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Preview AdWords in difference locations

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5:46 am on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can now test how ad's appear in different locations using www.google.com/adpreview

For example, if you are trying to preview ads for "camping tents" in Chicago, IL, the URL you would use would look like:
[google.com...]

There's more information on the AdWords Blog [adwords.blogspot.com]

It also means Eric Schmidt can test the ad's without committing click fraud ;)

4:18 pm on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can now test how ad's appear in different locations using www.google.com/adpreview

Glad this has tool been noticed, as it has been a long-standing request on this Forum. Since WebmasterWorld TOS prevents me from linking to the blog, I was hoping that someone else had done so, and logged in this morning to see. Thanks for that kevgibbo.

It also means Eric Schmidt can test the ad's without committing click fraud ;)

Surely everyone knows that any and all clicks (and impressions) from Google are filtered, don't become a part of ones stats, are not charged for, and never have been?

AWA

3:24 am on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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To see he second page search results & Ads, is as difficult as before.....
I expected to see a page with lots of drop down menu's where i could select my options.
Peter
8:13 am on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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AWA,

Would it be legal to set up a script for automatic daily crawling of this page?

7:01 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Question: As this site is a testing & preview site, are clicks & impressions from here filterd? or do advertisers still pay?

i think i know the answer but i am hoping G will suprise me.

peer_esv: i think any software that crawls google without using the web services API breaches it's terms of use .... but i could be wrong!

[edited by: Kings_on_steeds at 7:01 pm (utc) on Sep. 11, 2006]

7:49 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A few comments & answers:

subject98 wrote:

To see he second page search results & Ads, is as difficult as before.....

This is actually pretty straight forward - to see following pages of ads, just use the normal 'Result page' tool at the bottom of the page. Quoting the blog post:

Preview your ads on the search results page that loads or the subsequent pages (click the next link to see more ads on the right-hand side)

subject98 also mentioned:

I expected to see a page with lots of drop down menu's where i could select my options.

One step at a time... ;)

peer_esv wondered:

Would it be legal to set up a script for automatic daily crawling of this page?

I'd like to confirm my thoughts on this with the Preview team - and will post later with the answer.

Kings on steeds asked:

Question: As this site is a testing & preview site, are clicks & impressions from here filterd? or do advertisers still pay?

i think i know the answer but i am hoping G will suprise me.

Yes, they are filtered - so no, they are not counted, nor are they charged for.

Quoting the blog post:

The search results and ads are not active, so you can preview at will without accruing impressions or accidental clicks.

AWA

8:28 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Of all the silly things that makes the NYT that G does, this will not and it should. This is going to make G more of a real ad network that is easier for ad agencies to control and explain. This will make money for G. And a lot of other people. It's overdue.
9:32 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ever the cynic, I have to ask: how long will it take before we see a black-hat exploit involving the "adtest" parameter?

Otherwise, this looks INCREDIBLY useful.

So useful it should have been there at the launch of Adwords.

1:15 am on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Excellent tool! Great job!

Questions:
is there a list of cities / states to work with?

what about outside of the US?

what about other languages vs. English?

4:22 am on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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wow - all you have to do is add this parameter: &adtest=on

what we really need is a tool to be able to choose our location to test local ads outside of our region.

4:31 am on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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wow - all you have to do is add this parameter: &adtest=on

That's why I asked "how long until we see the exploits...". Not quite sure how this might be exploited by somebody for profit, but betcha somebody thinks something up pronto.

(Edit: clicking on the ad links does NOT click-through to the destination. So, probably not much incentive for abuse.)

what we really need is a tool to be able to choose our location to test local ads outside of our region.

Read the blog. There's a way to do that. You can add parameters to the URL by hand. You could also build a local HTML page with a drop-down list in a form. Would have been nice if Google had done this, though.

5:46 pm on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Would it be legal to set up a script for automatic daily crawling of this page?

peer_esv, I was next-to-certain that the answer to this was 'No', and have now had this confirmed by the product team. You may certainly do this manually on a daily basis, of course.

AWA

5:58 pm on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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AWA - can you please address the below when you can:

what about other languages vs. English?

I saw the:
&hl=en

but when I put in other language codes I didn't see the other languages?

