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Targeting better in last few days

CTR up 2-3x

   
8:05 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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For the last month, Adsense has suffered from really poor targetting across my travel site, having been pretty much on the button 90+% of the time for the previous six months.

In the last few days, about half the ads in a skyscraper are on target (right country instead of wrong continent) and CTR has gone up from the bottom end of acceptable to more like old times, a boost of 2-3x.

Have others seen a similar improvement in targeting over the last three days or so?

10:19 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've seen slightly better ad targeting in the last 48hrs, some pages still suffer from poor targeting but not nearly as bad as a week ago.
11:04 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes.

This month has been much better than April which was the all time low.

BZ

11:49 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Targeting NOT better here, also charity waayy up this month. One could almost believe that G is trying to "control" burn rate of ads...
12:25 am on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It looks like decent targeting is finally back. I just hope it's back to stay.
11:07 am on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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CTRs have fallen to a horrible, unacceptable rate since two days here. Many pages display the same ads while the pages handle about totally different subjects. Sometimes there are no ads at all. I am starting to believe there aren't enough advertisers, while the subject of my site is very common and well-known and should be very attractive to advertisers. Hm :( Let's just wait and see....
6:47 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I guess I spoke too soon, ads WAY off target, seems like their going more by domain and file extension than on the page text.
7:11 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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CTR suddenly dropped by 50% on May 10 :-(
7:53 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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In the last few days, about half the ads in a skyscraper are on target (right country instead of wrong continent) and CTR has gone up from the bottom end of acceptable to more like old times, a boost of 2-3x.

Didn't last - ah well...

Hopefully the adsense folks will have a look at sites like the one in my profile and work out what's so difficult about providing on topic (right country) ads.

3:07 pm on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Impressions down, clicks down, (this is because I have a more "seasonal" site and spring sales are slowing down) CTR down slighty BUT PPC up 20%! Thus, May is looking better for PPC. Also, May ads seem to be more on-topic than in April.

April was the worst PPC ever since we began in September. Also, strange, off-topic ads were being displayed.

 

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