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How To Set Up Google AdWords My Client Center (MCC)
Written by Mergen   
Saturday, 26 September 2009 12:10

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Setting up a Google AdWords My Client Center (MCC) can be a real pain in the rear, especially if you already have Google AdWords assigned to your Google email account.  You will find this post particularly useful if you manage multiple Google AdWords accounts for yourself and for others.  When I set up My Client Center, I found that there were not enough step-by-step and easy to follow guides and sources of information available on the web.

After spending at minimum a few hours each of the past two of three days, I have finally learned to set this up the right way.  I hope to show this to you in a clear and understandable step by step guide. The reason is that I just did not find anything that showed all the steps in an understandable manner.  Google Help Center was only half-useful.  Other websites were usually also at most somewhat helpful.

I hope that you will find this post resourceful when setting up My Client Center. Hopefully, you will not have to spend two or three days to figure everything out because I have laid out everything for you.

This post will be particularly useful for those who have multiple accounts and/or who are doing for other people a some sort of management or consulting services, such as search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), conversion improvement, affiliate marketing, etc.

Setting Up Google AdWords My Client Center - Step by Step Guide

Before we get started: Do you have a need for My Client Center

My Client Center (MCC) allows for management of multiple AdWords accounts from a single login.  This can be real handy and save you tons of time from having to log in and out each time you want to view each of your accounts.  Additionally, you only have to create unique reports once instead of having to do so for each of your accounts.

  • Do you have a need to manage multiple AdWord accounts?
    • If YES, please continue.
    • If NO, then you probably do not need to go through the hassle of setting up My Client Center.  Congratulations!

Some Tips & Notes:

  • Use two separate browsers, so you don't have to log out & log back in a billion times
  • Patience is a virtue.  Some of the changes take up to 24 hours to go through.  This is why sometimes setting up MCC will not work even if you do everything right, especially if you made mistakes along the way.  It took me 3-4 days because I did not have this guide and I made some mistakes.  Taking off AdWords account from the google account to be set up as MCC, for example, may not resolve issues immediately because apparently you may need to wait.  Google instructions are horrible at telling you everything you need to know.
  • Those who do set up correctly and believe there could be improvements made to my instructions below, please pitch in.  Send me an email directly at mergen (at) webguru-co(dot)com.

Step One: Planning your MCC setup

  • Do you have clients, or will you have the needs to have clients?
    • If YES, please continue.
    • If NO, please skip to Step Two.

Step Two: Free Up Your Favorite Google Mail Account

Because you will want to be able to log into only a single account to manage all of your and/or your clients' AdWords accounts, you want to make sure that your favorite and most frequently used Google Mail Account is free to be assigned to a MCC (and not assigned to any AdWords accounts).

  • Do you currently have a Google AdWords account?
    • If YES, please continue
    • If NO, please skip to Step Three.
  • The Google Mail account that you use frequently... is it already assigned to a Google AdWords account?  The email account that you will want to assign to MCC is the email account that you use the most frequently.  This email account might be one with all of your emails and/or one with other Google services such as YouTube, Google Analytics, etc tied to it.
    • If YES, please continue.  We will need to unassign the Google Mail account from Google AdWords account and assign the
    • If NO, please skip to Step Three
  • ACTION STEPS: to free up your favorite Google mail account (This is best done with two different browsers, so that you do not have to log in and log out)
    • Create a new Google Mail account
    • Add the new Google account as admin on your existing AdWords account where your favorite Google Mail account is tied up (This is necessary because you cannot turn an AdWords tied Google account into a MCC account).  Do this by clicking on the "invite other users" option to the top left of the "Account Access" page located within "My Accounts".
    • Check the inbox of the new Google account for an automated confirmation email.  Follow the link to confirm the addition of new account as Administrative access.
    • Log into AdWords with the new account and take off your favorite Google mail account from the administrative access.  Click on the "Terminate access".  That is it!  Now, your favorite Google mail account has been freed up.

Step Three: Create a top-level My Client Center

My Client Center (MCC) allows for nested setup where you can have other MCC's within the top-level MCC.  If you have clients and you also need to manage multiple personal AdWords accounts, then nested MCC makes the most sense.  The structure might end up looking like the image at the top of the article where you have a top-level My Client Center and two other MCC's - one for clients and another for your personal accounts.

