ad extensions provide extra links to a standard text ad to link to additional pages within your website versus one link to one landing page. Google has expanded their ad extension options from its original release of Sitelinks over two years ago.

Below is an overview of various ways advertisers can implement ad extensions.

  • Location Extensions: Expand your ads to include location and contact information for your customers. Your business’s address(es) and phone number(s) are included with your ad text and the extensions attract customers who are interested in businesses in your area.
  • Call Extensions: Increase calls to your business by enabling call extensions which add a phone number to your ad. Customers can easily call your business directly with one touch on their mobile phones. You can also reach users on desktop or laptop devices by enabling call extensions with forwarding phone numbers.
  • Sitelinks: Increase your real estate on the search engine results page by implementing Sitelinks that can add up to four additional links to your standard text ad.
  • Product Extensions: Sync your Adwords and Merchant Center accounts to promote your products within your ads.
  • Social Extensions: Social Extensions allow Google+ users to see which people within their network have +1’ed your website.
  • Mobile App Extensions: Promote your mobile app via Google AdWords and users can download the app straight from a paid search ad.


January 23 2012

Use Product Listing Ads to Promote Your Product Inventory

by Anne Garcia

A Product Listing Ad is a paid search ad that includes richer product information like a product image, price and merchant name. These ads do not require additional keywords or ad text and they appear whenever a user enters a search query relevant to a product in your Google Merchant Center account. Google will automatically show the most relevant products along with the associated image, price and product name taken from your product data feed file from your Merchant Center account.

Product Listing Ads are only shown on and some of its search partners. These ads are usually separated from standard text ads and are next to other Product Listing Ads. They are ranked based on a combination of your CPC bid, the relevance of your products to the search query as well as the historical performance of your ads. The more relevant your products are to a search query, the more likely your ads are to appear in a higher rank that your competitors.

Product Listing Ads are charged on a cost-per-click (CPC) basis and you can define your maximum CPC bid just like a regular AdWords keyword or placement. Below is a screen shot of some examples of Product Listing Ads on 

Use Product Listing Ads to Promote Your Product Inventory

Please note that you must have a Google Merchant Center account to use Product Listing Ads and it must be linked to your AdWords account. In addition, Google recommends that the products in your Merchant Center account are up-to-date and properly optimized.

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