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MSN Microsoft Adcenter Open to all Now

 7:31 am on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Maybe I missed someone else posting this, but anyone can sign up for MSN AdCenter now. No waiting for an invite anymore.

Speaking of AdCenter, how long is the wait to get your ads approved and running?


Microsoft today is launching its adCenter online advertising system in the U.S., and will now compete directly with Google and Yahoo! in selling ads on the Web.

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 6:26 pm (utc) on May 4, 2006]
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 11:10 am on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

sweeeeeet! Nice 1 for the heads up.


 2:46 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

And it is finally officially unofficial that Yahoo will be 100% off of msn today...

Over the past year, Microsoft has been slowly weaning itself from Yahoo!, a rival that it had hired to serve advertising alongside the Redmond company's Web search results. Now, Microsoft will be working directly with advertisers.


 2:52 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

My ads were up and running the same day. I signed up with QuickLaunch on a Thursday, uploaded my data from Google, Friday I talked to a rep and shortly after that they were there. It was very fast. Conversions, though, have not been as fast to come as they did for the same ads and keywords on Google. But I am in the process of fine-tuning it and have seen some progress. Everything takes work!

King of Bling

 7:28 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm in.

Looks pretty slick so far. Waiting for approval.



 7:33 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

So, Microsoft adCenter is now open to all advertisers. Um, pardon my ignorance, but what about publishers? When/how do we opt in? Or are MSN adCenter ads displayed in search results only?


 7:35 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Does Adcenter only work in IE?


 7:39 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm setting up a campagin for the first time. It looks like the orders act like Ad Groups on Google. However, I'm only able to add 100 keywords per order.

I have 15,000 keywords!

Is there a better way to bulk upload these?


 7:39 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Internet Explorer 6+

At this time only for advertisers not publishers


 8:24 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

seems to be pretty buggy so far. won't let me add keywords - "error on page"


 8:33 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

What's the point of having a beta phase? I can't believe they lauched with this sloooooow clunky buggy product. Think of the billions at stake

Bill Gates says this is one rare case where Microsoft is being underestimated. Boy I hope so, because so far its looking like a "Big Bold Bomb"


 8:37 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

If MSN's going to be 100% Yahoo-free now, what happens when there aren't any advertisers in MSN for a term? Ad Free results?!


 8:39 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Too bad it doesn't support firefox.


 8:41 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

What is the minimum bid?
How much are the bids compared to Adwords?


 8:42 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Considering the percentage of people in this field that use Firefox, it is astounding the Microsoft would not make adCenter compatible with Firefox.

I've used adCenter, even with IE, and it is still buggy, and the lack of some features is dowright stupid. For example, you cannot simply paste a list of terms when creating campaigns, you have to enter one by one, or use Excel which does not work all the time.

Way to go Microsoft. You only have to annoy people a few times, and they are gone..... to spend more money on Adwords.


 8:42 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is a BAD BAD BAD idea. The product is mega-buggy, clunky and there are waaaay too many things that need to be fixed.

Support will be swamped with calls about things that should have been fixed before product launch.

I can't believe they did this.


 8:45 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

So far, the ease of use and flexibility of the control panel reminds me of looksmart circa 2002.


 9:00 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've been in the beta for a couple months and I am surprised that they fully released right now. It still is really buggy and poorly organized in my opinion. FYI, my traffic is not converting all that well.
Also, head up, as previously stated---it only works properly in IE.


 9:42 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have been running it for months and think they have a LONG way to go when it comes to cleaning up that crappy UI of theirs. It's better than Overture but nowhere near the level of AdWords.


 9:53 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

I don't know, perhaps this will be a good thing. If enough people #*$! then maybe they'll get this mess straightened out.


 10:02 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Too bad it doesn't support firefox.

Yep. Score another flub by the mighty MS. Gee who do they think their clients are? Hmmm probably webmasters. The same people who are most likely to use Firefox.

Good plan MS, tick off just the people you want to have as customers. That and bugs too. Awesome!

But on the bright side it's nice to have more competition to adwords and yahoo. I just hope they get it worked out soon. I'll be looking for adcenter SP2.


 11:51 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

The interesting thing that MSN had to say today is that it's now Microsoft adCenter - not MSN adCenter.

This is important from the future of adCenter. It's not just a search based platform, it will be used to control Microsoft advertising, and will leverage the Microsoft name.

These forms of advertising could include the xbox, office live, windows live, and other Microsoft owned properties.

“Ad-supported software services are an integral part of Microsoft’s plans to give consumers access to a broader variety of digital media, whenever they want and on whatever device they prefer,” is a quote from Ballmer.

Should be interesting to see how this product evolves with the full backing of Microsoft.


 1:16 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have one simple question:
Seeing as how Bill is a really intelligent person (not being sarcastic), then why on earth doesn't he use the feedback that professional webmasters are freely providing here when designing their products?

It's true, corporations literally waste so much money. I really do think in this case though, it's just as simple as "they've lost it", there can be no other explanation for the lack of quality in recent microsoft endeavors - and I say this as someone that's BEGGING for an alternative to Google.


 2:16 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

"MSN Adcenter Open to all Now"

Not the UK!


 7:52 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

No, the UK will not be online for a few months yet.


 8:08 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

anybody know when they are launching in the UK?

Calc Richmond

 8:11 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Also keen to know when the UK is launching as thier customer service has been shocking as per usual and no help at all..

Also how is the bidding structure working? Is it a straight top bid wins position as per Overture or is it taking the Google Adwords approach?


 8:41 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well, I do not like the reporting. Unless I am missing something, all I know is that I spent 85 dollars today and can not tell if they came from MSN yet as reports are not updated until the end of day. But according to my reports, it is possible that I got a very good conversion rate.


 9:06 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

anybody know when they are launching in the UK?

Said to launch in June.

If you are in the UK and you want to buy traffic in the US, Singapore, or France you can still use AdCenter, but you cannot target the UK as far as ad serving goes.


 1:25 pm on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Is MSN now YSM free?

I can't see being in the UK or our MSN still showing YSM. Is it now offical that they have dropped YSM

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