“ApprovalStatus Of The Keyword Must Be APPROVED” (Yahoo! Japan Only)

When attempting to post changes to Yahoo! Japan via the platform’s Activity Log, the operation may fail and you could encounter the following error message:

To update destinationUrl at keyword BiddableAdGroupCriterion, approvalStatus of the keyword must be "APPROVED".


This message will likely be found within the failed task’s Activity ID (accessible by clicking the ID within the grid on the Admin screen).

What Causes The Issue?

This error message is displayed if you attempt to make changes to objects within your publisher account before they have been approved by Yahoo! Japan.

How To Fix The Issue

Generally speaking, approvals for new objects (such as keywords or creatives) by Yahoo! Japan take 2 or 3 working days to process. Once you are 100% confident that all of the objects you are trying to amend have been approved by Yahoo! Japan, you should be able to post your changes from the platform successfully.

If your approval takes longer than 3 working days, please reach out to your Yahoo! Japan representative.

Written by Marketing @ Marin Software

Last published at: June 29th, 2023