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    Web Ho - Design B!tch ~Michelle's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    Adwords minimum bid ticking me off
    I got a deal in the mail for an Adwords credit on a new account.

    I set up a new account, set up my ad and for every single keyword/phrase it wants a 10.00 minimum bid.

    So out of curiousity, I checked my other existing adwords account. In the new account I set up and identical ad, used identical keywords and once again it wants a min. 10.00 on keywords that I am paying .05 and .10 for in my other account!

    They are obviously scamming!

    Anyone else have similar results? Anyone know a way to get around this?
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    notary sojac Herb ԿԬ's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
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    There's been a lot of discussion on this here . . . apparently they want to see a landing page that conforms to some criterion of theirs.

    personally, I think it is a bit of a ripoff, also. it's the main reason I don't participate yet.

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    October 26th, 2006
    Check my response here:

    Those bid minimums may just disappear on their own.

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    Lite On The Do, Heavy On The Nuts Donuts's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    Winter Park, FL
    Multiple accounts... careful, they'll toss you for that. They view your opening a secong new account just to use the free credit (since it's intended for new account holders only) as you scamming them...

    (PS - this has nothing to do with your min CPC issue, just trying to warn you about their TOS)

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    ABW Ambassador MoneyBusiness's Avatar
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    March 14th, 2006
    Yeah, it blows. I think the only way to get around this is to use another domain for your site. I know a couple of people seemed to have some luck this way. I'm planning on switching some of my sites over to CSS, and will put the new version on a new domain...then give it another go.

    Otherwise, I think G is full of crap with their "quality rules". They don't work very well, regardless of whether the site is good or not. Getting those deactivated keywords active again is a pointless act.

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    Newbie compubahn's Avatar
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    November 16th, 2006
    I just ran into this again last night.

    domain name = keyword+ext... couldn't be more targeted.
    keyword in ad title, text, and display url
    on page: keyword appears in title tag, description, h1, h2, etc.

    Minimum Bid $10

    HOWEVER, by this morning the $10 minimum was down to $0.50 (which isn't bad given the industry.)

    Maybe the solution is to wait it out?

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