  • ACTION STEPS: to set up My Client Center on your favorite Google Account (If you don't have Google account, you will be prompted to create a new account)
    • Make sure you are logged out of Google
    • First, sign up for the Google Advertising Professionals Program - When asked, make sure to enter in the sign in details of your (favorite) Google email account.  If you do not have Google email account, then create one here.
    • Create a new company account under "My Company" tab - This must be different for each MCC.  This does not have to be linked to an actual company.  Just create something that sounds meaningful to you and/or your clients
    • Now, go sign up for Google AdWords My Client Center (if former shows 404 error, also try this link) - There is an option asking you to choose whether this account will be used for managing personal accounts or for managing other people's accounts. 
      • If your answer is both, then choose the latter. Complete the step and proceed to Step Four.
      • If you will only be managing your or other people's accounts, then you will not need nested accounts.  Complete this step and skip to Step Five.

Step Four: Creating MCC within MCC - Nested My Client Centers

  • Make sure you are logged out of Google
  • Create a new Google Mail account - either for managing your accounts or for managing other people's accounts.  If you need both, then go through Step Four (this entire step process) twice.
  • Sign up for the Google Advertising Professionals Program - Enter the new Google mail account information.
  • Create a new company account under "My Company" - This must be different for each MCC.  This does not have to be linked to an actual company.  Just create something that sounds meaningful to you and/or your clients
  • Go sign up for Google AdWords My Client Center
  • Now, we need to tie in the nested My Client Centers (MCC's) under the top tier MCC. 
    • Log out and sign into Google Adwords homepage with your top-tier MCC account
    • Choose "link existing account" to add your other MCC accounts by their account numbers
    • Approve the administrative access for the top-tier MCC by logging into the lower-tier MCC's and choosing approve option
    • That is it!  You now have a tiered structure just like in the photo above.

Step Five: Completing the setup of your MCC - Tying in AdWords Accounts to "Your" My Client Center

Time has finally come to add your and/or other people's Google AdWords accounts to the MCC(s).

  • Log into your top-tier MCC account.
  • Drill down to the appropriate lower-tier MCC if necessary
  • Choose the "link existing account" to add in Google AdWords accounts
  • Make sure to approve the process from the Google AdWords accounts
  • You are now all set!!

List of References

Out of 30 plus posts and 10+ website visits, I found these three resources the most useful:

These are some of the other places I visited in search of answers:

  • Google search results
  • webmasterworld.com - though typically very useful; most of the results were for other issues related to MCC and AdWords
 

Comments  

 
0 #1 Sterling 2009-10-07 13:06
Thanks for the instructions on MCC sign-up. I was stuck with disabling my existing AdWords account to convert it to MCC. You saved me hours. Much appreciated.
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+2 #2 Mergen 2009-10-08 03:23
@sterling, you welcome. this is exactly why i took the time. glad i could help. hopefully google will make this easier in the future
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0 #3 evan 2009-10-08 22:17
Thank you thank you thank you. I was looking for a way to free up my favorite gmail address

Thank you thank you!@@@#@!!

Best,
Evan
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+1 #4 Mark 2009-10-09 16:19
Dear Lord... It would have taken me weeks to figure all that out. Thanks so much.
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0 #5 Mergen 2009-10-10 22:07
@mark @evan you guys are more than welcome. i am glad that the extra time i took to write this was helpful for others. cheers
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0 #6 eCommerceCircle 2009-10-15 07:53
Mergen -- Great post!
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0 #7 Dave Brookes 2009-10-15 12:16
Really useful thank you, especially how to 'release' an AdWords account.
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0 #8 Barney 2009-10-17 05:30
Thank you for such a clear post; it made the process more straight forward.
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0 #9 David 2009-10-24 07:56
Very helpful. Thank you!
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0 #10 Mergen 2009-10-24 13:26
@eCommerceCircl e @Barney @David You guys are all very welcome! Cheers! MC
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0 #11 lauren 2009-10-27 14:35
Gosh where were you yesterday...
It drove me nuts trying to figure out how to unlink my favourite google account, to assign it to a new adwords account LOL..
However I did not signup for the Google Advertising Professionals Program bfore creating the mcc account. Have I done the wrong thing?
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0 #12 Mergen 2009-10-27 14:43
Hi Lauren

Amazingly google is not the most friendliest or easiest to use when you are setting up MCC and trying to assign things to the right accounts. I am no expert and have only laid out what I have tried and worked.

