An advertiser who sells coffee beans has added the keyword ‘Java’ to an ad group. After two weeks, she runs a Placement Performance Report and notices that the ad is showing up on websites about JavaScript programming. What should the she do to avoid appearing on these irrelevant sites?

  • Add negative keywords like “programming” or “Javascript” / Add “Java Beans” as a negative keyword
  • Add the negative keyword ‘Java’ to the ad group so that the ad will stop appearing on JavaScript sites
  • Refine the ad text of the ad so that it is clear that the advertiser is only selling Java coffee
  • Only exclude the irrelevant sites that do not directly mention Java coffee that are appearing in the Placement Performance Report


Explanation: A type of keyword that prevents your ad from being triggered by a certain word or phrase. It tells Google not to show your ad to anyone who is searching for that phrase.

For example, when you add “free” as a negative keyword to your campaign or ad group, you tell Google Ads not to show your ad for any search containing the term “free.” On the Display Network, your ad is less likely to appear on a site when your negative keywords match the site’s content.

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