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What is it?

Google Ads Editor is a very useful tool. It’s a powerful tool that allows you to make bulk changes to Google Ads accounts. It allows you to bulk edit campaigns offline, which is quite reassuring, because any changes you make in Google Ads Editor aren’t live until you push them live.

With Google Ads, if you change a bid in the Google Ads interface, it changes there and then. That’s when that changes. However, with Google Ads Editor, you can make those bids and you can change things. You can move things around, you can delete things, you can do everything. And when you revise and you’re happy with the changes that you’ve made, you can decide to push it live or not.

Why use it?

It can make tens of thousands of changes to your account in a very short time. It would take you a very long time to do the same amount of changes in the Google Ads interface. When you’re making multiple changes, and you have a lot of data, if you have a lot of uploads to do, new keyword lists, you should use Google Ads Editor.

Again, the changes are made online, so there’s reassurance there that you’re not going to make any mistakes. It’s very, very quick.

The other thing you can do is you could export your campaign into Excel, make changes in there, re-upload it, and it will verify those changes in the interface, and push live when you’re ready.


Now, this is a view of Google Ads Editor.

You can see a navigation pane over on the left-hand side, which allows you to jump between the different campaigns or open them up into the different ad groups.

Below the navigation area, there is the level that you can look at. So you can look at campaign level, keyword level, you can look at audiences, you can look at ads, or the different levels of your account.

And then over on the right-hand side, we’ve got the editor pane where you’re able to choose what aspect of the campaign you’re going to edit. And we can see, just below the choice area, we’re able to see what we can actually edit, and that changes depending on the level you’re on the left-hand side.

So the key with this is actually to download it and to play around with it, because the more you get used to this, the quicker it is to make the mass updates that we need to do. We can be using hundreds of thousand keywords in Google Ads, so a tool like this is essential for managing that.

We can pause keywords in an instant, we can add new ads, negative keyword lists, bid modifiers. Everything we can do in Google Ads, we can do in Google Ads Editor, just a lot faster.

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Cathal Melinn

Cathal Melinn is a well-known digital marketing director, commercial analyst, and ecommerce specialist with over 15 years’ experience.

Cathal is a respected international conference speaker, course lecturer, and digital trainer. He specialises in driving complete understanding from students across a number of digital marketing disciplines including: paid and organic search (PPC and SEO), analytics, strategy and planning, social media, reporting, and optimisition.  Cathal works with digital professionals in over 80 countries and teaches at all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.

Alongside his training and course work, Cathal runs his own digital marketing agency and is considered an analytics and revenue generating guru - at enterprise level. He has extensive local and international experience working with top B2B and B2C brands across multiple industries.

Over his career, Cathal has worked client-Side, in digital marketing agencies and media owners with brands including HSBC, Amazon, Apple, Red Bull, Dell, Vodafone, Compare the Market, Aer Lingus, and Expedia.

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