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Google is Confusing - Inaccurate Display URL

So affiliate redirects can't be used anymore!?

     
5:41 pm on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Ok...Google is confusing me. I had an ad disapproved for having an 'Inaccurate Display URL'.

The destination url is: [junk.blahblahgibberish.com...]

It redirects to: www.widgets.com

My display URL is www.widgets.com

Is this no longer allowed?

I was told by a rep this is no longer allowed...

So does that mean for affiliate companies like CJ, Linkshare, Azoogleads, etc that affiliates can't use affiliate link to drive traffic directly to merchant web sites?

5:54 pm on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It may happen that some ads get disapproved by mistake, simple as that.

Your display URL is DOMAIN.COM, and your landing page URL must be DOMAIN.COM

What happens between, nobody cares. That means you can have 16 redirects if you want.

The problem could be if there is any latency in these redirects.

If you first redirect goes fine, but second gets stuck or takes more than whatever Google has set as a threshold, your ad may be marked as invalid.

That's how I see it, considering the belief that some kind of robot is going through.

Our task now is to let Google know if such mistake has happened so they can take a look back and figure if it was a mistake on their side, or something about site and redirects being used.

5:57 pm on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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smallcompany...i get what you are saying...but a google adwords rep verified i was in violation after looking at my ad...she says no redirects allowed...

*sigh*

she said -- this type of setup will always be disapproved by our system...

6:47 pm on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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talked to another rep who confirmed the 1st rep was wrong and reinstated my ad...
6:55 pm on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Glad you sorted it out.

Keep this handy:

[adwords.google.com...]