Google Testing Larger Icons on AdWords in Japan

Apr 8, 2009 • 8:01 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdWords
 

A few weeks ago, we reported Google was testing fav icons in AdWords results. The fav icons was a confirmed test by Google, that is still running to this day. In Japan, they seem to be really pumping up this test, by displaying much larger images near the ads.

A WebmasterWorld thread has a member reporting seeing 70x70 images. In fact, I contacted that member, and he posted the details, with screen captures at his blog, which is in Japanese. Here is a screen shot taken from his site:

Google Japan Large Images on Ads

Compare this with what we are seeing on Google.com, with just fav icons:

google adwords favicons

Huge difference here, a 16x16 vs a 70x70 image.

Let's not forget Google was also testing favicons in search results, the free, organic results.

For more pictures, check out his blog and you can try to use Google Translate to translate the Japanese to English.

Googler, AdWords Pro, confirmed the fav icon test recently in an Google AdWords Help thread, saying:

Google is always experimenting, and based on the limited information in your post, I believe you may be seeing one such experiment. If so, it is not a test that is generally available to advertisers.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Vamsi Gangavalli

04/08/2009 12:17 pm

Those large icons look so awkward. Breaks the ideology of the Search Giant. What are Google Designers doing? Helping Google to make more money in the recession time?

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