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Viewing AdWords location targeted ads

Is there a way of doing this?

     
12:53 am on Jul 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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AdWordsAdvisor - if you set up a campaign using location targeting either by city or lat/long is there a way to view ads if you are not located in that region? eg I want ads to just run in Boston and I'm in LA - can I see those ads?

I know you can see ads running in different country to where you're located by doing a search and adding &gl=2 letter country code. eg for Australia &gl=au.

Is something like this available for viewing different city/region searches please?

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5:38 am on July 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The best you can do is to run through a proxy to fool G as to your location. Unfortunately, there is no G based tool that lets you do this - yet - something I really wish they'd implement.

For some ads, you can add the exact name of the city/state you wish to view, and sometimes this will bring up local ads even if your not in the area.

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Thanks eWhisper. Do you or any one know of ways of finding proxy servers by city location? I've found lists of them by country, but not ever seen them listed by city/region.
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There is a low-tech way of doing this - get a roaming pass with a company that services all states and provinces and spend 5-10 minutes on a long-distance call to each POP of interest.
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Hi Biggles,

I had to do this a few days ago for an Adwords campaign I'm running in a nother part of the US. It's not exactly easy, but it should work.

Go to [stayinvisible.com...] and find the country you're interested in, then click on the "whois" link for each listing to view the city location of the selected proxy server.

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Hey,

I really wish Google would offer something like this. I live in Canada, and am contantly typing in "&gl=us" to see the U.S. listings. I have tried some proxy programs, but they do not seem to work because when I go to Google's main page, it is still at Google Canada.

Thoughts?

C.K.

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anallawalla - thanks for that suggestion. Unfortunately not really that viable because I'm outside the US.

Marshall - hadn't seen that proxy list before. Useful, thanks.

2:00 am on July 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I really wish Google would offer something like this.

I'll pass along the comments in this thread to the right folks, in the Feedback Report that I'm preparing at this very moment. (Or at least I will be after I click 'Submit'!)

I just stopped by to see if there was any feedback that I'd overlooked, and sure enough, I found some good stuff I'd missed before. It's been a pretty busy week.

(On a related note, I'll be out of the office tomorrow, and not able to post on WebmasterWorld. Back on Monday!)

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Thanks for taking note AWA
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AWA, I second eWhisper's request. It would be really helpful to me in managing campaigns if I could see the local results that my clients see.
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AWA, I second eWhisper's request. It would be really helpful to me in managing campaigns if I could see the local results that my clients see.

I passed eWhisper's comment on last Thursday, cline, and will include your comment as an additional 'vote' this week. ;)

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Thanks AWA. I'm sure there will be a few more 'votes' made here for this functionality.