Google To Begin Reviewing Paused Ads In AdWords

Starting September 6, AdWords advertisers can get ads through the Google approval process even if they’re immediately paused after creation. Google is beginning a new practice worldwide under which it will review paused AdWords ads, as well as active ones, the company confirmed.

The change seems to be aimed at allowing advertisers to set up campaigns and creative in advance of particularly busy review periods — the winter holidays and other seasonal events come to mind — so they know the ads that start running will be able to continue. When only active ads were reviewed, one always ran the risk of having to change ads if they were disapproved. “JezC” at AdWords Help Experts first noted the change, after receiving an e-mail notification from Google.

The e-mail said the change was undertaken to “eliminate unnecessary delays in getting your ads approved and to ultimately enhance your experience with Google AdWords.”

A Google spokesperson confirmed that the new review policy would affect all customers in all regions. New paused ads will be prioritized for review, and existing paused ads will be reviewed next, the company said in the e-mail. The change comes ahead of the busy holiday advertising season, allowing advertisers to set ads up in advance, and get them approved, before they’re set to actually begin.

Related Topics: Channel: SEM | Google: AdWords


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  • Katie Saxon

    Awesome! Excellent move by Google.

  • Clark Taylor

    Long overdue.

  • Robert Bast

    This is a terrible idea. While having your ad checked prior to going live would be nice, it should be optional. A common reason for pausing an ad is that you no not wish to run it right now. What if your free shipping offer has been postponed, or your site is down for maintenance? Google can now disapprove these ads… aside from the annoyance, too many disapprovals and you LOSE YOUR ACCOUNT.

  • Robert Bast

    The real reason is more likely this – to thwart spammers who only run their ads for quick bursts and then pause them.

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