| 9:23 am on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I'm seeing the same. For a lot of keywords I see the estimated minimum bid for first page are 5 times higher then the bid I use for those keywords while the average position for those keywords is 3, 4 or 5.
So it doesn't make sense or in other words, the estimated minimum bid is useless.
I really hope Google will put the active and inactive and minimum bid to activate a keywords back in place (or at least give the option to enable those fields).
With the first page estimated bid it feels like having less control over the keywords.
| 1:49 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Here is an example of what I am seeing Dentist in DC paying $7 or so getting average ad position 4 to 5. Google now says on the keyword phrase family dental care pay $57 to be on the first page of search results.
Go figure. I had another AdWords person say that I was experiencing a Google Slap, but I think that this new 9-15 update has turned effective optimized accounts on their ear and is not a case of a poorly managed program.
| 2:08 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I wouldn't be surprised if there were still a few kinks to be worked out on Google's end.
| 3:30 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I have a keyword in exact mode with average of 3.4 and CPC 0.50
and google say
: Bid is below first page bid estimate of $0.55
is that a google error?
| 6:14 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
What is probably happening is that your first page bid estimate fluctuates throughout the day. At the time that you are viewing your adwords account, it is a higher amount than it was earlier in the day. The ads therefore showed earlier, but are no longer showing until it fluctuates back to a lower number.
| 7:13 pm on Sep 26, 2008 (gmt 0)|
It does seem that Google has introduced more confusion instead of reducing it.
| 1:06 am on Sep 27, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I have never been so confused.
This is just crazy. On a day by day basis I'm removing poor keywords to leave just great and a few ok.
Then the next day all the greats have moved to ok and traffic has fallen.
Nothing is clear and none. Adwords has become significantly harder to fathom.