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Google Advertising $75 credit on my site.

do I need to ban GOOGLE too?

     
3:07 am on Sep 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I get a lot of scammers trying to work their way onto my site with false ads and unrelated trash. Now Google joins the fray with their "Get a $75 Adsense Credit" ad that points to [google.com...] . Is this for real? or just another scammer impersonating Google? If it is Google, shame on you!
11:15 am on Sept 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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AFAIK its for real and you could list them in your competitive ad filter.
1:29 pm on Sept 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It's a sad day when they start competing with other advertisers. Their ad is totally unrelated to my content. Google again violates their own "quality" policy.
4:53 pm on Sept 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yeah.
I commented here - [webmasterworld.com...]

I was forced to block Google, as suggested by another WebmasterWorld member.

I see this ad everyday, all over the place, on other sites.
Is this a sign of desperation? Is the market saturated?
Has AdSense income for Google peaked, in their mind?

If these are Interest-Based Ads, one would think that they would "catch-on" at some point, that I don't want to buy any AdWords, because they have sent me countless offers, trying to force me into eliminating myself, by participating in arbitrage. I don't sell anything. It would be arbitrage, for which I could be banned. No thank you. I have read too many threads with bad results. Why are they still trying to make me do this?
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5:24 pm on Sept 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Happened to me too - [webmasterworld.com...]
7:05 pm on Sept 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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how does G decide what to pay the site owner if one of their ads is clicked? if they pay anything.....
9:30 pm on Sept 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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how does G decide what to pay the site owner if one of their ads is clicked? if they pay anything.....

Remember that this is the company that sent Adword vouchers to existing advertisers who could then only use them by breaking the ToS and opening a second account.

I see them a lot too, I assumed that there was a lack of "Chinese Walls" at G and they were detecting the cookies generated when I log in to my account.
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It's a sad day when they start competing with other advertisers.


They've been doing so for years. You haven't noticed?
11:11 pm on Sept 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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You're being short sighted.

Google is trying to recruit more advertisers which means more money in AdSense.

I don't see them on my site but maybe my niche has more advertisers, it's possible your niche is running low on advertisers and recruiting in that space makes sense.

Heck, I run direct ads on my site as well as AdSense and I advertise for advertisers, it's a GOOD THING to sell more ads!

Go ahead and block them, I'm sure you have too many advertisers on your site already, no need to get any more, no need to make more money is there?


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10:43 am on Sept 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Almost certainly interested based, so your visitors aren't seeing them (unless your niche is web design etc related) just you :)
3:19 am on Sept 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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All of a sudden I am seeing the $75 ad all over my site.
What happened to my old advertisers?
2:01 pm on Sept 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I see this a lot too. However, here is what I also think.

Let's say we remove it. Does this mean we are inviting less expensive ads? According to Google if they push the 75 dollar ads that means they have to compete providing higher paying ads.

On one another issue discussed above: Google just has to find a way to bring in more advertisers from Search to Content Network.
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I would just switch to the large format Text Only ads for a bit. If your site is related to webdesign, then you will be dealing with Google unless you block them.
1:23 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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What if, by IP tracking, the ad serving bot/algo "assumes it's you" and therefore sends out G related ads versus serving third-party ads? In other words, the system recognizes that activity of publishers (Login lately? Same machine? Same geo location?) and decides not to add impressions for advertisers by serving its own ads.

I'm not as savvy as many of you so I have to ask: How often, if ever, does anyone reality check the perception that the ads "you see" are the same ads that are being served to others"? How big was your sample when checking/testing?

With everything that is going on, in the realm of attempting to better target users/visitors, I just kinda have reason to doubt that what I see is what anyone else sees, but that could be because I'm not so well informed.
3:51 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Only $75? They keep offering me $100...
4:09 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google just has to find a way to bring in more advertisers from Search to Content Network.


At the risk of sounding like a broken record, they could go a long ways towards accomplishing that if they would make the AdWords side of things more simple and welcoming.


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4:29 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google's always used AdSense for advertising (even back in the days of Google Pack etc) and they claim that they compete (and pay) just like the other AdWords advertisers do. I tend to believe them, because they would bring a s--tstorm of protest if they didn't (and it wouldn't be too difficult to detect, if it ever ended up in court)

I don't block many URLs and (so far) I'm not blocking google.com - however, doublecheck that the URL in the ad *is* actually Google - the one I'm seeing on my sites right now is NOT Google, it's for their AdWords Express / we'll set up a free website for you clone, and it has Michigan as part of the URL (probly why they targeted this particular site). If I keep seeing, I'll probably block it, because while this site is targeted to Michigan, it's not a particularly relevant ad to my users.

they would make the AdWords side of things more simple and welcoming


Unfortunately Google seems to have made the decision that it's better to blanket the world with vouchers and try to get new advertisers than to try to help and sustain the existing ones. That's why I say that Google vouchers are like AOL CDs. I almost have enough of them to build a little Christmas tree at this point. And since I already have an AdWords account, I can't use a single one.