With that said, you should be able to sign up for Google Advertising Professionals Program (GAPP) with your gmail account at anytime. Just make sure to sign out of Google, visit the GAPP link above, and try signing up. If that doesn't work, then maybe you need to start again from the top.

Good luck! This is a bit of a painful process, but once you get it down right the first time, then you are good to go for a LONG TIME. :)

CHEERS!!
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0 #13 russell 2009-10-29 06:47
It's not letting me disable the main account.

"You cannot change or terminate your own access to AdWords"

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance =)
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0 #14 Mergen 2009-10-29 11:34
@russell you need to add another account with administrative account. then log back in from the new account and remove your old account.

i hope that makes sense. have a great day!
MC
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0 #15 David 2009-10-30 10:46
thank you very much :)
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0 #16 Mergen 2009-10-30 11:01
@David you very welcome!
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0 #17 Clinton Hailey 2009-10-31 00:39
Thanks a lot @Mergen! Your post surely saved me a lot of time and frustration (Google's instructions were not clear). I've not got my favorite Gmail account and MCC all set up:).

Cheers,
Clint
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0 #18 Mergen 2009-10-31 10:01
@Clinton you are welcome. I'm glad the instructions were helpful.

As a side note, it feels really nice to have all the thank you's. hehe So, thank you everyone for taking the time to thank me. LOL. Best of luck to everyone's online ventures.

With love from Mongolia,
CHEERS!!
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0 #19 Adi 2009-11-04 14:13
Mergen great great post !!!! i got crush by google and MCC, just only setup and damn link both. I spend 3 days long, to fix all.... thanks mergen you heal my headeach and stomacheach. google going wild huh ???
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0 #20 Mergen 2009-11-04 14:26
lol @adi glad to be healing people's headaches and stomachaches. haha
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+1 #21 modeca 2009-11-09 05:43
Thanks for the guide. However I have a bit of a warning!

If you have a Google Adsense account linked to your Google Adwords email address, this will also be affected by terminating your access - in step 2 above.

Now I can't login into Adsense with my original email address, I have to use the new account that I setup in Step 1.

This is a major pain in the neck, Google. Come on guys, sort it out!!
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+1 #22 Mergen 2009-11-09 08:25
Hi @modeca thanks for pointing that out. I am guessing the key is that if you already use a gmail account for other services (especially if it is assigned to AdSense, Analytics, Website Optimizer, etc), please re-assign that to your main MCC as your master email.

I have a gmail account that i stay logged in all day and have accounts in pretty much all of the Google services -- I followed the instructions above to free it and then assigned this Gmail account to the top/main MCC account.

I agree Google does NOT make this process easy. And, this really is not an easy at all, but I wish you guys all good luck!!
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0 #23 Vi Wickam 2009-11-10 07:03
Thank you so much for this contribution. If this works as you say, it will save me any my business partner tons of time in administrating adwords.

Thanks a bunch!
Vi Wickam
http://www.zellopartners.com
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0 #24 Jorge 2009-11-10 15:55
I still have problems linking my company to my MCC. It says that I don´t have administrate access. Any idea?

Thanks
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0 #25 Mergen 2009-11-10 16:12
@Vi you welcome

@Jorge is your new/other gmail account assigned as an administrator? you will need to have administrative access. you need one gmail per each MCC. not sure i'm being helpful on this...
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0 #26 Jorge 2009-11-10 16:43
Hi Mergen,

It doesn´t work and I tried everything.

This is what I did.

1) I have two email addresses: and
2) I used for the MCC
3) I have assigned administrator access to with the MCC
4) I registered for the advertising professional program and this is the email address that I used to manage my company adwords campaing.
5) I have linked my company adwords account from my MCC
6) but when I login to the advertising professional program with and I´m trying to link my company account to my mcc, IT doesn´t work!!!!

