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I have noticed this for 1 hour now - is anyone else seeing this? This could cost G and advertisers massively if not sorted asap!
I tried a search for a keyword i know should bring up premium ads "loan" and nothing shows up north.
Then try the same keyword with but with a star like this "loan*" and premium ads show when i do this?
Very strange stuff?
where the hell is the blue bar?
AWA please help?
michaelbs, I just got here a few minutes ago, and will take a look into this.
I'm not seeing a problem myself, though. Just did a dozen searches ranging from extremely popular to very obscure. I saw ads up north for every one, except for the most obscure, which was 'dog polish'. So no surprise there, really. ;)
Anyway, I'll explore this further.
Anyway, I did ping the tech folks earlier, but have not yet been able to follow up on that yet.
However, in the meantime, I'm thinking that clearing your cache and cookies might do the trick for you. Have you tried that?
I'll try to track down my contact now - but it's been an amazingly busy day - and I'm not sure what luck I'll have.
Keywords that daily have 30% CTR and 65% CTR have dropped too: 19% CTR and 45% CTR respectivley (proving that my ads are not north for many people)
Leave it with you! Mike
I started seeing this on Tuesday (through google.co.uk) and it has been intermittent since then. Is this just a .co.uk problem/test or is it more widespread than that?
What is also worth noting here is that due to the drop in CTR the average CPC has inevitably increased. So spend hasn't reduced but clicks have.
Even a search for 'adwords' which I always assumed was a manually fixed top listing has the Google ad on the right.
Seen a dip in revenue for the day so far today, so hope they restore this back to normal soon.
If I search on G I firstly look at the first 2 or 3 organic results, then I look right to the Adwords results. I hardly ever look at the 2 Adwords results above the organic results. I suspect this might be something to do with 9 years of subconsciously ignoring banner ads.
Am I alone in this behaviour or am I correct that the ‘premium’ position is actually number 1 or 2 in the right-hand sidebar ads?
Seems fixed for me? Anyone else still seeing the problem? Thanks AWA
Yes, all should be well now. And thank you for the heads-up. ;)
But, my stats reflect that they are indeed the best positions.
This seems to be one of those areas in which advertisers have very strong opinions!
I've talked with advertisers who wanted a check box they could click to ensure that their ads never appeared above the search results - and at least one who decided to no longer advertise with AdWords if we couldn't guarantee placement there for every search.
This is a big part of why I get such a kick out of working with AdWords, and AdWords advertisers. ;)