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Boost Your Yandex Ads CTR with Keyword Insertion

Keyword insertion is popular feature available in most PPC platforms. By dynamically inserting a keyword that triggers the ad, keyword insertion, when used wisely, helps to increase click-through rates by making the ad more relevant and appealing the the searcher’s eyes.

Most search engines use the same syntax {keyword:default text}, which can be used in any part of an ad: title, ad text, display or destination URL.

Keyword insertion is just as handy for Yandex SEM as for any other search engine PPC program. However, the usage of it can be confusing for us, who are used to Google and Microsoft AdCenter interface. In this article I will try to explain Yandex keyword insertion feature in AdWords/AdCenter terms.

How dynamic keyword insertion works in Yandex

First of all, Yandex refers to dynamic keyword insertion as “ad templates“. Some short information about it can be found in Yandex.Direct help center.

Second, the syntax for dynamic keyword insertion looks like this: #default text#. Unlike Google AdWords, Yandex.Direct does not provide a possibility to choose capitalization. The inserted keyword will look exactly the way you enter it in your keyword list. AdCenter works the same way, which I find quite inconvenient.

Third, if keyword is too long and will cause exceeded character limit, the default text will be shown. The limit for ad title is 33 characters including spaces and punctuation; for ad text – 75 characters including spaces and punctuation. There is only one description like, like in AdCenter.

Example: Yandex PPC ad with keyword insertion operator


Other considerations

– Dynamic keyword insertion will not work with contextual ads, but only available for search ads.

– Inserted keywords will look exactly like in your keyword list, regardless of what work form (singular or plural) or case triggered the ad.

– Russian language has 7 cases. Be careful when using keyword insertion in ad text – if the case is wrong, the ad will not look professional or trustworthy.

– Be careful when using dynamic keyword insertion in destination URL. Spaces between words will be replaced by %20. Cyrillic characters will be encoded in UTF-8.

Dynamic keyword insertion is a very useful feature, but should be used with extreme care. Make sure all keywords associated with the ad make sense in the ad context, both semantically and grammatically. If used correctly, using dynamic keyword insertion will dramatically improve your CTR on Yandex.


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SEO and SEM tips for Yandex

Yandex Direct Geotargeting Options Explained


One of my readers asked to explain how Yandex Direct works with geotargeting. Yandex’s PPC solution is not at all as straightforward and user-friendly as Google’s AdWords and can be pretty confusing in the beginning. Once you get used to it though, it is actually quite a good product.

AdWords provides many more options when it comes to campaign settings, including geotargeting possibilities. I will, however, try to make some parallels between the two PPC platforms.

1. How Yandex Direct geotargeting works

To understand how Yandex Direct geotargeting works, it is very important to remember what the PPC campaign structure looks like. Yandex does not support ad groups, so a Direct campaign would be typically structured as follows:

In Yandex Direct geotargeting settings are available on both campaign and ad level, while in AdWords – only on campaign level.

Location-wise, you can target almost any place in the world with your Yandex Direct PPC campaigns. Africa can be only targeted as a whole continent. In Europe, Asia, Americas and Oceania geotargeting is possible on a country level, however not all countries can be included. Middle East and Baltic states are also available as regions.

In CIS (former Soviet Union republics, excluding Russia) geotargeting can be done on a country, region and city level. Country-level targeting is available for all CIS countries; in Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine it is possible to target districts inside the countries. City-level geotargeting is available only in Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

In Russia geotargeting can be done on a country, region, district and city level.

2. How to configure geotargeting for Yandex PPC campaigns

First of all, geotargeting can be only configured in the web interface. Although Yandex recently released a desktop application for managing Direct campaigns, it is very basic and does not allow modifying campaigns settings.

When creating a campaign or an ad via Yandex Direct web interface, after specifying keywords, negative keywords and Yandex Catalog categories, Yandex will ask to “select display regions”. That is where you will find all the places you can target with your ads. Just tick the boxes with countries/ regions/ cities you are interested in, and with that it’s all done!

If you need to change geotargeting settings for a campaign, go to the campaign management page. Change Settings option will be in the menu on the left-hand side.

To change geotargeting settings for an ad, click “Edit ad” and adjust the targeting in “Select display regions” field.

Geotargeting in Yandex.Direct  vs. Google AdWords

Generally, as shown in the table below, Google offers more precise geotargeting possibilities than Yandex. When it comes to Russia, however, Google only offers to target regions inside the country, while Yandex allows targeting on a city level.

Google also offers something called “search intent targeting”, which essentially means that if I am searching for “designer handbags UK” sitting in Stockholm, I will be shown ads that target UK-based audience. Yandex does not have similar feature as such, but the machine learning technology MatrixNet that powers both organic and paid results does similar job, without us knowing it.

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