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Google serps glitch
hutchins13




msg:157809
 7:53 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

The SERP pages are all funky!

ADDED: It's just a single search I did. I'm probably not suppose to mention this, but the search was for "email list hosting". The Adwords are on the side, but in a much wider column, and the regular search results are underneath in the same column.

I thought it was all of Google, but it's apparently only for this search.

ADDED MORE: Now seeing it on more searches!

[edited by: hutchins13 at 7:59 pm (utc) on Oct. 16, 2002]

 

jeremy goodrich




msg:157810
 7:55 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Not seeing it myself. Everything looks fine. (from California, USA).

fathom




msg:157811
 7:55 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Half a search -- I think?

What a concept! :)

NeedScripts




msg:157812
 7:56 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Funky here too :)

I have a Image Captuer to prove it :)

Napoleon




msg:157813
 7:56 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Rings a bell... yes, I got only half a page of returns a few days ago. Definitely something odd.

lazyz




msg:157814
 7:56 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yes - seeing it now... Looks like something wrong with the add-words script...

fathom




msg:157815
 7:56 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ok now I have the second half... but lost the first :(

jeremy goodrich




msg:157816
 8:00 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Remember when they messed up their format a while ago, and included the adwords in the SERP's?

GoogleGuy said it was an 'accident' many people here said it was a beta test...that they claimed was accident, to lure people into complacency.

Well, with this latest 'accident' I'm convinced the first one was a beta test for the new look.

This is the 2nd.

3rd times a charm, right? Just in time for the holidays...goody.

Big_Balou




msg:157817
 8:01 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Seeing them here as well (North Carolina,USA). Half page justified right with results showing under adwords....real funky.

<added> background table color changes with each new search or refresh. Getting ready for the holidays? </added>

[edited by: Big_Balou at 8:06 pm (utc) on Oct. 16, 2002]

Fiver




msg:157818
 8:02 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

it's on all searches with adwords that i'm doing

fathom




msg:157819
 8:03 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

... right wing politics!

... or just right of center!

defanjos




msg:157820
 8:04 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Wow, that really looks messed up. It is definetely a glitch, no way Google would go with that.

Slud




msg:157821
 8:04 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

This is *not* a "new look". Someone just screwed up some table code. Surprised it's taking this long to fix.

thunderpaste




msg:157822
 8:04 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

In New Orleans we are seeing adwords only, no SERPs

actually now i see the serps at the bottom of the adwords. weird.

someone definitley messed up.

[edited by: thunderpaste at 8:06 pm (utc) on Oct. 16, 2002]

Mike_Mackin




msg:157823
 8:05 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

adwords are worth MUCH more RIGHT NOW ;)

coconutz




msg:157824
 8:05 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sure is ugly....

Lingerboy




msg:157825
 8:06 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hummmm.....

A good way for them to find out what the click rate on adwords would be if they were at the top instead of on the side. I'm just sayin'.

hutchins13




msg:157826
 8:07 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Looks like it is fixed now.

Big_Balou




msg:157827
 8:08 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Mike,

was just thinking about restarting some paused campaigns :).

Lingerboy




msg:157828
 8:10 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Bet they made a bundle on that "mistake"

coconutz




msg:157829
 8:10 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Back to normal here (Hawaii). whew!

kris




msg:157830
 8:11 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Looks back to normal now...

jeremy goodrich




msg:157831
 8:14 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yep, I'm betting they made some $$ on that one too.

How many searches a second? 600? and then those for that what, 20 minutes went to Adwords?

Average cpc earnings =~ .10 cents a click (I'm guessing here)

times 600 clicks (figuring everybody that was actually looking for STUFF clicked an ad first, even if they scrolled down afterwards)

$60.00 per second

times 60 seconds per minute, times perhaps 20 minutes = $72,000 in revenue from one little 'mistake'.

Even if 1/10th of their searches have adwords, that would still give them about $7,000 from that mistake that lasted less than a half an hour.

What an incentive to go 'oops' with the HTML, eh? :)

gmoney




msg:157832
 8:20 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

That had to be an honest mistake because it looked pretty bad.

However, I am curious what they were working on to cause the mistake to happen.

Lingerboy




msg:157833
 8:26 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

On their production servers....not likely. They must have a herd of QA people who do test searches b/f they publish any changes...no?

Marcia




msg:157834
 8:27 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>curious what they were working on

Maybe they were running tests to enter FAST's CSS contest. ;)

jeremy goodrich




msg:157835
 8:31 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

LOL Marcia.

CSS testing, hu? That's a GREAT one. Perhaps that is the design they will pitch FAST for the Alchemist contest.

But, why not earn money while they are trying out new things for a contest? I've heard those Search Engine contests can be good for PR...perhaps Google should do one.

Hey, why not a Google Programming contest? :) (tongue firmly in cheek at this point...)

fathom




msg:157836
 8:36 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Maybe an answer to the Yahoo change. Yahoo left turn, Google right!

hmmm... not many Yahoo listings left! :)

No pun intended.

hazardtomyself




msg:157837
 8:38 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Saw it...niiiiice. Shouldn't they do this at night?

Lingerboy




msg:157838
 8:44 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

do we think it is just a coincidence that DMOZ is offline at the same time?

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