| 11:35 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)|
have you contacted google? what did they say?
It was reported that the temporary outage was fixed, so you should tell them about any continuing problems you're having.
| 4:02 am on Apr 25, 2004 (gmt 0)|
i have. no reply yet. will post answer when it is received.
| 5:09 pm on Apr 25, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Yeah, PSAs all over the place on one set of sites too. Let's hope Google e-mail a reply soon - although I have a feeling they may be being bombarded more than usual at the moment....
| 7:21 pm on Apr 25, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I was wondering about this. I came here to see if anyone else was having this problem.
I was never thrilled with their "relevant" ads, but whatever they were putting up before beat the heck out of PSAs.
I'm wondering what's up at the ol' googleplex, if maybe they're suffering from pre-IPO jitters and some of their staff are dropping the ball. The past few months, there just seems to have been an endless series of gaffs coming from google central.
| 7:35 pm on Apr 25, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I contacted google about this issue. They said they experianced techincal issues with targeting servers and hope to solve the problem soon.
It certainly is irritiating. I am in the process of getting alternate ads set up so i avoid this issue.
And why on earth are the new Google PSAs so awful looking? They detract from the design for my site and i feel that they scare visitors.
Truly an awful design move by google i wish they were back to the way they were, at least they looked like they fit, not giant grey text talking about gorillas or some garbage.
| 10:47 pm on Apr 25, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Still no reply. I wish they'd at least send an automated e-mail saying "Hey, things are broke, but we're fixing them."
| 2:23 am on Apr 26, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Same problem with one of my sites. No reply yet from Google.
| 3:26 pm on Apr 26, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I just wish Google would say something about what's going on. I find it troubling that they haven't thus far.
| 3:35 pm on Apr 26, 2004 (gmt 0)|
spikedo: Did you receive an email reply from google yet? I mailed them twice this week and no reply, my issue involves PSA's too, or rather, lack of targetted ads.
| 7:23 pm on Apr 26, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I'm about 90% off the PSAs now. looks like its clearing up.
| 7:46 pm on Apr 26, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I found my client had the word BOOB on a webpage, and that resulted in PSAs. It was innocently used, and noone was even aware that a contributer had used it.
I never did find a good list of filter words for G, but it would be helpful.
As for no response from G, I would not expect G to walk through all your content in order to be able to tell you there was a stop word on your site, if that was the cause. No response is unnerving, but it's also generates billale hours for people like me :-)
| 7:59 pm on Apr 26, 2004 (gmt 0)|
My new pages that where created after the 24th are showing PSA's.
| 10:59 pm on Apr 26, 2004 (gmt 0)|
ok they started showing up but are not targeted.
| 1:38 am on Apr 27, 2004 (gmt 0)|
don't hold your breath, trev, google has strange ideas about "targeted."
| 2:23 am on Apr 27, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Finally got my reply. As you can read below, it was very helpful....
"Dear Mr. X,
Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.
We are currently working as quickly as we can to address this problem. As soon as we have more information for you, we will email you again.
We appreciate your patience.
The Google Team"
| 8:09 am on Apr 27, 2004 (gmt 0)|
>>I never did find a good list of filter words for G, but it would be helpful. <<
There isn't one and I've given up on rewriting articles. It takes the flow out of the writing and still may not do anygood. Now the instant I see PSAs on a page I switch to an alternative.
I tried again today on an article that went to PSAs shortly after I published it a week ago. I took the ads down then but tried again today to see if it would still get PSAs. Sure enough in a few minutes there was a ugly giant of a PSA instead of the well targetted ads I'd had earlier. So I took the ads down again. Then I came here and realized there had been PSA problems today so I am trying the ads one last time.
It's so frustrating, as far as I can see the only thing wrong with the page is that it uses 'slaves' several times and 'died' once or twice. If this goes to PSA again I guess anyone writng about African American history can forget AdSense.
| 5:10 pm on Apr 27, 2004 (gmt 0)|
A friend of mine demonstrated how to go to PSAs in two easy steps.
1. make a page that is innocuous...about nothing much. Put ads and post. Viola, you've got ads for webhosting, blogging tools, and the like.
2. Change the content to taregt something for which there are *very high* per-click pay amounts. I'm talking $15 to $30 per click, like wrongful death litigation, debt consolidation, and the like. Post. Viola, you've gone to PSAs.
In his opinion Google is either extra strict or perhaps involves human reviewers when the stakes are that high. PSAs probably default during the review pending period. He says he never left it long enough to find out, but hasn't noticed it on more reasonable keywords. I wouldn't be surprised if advertisers had more say when the cost was $40 per click, although I have no knowledge of that at all.
| 5:21 pm on Apr 27, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Well, with regards to one of my sites, Google had no problems with showing appropriate ads on the front page for the last few months. All of a sudden, since last week, the front page only shows PSAs. So something has changed. I wish they'd tell me so I could do something about it.
| 1:54 am on Apr 28, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I have the same problem.
I emailed them and they said the PSAs would appear about 3-4 weeks.
| 6:35 pm on Apr 28, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Google is not responsible for...
c) Ads benefiting charitable organizations and other placeholder or transparent Ads that Google may deliver in the event that a Site is improperly configured to comply with Google technical requirements;
| 1:53 am on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Well, I'm pleased to report that my PSA problem got fixed. Today, Google sent me a message informing me that they resolved the issue (whatever it was) that was causing a PSA to appear on my front page and none of the others. My only advice to others is when you send Google a message, be nice in what you say, be clear in what you ask for, and be patient in waiting for resolution (I've been waiting since April 24). Best of luck to everyone!
| 1:26 am on May 7, 2004 (gmt 0)|
had a similar experience - money machine back up & running as of 5/5/04