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Responsive Search Ads

Use responsive search ads to promote products on the Google Network. This ad type will compete in auctions with expanded text ads. The main features of responsive search ads are that they allow you to:

  • Set three or more headlines and two or more descriptions that will automatically rotate into the ad to determine which work best.
  • Pin any headlines and descriptions you want so that they always appear in the ad.
  • Collect performance statistics on different combinations of headlines and descriptions so you can determine which ones are working and which ones aren't. The system will automatically favor headline and description combinations which work well together.
  • Display customized URLs (as in expanded text ads). Specify path1 and path2, which will be appended to the end of your landing page domain to determine the displayed URL.


Responsive search ads are displayed with three headlines and two descriptions at serve time, plus a customizable URL based on the landing page domain and how you've set up the path1 and path2 fields on your ad.

Here's an example of what an ad like this might look like, based on the example shown later in the guide:

Headlines and descriptions are represented as arrays of a resource called an AdTextAsset.

Responsive search ads also support the new concept of pinning. If you want finer control than simply allowing the system to mix and match headlines and descriptions, you can pin headlines and descriptions to specific positions. For example, if you want a specific headline to always show first, you can set that AssetLink to have a pinnedField of HEADLINE_1. Then, whenever that ad is served, that specific text will be in the first headline position and the other fields will be drawn from the pool of remaining assets. If more than one asset is pinned to a specific position, then that position will rotate text between all assets that are pinned to that position.

Additional resources

To learn more about responsive search ads, check out the following Help Center articles.