Msg#: 5387 posted 10:53 pm on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)
there is no way to check other than looking at your own logs. referrals from the content network contain a certain string, someone else probably knows what it is... i think it includes "googlesyndication" or something like that?
If it is just that "easy," then why doesn't G$ just let us see the URLs that cost us the clicks anyway?
While there are couple other issues for me as well, it is mostly and precisely for this particular reason that I currently refuse to use the content network. I simply do not trust what kind of sites my ads will appear on unless I can control it.
I also resent the lack of transparency with the content network. I feel very much like Google is trying to keep something from us... if they trusted ALL their content sites, and if they thought that we would be happy with them, they would let us see them. I have it switched off now too and I have been getting fewer clicks and more sales. I think that's because my ads are showing on real Google more often now that content isn't wasting my daily budget. I also have search network turned off BTW because of all the spam/scraper sites on there.
What you don't realize (or do) is that search is on average 500% more effective than context. Most people who run AdWord campaigns with high ROI don't understand that the context component probably doesn't even break even. I have context turned off for all of my adword campaigns. And I have one campaign with context only ads - this is the quick and dirty way to see if it even makes sense to pay for context part (AdSense listings)