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Google serps glitch

   
7:53 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The SERP pages are all funky!

ADDED: It's just a single search I did. I'm probably not suppose to mention this, but the search was for "email list hosting". The Adwords are on the side, but in a much wider column, and the regular search results are underneath in the same column.

I thought it was all of Google, but it's apparently only for this search.

ADDED MORE: Now seeing it on more searches!

[edited by: hutchins13 at 7:59 pm (utc) on Oct. 16, 2002]

7:55 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Not seeing it myself. Everything looks fine. (from California, USA).
7:55 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Half a search -- I think?

What a concept! :)

7:56 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Funky here too :)

I have a Image Captuer to prove it :)

7:56 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)



Rings a bell... yes, I got only half a page of returns a few days ago. Definitely something odd.
7:56 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Yes - seeing it now... Looks like something wrong with the add-words script...
7:56 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Ok now I have the second half... but lost the first :(
8:00 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Remember when they messed up their format a while ago, and included the adwords in the SERP's?

GoogleGuy said it was an 'accident' many people here said it was a beta test...that they claimed was accident, to lure people into complacency.

Well, with this latest 'accident' I'm convinced the first one was a beta test for the new look.

This is the 2nd.

3rd times a charm, right? Just in time for the holidays...goody.

8:01 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Seeing them here as well (North Carolina,USA). Half page justified right with results showing under adwords....real funky.

<added> background table color changes with each new search or refresh. Getting ready for the holidays? </added>

[edited by: Big_Balou at 8:06 pm (utc) on Oct. 16, 2002]

8:02 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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it's on all searches with adwords that i'm doing
8:03 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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... right wing politics!

... or just right of center!

8:04 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Wow, that really looks messed up. It is definetely a glitch, no way Google would go with that.
8:04 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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This is *not* a "new look". Someone just screwed up some table code. Surprised it's taking this long to fix.
8:04 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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In New Orleans we are seeing adwords only, no SERPs

actually now i see the serps at the bottom of the adwords. weird.

someone definitley messed up.

[edited by: thunderpaste at 8:06 pm (utc) on Oct. 16, 2002]

8:05 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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adwords are worth MUCH more RIGHT NOW ;)
8:05 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Sure is ugly....
8:06 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hummmm.....

A good way for them to find out what the click rate on adwords would be if they were at the top instead of on the side. I'm just sayin'.

8:07 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Looks like it is fixed now.
8:08 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Mike,

was just thinking about restarting some paused campaigns :).

8:10 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Bet they made a bundle on that "mistake"
8:10 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Back to normal here (Hawaii). whew!
8:11 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Looks back to normal now...
8:14 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Yep, I'm betting they made some $$ on that one too.

How many searches a second? 600? and then those for that what, 20 minutes went to Adwords?

Average cpc earnings =~ .10 cents a click (I'm guessing here)

times 600 clicks (figuring everybody that was actually looking for STUFF clicked an ad first, even if they scrolled down afterwards)

$60.00 per second

times 60 seconds per minute, times perhaps 20 minutes = $72,000 in revenue from one little 'mistake'.

Even if 1/10th of their searches have adwords, that would still give them about $7,000 from that mistake that lasted less than a half an hour.

What an incentive to go 'oops' with the HTML, eh? :)

8:20 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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That had to be an honest mistake because it looked pretty bad.

However, I am curious what they were working on to cause the mistake to happen.

8:26 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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On their production servers....not likely. They must have a herd of QA people who do test searches b/f they publish any changes...no?
8:27 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>>curious what they were working on

Maybe they were running tests to enter FAST's CSS contest. ;)

8:31 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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LOL Marcia.

CSS testing, hu? That's a GREAT one. Perhaps that is the design they will pitch FAST for the Alchemist contest.

But, why not earn money while they are trying out new things for a contest? I've heard those Search Engine contests can be good for PR...perhaps Google should do one.

Hey, why not a Google Programming contest? :) (tongue firmly in cheek at this point...)

8:36 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Maybe an answer to the Yahoo change. Yahoo left turn, Google right!

hmmm... not many Yahoo listings left! :)

No pun intended.

8:38 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Saw it...niiiiice. Shouldn't they do this at night?
8:44 pm on Oct 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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do we think it is just a coincidence that DMOZ is offline at the same time?
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