Google Adwords Search Network Only Issues

I managed Google Adwords at a very high level for nearly 9 years managing a monthly ad spend of $200k+ per month. Think of the ramifications if you didn’t recoup your ad budget with that type of burn.

Today, I’m looking at live website traffic via Wordfence and astounded to see how much Google Adwords traffic is coming from doubleclick and parked domains.

Under my campaign settings, I’m set for Google search and search partners. One would assume that this would be premium traffic from legitimate mobile or desktop searchers landing on Google.com or a partner website. (whatever that really means)

In my opinion, parked domain traffic is some of the worst potential traffic and Adwords customers should not be paying a premium for clicks coming from parked domains. I put these types of domains up there with the “Display Network” traffic. While some publishers try to make money by running Adsense or DoubleClick and creating great content to draw a real audience, others have mastered the art of “click fraud” on parked domains and similar Adsense sites.

With the Display Network, you can monitor conversions and even block domains that don’t generate conversions at your targeted numbers or CPA. With parked domains running under Google’s “Search only and search partners” you have no way of managing these sites…and I think Google is keenly aware of this. I’m hoping at some point Google will create a distinction between “Search only” and “Search Partners” so you can turn off “search partners” if you choose or manage the conversions that come from search partners.

The only way you can catch this activity is by monitoring live traffic coming to your site or a third party analytics tool…not “Google Analytics”.

So Google…if you by chance happen to catch this short write-up, I hope you’ll consider giving Adwords advertisers more control over what types of traffic we get via Google search only / partners and the ability to block or turn specific types of traffic off.

Here’s my final thought. I think Google knows very well that by keeping the curtains closed on search only partner traffic they have a better ability to dial or tweak the type of traffic a specific advertiser receives. This allows them to send more direct search traffic from Google search while less important advertisers get a blend of search only and partner traffic.

What are your thoughts on the quality of traffic coming from Google search only partners?

PS – When talking to Google Adwords rep, I asked him the difference between Adsense traffic (Display Network) and DoubleClick traffic (Search Only / Partners) traffic. Supposedly, DoubleClick is for high-end advertisers / clients with big budgets. So if that’s the case, why would DoubleClick be involved with parked domain traffic?

Auction Insights Google Adwords

Were you as surprised as I was when logging into your Google Adwords account recently to see a new feature offered call “Auction Insights”. A new feature designed to provide a level of competitive intelligence at the keyword level as to who you are competing for several factors:

  • Impression Share
  • Average Position
  • Overlap Rate
  • Position Above Rate
  • Top of Page Percentage

For more detailed information on this new feature here are some great articles to reference:

What are your thoughts on this new feature? Will it help advertisers or create more Adwords Chaos?

Adwords Auction Insights

 

Fake Google Adwords Display URL

Fake Adwords Display URL? I did not think it was possible, but I finally ran across a Google Adwords ad using a fake display URL. I was looking for a Canon p-150 scanner. I thought I was going to land on BestBuy.com, but instead landed on a Weebly.com page which then redirected me to Amazon.com  (Check out the screen shots below)

While I won’t talk about the ethics of this or how Google missed a display URL that does not match a destination URL…this is some slick marketing. I doubt the individual or entity could be identified by anyone without a court subpoena.

Adwords Display URL

 

Fake Google Adwords Display URL

Directed me to a Weebly.com web page below.

 Adwords Display URL

Typically has to match up with the destination URL unless using a tracking service of some type.

Again, this is a pretty slick marketing tactic. I’m not sure if there is any legal precident of using a corporate domain / sub-domain name to fake out consumers into thinking they are going to a corporate website and then land on an affiliate page.

Once the cookie is loaded, the affiliate will get the sale if the visitor makes a purchase.

Have you run across fake Google Adwords display URLs? or do you use fake display URLs in your marketing? Any Internet attorneys that care to comment on any possible legal issues resulting from the use of this tactic? Comment below or sign up in top right hand corner of this page for email updates.

For more information on Google Adwords display URL policy – click link

Here’s interesting point with regard to Google’s display URL policy for Adwords. There is nothing covered regarding the use of false or misleading display URLs.

Google Adwords Keyword Status Change

Google has added some additional information to the keyword status tool recently. I’m not sure when it was added yet, but it is a welcome change.

Previously when checking status of a keyword, you might see that a keyword is eligible, but when checking to if the keyword was displaying you would see a message similar to that on the left with “No” in red. You would only see that there was another ad or keyword triggering in another area of your account.

Now, if another keyword triggers a different ad for a similar keyword, Google is pointing to the specific keyword, campaign, and ad group. This is a great tool for trouble shooting your account.

It would drive me crazy when I saw this message, but had no clue as to what keyword might be triggering rather than the specific keyword I wanted to trigger an ad.

Has the addition of keyword, campaign, and ad group information to the keyword status tool helped you trouble shoot your adwords account? Share your story and comment below>>>

Making The Million Dollar Club – Google Adwords

We’ve recently broke in the the Google Adwords million dollar club. While it’s taken us some time to reach this goal there are companies that spend a million+ on Google Adwords advertising each month.

Here’s a small screen shot from our account  below>>>

If you are looking to get traffic to your website, advertising with Google Adwords is the fastest way to do it. You can set up an account, load it with funds from your credit card and then start getting traffic in as little as 15 minutes. We’ve had our ups and downs with Adwords, but we’ve been profitable.

I’m in the process of getting my referral codes from Google to give potential new advertisers anywhere from a $50-$100 credit for setting up a new Adwords account.

Want to get the most out of Adwords? Perry Marshall wrote the first book on Google Adwords. You can get a copy of his book here:

What is Google Adwords?

Google Adwords is essentially an auction style of bidding on specific keywords for placement on Google SERPs – Search Engine Results Page(s) Check out the screen-shot below:

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The Google Affiliate Slap

If you have not been following the latest Google Adwords news their is a new Google Affiliate Slap starting to make headlines. I first heard the news from Perry Marshall and most recently from from the folks at Hexatrack.

In short, Google does not like affiliate marketers and is now penalizing sites that link directly to affiliate offers, but do not add any value to the site or offer. Google is being especially hard on review sites that link to affiliate offers.

This will obviously be big news for the next several weeks so stay tuned for more information.

Google AdWords: Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

No, this is not an Easter related article and has nothing to do with putting Easter Eggs in multiple baskets. But what it does point out are some of the inconsistencies with Google Adwords and why you need to spread your risk out on multiple search engines and continue to explore every avenue including email, social media marketing, video marketing and other methods that will bring consistent traffic to your website that will convert to a sale, a lead, or whatever it is you are looking to measure.

In the past two weeks one of our Google Adwords accounts traffic dropped off sharply. The account has been active for over a year and has a fairly consistent track record. The traffic on this account dropped off by over 100,000 impressions per day. Several calls to Google resulted in one rep stating that is was probably competition (which I challenged) and a second rep stating that it is normal for Content Network traffic to swing up and down much higher than 100,000 impressions on any given day.

No matter how successful an Internet marketer you are, your business will be subject to the fluctuations of Google Adwords traffic and any other search engine PPC program for that matter. This is one reason video marketing and social media marketing have exploded.

Have you seen major fluctuations in your Google Adwords traffic? Share your story with our visitors.