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I've tried all your workarounds - restarted my computer, cleared cache/cookies. Guess what? Your system is broken! Fix it!
*Hint: De-select broad match for the empty box if you don't want to pay for every single search made on MSN (Which would still be peanuts)
The only solution I see for MS is to incorporate ads coming from MSN AdCenter directly into Vista's web-related applications?! They should increase the license fee dramatically while in the same time offer a completely free version of an "ad-supported" Vista. This is the only approach they can apply to cope with this tiny search activity they have now. As far as I can see, they have about 4-7% of what Google has as search queries.
I've found this to be true as well. However, MSN Tech Support also has no idea why their product is doing this.
If you think of it, this is classic Microsoft: Get it to market as fast as you can, then start work on the patches.
My hope is that whatever patches they're considering come out before the Vista launch - because personally, I plan to cash in on Microsoft's continued monopolistic fiendishness.
Whilst initially frustrating, I think the UI sans the bugs will turn out to be fairly user friendly, though I do feel there is probably a few too many clicks required to edit ads.
The most important improvement required in my opinion is in the reporting of stats. I would like to see my up to date daily spend on the first page as in Adwords. I believe this to be of utmost importance to most users.
Other than getting used to the different interface, it's been just great. My only real gripe is the lack of "real time" (at least within a few hours) acurate reports. This should be their priority right now.
I think that thier interface could use some improvement , however, it's very workable.
I had to look at an invoice to see this because the reporting wouldn't load. I really don't know how Microsoft of all companies can't manage to make a simple site that operates correctly.
I got an e-mail back today basically telling me I can't trust the system to work right. That's the official support, to tell me their system doesn't work. Why did they take this thing out of beta?