Ads at the Top of Google AdWords Results

Jul 20, 2004 • 12:55 pm | comments (3) by | Filed Under Google Ads (AdWords)

Why do some Google AdWords ads show at the top of the Google search results and some show only on the right? This question was the first question asked and answered to the AdWordsRep at the Search Engine Watch forums.

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The only ads that can show above the main serps at the top of are the ones that meet both of the following criteria: (1) be reviewed and approved, and (2) meet an additional performance bar that focuses on relevancy - rather than what you're paying

The AdWordsRep further clarifies:

Ads on the right are positioned by virtue of two factors, measured equally. These factors are Maximum CPC and CTR. Max CPC x CTR = your rank number. And it is your rank number as compared to your competitors rank numbers that determines position.

Ads going to the top, however, weigh CTR (which is a measure of the relevance of your ads to users) more heavily than CPC. And rather than Maximum CPC, it is the actual CPC that matters.

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