Thursday, February 6, 2014

Google detached 350 million dreadful AdWords ads

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In 2013, Google removed 350 million bad AdWords ads as piece of its efforts to avoid abuse of AdWords by both advertisers and AdSense publishers, although sadly they don't detail much about why those exacting ads were removed.

In 2012, Google reported killing 224 million bad ads.The most common reasons ads tend to get removed are for things like products that violates AdWords terms, ad copy issues , or having a display URL that doesn't match the destination URL .

Google makes a special mention of their battle beside counterfeiters, which is likely in part because of the agreement multiple ad agencies, including Google AdWords, made with the White House last summer to curb the amount of advertising of copyrights infringing and counterfeit goods.

The number of complaints about counterfeiters marketing on AdWords dropped 85 percent in 2012 and another 78 percent in 2013. Any attempts to market counterfeit goods on AdWords decreased by 47 percent in 2012 and 82 percent 2013, showing that it's becoming clear to counterfeiters that they are being let down with their AdWords attempts.

Interestingly, the number of advertisers Google removed from the AdWords network dropped radically from this year over last year's numbers. Google disabled more than 850,000 advertisers in 2012, but that number dropped to 270,000 in 2013. Google credited this to their safety screenings catching some of these types of advertisers, and going to other "less-secure" advertising networks for their ads.

The role of AdSense publishers within the Google advertising ecology was discussed, with Google blacklisting over 200,000 pages on publisher sites. Also, Google disapproved more than 3 million attempts to join the AdSense network, which shows they are definitely trying to tighten up publisher quality within the network. Of the 250,000 publishers removed for different policy violations, 5,000 were due to violating copyright policies, likely from copying content or scraping from other sites.

Something else that is attractive is that there's been discussion on the Webmaster World forums where people are seeing huge uptick in the number of invalid clicks, both from the advertiser perspective and the publisher perspective. We don't know if it's because Google has recently broken some sort of network abuse, if they are tightening up some of the invalid click variables, or a mixture of the two. However the display network was mentioned as a exact source of an increase in the number of invalid clicks.

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