Some ads have extra flair, be it a short video or an expandable image. If you've created ads like these, some of the possible customer interactions with those ads may be free. These free interactions won't appear automatically in your account statistics tables, but you can customize your view of your data in order to see them.
Knowing how customers interact with your ads can help you understand which formats catch their attention and which parts of your ads keep customers paying attention. This can further help you understand what keeps them focused on your ad, and what makes them click through to your site. You can use this information to refine your ads to a style that your customers find the most engaging.
How to find your free clicks data
Follow these steps to find your free clicks data:
- Sign in to your Google Ads account.
- Click the reports icon , and then click Predefined reports (Dimensions) > Other > Free clicks.
Your statistics table will contain columns for free interaction type, campaigns, ad groups, free interactions, free interaction rate, and impressions.
- Edit the report using the filter icon . You can also click on the arrows beside the filter icon to further customize how your free clicks data shows.
- Once your statistics table looks the way you want, you can download the data in a report. Click the download button , then click on your preferred file type.
Understanding how free clicks and interactions work
A click is considered an ad interaction. Any time a customer places their cursor over your ad, they are interacting with the ad, whether they click the ad or not. If they click on certain portions of the ad, and the ad is interactive, some of those interactions will be free. In those cases the interaction is considered a "free click."
Example: If your ad is an expandable image ad, you won't be charged if a customer clicks on your ad to expand the image within the ad, due to the interactive nature of the ad format.
Depending on the ad format, you'll be charged if the customer completes an ad interaction that connects them with your business or service or with the key customer interaction the ad has been designed for.
- A click on the headline of a standard text ad will take the customer to your ad's landing page. This is a standard clickthrough for which you'll be charged.
- If a customer clicks your ad to initiate your Google Ads for video ad content, you won't be charged right away. However, you'll be charged if the viewer continues to watch the video for a minimum amount of time.