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Google Ad Words Select Goes Mad

The control center is now displaying million of dollars in paid clicks...

     
11:15 am on Jul 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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At the time that I'm writing there is a problem with the Google Ad Words Select Control Center.

All amounts displayed are huge at least in the "Show all campaigns" of the Campaign Management.

For example one client is shown with a $305,000.00 cost per 3 clicks received instead of $0.31 which is probably the correct amount as shown in the campaign summary for the same client.

I am worried because of their automated billing system. Any other experiencing this out there? I really wouldn't like my credit card been billed for $997,754.00 for 6 clicks!!!!

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11:18 am on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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And I assume you have contacted the support address?
11:22 am on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Jamned

Would your credit card handle that amount WOW what a limit you must have :)

11:31 am on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Yes Brett, I have contacted immediately the support address.

Tigger, well actually is my company's card ;)

11:57 am on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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yes my heart has just missed a beat or two after seeing:

Overall 14703 953788 1.5% $104,010.58 $1,529,267,539.00 1.7

ahhhhhhhhh!!!

12:02 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Lucky i have my Platina card :)
12:04 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Pre IPO aberrations, either that or another accountant.

ade_uk, so whats left after spending your first billion?

12:29 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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WOW, never knew I could spend that much all in one day.
12:31 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Haha! My total bill is $400 million.
12:32 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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yes, we seem to owe $75,700,000 this month and are paying $50,000 a hit.
12:39 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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How is your ROI? :)
12:48 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It's pretty cool actually. I can pretend I'm filthy rich, being able to afford $50 mln in clicks. As long as they don't try to charge my card for that...I'm gonna end up paying fines to my bank :(
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yeah i've now lost my first billion :o) (not that i had it in the 1st place lol!
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Only spent $65,216,254.00. Ah, no problem, petty cash...
1:43 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I'm pretty sure that these numbers are a little large. ;) I'm passing this url to our ads folks and they'll make sure it's correct pronto. This is not part of Google's new plan to increase our revenues. ;)
1:54 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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67 million here. Took a picture of this & posted at
<404> My big beef with this is after spending that kind of money how come my site is only a pr4

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 2:01 pm (utc) on July 14, 2002]
[edit reason] page went 404 [/edit]

1:54 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Oh GG, I thought it was the new killer application :)...for all of us!!!
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Well, on my SEO campaign it is currently running at $499,904.90 per click and my bill is a mere $2,736,979,341.00.

I know Google don't particularly like SEOs and think we all earn too much money - but I don't earn that much - honestly!

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you haven't got new staff from looksmart working there now ? :)
2:40 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I got my screenshot just in time, then tried again and:


Thank you for your interest in advertising with Google. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the AdWords system is temporarily down for maintenance.

Please try again in a few minutes.

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Not only will I frame my screenshot, but also deduct this from my taxes and so I will probably never ever again have to pay!!!
2:53 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>>part of Google's new plan to increase our revenues.

A la Enron and Worldcom?

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i can see the story now:

Google announce billions of profits in latest quarter... only to realise their account team was ex enron/worldcom/xerox lol

3:02 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Anyone know who their auditors are?
3:43 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Glad that y'all enjoyed seeing "microdollars" briefly listed as dollars. ;) I think this should be fixed within a few minutes.
4:13 pm on July 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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GG it was a great way to start the week (yeah I know it is Tuesday but Canada was closed on Monday). Can we replay this one next April Fools day. Can we rename this topic, giggling with google?
7:45 am on July 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Problem fixed...of course :)

[edited by: engine at 11:20 am (utc) on July 3, 2002]
[edit reason] removed e-mail content - see WebmasterWorld terms [/edit]

10:33 am on July 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

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A big thanks to Google for this mistake and an even bigger thanks to Webmasterworld in pointing to error out to us. I did act quickly in using the mistake to my advantage. Sent an email to several national newspapers about the mistake, they love big numbers, the more zereo's the bettter. Anyway we made the UK's number 2 daily newspaper "The Mirror" Sat 6th July page 22. Headline reads "50m Web Blunder" and goes on to say how shocked we were at seeing such a big bill, but they did print the URL. correctly.
11:24 am on July 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I would have thought those prices where very reasonable. :)