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Google Product Manager for Search Keywords Miguel Villalobos published the following post to Google's Inside Adwords blog about its new paid-search feature:
From running shoes to cheap hotels to credit cards, and everything in between, people are searching for the products and services you offer. However, finding the right keywords to reach your customers can be difficult - and many advertisers agree.
Whether someone is searching for "running shoes" or "shoes for running," what they want remains the same; they're looking for running shoes. You shouldn't have to build out exhaustive keyword lists to reach these customers, and now you don't have to.
Close variants helps you connect with people who are looking for your business, despite slight variations in the way they search. To make it even easier for you to reach more of your customers, over the coming months we're expanding close variant matching to include additional rewording and reordering for exact match keywords.
Early tests show advertisers may see up to 3% more exact match clicks on average while maintaining comparable clickthrough and conversion rates.
Rewording and ignoring function words
Function words are the only words that will be ignored. This should only happen when it won't change the meaning of your keyword. For example, the "in" in "hotels in new york" can be safely ignored because it doesn't affect the meaning. However, the "to" in "flights to new york" would not be ignored, because a "flight from new york" is not the same as a "flight to new york."
Same meaning, different order
It's important to note that word reordering won't add any words to your keywords. Your keywords also won't be reordered to match with a query when it changes the original meaning of those keywords. For example, the keyword (SFO to JFK) shouldn't match to the query "JFK to SFO" because the destination is different.
Putting it all together
Going forward, use RLSA, Smart Bidding, the search terms report and negative keywords to help shape your traffic and reduce costs. To learn more about this and other strategies that can help you make the most of this change, check out our keyword best practices.
Source: Google Inside AdWords Blog Post
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