Google AdSense Ads Hit With PSAs Again

Sep 1, 2009 • 8:19 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdSense
 

A week ago, Google had a bug with the AdSense contextual targeting engine which generated PSAs for all ads for a five minute period. PSAs, again, are public service ads that are shown when no ad match is found - so Google shows a free ad for a non-profit organization.

This time, the issue seemed to be at least four hours, but maybe longer. First reports came in sometime last night, probably late last night. The earliest time stamped complaint I saw about this was at DigitalPoint Forums at 12:20 this morning. Things began targeting properly again at about 4:30 this morning.

Google has yet to confirm the issue but clearly there was some wide spread issue with this contextual targeting.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums, WebmasterWorld and Google AdSense Help Forums.

Update: Google posted a blog post with the confirmation of the issue, they said:

An ad serving issue yesterday, August 31st, from 4:30pm PDT to September 1st, 2am PDT caused less relevant ads or public service announcements (PSAs) to appear on some publisher pages. This was mostly limited to regions of Asia. Our engineers have now resolved the issue, and ad targeting has returned to normal. We apologize for the inconvenience, and are working to make sure that this doesn't happen again.

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Comments:

Raj

09/02/2009 06:25 am

There are two problems to that. One, even when PSAs are being shown they seems to count towards the impressions as I saw PSAs for almost 45 mins and at the same time the stats were also increasing. Secondly, the google ad serving url that ends with doubleclick could not be reached/slow during that duration.

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