Google Instant Errors: Display Ads

Not sure if anyone has noticed this when searching with Google Instant turned on. From time to time, it appears Google’s Instant technology malfunctions on delivering accurate display ads. Take a look at the screen shot below and you’ll notice several things:

  • Target search was “Commercial Carports”
  • Only four organic results returned
  • All display ads are for carpeting, not carports

While this may not seem significant for the searcher, this can be for advertisers that get charged with an ad impression thinking their ads are being targeted accurately. Getting incorrect ad impressions can lower CTR (click through rate) thus increasing ad costs or an advertiser getting an inaccurate low quality score. (click image to enlarge)

What are you seeing for search and display accuracy while searching with Google Instant turned on? Comment below…

Google Instant Search – Advertiser Issues

With the release of Google Instant Search (see image below) there seems to be much mixed emotion from pay per click advertisers. With Google counting and ad impression if a searcher pauses for three seconds; the amount of time it takes to sneeze or sip a cup of coffee, the advertiser is charged with an ad impression. One of my business associates saw normal impressions for a keyword go from 800,000 impressions per month to over 1.8 million impressions after Google Instant Search was launched. The net effect was it cut their click through rate in half (CTR) and nearly killed conversions for one of their bread and butter keywords.

Unfortunately, for me to do this test, the advertisers in the screenshot below were all charged with an ad impression. I’m guessing this has advertisers (including myself) scrambling to change up our pay per click advertising a bit. What I’m wondering though is how many Google Adwords advertisers are seeing their conversions and CTR (click through rate) drop since Google has implemented Instant Search.

If Google Instant Search has affected your business negatively, post a response below. Alternatively, if you have seen an increase or performance improvement in your pay per click advertising since the release of Instant Search we want to hear from you as well.

The other issue I’m wondering about is what do searchers think about all of the dynamic stuff going on in the background as you start to type in a keyword phrase? Do most users want to see organic and paid results instantly changing as they type in a keyword phrase. Share your thoughts below.

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.