AdsBot, the end of Arbitrage as we know it ?

So Danny has caught this one. Aaron seconds it.

We have a new Google bot, named AdsBot, that’s different from all the others. It’s an AdWords landing page “quality bot”, which will assign a quality score for your website. Based on that assigned score, your minimum bid on keywords, and other factors your Ad’s AdRank will be modified.

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Google Trends

Via Threadwatch, we learn that Google Trends is up and running.

It’s a place where one can see the evolution of the “X” word (versus “Y” word) from 2004 up until now.

Google Trends aims to provide insights into broad search patterns. It is based upon just a portion of our searches, and several approximations are used when computing your results. Please keep this in mind when using it.

Jenstar a Digitalpoint moderator

So Shawn over at Digitalpoint, has made the wisest decision since a few months ago.

He just jot Jenstar to moderate for DP.

As she is our contextual advertising guru, she will be visiting the Adsense and Yahoo Publisher categories more.

I’m actually happy Shawn made this decision. This means Jen will come there more often now, and that can only do good, not only to us (who know a little or two about contextual advertising) but to the whole Digitalpoint community.

I mean DP is really one of the best SEM forums out there.

I actually gave repetead e-mails to the Adsense and Google Blog (the last one more frequently), as how could they not include DP in the “what we read section”.

Anyway, I read her blog when i get the chance, and i’m happy to see her act there too.

Welcome Jen :)

PS: Discuss this here.

Adsense referrals

So i was browsing trough my daily portion of Digitalpoint, suddenly noticing Crusader‘s blog post about Adsense referrals.

He got this mail from an Adsense representative, stating that Adsense has increased the publishers Adsense referral time limit to 180 days (period in which your referral must earn 100 USD for you to get your 100 USD commision), prior to the 90 days limit (which anyway appeared only in your Adsense referral account, in a small footer caption, NOT BEEING present in the How much will i earn from referrals section. It still isn’t.).

It seems that Adsense representatives got a lot of feedback from publishers, about this issue, so they acted upon it.

Altough, after digging about this myself, i didn’t found ANY official statement about this, neither on the Adsense help section, neither on the Adsense Blog.

Moreover, the line that exists (very small caption in the footer) in everybody’s Adsense Refferals account, still states :

An AdSense referral is counted when a publisher, who has never previously enrolled in AdSense, creates an account and earns at least $100.00 within 90 days of sign-up. The referred publisher must be eligible for payment to qualify as a successful referral.

So until i am convinced that this is official, i can’t pinpoint exactly. Anyway this would be a nice addition to every webmaster’s peace of mind.

One other nice feature, is that the Adsense account interface, has just changed a bit. This was happening just as i wrote this post, and it WAS kind of weird :)

Adsense

It seems that they grouped certain buttons :)

LOL : I see this in the footer now :

A Google AdSense referral is counted when a publisher, who has never previously enrolled in Google AdSense, creates an account and earns at least $100.00 within 180 days of sign-up. The referred publisher must be eligible for payment to qualify as a successful referral.

It’s Official then.

PS: What have we learned from this ? Always check things out (your sources) before you hit Save :D.

02.03.2006 later edit : Here is the official Adsense Blog post, which appeared lated, explaining the new “face lift” :)

Adsense Smart pricing lowers a publisher’s payout

It seems that Graywolf over at Threadwatch, has researched an important Adsense bit. Publishers with low-rated websites, might have their Adsense income lowered for all the websites in their account, trough the so-called “Smart pricing”.

Darren, who’s a DigitalPoint member too, wrote at ProBlogger about this issue, and made a practical test about it.

Altough one month is a pretty low and not enough time span to say that the test is veritable, it still poses a question to all of us.

Discuss this issue at Digital Point Forums.

Search results updated on all Bigdaddy DC’s

As i said in this post at Digital Point, all Bigdaddy DC’s are starting to show new results. Old sites of people who had them penalised while Jagger hit, are now regaining their initial positions, or even beter.

The Bigdaddy DC’s are :

Or you can check all three of them simultaniously, by using Tony’s BigDaddy Datacenter Watch Tool.

More-over, up until now, my SEO Directory was some how penalised for something (YES, this website was in DP Ad-Network, before Jagger hit) and it never had more than 5 indexed pages, altough months have passed since his creation, and altough it has thousands of IBLs from PR5 websites.

Well, not it has 90+ pages, all with descriptions and titles, and all is OK.

Another example is my former employer’s website, which i worked on for almoust 1,5 years, which had been very badly struck by Jagger. I lost back then, 95% of all positions (very very competitive #1 positions, in searches of hundreds of milions of pages).

Up until today, the website was exactly in the same phase as one day after Jagger Hit. Well, now ALL the positions i had before Jagger, are back. Positions like :

and many, many others.

After the Jagger penalisation, for the terms above, this website was nowhere to be found. By nowhere i mean not in the first 300 positions. But as I remember, i tried dozens of tools, to even find the website in the first 900. So the website was practically non-existant in Google.

Two of my other websites that got struck by Jagger, a long time ago, are also back on tracks.

This update, came with a new (and very important) other suprise. Another 3 websites i was working on, Server Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and Gazduire ETP, have reached astronomic positions, from nowhere (I did work hard on them, after i took them in my grasps) :

Reseller hosting (#14 out of 82.300.000 results)

Server hosting (#41 out of 338.000.000 results)

Hosting (#11 out of 803.000.000 results) (sweet Gesus mother of GOD)

I’ll let you know more as they come.

Edit: As of 03.00 AM, 04.02.2006, it seems that the results from the Bigdaddy datacenters, have passed on to some of the other DC’s, so you might see the new results, in your average Google .