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We are perplexed by how mysterious Google tends to make things. Certainly, the company does everything it can to hide the intricacies of its search algorithms so as to disallow anyone taking advantage of it for artificial gains in search rankings. Fair enough. But Google goes far beyond that in hiding its secrets.

We recently ranted a bit about Google’s sparse documentation related to its AdWords API and about the lack of logic behind ad Quality Scores. We’re just as perplexed about Google’s failure to give full disclosure about all of the features of AdWords. We are Google certified, having studied all of Google’s exam material, but we had never read anything about dynamic keyword insertion until we stumbled upon it by accident.

That’s right. Just like Yahoo! and MSN, Google allows you to dynamically insert keywords into an ad. The reason for doing this is that the closer the ad matches the intentions of the viewer, the greater the likelihood of generating a click to your site. By inserting the exact keyword that triggered the ad into the title or ad copy, you more closely match that user’s intentions.

To dynamically insert a keyword, place the following code where you want the keyword to appear: {keyword: default keyword}. Replace “default keyword” with the keyword that should appear if the trigger keyword is too long in characters for the ad. For example, if the dynamic variable is used in the title, but the keyword triggering the ad is more than 25 characters, then the default keyword will be used.

Don’t overuse dynamic keyword insertion or your ads will all become very generic and boring. But it is a powerful tool to use in moderation.

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