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Kanoodle Geo Denying?
Has anyone else seen this...

 9:20 pm on Dec 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

I heard from someone in Canada the other day who clicked on a Kanoodle advertiser link and received a message saying something along the lines of "This sponsor only wants US Clicks, sorry".

I was just wondering if anyone can confirm this? If it's true it doesn't make any sense.

Why ruin usability with error messages when you could just be leaving listings not targeted to the searcher out of their results completely?

Even if management made an order that dense, the guy implementing the code should have said something.



 7:45 pm on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

I haven't used kanoodle recently.. but when I did they didn't have any kind of geotargeting..

The approach you described doesn't seem to make any sense.. did you ever get to the bottom of it?


 10:29 pm on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just heard it from the one guy so possibly it was something they were testing and though better of.


 11:37 pm on Feb 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just tested with a variety of proxies and Kanoodle is displaying a "this advertiser doesn't want you" message to searchers.

Unbelievably bad implementation of an otherwise good concept IMHO... Someone from a non-targeted country should not be shown results they cannot click on.

Denying user clicks is essentially throwing out the pretense of being a real search engine and the usability considerations that go with that.


 8:10 pm on Feb 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Please note that the official message we reveal to users when they click on a listing outside of an advertiser's targeting:

We're Sorry...

The advertiser you clicked on has requested not to receive any visits from users outside of their market area. Click Here to return to your search results.

Note that this is a new tool and we are tweaking it as we go. Thank you for your feedback.


 9:45 pm on Feb 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

It seems Kanoodle needs to add a filtering to their results before they are shown to the searcher.

It would be interesting to see how many people got that message and then typed the url directly into that browser so that essentially you got the click from Kanoodle, but didn't pay for it.


 10:21 pm on Feb 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

kinda cool methinks.

at least its a step in the right direction by an engine, who only wants to deliver users to that their client expects.

cool thing would then to do some geo targeting selling of traffic which is NOT wanted.

kanoodledood, top marks in my book


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