When running the ad diagnostic tool I get this message: "We are showing your ad only occasionally based on your budget."
I know Google "slows" the showing of your ads in order to keep you from going over budget. However, this seems to be happening more frequently, or should I say, earlier in the day than usual. Some of my accounts never hit their daily budget anymore because the ads slow so early in the day! And the only response I am getting from Google is to raise the budget.
Is this another play to make more money? Or is this the result of ever-increasing bid prices, which cause budgets to dry up quicker?
Geez - I have the opposite problem - I am trying to get more traffic and have raised my bids on high imp/CPC terms only to get little to no traffic from Google. Even in cases where I am in the Top 5. I wish just 1% of my budget would be spent.
Try updating your campaign settings to stop receiving traffic from Search Network partners. I am finding that this decreases my trafffic by 90%. Maybe this would trigger some system logic to have your listing appear more often by Google.
I've found that the daily budget function is never right. I have all of my budgets raised to an ungodly amount just to keep them running all day. Thankfully they never hit anywhere near the daily budget I have set, but it's the only way to keep them running.
I wish there was a setting that would let your ads run constantly until your daily budget was spent. Forget the google guessing machine. One day I'm going to wake up and my worst nightmare will have come to pass. My daily budgets will be at their limit - and Google's stock will spike based on my one day spending spree. Yikes!