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3:24 pm on Jul 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi all - I just thought I'd start an 'AWA's Alerts' thread, that I could bring to the top of the page when I have advance notice to offer concerning AdWords maintenance, and so forth. In the past, I've just piggy-backed on other threads, but I think this is a better solution.

Along those lines, I wanted to mention that, today, for a period of three hours or so (most likely between 2:00pm and 5:00pm Pacific Time) you may notice that your stats are not updating. The timing mentioned here is estimated, BTW - so please don't set your watch by it. ;)

Stats will be collected as normal during this time, and will then be updated later in the day.

So, bottom line, no stats will be lost - they will just be delayed beyond the usual three hour time frame.

My apology for any inconvenience this may cause, and I hope the advance notice will help to minimize this.

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Welcome back, AWA.

Does this also apply to AdSense?

4:30 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Does this also apply to AdSense?

Excellent question, Tropical Island - and one that I should probably have anticipated!

The answer is yes - the same thing will occur with AdSense stats as well. (BTW, I'm pretty sure that ASA plans to post a similar alert in the AdSense Forum before too long.)

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4:41 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks.

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Does this apply to algo changes? :-P

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2:01 am on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In line with the intent of this thread, I wanted to mention a change that some of you may notice, which will occur later this evening (PDT).

Recently a number of advertisers have had difficulty seeing their ad in the expected position, while searching on their own keywords. We have reviewed several reported cases of this occurrence, and have now further tuned the algo in order to prevent this occurrence in most cases.

Just to set the right expectations: as is most often the case with algo changes, I will not be able to provide additional details of what, specifically, has changed. On the other hand, I'm very glad to be able to provide a bit of advance notice. ;)

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We have reviewed several reported cases of this occurrence, and have now further tuned the algo in order to prevent this occurrence in most cases.

My faith in Google has been restored.

Thank you AWA for your continued service to this site. Your efforts are very much appreciated. As of this morning our listings returned to their original standings in our area.

Thanks again! Sorry for all the ragging but I guess it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

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Excellent.

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10:10 pm on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I wanted to give you all advance notice that on Friday July 22, 2005, advertisers will be unable to login to their AdWords accounts from roughly 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (PDT) due to system maintenance. There will also be a UI message with this same information soon.

Please rest assured that your advertising will continue to run as normal during this period.

My apology for any inconvenience this may cause, and I hope that the advance notice will go some way towards eliminating problems. ;)

And, lastly, for those of you that are also AdSense publishers, this will not effect your ability to login to your AdSense accounts.

AWA

4:53 pm on July 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I just wanted to bring this back to the top of the page, in case anyone missed it yesterday.

(Now that we're doing these alerts, per your many requests, I want to make sure that people see them, darn it! ;) )

AWA

7:00 pm on July 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sure you're not just trying to pad the post count to pass GG?

;)

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hmmm...both adwords and yahoo/overture have announced accounts will be "unavailable" around the same time. guess ya'll are timing your pitstops to refuel and change tires at the same time...adwords has lapped yahoo search marketing about a 100 times it seems.
1:34 am on July 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sure you're not just trying to pad the post count to pass GG?

Never! (Hey. Wait a minute... Good idea!)

guess ya'll are timing your pitstops to refuel and change tires at the same time...

Haha! Yes, we always consult on this sort of thing beforehand... ;)

Ok, on to more serious business. I love having AdSenseAdvisor as a colleague. I've just returned from a meeting to find that ASA sent me an email letting me know that my earlier alert was not entirely correct.

Quoting ASA in the WebmasterWorld AdSense Forum, from a short time ago.:

Just wanted to let you know that tomorrow, July 22, 2005, between approximately 9 PM – 11 PM Pacific Time we will be conducting scheduled AdSense maintenance. During this time, you may not be able to access the ‘My Accounts’ tab of your account.

Your earnings will continue to accrue during this timeframe, and will appear in your reports after the maintenance is complete.

AWA

4:13 am on July 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Doh - You passed GoogleGuy in total posts.

I think I remember him saying he owed you a beer when that happened ;)

Guess there's a new Google Post King around.

4:50 am on July 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Doh - You passed GoogleGuy in total posts

Shhhh. Let's keep this just between us. GG is the original, and my mentor as well. Not sure I want him to notice. It seems sort of not-right somehow...

