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    Google’s New Three-Strike Ads Penalties

    What is Google’s New Ads Penalty?

    Did you hear about Google’s new three-strike ads penalties? On 20th July, Google announced their new three-strike ad policy system. From the 21st of September, they will be piloting their new penalty program, aimed at those who repeatedly break their three existing policies;

    1. Enabling dishonest behaviour policy
    2. Unapproved pharmaceuticals or supplements
    3. Dangerous products or services

    Basically, this is the digital equivalent of Mum counting down from three as she orders you to clean your room. The announcement has been met with some concern amongst marketers, fearing accounts that are incorrectly punished, could be suspended. However, Google has placed some checks and balances into the process, with an appeal system in place.

    How Will The Google Ads Three-strikes System Work?

    While it’s called the three-strike system, it’s more of a four-step process. The first step is a warning. If your ad violates any of the three policies, your account will be issued with a warning and the offending ad will be taken down until you change the copy.

    Strike One

    If your account violates the same policy within 90 days of your initial warning you get your first strike. This comes with a three-day suspension of your account — meaning none of your ads will run.

    Strike Two

    Strike two comes if you violate that same policy again within 90 days of your first strike. This time your account is on a seven day time out, and again, your ads will not be eligible to run. Noteworthy: With strikes one and two, in addition to correcting the ad at fault, you’ll need to submit an acknowledgement form.

    Strike Three

    Three strikes? You’re out! If an account violates the same policy again within 90 days of a second strike the punishment is indefinite account suspension!  

    What Google Has To Say About The Three Strikes Process

    As with any preliminary trial, there is a chance that the new systems will be revoked depending on the results. That being said Google sounds like they have faith that the new system will be here to stay: “In the future, we plan to expand the strikes system in phases to scope more of our policies in. As we roll the program out globally, we hope to learn from early feedback to ensure we’re improving the process as we scale.”  

    What Does This Mean For You?

    Google Ad Managers have been handling penalties and policies for years, so this definitely is not our first rodeo. If you’re unfamiliar with Google Ads policies and this all seems a bit overwhelming for you, that’s what we’re here for! Get in touch with us to book a one-on-one marketing coaching or strategy session with us. We provide monthly management of Google Ads campaigns, as well as providing coaching, designed to coach our clients in best practice Google Ads management, as well as SEO, content management, social media management and many other aspects of marketing.    Contact the team at Bloom Digital for any enquiries or sign up for our e-newsletter!

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