Any idea what I´m doing wrong? Thanks
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0 #27 Mergen 2009-11-10 16:48
@Jorge is it possible that you are having issues because you are not using Gmail? I only used Gmail accounts to assign to my MCC's.

Has anyone had success with non-Gmail accounts?

@Jorge can you try it by signing up for various gmail accounts?
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0 #28 Jorge 2009-11-10 16:53
Hi, one more thing. This is the message I get:
"Sorry, we are unable to link this MCC account to your Company account, either because the account does not exist, or because you do not have Administrative rights to link to this MCC. Please check that the MCC ID you provided is accurate, and that you have Administrative access to the matching Customer ID for that MCC account."
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0 #29 Jorge 2009-11-10 16:58
UHm?? I´m not using any gmail accounts, but It can´t be that!!!

I´ve been trying everything for two days and I can not figure out. Tomorrow, I´ll try your suggestion and use just GMAIL accounts.

Thanks a lot for your help

Jorge
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0 #30 Jorge 2009-11-11 15:34
Well, I feel better to know that I´m not alone. I´m going to try Sarah´s suggestion and use the same email for the GAP and the MCC.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/AdWords/thread?tid=1ffed269c8fdb683&hl=en
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0 #31 Jorge 2009-11-12 00:13
Hi everyone!!!

It works. You need to use the same email address for the MCC and the GAP to be able to link them and it doesn´t matter if it´s not a gmail address.

Thanks a lot.

Jorge Rivero
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0 #32 Mergen 2009-11-12 00:41
@Jorge NICE!!! Congratulations !!! Also, it is good to know that it does not have to be a Gmail account. You are now officially all set up, sounds like. SWEET!!!
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0 #33 Joachim 2009-11-29 23:08
Hi,

first of all thanks for this excellent article, although I already got through the pain, spending several hours yesterday, and found your page only today...
One thing that's very unclear in google's documentation, even after getting the MCC up, is if one has to create one more AdWords account (and not just replacing it with the MCC) to create adverts (beside managing client's accounts) because the MCC becomes only an "umbrella account" without capabilities to publish adverts directly...
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0 #34 Moe 2010-01-12 00:38
nice work
Many thanks it saved me loads of time
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0 #35 Chris 2010-01-12 16:21
I keep getting the following error when I invite the fresh account in step two.

A new version of the AdWords interface is available.
Please refresh this page to try again.
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0 #36 Moe 2010-01-12 16:56
hi chris, i had the same problem it wasnt pleasent...it took me a while...
one i "freed" my gmail from adwords i used a different browser to create the MCC i hope this helps.
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0 #37 Chris 2010-01-12 17:05
Well yeah that's the problem. I could not get past step two. I must have made 3 fresh gmail accounts, not associated with any adwords account. I sent invites to them all and when I'd get to the part where I click on the accept invite links, there was my tail for me to chase.
Honestly, I have no idea why, but somehow I finally just got it to work. Setting up MCC, that is. But NOT with my "favorite" gmail account. That one unfortunately is stuck. I'm unable to free it because the accounts I sent invites to all get that "refresh" error. Once I even had the page reload in Chinese.
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0 #38 Moe 2010-01-12 17:09
yeah i had the some problem i think i had it load in nepalese or something major bugs in there
google get sorted!

am glad you got it sorted chris
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0 #39 Mergen 2010-01-12 17:52
@chris glad you got it figured out. to free your main id, you probably need to a) figure out which mcc it is assigned b) log into that mcc and assign another account to that mcc as admin, then remove your favorite account c) log into the top mcc and assign your favorite account, which now should be free, as an admin and then remove the other account. hope that makes sense.