Guess there's a new Google Post King around.

Maybe so in terms of raw numbers. But in terms of building goodwill and taking care of one's community, well, I've got some serious catching up to do still. I kid you not.

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2:05 am on July 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hey all,

Per the posts farther above, don't forget that you will be unable to login to AdWords from approximately 9:00 to 11:00 (PDT), due to system maintenance.

That's about two hours from now, as I write...

AWR

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AWA,

GG may be the original, but you are over here where some serious money is being made. Adwords is a goldmine.

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AWR

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Want to change? AdWordsRunner?

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Recently a number of advertisers have had difficulty seeing their ad in the expected position, while searching on their own keywords. We have reviewed several reported cases of this occurrence, and have now further tuned the algo in order to prevent this occurrence in most cases.

AWA, does this mean the ads will now actually *be* in the positions we expect, or only that we, the account owner, will *see* them in those positions when *we* check (i.e., a form of cloaking)?
9:13 pm on July 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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AWR

?

Yeah, I've got a little identity crisis going on, from another Forum on which I also post. Believe me, I make the same mistake there too.

AWA, does this mean the ads will now actually *be* in the positions we expect, or only that we, the account owner, will *see* them in those positions when *we* check (i.e., a form of cloaking)?

They'll actually *be* - that is, in so far as this is possible, given that a fixed (or assured) position has never been a part of the AdWords program.

BTW, I am somewhat reluctant to bring this thread to the top of the page again, since I don't have an actual alert to report. And for this reason, in the future, I think that I'd prefer to not answer follow-on questions in this thread. Instead, I'd request that they be asked in other threads.

I'd like to reserve the 'AWA's Alerts' thread for alerts alone, so that when it goes to the top of the page, it will only mean one thing; an alert.

Thanks in advance. ;)

AWA

1:39 am on July 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I got an alert from the tech team a short time ago, which I'd like to pass on:

The pages under the 'My Account' tab will be temporarily unavailable this Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm PDT and next Saturday, August 6th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm PDT due to maintenance. While you'll still be able to log into your accounts, you won't be able to view invoices, change your billing address, or update your credit card during this time. Don't worry, your campaigns will still be running normally while you're out enjoying the summer sun!

Please accept our apology for any inconvenience this might cause.

AWA

3:38 am on July 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This alert is also applied for AdSense account for Saturday July 30th from 12-2PM as ASA's alert.

During this time we also can't access to the "My Account" page in the AdSense account.

So the AdSense and AdWords teams are now very much on the same wavelength.

6:32 pm on Aug 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Good news! Today I have an, uhm....an Un-Alert...

Earlier, I reported that:

The pages under the 'My Account' tab will be temporarily unavailable
this Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm PDT and next Saturday, August 6th, from
8:00 am to 1:00 pm PDT due to maintenance. While you'll still be able to log
into your accounts, you won't be able to view invoices, change your billing
address, or update your credit card during this time. Don't worry, your
campaigns will still be running normally while you're out enjoying the
summer sun!

Un-Alert: I've just learned that there almost certainly not be maintenance this coming Saturday, August 6th, 2005. ;)

AWA

8:38 pm on Aug 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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AWA , any hint when quality-based minimum bids will be live?
8:59 pm on Aug 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I was guessing that since they were having a maintenance window on Sat Aug 6th that this new Minimum CPC functionality would be rolled out on Monday Aug 8th. But now it looks like that is not happening.
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Thank you very much!

This kind of advance information is really helpful.

9:32 pm on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I just wanted to exercise the Alerts thread a bit, and let you all know that we are currently launching the keyword status changes and quality-based minimum bids - and that the launch will be completed shortly.

Once the launch is completed, and once everyone has had a chance to take a look, I'll do my best to answer questions later in the day. Please know that it is rather busy here today. ;)

In order to reserve this thread for Alerts, though, let's not start a new discussion on this subject here. At present, it seems there are multiple threads on the subject, the most active of which is this one:

Google AdWords Pricing Change Goes Into Affect
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9:55 pm on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This is an alert thread that we're letting Google post exclusively in it from now on.

I've deleted a few replies (and will delete this one as well in time).

Please post any discussions in the relevant thread and not here.

Thank you.

 

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