How to fix No or Low Impressions and Clicks in Amazon PPC: Strategies for Getting Impressions for Your Amazon Ads

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Are you launching Amazon PPC campaigns but still not seeing impressions?

Don’t worry!

We’ve got the top 5 reasons why your ads aren’t getting the attention they deserve and how you can fix it TODAY.

Let’s jump in so you can start getting more eyeballs on your ads.

Understanding Low Clicks or Impressions on Amazon PPC

First of all, what is an impression?

Impression: When an ad is viewed or displayed.

In other words, 10,000 impressions mean that Amazon has shown your ad to 10,000 people.

Side note: Impressions are not the same as “clicks”. Impressions only measure when your ad is viewed not clicked.

Why Do Impressions Matter for your Amazon PPC Campaigns?

So, why are impressions important?

Well…without impressions you’re never going to get sales from your ads.

Think about it, if no one sees your ad or your product how are they going to know it exists so they can buy it?

Impressions are at the top of the marketing funnel. A super simplified version of the buyer journey on Amazon might look something like this.

As you can see, if you’re not getting impressions then you’re not going to get sales.

However, that doesn’t mean that your only goal should be to increase impressions. Sales and profit are still probably your main goals. But if you don’t have enough impressions, you’re not going to be able to support your other sales goals.

5 Reasons Why Your Amazon PPC Campaigns Might Be Getting Low Impressions and How to Increase Your Impressions

Alright, now that you understand a bit more about what impressions are measuring and why they matter, let’s talk about the 5 reasons why your campaigns might not be getting enough impressions.

Reason #1: You haven't Identified Relevant Keywords

As you probably know by now, it’s impossible to predict what customer search terms are going to convert for your product. Unless you’re some kind of mystical mind reader, there’s really no way to know exactly what your customers are going to be searching for.

But that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to do market research to make sure you really understand your audience.

If you don’t understand your audience then you won’t be able to choose relevant keywords for your campaigns and you’ll be missing the mark.  

The Fix: Get to know your audience!

Start by asking yourself questions about your ideal customers and what they want, need, and are interested in. Understanding your audience is crucial for boosting your Amazon PPC ads and getting more impressions. Keep in mind that there might be multiple audiences for your product that you could potentially include in your keywords. For example, this seller has identified both a hunting and boating audience for these binoculars and so added those respective keywords to their listing.

If you really want to get fancy, you could even use demographic data to further refine your keyword targets. This data can be collected through surveys, market research, and Google Analytics.

Pro Tip: Here are three strategies to help you get to know your audience better

  1. Conduct market research: Use surveys, analyze Google Analytics data, and gather demographic information to gain insights into the preferences and behaviors of your target audience. This will enable you to tailor your ad campaigns more effectively.
  2. Study competitor keywords: Analyzing the keywords used by successful Amazon sellers in similar product categories can provide valuable insights into what resonates with your potential customers. Incorporate these keywords into your listings to increase relevance.
  3. Test different targeting options: Experiment with different audiences within Amazon’s advertising platform to find the ones that generate the most impressions for your product. This could include targeting specific demographics or interests relevant to your Amazon business.

Reason #2: You’re Bidding on Irrelevant Keywords

If you are bidding on keywords that don’t actually fit your product, then it makes sense that you’re not seeing impressions.

For example, if you’re selling those binoculars but you’re bidding on keywords related to “microscope” then you’re targeting the wrong audience.

Now, that might be pretty clear when it comes to conversions or even clicks but how is keyword relevancy related to impressions?

Well, Amazon’s algorithm is a bit of a black box but we do know that they only want to show your ad where it’s most relevant and therefore most likely to result in a sale.

So, even if you’re bidding a ton on the word “microscope” it’s very likely that Amazon is not going to show your ad because it’s simply not relevant to that keyword.

The Fix: Do a deep dive into your keywords

If your campaign isn’t getting impressions it’s going to be worth your time to do a deep dive into your keywords.

First, go through your keywords using your best judgment to see whether or not you think the term is relevant. If it’s not, then either archive or pause that term so that you don’t keep spending on it.

Next, you’re going to need to find some better keywords. To do that, we recommend doing at least basic keyword research using some free tools.

Finally, in order to really start maximizing impressions (and profits) you’ll want to do some search term farming.

That article above is worth checking out to learn about our farming process in detail. In a nutshell, search term farming is our proven process that allows you to find out the search terms that are the most likely to convert for your specific product.

Essentially the process involves putting a list of vetted keywords into broad campaigns for a certain period of time (2-3 weeks usually).

Then, we look at the data from those campaigns to identify high-performing search terms which we move into exact campaigns so that we can make sure those bids are as efficient as possible

Alright, so you know your audience and have added relevant keywords to your campaigns but you’re still not getting impressions. What’s the deal?

It could be reason #3….

Reason #3: You’re Not Actually Indexed for Your Top Keywords

Being “indexed” for a keyword means that it appears somewhere in your listing or in your backend product description. If it doesn’t, then your product isn’t going to show up when customers search that term.

In other words, adding your top keywords to your ad campaign is not enough. You need to make sure that you’ve included them somewhere in your product listing (title, bullet points, product description, or backend).

Your top keywords are going to be the ones that you’ve identified as being the most relevant to your product. In our binocular example, one of your top keywords is probably going to be “binoculars” however you should also work to identify keyword phrases (aka long-tail keywords) like “large view binoculars” or “waterproof binoculars for bird watching”.