@moe thanks for pitching in

@google i hope you guys are listening. MCC is just a major pain in the rear to setup.
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0 #40 Chandler Hall 2010-01-15 05:52
Hi Mergen,
Great article. I had a GAP contact me for help in this area and I found this article. Great work. I have blogged about this and linked to your site...I did place your graphic on my blog as a teaser for showing "how it could look". THANKS AGAIN and please let me know if you want me to change anything.
Best regards,
Chandler
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0 #41 CodeZero 2010-01-23 16:57
Quoting Chris:
Well yeah that's the problem. I could not get past step two. I must have made 3 fresh gmail accounts, not associated with any adwords account. I sent invites to them all and when I'd get to the part where I click on the accept invite links, there was my tail for me to chase.
Honestly, I have no idea why, but somehow I finally just got it to work. Setting up MCC, that is. But NOT with my "favorite" gmail account. That one unfortunately is stuck. I'm unable to free it because the accounts I sent invites to all get that "refresh" error. Once I even had the page reload in Chinese.

Chris, I tried with separate browsers (old gmail in chrome, new gmail in firefox, mmc setup IE) and this problem seems to be solved. Anyway that's horrible, honestly all of you having MMC or GAP exam are kings :)
Mergen, thank you for your detailed help, w/o it I could not manage to setup my MMC.
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0 #42 Mergen 2010-01-27 15:11
Hey @Chandler you welcome. Your blog post looks fine. Thanks

@CodeZero you welcome! Thanks for calling all of us as MCC kings. hahahaha

have a prosperous 2010, everyone!!
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0 #43 לימודי פסיכומטרי 2010-01-31 01:56
Life saver!!
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0 #44 Kiwi 2010-02-03 05:57
Hi Mergen, your article is exactly what I need except I'm stuck on step 3 ... Now, go sign up for Google AdWords My Client Center. I get the following error ... Not Found

The requested URL /adwords/MyClientCenter was not found on this server.

Hmmm any idea what's the deal with this?
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0 #45 Mergen 2010-02-03 09:18
@Kiwi, try the new link I just added next to the one showing 404 error up in step three: "(also try this link)".

cheers
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0 #46 Kiwi 2010-02-03 09:34
Mergen would you be open to just getting paid a one time fee over paypal and helping me work this out? I can send you a gotomeeting and give you controls to sort it out.

Will take you 10-15 minutes and me 1-2 days!

Lemme know,
Thanks.
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0 #47 Mergen 2010-02-03 09:44
@Kiwi sure! let me send you an email
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0 #48 Tyler A. 2010-02-07 14:05
Thank you so much for the info. I am having a weird problem though. Every time I try to create a new MCC account here:

http://www.google.com/adwords/myclientcenter

I go through the process and it just sets up a normal adwords account. Any ideas what I may be doing wrong.
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0 #49 Mergen 2010-02-07 14:13
@Tyler make sure to not sign up for AdWords. if you have accidentally signed up for AdWords, make sure to cancel AdWords and wait a day before following the above steps. Sometimes, you need to wait to let the changes propogate. Google does not mention the need to wait, but sometimes, you do actually need to wait up to 24 hours after changes are made to accounts regarding AdWords/MCC/etc.

I hope that helps.
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0 #50 Tyler A. 2010-02-07 14:20
Actually it was the weirdest thing. Every time I would try and set up the MCC I would enter in an account that it did not like and when it refreshed the page to tell me I could not use that account, it reverted back to the regular adwords sign up so that when I did sign up successfully it was just for a regular account and not an MCC.

The only clue was at the very top it would change from sign up for a MCC account to sign up for an adwords account. They really need to get this thing ironed out.

You might want to point that out in your tutorial since it seems like almost everyone would get the "you can't use that account error" when they are dealing with this mess.
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0 #51 Dave 2010-02-22 05:51
Mergen,

Thanks for the well written and thought out instructions. Google should pay you for having done this! Google's guides and instructions for all of their services are very inadequate and never explain all the steps in a simple and understandable way for the end-user. Google needs to improve in these areas drastically - all their presentations and guides are from an engineer rather than from a user's perspective. They probably don't realize it, but I'm sure they lose many potential customers because of these problems.

I live in Vail, CO, hope your plans on getting back to Colorado work out!
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0 #52 Mergen 2010-02-22 09:28
@Dave. Thank you, sir. I would LOVE to be paid by Google for this. hehe

What exactly do you do in Vail? Powder must be awesome if you are into skiing or boarding. Used to go there for snowboarding myself. Definitely do miss sunny and colorful Colorado.

