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My PPC ads showing on my own website's AdSense

 10:29 pm on Dec 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

I was just on my own website, one that I run AdWords PPC ads for, for both search and content network, and I saw my own content network PPC ad displayed in the AdSense block on my site... so if someone clicked on my ad, they'd be taken to my site... which they're already on!

And I'd be charged a PPC click cost for that.

I didn't think I had to add my own domain, as a blocked domain in AdWords, to prevent my own PPC content ads from showing up, via AdSense, on my own site.

Anybody else seen this before?

The site I'm running PPC for, and where the AdSense blocks are, are the same domain name, there's no redirecting or anything like that, so no theories about G not figuring out these are one and the same sites...

I would have guessed that self-blocking was automatic...

[edited by: RhinoFish at 10:30 pm (utc) on Dec. 19, 2008]



 7:26 pm on Dec 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've always assumed that my own sites would show my own ads, so I've always had all my own sites in my filter.


 1:29 pm on Dec 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

self blocking is not automatic. As Netmeg says..use the Filter.

I learnt this the hard way.


 2:25 pm on Dec 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sorry mate, but this is hilarious!

And I thought the guys at Google think about everything...

[edited by: engine at 9:45 am (utc) on Dec. 22, 2008]
[edit reason] TOS [/edit]


 3:15 pm on Dec 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

this is nuts.

1) could anyone give me just one example of how running ads for a site, that lead people to that same site (the one they're on!), via adsense, could ever be a good consumer experience?

2) adsense filters specifically say that they don't guarantee the filters will prevent your filtered choices from showing:
Please note that Google does not commit that all ads for the websites that you add to your competitive ad filter list or ads containing objectionable content will be prevented from display on your site.
I was thinking if I had to add them as "no", I'd do it in AdWords as a blcked domain, not in AdSense as a filter... why did you folks above recommend use a filter in AdSense versus domain block in AdWords?


 3:53 pm on Dec 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Didn't have the domainblock option in adwords, when I started..


 12:19 pm on Dec 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

We had this on a lrge site and it took months for us to see it - blocking using the adsense filter worked.


 3:26 pm on Dec 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Still seems very strange to me that this happens (or that we need to block our own sites from showing our own ads)...

Since it's all about quality, I'm wondering how G could ever think this would be a good experience for the consumer?


 3:27 pm on Dec 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

And I also hope that G doesn't use the fact that I've added my domain to a block list as any sort of input to their algorithms... hate to think that adding your own domain would look to G as a vote against the worthiness of your site by an AdWords advertiser...


 3:40 pm on Dec 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't think it will hurt; hasn't seemed to hurt mine. My EPCs on my AdSense sites are all higher this year, and my AdWords QS's are great. CTR is down, but I'm seeing that everywhere.


 4:51 am on Jan 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I ran placements report on one of my campaigns and I found out that I received clicks and conversions on my ads on its own destination URL. How come my ads are placed and got clicks on it's own homepage?

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