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I for one do not like that as people may click on that rather than the ad.
In fact I have now just seen one add that had no ads but just a whole bunch of links for related searches.
I've written to Google about it, and if they help out, great. Otherwise, I'll have to use that space for something else.
My CTR is down 40% since this started... CPM is down, too.
Our leader, our hope is turning on us - this is the impression I get.
From that perspective, related searches or google search box on the Ad spaces on the webpages should improve the credibility of the site and provide better user experience. And in those cases, if Google makes some money, so what? They are a commercial organization just like everyone else is :)
If ya aint fit the scheme, why curse the scheme?
I predict they'll get rid of related searches links on AdSense ads eventually. They just don't add much value to content pages, and they're clearly alienating publishers. I think related searches could be a cool addition to their own search results page, however...
Sounds like about now would be the perfect time fro Overture to create a competign product, same payouts, same MO, no related search... Would you switch? I think I would, if only as a signal to Google and the hope that they will se ethe error in their ways.
Introduction of a similar program by Overture would certainly be good news. I would run a combination (50-50), however with the related searches now, if the ctr and revenue drop significantly and my statistics give me an indication that I am losing many of my users out to my competitors, I may perhaps be compelled to try out more of OV.
[edited by: Imaster at 7:19 pm (utc) on Aug. 7, 2003]
Might be a coincidence, but all the related search links I tried from my ads on several sites took me to searches that had a full complement (6-10) of adwords.
Camster, it may be a coincidence. I have a related search for a phrase that has no AdWords listings. I don't want to get too far off-topic in this thread but the phrase I am referring to is totally unrelated to the specific page or any pages on my site (as are the ads) and are due to Mediapartners spidering the page 5 days ago during a short period when our database was down and the PHP code displayed a MySQL error message instead.
Again, people are assuming that one-size-fits-all.
I run several content sites. I no longer run adsense even though my site has nothing up for sale. There just isn't any reason for me to drive unpaid traffic to google.
Naturally, I do list similar sites of interest on my content pages. That is a completely different situation than what google is doing. Having no editorial control over my own pages? No thanks.
Any person who doesn't mind giving out free traffic to other sites, Email me -- I want to sign up with YOU.
Okay, off to start a new thread. See ya in a few minutes..
I wasn't sure what side of the fence I fell on regarding the related links, but it is really refreshing to see Google take a step back and take a second look. However it turns out, the fact that Google is listening has impressed me.
Let me add my opinion. ****~!
Yah, I may have to keep doing a few posts for a while to make sure everyone gets the word. :) I started a new thread with more details, and I'll post more info if I hear details that AdSense people would be interested in. Everyone, thanks for the feedback both here and in email to us.
can you imagine if this was an advertising move pre-internet where google couldn't get the immediate response and adjust their product accordingly. end result being they lose 'clients' and another product comes out which addresses the markets concerns
i'm going to reread cluetrain. google took it to heart and it's done wonders for them.
thanks GG, i'm also suprisingly impressed.
My confidence in Google has not only been restored but surpassed its original levels, if a leading SE such as Google is prepared to listen to publishers and others in this way I am more than impressed.
Great work Google.
I had not seen this new thread by GoogleGuy announcing the pause: