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How to search for sites using AdSense advertising

 7:03 pm on Jul 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Does anyone know how to search for sites that are displaying AdSense ads?

Besides using AdSense myself I also advertise using AdWords. I would like to see on what sites using AdSense are my AdWords ads being displayed on.

I tried looking at backwards links from the ads_by_google.html page on Google's site but that doesn't return any results.


jeremy goodrich

 8:33 pm on Jul 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld!

From what I've seen (correct me if this isn't across the board) but if you advertise on AdWords, the referrer variable contains the url of the site that was displaying the AdSense advertisement.

Or is that not the case across the board? Do you have access to your raw log files so you can take a quick look?


 8:56 pm on Jul 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Because it is in javascript, I don't think you can find the ads through searching.

I believe the referring URL shows up as the googlesyndication.com, so you might know if it is showing up through the syndication of Adwords, as opposed to the google.com referral, which the referring URL is when the adwords are shown on the actual Google searches (or whatever country specific Google site the user is on)


 2:09 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

i don't think there is any way to tell...think about it

if you could tell who your best adsense affiliates were, wouldn't you go cut a deal directly with them and cut google out of the loop?


 2:13 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

>> wouldn't you go cut a deal directly with them and cut google out of the loop?

Funny thing is that Google tells nobody anything at all. Basically you have to trust them...and you know what, at the moment we all do.

Mind you if it was some other organisations I know, I don't think I would be too keen to trust them in that way!


 2:19 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

as long as the check doesn't bounce - i'll trust them

brotherhood of LAN

 2:30 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Not sure if the original site would be in the referer unless their's a fancy way of tracking the clicks without going through a google url......still you can always click on a few here and there to try ;-)

Maybe another search engine has picked up on the javascript to make it easier to find adword-sites though.


 2:32 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

You could get a general idea of what sort of sites might be displaying your ad by doing a search for 'ads by google' 'your keyword', it works to an extent for me.


 3:01 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)


Although you get quite few pages of people talking about the Adsense program.

As an adwords advertiser, I was a little dismayed by some of the ways people were presenting the ads: eg "Clicking on these ads will help offset our site costs" - not the way to get targeted traffic...

<added>completely failed to spot the previous post...</added>

Marketing Guy

 3:08 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yeh I think a lot of sites use the "help us offset the cost..." line without really thinking about how they are applying it. Just kinda hoping for sympathy clicks I guess.

scangwinnett, I get some wonderful people email me on a regular basis offering me Espotting and Adwords advertisers email lists - im sure they will do Adsense publishers soon enough - Ill let you know! ;)


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