I am thinking Boulder as the place to open up our CO presence... Denver has all the money, but Boulder has the lifestyle.
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0 #53 Colin 2010-02-24 00:27
Hi Mergen,

Got it! Thank you. Set for a long time now. :)

Regards

Colin
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0 #54 Tara 2010-02-24 18:33
Many thanks. This was exactly what I needed. How frustrating that Google doesn't make this process a little bit more clear!! Your post was invaluable!
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0 #55 Mergen 2010-02-24 19:17
@Colin @Tara you guys very welcome. have a wonderful day!
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0 #56 Lou U 2010-03-05 03:52
I know I am late to the party on this post, but I have the same problem as everyone else. I am sure I have burned 5-6 hours tryingto figure this out. So tonight I am following your roadmap. Wish me luck...and THANKS!
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0 #57 miconian 2010-03-05 13:25
Thanks very much for this. It helped me sort out the issue of using my favorite account as the MCC.

That said, I opted not to create the nested MCCs as you recommend. It just seemed unnecessary, considering that for the forseeable future, it's just me, with one account of my own, and one client. I guess if I end up running a large, complex adwords business, I can adjust.
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0 #58 Mergen 2010-03-06 12:32
@lou i'm late on the response, but GOOD LUCK!!!

@miconian you most welcome! i agree that people should set up as they foresee their needs. as for me it's better to be well prepared now for the future, so that i don't have to worry about it later. ready for world domination (in terms of tons of adwords acct management) just in case! hehe ;D
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0 #59 Mergen 2010-03-27 14:52
Hi all, as per my conversation with Tyler from comment #50, I would like to add his note:

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No problem, your tutorial was great and was very helpful. I got it all figured out.

I just thought it might help others out who were trying to jump through the hoops that you point out that when they try to create a new MCC account and add their old e-mail which google will not accept, when the page refreshes to tell them the “that e-mail is already being used” it refreshes to a normal account creation page. So when you do put in the right e-mail address it just creates a normal account and not a MCC account.

It took me 4 times till I realized that the one word in small type “MCC” was replaced by “adwords” at the very top of the page when it refreshed to tell me my e-mail would not work.

Thanks for all the help,
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0 #60 Sam Clarke 2010-04-13 13:09
Hi,

Not one hope in a hundred maillon - would I have been able to do this without your guide !!!

Excellent.

Only issue I had was finding the MCC Acount No in the new interface - but read somewhere to go back to the old one and its at the top righ of th epage.

Thanks heaps...Sam
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0 #61 Anze 2010-04-15 20:31
Thank you so much, this was incredibly useful!
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0 #62 Mergen 2010-04-16 08:23
@sam hehe you welcome & thanks for the humorous comment

@anze you very welcome as well.
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0 #63 Matt 2010-05-13 05:20
Seriously, this saved the day. THANK YOU, thank you!
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0 #64 Masquerade Masks 2010-05-25 23:49
Mergen, I don't think I could begin to convey to you my gratitude in what you have provided me with here with this data. 2 hours ago I had nothing, The only thing I new was that I had to create a MCC but had no idea how to begin let alone knowing what to do. I typed in some keywords into google, your page came up, I followed your instructions and two hours latter I have nested MCC's with accounts in at least one. From nothing, I have everything.

Brett
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0 #65 Mergen 2010-05-26 10:00
@matt @brett you welcom
@brett thank you for the beautifully worded gratitude. this is the type of thanks that makes me want to write more useful content and give out useful free stuff.
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0 #66 Jeroen 2010-06-07 19:50
Thank you for your detailed instructions and your time.
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0 #67 ashy 2010-06-07 20:48
thx for pitching
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0 #68 Thasmo 2010-06-07 23:23
Absolutely brilliant, you saved me!
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0 #69 Mergen 2010-06-08 07:42
@thasmo @Jereon @ashy you guys welcome
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0 #70 a bonin 2010-06-08 16:01
Hello. I created a new gmail account. 2. sent invitation to be admin from the original (favorite)accou nt. 3. when following invitation link, i get screen whith 3 steps: Create google account, set time zone and currency and verify account. under that i get: which best describes u. I select "i have an email address...." follow instructions putting my new created email and it just blinks and goes back to the same screen.
no errors or messages.
thanks in advance for the help.
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0 #71 John Phelps 2010-06-26 22:21
Great stuff. Many thanks. For me, being familiar with Adwords, the key to the puzzle here is 'Freeing your favorite account' -gets you past the 'can't use this account error'. As a quick start, do this and you are on your way.
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0 #72 Alex 2010-07-28 20:57
Although I appreciate your try to solve the BIG MYSTERY about MCCs in the Google Framework (the worst ever designed application all over the world is the MCCs accounts)the solution is incoplete because there are hundreds situation where cannot be applied.
I believe there are a lot to be done to make an MMC correctly and easy. The most obvious solution is to design a new framework from the scratch because this is a garbage
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0 #73 Mergen 2010-07-29 08:59
@bonin hopefully you got this working now

