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Google's Platforms Suffering Outages Reporting Outages on Google Ads, AdSense, Analytics & Other

author image Written by: Rabije Gashi Corluka           Categories - Paid Ads, SEO

A new reporting outage happened on various Google ad platforms, causing serious delays to the Google Ads console.

Google confirmed these issues and said:

“We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Ads. We will provide more information shortly. The affected users are able to access Google Ads, but may not have access to the most recent data.”

Read More: Google Releases New Ads Editor

What Happened?

Multiple Ads platforms stopped working properly for a while, including:

  • Google Ads
  • Google AdSense
  • Google Analytics
  • Search Ads 360
  • Display and Video 360
  • Campaign Manager 360
  • Google Ad Manager
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This issue was reported last week too, by Search Engine Land. Yes – Google did indeed resolve those issues, but they happened again. History really does repeat itself, huh?

Why is this outage a problem? Simple – because if you don’t get correct reporting information, you will most likely create incorrect adjustments and changes, as Nicole Farley wrote last week.

However, today – Google reports the problems have been resolved. Will they happen next week too?

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Rabije Gashi Corluka

Rabije always enjoyed finding different angles to a story, so it’s not surprising her curiosity influenced a move to a new continent, widening her perspective. She enjoys hearing people's stories and learning about different cultures and places - but most of all, she loves putting her thoughts on a piece of paper. Her love for writing led to her studying Journalism and PR, but she actually became a storyteller during her radio-hosting era. Now, she uses her skills, experience, and love for writing to help your brand stand out.

Google Releases New Ads Editor

07/08/2022

Google released a new Ads Editor version, the 2.1, and added thirteen new features. You can find their help doc here.

Users of the Google Ads Editor now have more options and features that were not available in the previous version that was updated to support Performance Max campaigns. Google has also removed the “include Display Network”  option for standard Shopping campaigns.

What’s new?

The new update includes:

  • Table header recommendations – the editor is redesigned to more prominently display a list of recommendations relevant to the currently viewed item type in the toolbar above the main table.
  • Primary Display Status – it now offers more information for campaigns. Now you can see why a campaign is not doing its thing.
  • Overview recommendation cards – new overview card available: top recommendations, asset performance, asset group status.
  • Recommendations – more support added for recommendation types such as: setting a target ROAS to capture traffic increases, target CPA, etc.
  • Warning dialogue for cross-account copy and paste
  • Validate aligned budget or bid strategy
  • Video-Drive conversions campaigns with shopping
  • Final URL expansion
  • Initial view on start-up
  • Global offers – you can now choose to make the country of sale optional or include support for an optional feed label
  • Lead form: custom questions, the age question
  • Lead form extensions at account level
  • Budget Explorer
Read more: Google Ad Manager Getting 8 New Updates

Warning dialogue for cross-account copy and paste

The editor lets you copy items from one account and then paste them into another. But, it can’t duplicate all of the information that is tied to a specific account.

If you paste copied items containing references to account-specific data into another account, Editor will drop that data and the copy will be incomplete. Now, when a user initiates a cross-account paste operation, the editor displays a detailed warning listing all data types that will be dropped.

Validate aligned budget or bid strategy

If a campaign uses a shared budget but not its associated portfolio bid strategy, Editor now shows an error.

When an aligned budget is selected, the Editor now displays the name of the associated strategy.

In the bidding dialog, it can now show the name of the associated budget when you choose an aligned strategy.

Read More: Google Performance Max Getting 7 New Updates

Lead form: custom questions, the age question

In lead form extensions, Editor now supports custom questions, instead of limiting them to a predetermined set of questions.

Also, the Editor now lets any age between 18 and 65 answers the “Are you over X years of age?” question. Before, this was limited to 3 options: 18, 21, and 25.

Budget Explorer

When making suggestions in the edit panel, the editor now provides three possible budgets.

The budget editing dialog will now show three precomputed budget points with statistics when a campaign or shared budget has a budget-raising recommendation associated with it. It will also automatically compute stats for a manually entered budget.

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Google’s Effort Against Financial Fraud

06/10/2022

Google is expanding its verification program for finance ads. This is a part of their effort in fighting against financial fraud. Advertisers proving they’re authorized to promote financial services will soon be a must.

By adding verification, Google is adding an extra layer of protection. That way, the search engine ensures fewer scams happen, meaning fewer people will get hurt by financial ads.

After the UK, Google is expanding the verification program to Australia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Read More: Google Ads Announces Top 3 Priorities for 2022

What Will Change For Advertisers?

After August 30th, advertisers will have to go through two extra steps before running ads promoting financial services:

  • Prove that they’re authorized by a financial services regulator
  • Complete Google’s advertiser verification program

Since the policy has more than two months to go into effect, advertisers can start applying for verification at the end of this June.

Read More: Google Announces ‘My Ad Center’

Google’s Advertiser Verification Program

This program consists of multiple requirements, and each has its set of steps to complete. After starting the process, you have 30 days to complete it.

In this verification process, advertisers will have to provide basic information about themselves and their business. No worries, when you’re selected for the Advertiser verification program, you’ll get an email and an in-account notification says Google.

You will have to:

  • Answer a series of questions about your business – such as if your business is using a marketing agency, who’s paying for the ads, etc.
  • Verify your identity – this will have to be done by an admin of the Google Ads account, an authorized representative
  • Verify details about your business operations – based on previous answers, google might ask you about your business model, registration information, types of services, etc.

Find the selection criteria and more information about the verification process here.

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