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Anyone else seen this and why would this be when everything is relevant? BTW I don't use analytics or anything else to allow any tracking of conversions from their side, but I can tell you the kw's that got bumped up high were converting.
With respect to your direct linking to merchant sites from AdWords via affiliate links (even those that go through a redirect on a different domain name, first), that's been prohibited by Google's terms for quite a while now. I've tried it in the past, and even if they allowed the redirect for a while, they'd always just kill the ads by way of Disapproved status with "Inaccurate Display URL" listed as the reason. I'm not sure how you can continue to use Direct-To-Merchant (DTM) techniques with AdWords.
eBay USA just prevented their affiliates from using their display URL however.. A lot of other merchants don't allow it either.
I have two sites basically that use API information..
Google doesn't hate all affiliates...they just hate the ones that add no value. [google.com...] says:
"There is no problem in being an affiliate as long as you create some added value for your users and produce valuable content that gives a user a reason to visit your site."
That page is for ranking in the organic results, but I'm sure they use a similar philosophy for paid ads. One of the problems, of course, is that we have to deal with Google's definition of "value".
They don't like pages with tons of outgoing links..
BTW some of my other affiliate sites were hand-written and they died too..
I'm going to mask the outgoing URLs and we'll see how that does..
Also, my comparison shopping site was just too well put together and too valuable of a consumer resource for a human to slap it..
In the worst case scenario .. If some human didn't like your site and they slapped it, just reg a new domain, upload and resubmit.. It will be quite a while before another human gets around to manually critiquing your site.. It seems very unlikely humans are involved in this. Adwords is pitifully understaffed.. It takes weeks upon weeks in certain countries just to get an ad group reviewed..
I found a few pages on my site that only have links to amazon.de, not quelle.de or more importantly ebay.de.. They are still rolling strong in Adwords.. Every page that has a link to ebay.de or quelle.de requires $10 min bid..
The question now is why do they like amazon.de but not ebay.de? Maybe it isn't amazon.de in particular but the fact that without ebay.de and quelle.de results there are only MINIMAL outgoing affiliate links..
Too many outgoing affiliate links and you are toasted..