12:03 am on Sep 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can add parameters to the URL by hand. You could also build a local HTML page with a drop-down list in a form. Would have been nice if Google had done this, though.

It wouldn't take Google that long to make the drop down boxes to make the sorting much easier.

That said - I'm VERY happy about this preview. Please let your developers (and the PM) know how much its appreciated.

Now for the preview where all active advertisers show on a page regardless of spend :) (always have to ask for more...)

2:58 am on Sep 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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AWA - can you please address the below when you can:
what about other languages vs. English?

I saw the:
&hl=en

but when I put in other language codes I didn't see the other languages?

I am reasonably certain I understand your question, howiejs, but not 100% sure. So if I've missed the point with this quick response, please give me a more explicit example of what you're trying to accomplish. ;)

So, let's say if you are using the English interface, and go to the Ad Preview page and search on 'trout'

If you then changed the resulting URL so that the 'hl=en' were to read 'hl=fr' (for French) you'd see different ads, but mostly written in English since you'd be seeing ads targeted to the US, and the French Language (or 'All Languages') but with your searched keyword still written in English.

If you were asking how to see ads targeted to the French language, and searched on in French, then you'd also need to change the language of the searched term in the search box to 'truit' (trout in French, if I am not mistaken).

AWA

7:13 am on Sep 15, 2006 (gmt 0)



This looks like a great feature. I have one question though, and I could be being a bit dim here, but using the example in the OP, am I viewing search results for 'camping tents' that some-one would see in Chicago?

I realise there are many DCs out there, so SE results can change from minute to minute depending on so many factors but is the concept correct?

8:21 am on Sep 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I thought you qualified for the mini fridge based on the number of clicks you have purchased as opposed to the amount that you spent. I'm gutted if its on amount - I'm a couple of years off $1,000,000 spend but have purchased over 1,000,000 clicks.:(
8:22 am on Sep 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sorry wrong thread.
11:54 am on Sep 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Advertiser: I expected to see a page with lots of drop down menu's where i could select my options.

Google: One step at a time... ;)

#*$!? Nevermind that advertisers were being forced for years to find their own proxies god knows where to do this. Now you get around to it - and it's a great gift to the world? And it still sucks! We have to manually put in the & parameters for every search?

Haha... that is 11-year old level of programming. And when an advertiser points that you out to you... you say "one step at a time"?

You're swimming in money, SUPPOSEDLY you have some of the best programmers in the world... and you can't add dropdown arrows with the first try?

I don't have enough expletives for you.

12:58 am on Sep 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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bigdealioo, Firstly what crap you talk!

What Google has given us is the ability to TEST our appearance, its like saying that when Google first started 11 years ago there listings should of contained every website ever, and provided the most targeted listings...... they slowly made it better adding new things.... the first stage is to give us capability, the next to give us a page of dropdown boxes for country/county, then more options e.g. "Show All Adverts Regardless Of Spend Limitations" or "Show All adverts Regardless of Day Parting Settings" ... and so on, this way we get the sense of constant improvement, if you want it all and want it now, do it your self, here I will give you a head start


<option value="EN">English</option>
<option value="FR">French</option>
.... and so on

Basically, I am not saying G is the best thing in the world, but your cries of martyrdom are somewhat superfluous, good tool, yes! A little slow on the GUI stakes, maybe! Does this mean our world will fall apart and civilized society will be reduced to a whimpering mess, no! So grow up, please!

Sorry if this seemed, stupid or unnecessary, I am just incensed with peoples continues wining about G’s lack effort. But do you guys remember “Yahoo Search Marketing”? The benchmark before Google? You want to know the truth; Google has spoilt you with instant changes and a semi good algo, and like the candy toothed children you are your now blind to there reality of commercialism, and the blatant fact Google cant be all things to all people.

Alan

5:06 am on Sep 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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AWA,
I dont want to be picky, but (to me) to see results on the 2nd page you have to add an extra string &start=10 just clicking the 'next button' doesnt give the right advertisers.

Can anyone confirm this...?

Many thanks.

8:02 am on Sep 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yea, I can confirm that this "world-changing" tool is a piece of #*$!!
9:52 pm on Sep 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Nice tool,thanks for hearing us G