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!
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? .
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.
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.