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Google the "domain.com" between quotes for one of the advertisers and you might see what I am seeing, probably on a parked domain page too.
This is disturbing on many levels:
- The bot is not supposed to index java content and the ads on our sites are not supposed to appear in the serps.
- Buying advertising on AdWords should not influence the search engine side of things.
- Parked pages offering nothing but "Sponsored Links" are suddenly out there competing with our sites.
The recent change in ad clickable area appears to be what's causing this, I am seriously hoping it's a glitch!
I noticed this when I was trying to figure out how he was getting higher than my site in SERPs. I looked further and noticed he had both keywords as the alt tag for his site icon that was linked to his home page, which also had both keywords in the home page title.
It was thus difficult to conclude Adsense was helping his SERP scores.
which is wrong because we only use upper case for ads so it SHOULD be:
so we had to fix that problem as well. Google is DEFINITELY indexing those ads from somewhere, maybe those darn parked pages or MFA sites? OR it could be from one of their premium publishers where the ads show up in the page and the code is used differently on those sites? Google is hurting the very people that feed them...by making them have to chase their tail like a dog trying to fix every darn duplicate content error and such caused by the ads we pay them for...
But even worse for searchers, they visit a page via the SERPs, only to find the page's content doesn't have their keywords in it - and the ad has since changed, so they can't find the word they search for on the page Google gave them!
Surely Google couldn't complain that it is technically difficult to exclude their own ads from their own SERPs
I'm pretty sure AdSense doesn't count Google's crawl as a valid click.
I'm probably wrong, but you never know.
OTOH, the actual links would have to go through a redirect script (in order to be tracked), and I'm sure Google would block them from passing any link juice to the advertiser's page.
Either they don't care about this problem, or they don't care enough to fix it.