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Yahoo Changes Bidding Information and Grandfathered Bids

Lee Odden on Nov 29th, 2006     Online Marketing, Yahoo

Yahoo Search Marketing sent out an email today announcing changes. Some of the manage bids information will be removed and replaced with “Estimated Average Position” and “Bid Range for Top Positions”.

Here are the details from the email:

In early December 2006, some of the information on the Manage Bids page will no longer be available. We will be removing the “Top 5 Max Bids,” “Position” and “Your Cost” columns from the current account interface. The View Bids tool will also be removed.

These columns will be replaced with two new columns of data:

  • Estimated Average Position
    This displays an estimate of the average position your listing may achieve, based on your bid and the current bids of other advertisers.
Lee Odden

Yahoo Sending Invites for Upgraded Sponsored Search

Lee Odden on Oct 18th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Search Marketing, Yahoo

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I guess it’s the night for emails from the search engines. Yahoo sent out an email to Yahoo Search Marketing advertisers with a notice that Yahoo is now allowing them to request an invitation to upgrade. That’s an interesting spin isn’t it? Have your advertisers ask to upgrade? What it really means is a phased approach at rolling out the new program:

“Invitations will be sent in stages to U.S. advertisers over the remainder of the year and early next year. You’ll be notified of your upgrade date at least two weeks in advance. You’ll also be able to access a preview of what your account will look like after the upgrade.”

Some of the new features include:

  • Fast ad activation (no more 3-5 days)
Lee Odden

New Improved Yahoo Sponsored Search

Lee Odden on May 8th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Search Marketing, Yahoo


Yahoo advertisers received an email recently announcing up and coming enhancements including instant ads & geotargeting to the program. I know a lot of complaints I hear from clients about Yahoo Search Marketing/Oveture has to do with the length of time it takes for the editorial process. This is a step in the right direction. The addition of geotargeting will also be a nice addition and help local search advertisers.

It looks like even more changes are in store:

“This is just the first step. After all advertisers have successfully transitioned to the new Sponsored Search, we plan to quickly introduce many more innovative products, features and tools that will give you even more ways to connect with customers.”

Loren Baker over at Search Engine Journal offers up more details.

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