@john thanks for the comment and tips

@alex yes, MCC is really a hassle, but Google PPC pretty much dominates the industry right now... the setup is messy but the other tools, such as keyword research are getting better all the time... keyword insight is really awesome tool...
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0 #74 Media Mark 2010-08-07 12:00
I totally get all this but the problem I have, it that I can't seem to get to the MCC page anymore? When I log in I go right to the client campaign page. Any ideas?
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0 #75 Bonin A 2010-08-09 07:59
Quoting Mergen:
@bonin hopefully you got this working now

@john thanks for the comment and tips

@alex yes, MCC is really a hassle, but Google PPC pretty much dominates the industry right now... the setup is messy but the other tools, such as keyword research are getting better all the time... keyword insight is really awesome tool...

Quoting Mergen:
@bonin hopefully you got this working now

@john thanks for the comment and tips

@alex yes, MCC is really a hassle, but Google PPC pretty much dominates the industry right now... the setup is messy but the other tools, such as keyword research are getting better all the time... keyword insight is really awesome tool...

Got it working. Thanks to Mergen. I just followed mergen instructions again and again and it worked.
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0 #76 Bonin A 2010-08-09 08:02
Got it working a few days after my post, with Mergen's help. Thanks again mergen. The tutorial is perfect.
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0 #77 Marjorie S. 2010-08-17 05:49
What a lifesaver! This saved me endless frustration.
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0 #78 Jerry 2010-08-18 05:33
Thanks for the help. Worked like a charm. This will make it much easier to manage a 2nd adword account within our business.

Indeed, Google's directions are not too clear... especially if you already have an adwords account.
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0 #79 Mergen 2010-08-18 09:17
@bonin @marjorie @jerry you are welcome!
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0 #80 SHG 2010-09-12 17:30
Everything worked perfectly for me when I followed the advice described here.

Thanks!
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0 #81 Nabha 2010-09-15 06:16
Mergen, this is incredibly helpful. Just wanted to add my thanks to the long string of others with similar comments.
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0 #82 Sean Richards 2010-09-25 11:13
Myself and one of our employees at some point spent days trying to figure this out and we got reasonably close but I still think that I have learnt a bucket from your post. Now i'm going to have to go through this info with a fine tooth comb and make sure all of our google accounts are in the correct hierarchy and positions. Fun fun, I agree though that Google's documentation around this king of configuration is not the greatest.

Thanks for writing this, I'm sure it's helped a number of people.
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0 #83 Sean 2010-09-27 14:56
Hi Mergen,

Sorry to post again but I have a questions for you and am interested to know what you think.

I have setup our accounts as you have described with a Top level MCC and two MCC's below. One is for Internal websites for our company and the other is for client websites.

My question is this. If Myself and three other individuals are going to be managing these client websites, how should our Google Accounts be linked in?

Should we have our own MCC accounts and link these under the other second level MCC's? Or should we have have our own MCC's and link them also to the top level MCC? Or should we just be individuals and all login through the second level MCC that manages the client accounts?

Thank you for your assistance in advance.

Cheers,
Sean.

P.S. Your steps above worked great and it all worked well for me. Thanks again.
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0 #84 Mergen 2010-09-27 15:44
@SHG @Nabha @Sean you welcom

@Sean you can add more nested MCC using the above directions, or if you need to have shared access, you can just do the settings from the account access settings...
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