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Competitor is displaying my url -
is this against the rules?

 2:42 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

My ads are being blocked from several adwords right now, because a competitor is displaying my url. Isn't this against the rules?



 2:58 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

That is almost definately not allowed. That would create chaos.


 2:59 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Needless to say, you should report them immediately.


 3:04 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have reported it - but now must wait for google to wake up. I think it is still before hours there.


 3:48 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ya, I think so too. Live chat is not even on yet.


 5:08 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

What is the destination URL? Your competitor's site?

If it's your site, I wouldn't do a thing. :)

(Unless the ad says "don't buy from this dirty so-and-so!")


 4:14 am on Feb 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

No, it was'nt going to my site - otherwise I wouldn't mind at all. It was going to his own site.

They've been taken down. But now that I think more about it, I should have just out bid his ads, then he'd have no ads running at all.


 12:38 pm on Feb 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yup, according to google only one advertiser can show up for a specific url. But I dont get how their ad was approved in the first place, since display and destination urls are suppose to be very similar (basically not misleading). Is your competitors url very similar to yours?


 3:38 am on Feb 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

hi guys,

first post here. I'm guilty of doing that so i apologise if it was me. even if it wasn't you that got it, then sorry to whoever else may have been stopped thanks to me. saturday was the first day my ads ran but i think it may have started friday before i checked. i was all gung-ho adwords and just signed up and didn't know that mattered. i was just making up names as i went along and putting in the url, not doing it intentionally towards another site. i was given a warning and have now changed them all. learning the hard way sometimes - i should read all the rules first but...

if it makes you feel any better, i blew 100 bucks in the last 2 days by just loading up 1000 worthless keywords with high costs and hit go. i've now deleted all previous campaigns and am starting from scratch with 1 low-key keyword at a time.

basically, there's 2 reasons for this post. 1's to give a reason why myself and others have done this (not reading guidelines) and 2's that hopefully some other newbie like me will read this and know what not to do.

anyway guys, hopefully the next post is a little more positive.



 4:11 am on Feb 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi, if you are new to adwords, then it wasn't you. This was one of my competitors - We've been fighting for the top spots for some time now.

He doesn't have a similar url as mine at all, but decided to use my url as his display url. Effectively keeping my ads from showing up for the weekend, until it could be reviewed by a rep.


 5:20 am on Feb 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

How can someone accidently put a URL in?


 7:51 pm on Feb 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

There are a considerable number of complete nonsense ads entered by advertisers simply because there is no "sandbox mode" available for testing.

You want to see some good examples, search for "test".

I have done this occasionally, due to the poor UI. I will create an ad that says something like "Just a filler, don't bother to review" and then immediately pause the campaign. Sometimes the order in which Google forces you to do things isn't the order in which you want to do things.

(A good example is moving ads from one adgroup to a new one. First you have to create the new adgroup. Then Google FORCES you to create an ad. Now you move your ad to the new adgroup, then delete your dummy ad.)

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