Target websites about relevant topics

To provide a comprehensive and consolidated view of your content targeting and make content targeting management and optimization simpler, you’ll see the following improvements in Google Ads:

All types of content targeting can now be found under “Content” in the side navigation:

  • "Topics", "Placements", "Display/Video keywords", and "Exclusions" for all types of content targeting are now categorized under the "Content" tab in the side navigation menu. For "Exclusions", click the drop-down arrow to the right of the term "Exclusions" to select exclusions for topics, placements or Display/Video keywords.

Soon, you’ll see further improvements:

  • "Topics", "Placements", "Display/Video keywords" will be consolidated into a single "Content" page and report. Exclusions will also be consolidated into a single report in the same page ("Content").
  • Your ads will target any of your selected content in your ad group. For example, if you targeted “bikes” as a topic and “cycling” as a Display/Video keyword, your ads will show on content that matches either.

Until your account is migrated, we recommend that you only use one content targeting method (topics, placements, OR Display/Video keywords) per ad group. Before the upcoming changes, combining methods can limit campaign performance.

You can target topics of your choice to reach people interested in content related to your products and services. This article provides step-by-step instructions for setting up topic targeting.

For a general overview of this feature, read About topic targeting. You can use topic targeting in Display Network or Video campaigns.


To add topic targeting to an existing ad group, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Google Ads.
  2. In the page menu on the left, click Content.
  3. Click Topics.
  4. Click the pencil icon Edit setting, pencil icon.
  5. Click Select an ad group, then choose an ad group from the list that appears.
  6. Select the topics and subtopics you’d like to target.
  7. Click Save.


  • When you target a top-level topic, you also target all the related subtopics. However, we recommend adding the subtopics to your list for bidding and reporting control.
  • Adding all the subtopics isn't the same as adding the top-level topic. There are pages that won't be targeted if you add only the subtopics to your ad group. You can avoid this by adding the top-level topic.
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