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Is anyone else finding the same thing going on with their locally targeted adwords campaigns?
[edited by: eWhisper at 4:25 pm (utc) on Nov. 20, 2006]
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It's really not reasonable to expect it to work well at the local level. Particularly for rural users, who are likely to be using dial-up to access connections in a nearby or not-so-nearby city. At best, these users will be geolocated to the city.
And despite their flurry of giving away stuff for free, I don't know how successful Google has been at getting a large percentage of their users to open accounts and stay logged-in so that they can be geolocated by their own declaration of location. I know that I make a point to log-out after using a Google service.
(This is partly Google's own fault - for requiring multiple accounts for multiple roles - rather than adopting "single sign-on". They made everybody get Google accounts, instead of Adwords, etc. accounts - but now you need multiple Google accounts!)
To the extent that Google markets the ability to restrict viewing to a narrow area - well, they are marketing a fantasy.