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Adwords API Tokens - why are they rejecting

why is an API token so hard to get and keep



5:44 pm on Feb 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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We've had an API token for a long time and it just got rejected with no explanation. I've come to find out that this is happening to a lot of people. I've searched this forum but it doesn't seem to be talked about a lot. Has there been any official word from Google as to why they are being so strict about handing these out. Were they being abused in some way?

What's the deal?


1:24 am on Feb 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Are you using the token in a 3rd party application or was it custom made? They changed the API terms a while ago (6 months maybe) which was to stop people using their own API tokens in other software.


3:39 am on Feb 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Custom made.


3:01 pm on Feb 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Please don't take this as one of those, "you didn't respond to my post within 5 minutes!111!1" responses, but, judging from the lack of response, I assume that one or all of the following is true:

1. Not many people use this for what Google intended which is for developers to build solutions (i.e. they are using it for 3rd party research programs which is not what Google wants apparently)
2. Not many people use this period
3. There's not a big push-back to Google clamping down on these keys because of #1 and #2

I also assume there's not been any official "word" from Google or Adwords Advisor on this issue such as, "you'd better do XYZ or we're going to revoke your API token".

Again, I'm patient, it's just that if this _was_ "a big deal", I assume I would have received a lot of feedback already (for that matter, I would have found a lot of chatter when I searched, which I didn't find).

EDIT: spellcheck


9:47 pm on Feb 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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any chance this is involved?


9:51 pm on Feb 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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That's a good call, but, no, we've already migrated to v201109 (and usually try to migrate pretty quickly).

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