| 4:31 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
1) Don't set your daily budget higher than you can afford to spend/lose. G may even go slightly over it. And you need to get a handle on how things work by starting with a small budget and increasing it slowly as you get it tuned and more cost-effective.
2) Traffic is strange at the time of year. People are maybe sleeping off NY hangovers rather than surfing.
3) Ads have to be manually approved before they go live for most purposes. There are not a lot of G staff on duty at the moment IMHO, and you can bet there is a HUGE backlog waiting to be dealt with for when they do get back. If you are desperate for some action, send a polite non-whining email to AW support late-ish tomorrow asking them if, as this is your first time, they'd give reviewing your ads a little more priority than usual...
| 4:33 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Also don't confuse the Traffic Estimator with reality.
The AS/AW system is very chaotic (in the mathematical sense), so any estimates it generates are SLIGHTLY better than sticking a wet finger in the air or stabbing randomly at a phone directory.
| 5:36 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
How do you know if your ads have been approved or are still pending?
| 5:57 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|How do you know if your ads have been approved or are still pending? |
If you have a rep, they can confirm whether ad approvals are outstanding in certain accounts or campaigns.
| 6:26 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
In my expexience, ad perfomance continues to improve over several weeks.
Hoever, if I had ever got clode to bidding the suggested maximum bids, then I would expect to see some traffic almost immediately - unless there is a problem.
Have you confirmed that you have the correct URL for the landing page?
Maybe there is something about the Ad, KeyWord or landing page that requires some action (e.g. a manual review of some sort) before it is cleared.
| 6:30 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
How do you receive an assigned rep?