The fix: Check Your Listings

Check if your top keywords appear in your listing and, if not, add them in. Ensuring that your listing contains the relevant keywords is crucial for improving impressions and visibility in Amazon PPC.

Pro Tip: Use the Amazon Search Bar

If you’re not sure whether or not you’re indexed for a specific keyword you can plug in your keyword plus your ASIN into the Amazon search bar to see if your product comes up.

So, for the binoculars that would be: large view binoculars B00AMPJGMG

There are also some paid tools to consider. Helium 10 offers a tool called “index checker” to help with this specific issue. It’s available by paid subscription but if you need to do this for lots of products it might be worth considering.

Consider a Paid Tool

Finally, if you’ve added your keyword(s) to your listing but you’re still not getting indexed you can try moving it around. I.e. If it doesn’t index in the title, then move it into the backend, bullets, or description.

Maybe you’ve implemented all of the solutions above but you’re still not getting impressions.

Well, it could be due to this next reason…

Reason #4: You’re Bidding on Keywords That Have No Traffic

Figuring out the most relevant keywords is really important, however if no one is actually searching for those keywords then there aren’t going to be any impressions for you to get.

Here Is How You Can Tell If Your Keyword Has Traffic

Head over to the Brand Analytics search term tool in Seller Central.

Then you can enter your keyword and select your time period.

This allows you to analyze the term based on the Search Frequency Rank (SFR).

A quick digression about Search Frequency Rank (SFR)…

If the search frequency rank is way up in the millions then that tells you that there just isn’t that much traffic for your keyword during that time period.

If your SFR is in the hundreds then that means there is a good amount of traffic for that keyword during that period.

Just remember that it’s going to change over time and particularly for seasonal keywords.

For example, look at the keyword “Christmas gift” in December vs. July.

Quite the difference.

Alright, back to our topic.

The fix: Check on the SFR for your target keywords during a relevant time period

So, what you’ll want to do is check on the SFR for your target keywords during a relevant time period. If it turns out that there is little to no traffic on that keyword then you should consider removing that term from your campaign.

This won’t help increase your impressions but it will allow you to spend your time and money elsewhere.

Finally, once you’ve checked that all of the above is in good shape and you’re still not getting impressions], there is one more reason that might explain the issue.

Reason #5: You’re Not Bidding Enough

Remember, at its core Amazon PPC is an auction.

In order to win the bidding war, your bid needs to be competitive. If your bid is too low, your ad may not be shown as frequently as others with higher bids.

One easy way to tell whether or not your bid is competitive is to compare it with Amazon’s suggested bids.

If your bid is significantly lower than the suggested bid then it could indicate that your bid is too low to compete with what other sellers are bidding during that time period.

In the above example, you can see that the bids are quite a lot lower than the suggested bids and therefore the impressions are also very low.

How does Amazon come up with these suggested bids?

Here is how they put it…

“Suggested bid and bid range are calculated from a group of winning bids for ads that are similar to yours. You can choose to use the suggested bid, or any bid in or outside of the bid range.”

Amazon gives the full details on suggested bids and bid range here.

So, how can you test out this theory?

The fix: Run an experiment on your top target keywords.

Step 1: Try adjusting your bids to be more in line with Amazon’s suggested bid.

Step 2: Keep an eye on it over the next couple of days to see if your impressions increase.

If they do, then you’ll know that you likely weren’t bidding enough before.

If you’re still not getting impressions then you’ll want to go back and check on the reasons mentioned above to further troubleshoot your product.

What do you do when your Amazon ads aren’t getting impressions?

Frequently Asked Questions

What are zero impressions in Amazon PPC?

Zero impressions in Amazon PPC refer to the situation where your ads are not receiving any impressions or views on the Amazon platform.

How can I increase my Amazon impressions?

To increase your Amazon impressions, you can optimize your product listing by using relevant keywords, improving your ad copy, increasing your bid, and targeting specific customer segments.

Why am I getting low click keywords and not getting any impressions?

There can be multiple reasons for getting low click keywords and not getting any impressions on Amazon. Some common causes include low search volume for your keywords, low bid amount, and poor ad targeting.

What is impression rank on Amazon?

Impression rank on Amazon refers to the position at which your sponsored ads are displayed on the search results page. The higher the impression rank, the more visibility your ads will receive.

Why are my Amazon sponsored ads not showing?

There could be several reasons why your Amazon sponsored ads are not showing. Some common reasons include low bid amount, low ad relevance, and insufficient budget.

What are the three reasons why my Amazon keywords have low or no impressions?

The three main reasons why your Amazon keywords may have low or no impressions are low search volume, low bid amount, and poor ad targeting.

I have many keywords in my campaign, why am I not getting enough impressions?

Having many keywords in your campaign does not guarantee high impressions. Factors such as low search volume, low bid amount, and poor ad targeting can contribute to not receiving enough impressions for your keywords.

Remember to focus on relevant keywords, adjust bids according to competition, ensure product indexing, and target high-volume long-tail keywords.

By applying these data-driven strategies, you can drive more clicks and ultimately achieve greater success on Amazon.

So don’t wait any longer – start implementing these tactics today and watch your ad impressions soar!

Did anything in this article spark your curiosity or bring up a question? Comment below or email us at We love talking about PPC!

Written by
Carly M.

Carly is an eCommerce expert and founder of PPC Farm, an agency that specializes in elevating Amazon sellers through strategic PPC management. With over 11 years in the industry, her and her team have successfully managed thousands of ASINs, boosting visibility, sales, and performance for their clients.

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