Google Testing SearchWiki On AdWords

Feb 14, 2009 • 8:26 pm | comments (6) by | Filed Under Google Ads (AdWords)

I am shocked to see this! Google seems to be testing part of SearchWiki, Google's way of promoting and removing results, to be spotted in the AdWords or sponsored ads section of the Google search results. Some people are noticing the X icon, which allows searchers to delete results from Google, in the sponsored listings.

Here is a picture from Rehan via WebmasterWorld:

SearchWiki AdWords

Why am I surprised to see this on the AdWords results? Well, one, I was surprised to see them on the main results for all Google users. Second reason, these are paid ads. But I guess they can use the feedback as part of the overall quality score.

Got that? Quality score metric. A new way to perform competitive sabotage on the Google ads. Well, not yet at least.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Update: Here is a statement I received from a Google spokesperson:

As part of our ongoing commitment to innovation, we are currently running an experiment in which users can customize the ads that appear in the "Sponsored Links" section of the search results page by deleting ad results. This experimental feature is only visible to a small number of users, and we have no news to announce at this time regarding developments in our AdWords product offering.

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