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Online Pharmacies on Adwords

Is any adwords revisor running an online pharmacy?



11:35 pm on Jun 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Do a search on google for some prescription drugs and you will see at the top places always the same online pharmacies that doesn't expose any "square trade id" as the adwords policy requires, and they are unlikely to have one since most of them are located outside the US or Canada. So, the questions are:

1) Are google managers running their online pharmacy?
2) Is any adwords revisor running his online pharmacy?
3) Is google getting money from these "off policy" pharmacy to let them run on adwords?

I really see no other chances since they are 'on' 24h a day without any block or removal.

I really don't think they have found a way to fake adwords system and run their ads anyway since they are too obvious and exposed, bidding on popular keywords, brand names, and showing well targeted pharmacy related ads.

May someone near to google could tell if the answer is number 1, 2 or 3. Really no other chance, any other explanation would be a bull#*$!.


4:25 pm on Jun 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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3) Is google getting money from these "off policy" pharmacy to let them run on adwords?

Google gets money from all AdWords advertisers. Why should online pharmacies be any different?


4:55 pm on Jun 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well, google doesn't want to take money to run online pharmacies unless they have a squaretrade id and are therefor located in the usa or canada.

Of course when asking if google is getting money for the not certified pharmacies running at the top places of adwords i'm talking about "extra money", yes extra cash to permit those pharmacy to violate the rules.

I'm just wondering, i will be happy if any adwords guru could give an explanation.


5:27 pm on Jun 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I searched for Vicodin and I saw a bunch of portal sites to "pharmacies around the world" that can "fill your prescription." I didn't see any Square Trade certifications.

This is definitely not the way it was supposed to work.

The only thing that comes to mind is that these "doorway" or "portal" websites are referring folks to pharmacies, and not selling drugs themselves. Therefore, Google must not consider them online pharmacies.

If I am right about this, it seems that it is wrong of Google to take this approach. They agreed to the Square Trade thing under considerable pressure over a year ago, and now it appears that someone has moved the goal posts on the whole issue.


12:37 am on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You can find portal bouncing to pharmacies and just pharmacies themself.

There should be no difference for both situations since adwords policy and editorial guidelines clearly stand that noone can use pharmacy related keywords without a square trade id. Further more in the policy is wrote that pages containing links to other sites where prescription drugs are sold are not permitted, even if the original site doesn't sell drugs itself.

So this ads are violating the policy in any way but if you follow them you could see that always the same company are at the top positions and they are on 100% of the time, no interruption, no reviews for them, no revisor action.

Why revisors don't take action against those ads? Are they too busy about the little syntax error in common ads?

The only thing one could think is that google is directly supporting this little group of companies for business interest, and i'm not speeking about just the ads cost, something bigger should be behind.


1:58 am on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Why revisors don't take action against those ads? Are they too busy about the little syntax error in common ads?

epcr, having worked at AdWords for three plus years, I can say with informed confidence that policies are applied in a even handed way.

I haven't had time to personally look into what you're reporting here, but since you are clearly very concerned, I'd suggest that you detail what you are seeing - along with your concerns - in an email to the AdWords support team. If you wish, please feel free to tell them that AdWordsAdvisor sent you. :) You may also want to include a link to this thread. They'll take a look, and get back to you.



7:02 pm on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I put Adwords up that use specific keywords for drugs - perscription, OTC, and others.

I have to write an "exception" explanation every time when I try to add them as keywords, but by default it is NOT approved unless I have a Pharma ID.

My site does not advertise or sell drugs (other then through Adsense LOL). They are discussed, as how they interact, or how well they work.


8:58 am on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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On a Online Pharmacy Operators' forum, I was reading about how some folks were "lucky" that they were in from the beginning and Google hasn't gotten around to re-reviewing their sites.

Although I don't sell pharmaceuticals, I have AdGroups the use words like "drug", "prescription", "rx" in the colloquial sense. I've noticed if I don't try to add keywords or modify these AdGroups, they are left alone. I cannot edit the AdGroups without getting hassled now. So I leave them alone and enjoy the traffic I get for those words with minimal competition

The "referral" and "membership" sites are rip-offs offering info that can be had for free in open forums. At least with the actual Online Pharmacies, by and large you actually get what you pay for (though I'm sure exceptions could be cited).

SquareTrade itself is being used to rip-off people, but that's another post.....



5:04 pm on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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ok - I have read all ther threads.

Can I ask this one simple question please

Can I put up a URL with a list of sponsors who sell Meds, and who may not have square trade id's?


12:26 am on Jun 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Do you intend to use an affiliate code for each or is this an expose'? :)



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