Search Love Triangle: Ask.com Wants Those Looking For Yahoo.com On Google.com

Ask Advertising For Yahoo Searches On Google 2

It’s not new for search engines to advertise on other search engines. We wrote about Live.com doing that on Google earlier this year, and that was just the latest in a long line of examples over the years. But we’ve never heard of a search engine advertising for those seeking another search engine on a third search engine until now.

The screenshot above explains it all. It’s a search for yahoo.com on Google, bringing up an ad from Ask.com. Ask — going after Yahoo users who are searching for Yahoo at Google.

It’s a pretty popular query, actually. I wrote recently about how Yahoo is one of the most popular search terms on Google, even above some of the terms that were originally mistakenly reported by Google as the most popular last year. More recently, Yahoo was even found to have more queries that perennial top search "sex" on Google.

It is odd that these ads don’t show in the US. Someone tipped us to the ad after spotting it in Germany, and I can see it in the UK. But in the US, it’s not showing.

This is a good time to remind people how to see ads targeted to various countries. To do this, simply add:

&gl=COUNTRYCODE

The country code is a two digit combination for a particular country. The UK code works like this:

http://www.google.com/search?q=yahoo.com&gl=gb

The two letter country codes can be found here, and more information about country targeting can also be found here from Google.

Related Topics: Ask: Promotions | Channel: SEM | Google: AdWords | Search Ads: General

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  • http://blog.arhg.net Andrew Girdwood

    Heh. Catchy title – just in time for Valentines Day. I noticed Ask doing this back in October 2006 (screen shot) If they’ve re-started then perhaps the tactic works for them!

  • http://brianm.com Brian M

    Interesting – it looks like the trademark “yahoo.com” was abandoned back in 2001 by somebody in Massachusetts, so it is available for bidding and the entire string can be used in the ad’s display…

  • http://www.kirb.com/Blog Kirby Witmer

    I’m in the US and the ads are showing for me.

  • http://www.seroundtable.com rustybrick

    I dont see them in the US http://www.google.com/search?q=yahoo.com

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