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SERP checking and Adwords Can it get you banned? brandmaker msg:4026037 7:55 pm on Nov 16, 2009 (gmt 0) The updated Adwords terms contained something about impression fraud*. I wonder if SERP checking can be a problem for Adwords advertisers.
I've been using Adwords for one of my sites for a while. Then I paused the campaigns.
In the meantime I have done a lot of SEO work and checked keyword combinations maybe 10-25 times a day.
Could it be dangerous for me to start the Adwords campaign again now?
When someone are searching a lot, trying to lower the competitors CTR.
smallcompany msg:4026080 9:14 pm on Nov 16, 2009 (gmt 0)
I would assume that Google would have something in place NOT TO categorize "innocent" searches as a fraud.
But... how to know?
So, to be safe, you can use
Google AdWords Preview Tool - just be sure you're logged off as being logged on messes up results.
I found that, for some reason, Google would always put some of my sites high up when I do a check on related keywords.
It was different in real life. bwnbwn msg:4026083 9:20 pm on Nov 16, 2009 (gmt 0)
brandmaker bro checking your rankings 10-25 times a day sounds like you need to let it go and just work more. Forget it for a week and check your rankings using your log files or traffic referrals and chill. That said I highly doubt 10-25 times a day will be considered impression fraud and see no problem with you activiting your account again, just don't be so obsessed with your rankings. brandmaker msg:4026182 12:33 am on Nov 17, 2009 (gmt 0)
Thanks for the replies. I guess no one can really know for sure.
Good tip, smallcompany. I'm going to use the preview tool from now on. (And chill a little bit, bwnbwn :))
I'll probably wait until January before I activate the campaigns again. There's just too many horror stories...
Anyway, this could be something to think about for others.
SuperF msg:4026429 10:31 am on Nov 17, 2009 (gmt 0)
It'd be nice if Google offered a way of checking if your ad is showing via the API. Position is easy - they give you the average. But an average of 3.2 today might mean your ad was only showing from 1am to 2am.