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May 20, 2015

Is Google Testing Less Ads?

Filed under: Main — Ryan Jones @ 11:21 am

When I was looking through some of my brands traffic I noticed a huge spike in SEO over the last few days for all brands. As I was still looking into it, @sugarrae tweeted the following: Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 11.16.14 AM

That fits with what I’m seeing on some major brands. When I started doing some searches, I noticed an odd trend. This only happened when I was logged in (but these days who isn’t logged in to Google?)

I DIDN’T SEE ADS!!!!!1!!!11one!! – Sure, they were still there for terms like “credit cards” but for many terms that you’d think would show ads, there weren’t any. Could this be why Rae and I are both seeing brand increases? Check out the screen shots below. All of them are terms that should probably show ads – but there aren’t any – or if there are, there’s only 1.

Is anybody else seeing similar?

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 11.09.43 AM

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Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 11.10.43 AM

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Note: in the screenshot with the Chyrsler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram ads – those are re-targeted ads directed to me as Chrysler is a client and I visit their site several times per day.

1 Comment

  1. fewer*

    Google is testing fewer ads.

    Comment by Hal — May 20, 2015 @ 3:09 pm

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