How AdWords Destroyed My Holiday Apartment Rental Business

I am renting out several condos to holiday-makers in Thailand. I started that business around 4 years ago. I always got the most profitable and highest paying tenants using AdWords. Last month AdWords banned my account. 


I am still able to find tenants via different online booking websites, but competition on those sites is pretty stiff. More >


How AdWords Destroyed My Vietnamese Visa Business

I was a Vietnamese AdWords user until they decided to cancel my account. I sold on my site an invitation letter tourists need to enter Vietnam with a Visa On Arrival. It’s a very competitive niche. if you search for Vietnamese Visa on Arrival in Google you will see ads all over the place.



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Interview with an Internet Marketer

Donald saw the last time an office from the inside in 2006. Ever since did he work online for himself in all different kind of coffee shops from Cambodia to Tuvalu Islands. He started to get into serious trouble when AdWords Banned his account of the blue.


Oliver: Nice to meet you Donald, how are you?

Donald: I am really suffering. Since Adwords banned my account I am suffering from sleeplessness, depression, fear I might never be able to get my business back. This must be the worst crises I ever experienced in my life. This ban to advertise on Google made my doctor describe me very strong antidepressants drugs, so I can deal with all the stress. More >


Has Google a Monopoly?

We sell all kind of computer and camera accessories online. We import goods from China and sell them here in the states. I started this business back in 2002 with a friend of mine. We have almost 100 employees in our back office as well warehouse.


You can imagine we spend a lot of money every month on Advertisement with AdWords. We actually even have a dedicated Adwords sales manager who is taking care of our account. More >


Adwords Monopoly

A lot of friends who know the horror stories I experienced with Adwords always like to ask me, do you hate Adwords? The answer is yes and no. As long as you can use Adwords and you not get in trouble with the department suspending accounts it’s the best place to advertise on the planet.

It is not cheap, but still the return on investment is just amazing. I tried to use Facebook, Bing and Yahoo as an alternative for Adwords, without any success. The issue with Facebook is people are not looking or searching for information, they mind is focused on interacting with their friends or playing games. So it is very hard to sell to people who are not searching for anything.

Yahoo and Bing even combined don’t get enough traffic to even be considered a competitive force to our all mighty God of the internet Big G.

I am a big believer in the free market. I hate monopolies, but unfortunately online advertisement is owned by Adwords. People are just so used to use Google to find stuff on the internet. It’s very difficult to break this habit. However, there is hope. If Facebook manages to turn some of its 1 billion users to use the search feature of FB, Google and Adwords could get serious competition. Mark Zuckerberg should change the user interface of FB in a way which stops people leaving FB and going to Google to search.

FB search is powered by Bing, and my impression is that the search results delivered by Bing are now actually allot better than what Google is showing on its search result page. More >