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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.
It produces a slight profit.
I've currently working like mad to improve the site with more unique content before a human slaps me again..
I'm not sure but think I may have already been slapped again, but it was more of a glancing blow because I improved the site quite a bit.. Either that or I am not hitting the algorithm perfectly anymore.
How's your traffic levels compared to your previous level? Mine is actually less than %50 of what it was even though the per click price is higher..
I actually hope a human has seen it and slapped it because I can live with this.. I'm afraid to talk to my rep until I've finished my back-breaking overhaul to make sure..
Hopefully if I continue to improve my site they'll stop slapping me. I've spent $2.9 million on Adwords since 2002..
<<takes coke out of Google mini-fridge>>
I figure they'll work with me..
I used to pay 3 cents per click on the content network (amounting hundreds of $$ daily). Now I must pay .50 to 10.00. There is NO WAY I can support that.
This is not due to competition or non-relavent keywords or MFA issues. I contacted Google yesterday on chat - and the rep reviewed my account and site and didn't know why I got slammed - so he escalated it, but I am still waiting for a reply.
I am pulling my hair out.
Q: Does that mean that Google disapproves of long-sales copy?
A: Google does look unfavorably on super-long ebook-type sales page copy, the type where users have to scroll and scroll and scroll to get to the purpose or info that they expected to find based on your ad text. Google will soon be negatively re-evaluating the QS of these types of landing pages.
(Google a portion of the quoted text and you should be able to find the full interview.)
"Thank you for contacting Google AdWords. Upon further review of your
account, it has been determined that the minimum bids associated with your keywords have increased recently due to the quality of the landing page associated with your ads." ---It goes on for about 8 paragraphs of telling me where I can find info on what a good quality page is, and how to make quality pages.
I give away a product (my software essentially), one that is highly desired by a certain group of people. No sign-ups required, no strings. I have heard that my 'product' is much better then what others are charging for.
I can't even get anything but a canned response after my issue was 'escalated', when a rep couldn't even figure out why I was sh*tboxed.
I've currently working like mad to improve the site with more unique content before a human slaps me again
I feel that Google is absolutely on the right way. Being a publisher myself, I just do not see how anyone can overnight produce the much needed unique content. It just does not work that way. It takes time and it costs money to produce serious content, especially if it is valuable and unique.
My take is that Google has finally acknowledged this, and I just hope those who cough up content fast (I can only guess where this unique content can come from) do get slapped again and again until a learning process sets in.
Happy slappin', Google! Keep up the good work!
REAL content isn't just mugged up by waving ones hands majestically over the keyboard in response to the latest G algorithm tweak.
[edited by: DamonHD at 1:24 pm (utc) on June 14, 2007]
But then two of my sites are perfectly ok and the other two have been hit in this QS upadte. All have good original content, written over 18 months of effort, slowly and steadily.
The only diffn., I can find is in Navigation and usability between the sites which I am now improving and putting right. I am also splitting the content of one site into two sites hopefully improving focus and user experience. Hopefully this better focus and better navigation will pass muster the new algo / human reviews.
So I guess, G has succeeded in pushing me into doing something , I should have done long ago. My lethargy has cost me dear..
I feel your pain. I have a travel related site which the Wall Street Journal recently named as one of the top three sites in this specific niche. I am not an affiliate of anything though I do have adsense ads on some pages. Google has slammed me also and from past experience I know the domain name is dead, dead, dead as far as adwords is concerned.
G's algos are directly responsible for turning the Internet into a cesspool of user written content because no publisher can make back from advertising what it would cost to produce real editorial for the web.
No online publisher can compete with Google because they pay nothing for content. They're just a big scraper.
It is in Google's interest and more importantly Google shareholder's interest to show only 6 Ads where the average ppc is $.50 than 15 ads where the average ppc is $.25.
I wish WW forum had polling capabilites so we could see what bid range people were seeing keywords go inactive.
I KNOW that my payout on the adsense side has not increased, so if they are raising the minimum click price, they are keeping the margin - not passing it on to the publishers.
One thing that would tend to take away from this is that one of my sites was not slapped (yet) for 3 cent clicks ( I even have some that are 1 cent because they are out of season) that are still running. But that site has been around for 10 years and is one of the most popular sites in it's niche.
But I don't recall - is anyone getting slapped that was already paying somewhat 'higher' per click rates? (ie. not 3 cents)?