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HELP. One of my competitors is using popups and google won't remove it

What's the next option?

     
8:22 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There is an advertiser using a link with popups as soon as you click on the google adwords link.

I asked for help and this is what one editor replied :

"I have reviewed the particular ad in
question again, and found that this ad appears to meet our Pop Up Policy.

Google considers pop-ups to be any window, regardless of content, that
opens in addition to the original window while entering or exiting a site.
Google policy does not allow pop-up windows of any kind to appear when a
user attempts to enter or leave your website. Please note that our Pop Up
Policy only governs the link between the ad and the landing page. Pop ups
that result from clicks farther into the site are allowed per our
guidelines."

And that's not true. I have verified with IE, FireFox and I get the "Popup warning at the top of the page".

Any help would be appreciated. I would show you the link but it's an adult link. If anyone can contact me privately so I can show you.

Thank you,

Best regards.

11:04 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There are some spammy banner ads that claim "2 Pop-ups Blocked" or something similar in order to get you to click over to some equally spammy site, maybe that's what you are referring to? Because you don't mention an *actual* pop-up occurring, just a warning.

Google usually errs on the side of rejecting an ad, and I even think this is automatically checked now, so it's doubtful they would miss this during a manual review.

11:07 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Or you might have spyware installed on your machine, which is causing pop-ups to happen for you, but no-one else.

-V

11:31 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Or, they may be cloaking and not serving popups to Google reviewers.
11:43 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What does this have to do with you, anyhow?

You have obviously clicked on your competitor's Adwords multiple times (to burn their budget, perhaps?) - reported a supposed malfeasance - and Google says that it is okay.

I think your next step should be to start worrying about You and Yours and less about Them and Theirs.

11:45 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ahhhh.. Finally. They suspended his ad and he is now using the link without exit consoles and popups

No it was not spyware.. I am using the same sponsor. His link didn't have the parameters for the non-console link.

He was using the link with consoles, the payout is higher but I don't understand why the first reviewer didn't see his consoles.

I had to send another e-mail.

11:48 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Gnomedeplum :

"I think your next step should be to start worrying about You and Yours and less about Them and Theirs"

No, I think that if I follow the guidelines like everyone else, no one else deserve to use popups. Especially if that person is using the same sponsor.

It's called being fair with everyone.

12:45 am on Feb 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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No, I think that if I follow the guidelines like everyone else, no one else deserve to use popups. Especially if that person is using the same sponsor.

It's called being fair with everyone.

Really? It sounds more like you can't beat them, so you're trying to sabotage them. Sounds kind of whiny, actually. Maybe if you concentrate on improving your site, you can beat him on his own terms, instead of going the petty route.

1:01 am on Feb 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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webmastertexas:

"so you're trying to sabotage them"

Oh come on.. Sabotage the rules they were breaking?! Haha. I am pretty sure that all the other advertisers who were using the same sponsor without the console links and following the guidelines will be happy to see that he is *NOW* following the rules.

If you don't want to follow the rules, dont' play.

4:22 am on Feb 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Oh come on.. Sabotage the rules they were breaking?! Haha. I am pretty sure that all the other advertisers who were using the same sponsor without the console links and following the guidelines will be happy to see that he is *NOW* following the rules.

Yes, I'm sure your motives were purely altuistic. Riiiiiight. ;)

5:58 pm on Feb 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think it's fair to insist that your competitors follow the rules.
9:12 pm on Feb 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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martingale,

I think it's fair to insist that your competitors follow the rules.

Exactly, I don't see why some people are offended with my actions to tell about google that some of my competitors are not following their rules. Amazing that some people here actually think I was trying to sabotage their campaign by telling google about it.

Anyway, google thanked me and they are investigating the account.

So everything is fine now and everyone in our category is following the rules. :)

9:21 pm on Feb 4, 2005 (gmt 0)



NoCarrier,
what's your website's URL? I want to check it and if I find any features designed for the search engines and not for the users, I will report you until Google bans your site for good.

Sounds the right thing to do, no? Rules are rules and "If you don't want to follow the rules, dont' play."

10:19 pm on Feb 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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what's your website's URL? I want to check it and if I find any features designed for the search engines and not for the users, I will report you until Google bans your site for good.

Sounds the right thing to do, no? Rules are rules and "If you don't want to follow the rules, dont' play."

Hahaha..

I don't know what you're trying to prove. If you want to prove that you are a smarta**, you're doing good.

We're talking about adwords here, and if they approved my ads, then it's following their guidelines.

I don't get much traffic from google itself but you can trust me on that, my sites are following the basic rules of SEO.

Now there's nothing more to add about that subject, if you have a personal vendetta against me, I suggest we continue this discussion in private.

 

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