The following list compiles the most blocked keywords by advertisers during August 2019.
Blocked keyword lists prevent a brand’s advertising from appearing next to content that includes those words and can be an effective form of protecting your brand reputation. However, keyword lists must be used with care, as overzealous use, alongside failing to refresh and simplifying keywords, can negatively impact the reach and scale of a campaign.
Check out our top tactics to ensure you make the most of any keyword blocklists, by asking the following questions:
- Will my brand safety tool already address this content?
- Blocking done at the content category level – such as, adult content, or illegal drug content – should be sufficient to block ads from appearing next to undesirable content
- Do I still need to block this word?
- Try not to treat a keyword blocklist as something that should continue to grow – instead, it should be checked and revised every month
- Which keywords are non-negotiable for my brand?
- Be clear on your non-negotiable areas of risk to decide which terms you will want to block
Want to learn more? Check out our list of resources and information, below:
- Blasé blocking – is it time to kick your blocked keywords?
- It’s not black and white: Why blacklisting and whitelisting aren’t enough
- Tailoring your brand safety strategy
- Brand safety Q&A: Protect your investment
- Sex and Violence: How the UK and US block content keywords
- Brand safety glossary
- Why is brand safety the new hot topic?
- 12 tips to protect your brand
- The top three common misconceptions about brand safety