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How to see US Adwords ads in the UK
Anyone know how to do this?
benflux

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Msg#: 580 posted 8:36 pm on May 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

Am I missing something obvious? In the google.com here in the UK I appreciate WHY i see UK ads, but I want to see what the competition is like in the US for certain words, but can't seem able to.....

TIA

Ben.

 

Tropical Island

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Msg#: 580 posted 8:40 pm on May 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

Use www-sj.google.com to see your US competition.

benflux

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Msg#: 580 posted 9:39 pm on May 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

It still only shows me UK ads, any other ideas?

Tropical Island

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Msg#: 580 posted 1:39 am on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Use a proxy server like "anonymizer". They have a free search feature for Yahoo and Google.

webdiversity

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Msg#: 580 posted 1:54 am on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

It used to be you could type in www.google.us you would be able to see the US results, now it redirects (can they do that?) based on your IP address.

As a global advertiser, you have to take at face value the fact that your ads are showing, can never see your competition and this is something that is particluarly detrimental to a lot of advertisers.

I'd be interested in how many of the 100,000 odd advertisers are actually advertising in all the countries, but can never check the competition out, save for those where they live.

I'd like to see a rethink on that one please Google.

Tropical Island

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Msg#: 580 posted 3:06 am on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

I don't know about other countries however from Venezuela we can see our US competition from SJ, we can see our German comp. on google.de, in Holland we use google.nl, in the UK we use google.co.uk, etc.

Each area is different with local ads that don't appear on the other servers.

lgn



 
Msg#: 580 posted 12:02 am on May 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

In google type free proxy server.

You will find a list of sites that provide proxy
services. Look in the proxy table and find a site that is both in the USA and Anonymous. Note the IP Address and Port Number

Under IE Internet Options > Connections > Lan Settings, type in the IP Address and port number.

You may have to try a few times as proxy servers come and go.

Now search google and you will see the US google adwords (your competitors).

When done, disable your proxy setting, as it generally causes your web pages to load slower.

I do this all the time to check on the competition.

Note: Anonymous proxy servers are ussally the result of system admins misconfiguring their systems. You will most likely be using some company proxy server without permission. You should do a whois on the proxy to make sure it is not a government agency. You are pretty safe with private companies, if you use their service in moderation.

anallawalla

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Msg#: 580 posted 1:07 am on May 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

don't know about other countries however from Venezuela we can see our US competition from SJ, we can see our German comp. on google.de, in Holland we use google.nl, in the UK we use google.co.uk, etc.

This thread is timely for me too - I just asked in the wrong forum. The above trick only works if you don't have a national Google. Here in .au I get the .au ads via www-sj too.

Upon closer inspection, I notice that google.de does not give me .au Adwords but I don't get US-only ones either. I only get international ones and .de ones. Ditto for google.nl

So the conclusion is that for the English language, we're forced to see the local ones.

Before I get an Anonymizer account, does anyone here know that I am assured of a US IP address? The free one based in .ws actually shows adwords for Mexico. (Yes, I will ask Anonymizer as well but someone here might have personal experience)

- Ash

andrewg

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Msg#: 580 posted 4:07 am on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

What about it Google? This is a serious problem for those of us who deal with clients and need to know about how the page of ads looks in the US... but who don't happen to reside there.

Sincerely,

CanadaGuy

lgn



 
Msg#: 580 posted 3:12 pm on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Andrewg. See post 7. We are in Canada and this
is how we handle this.

webdiversity

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Msg#: 580 posted 5:21 pm on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

We can all use anonomizers, but it's not really the solution.

I agree with andrewg, if we are advertising and can't see the ads and the competition it's difficult to know what sort of tactics to employ, you should make all of it available, in my humble opinion, even if that is through some interface just for advertisers.

obisghost

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Msg#: 580 posted 1:12 am on May 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

I am in Australia and can avoid redirection to google.com.au by going to Google by clicking the "Google HomePage" link on my Google Toolbar. (How many times can I say google in one sentence?!).

That's how I am able to check the Adwords programs for my US clients.

I do get redirected to the .com.au if I type google.com straight into the address bar. Not sure why I don't get redirected from the toolbar link.

anallawalla

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Msg#: 580 posted 3:54 am on May 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

I am in Australia and can avoid redirection to google.com.au by going to Google by clicking the "Google HomePage" link on my Google Toolbar.

That doesn't work for me. I have a list of the words my client pays for and I haven't once seen his ads. When I look for generic products like "digital camera" I see a few .au - I bet that people in the UK will see some .uk there but no .au.

My home page is the US Google Advanced Search, yet it makes no difference. It's very much a Layer 3/4 switching kind of trick.

I am not game to risk using an open proxy.

Tropical Island

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Msg#: 580 posted 2:50 pm on May 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

The toolbar home page works from here too although we still se US results with SJ.

andrewg

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Msg#: 580 posted 5:53 pm on May 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

lgn, listen to yourself:

"In google type free proxy server.
You will find a list of sites that provide proxy
services. Look in the proxy table and find a site that is both in the USA and Anonymous. Note the IP Address and Port Number

"Under IE Internet Options > Connections > Lan Settings, type in the IP Address and port number.

"You may have to try a few times as proxy servers come and go.

"Now search google and you will see the US google adwords (your competitors).

"When done, disable your proxy setting, as it generally causes your web pages to load slower.

"I do this all the time to check on the competition. "

So let me get this straight:

I need to (1) search for an appropriate, free proxy server (I used to use anonymizer - it was a pain in the ass even when I paid for it)

(2) I need to change my browser settings.

(3) I may find that these proxy servers are a big pain in the ass so I'll have to "shop around"

(4) When I'm done, I'll need to disable my "proxy setting."

Evidently, you must have more time on your hands than I.

obisghost

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Msg#: 580 posted 12:59 am on May 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hey, what if you use this URL
[google.com...]
That's the URL my google toolbar uses.

yuzifovichy

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Msg#: 580 posted 10:01 am on May 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Free Proxies:

It can be done easily without switching proxy settings back and force. Suppose you use IE, so go ahead and download Opera, then setup proxy settings there and you are all set. When you want to check your foreign ads, just open Opera and enjoy. You can even have both browsers open at the same time and they do not interfere.

The only problem is that you can't have more countries at the same time than you have different browsers setup without reconfiguration, but normally people outside the US want to look at US ads, so this setup is Ok.

lgn



 
Msg#: 580 posted 11:53 am on May 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Sure, its a pain to use free proxy servers, but
how often do you need to check up on the competition. I do it once a month so its no big
deal. Maybe in your business line, the competition is competive, but in mind, they are a bump on a log.

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