Rankings Collapsed After Buying Google Ads?

In a Google Office Hours hangout somebody associated that their rankings disappeared after promoting on Google Ads. They stated that their rankings returned after they stopped the promoting. The particular person requested what might clarify these occasions?

The particular person asking the query acknowledged that Google Ads isn’t presupposed to have an effect on natural rankings. So the query was actually about what might have affected the result.

Mueller defined the separation between the search and Pay Per Click (PPC) then supplied his viewpoint of those sorts of conditions.

The following was edited to take away uhs, uhms, and superfluous phrases (like, “I, I” and “you know”).


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Here is the query:

“Recently… had this situation where we were ranking in first position for a particular keyword.

But when we started running ads for the same keyword… our organic page just didn’t appear in not even one hundred results.

So, right after we stopped running ads, the keyword is back to number one position.

…I know… Google Ads shouldn’t affect your organic results but I’m curious to know whether or if there is any other particular reason for this to happen.”

Google Answers About Seeming Connection Between Ads and Rankings

John Mueller’s response was unambiguous about there not being a connection.


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John Mueller answered:

“I don’t know why that would happen like that but it would not be related to the ads.”

He subsequent defined the separation of the advertisements workforce and the natural associated workforce.


“So that’s something where these systems are completely separate on our side.

The ranking within the ads, the ranking within search are completely separate systems and there’s essentially no real connection there.

I get this question sometimes like in this way, if I run ads then my website disappears from search. But I also get the same question in the other way, like if people run ads then suddenly their website ranks higher for search because they’re paying for something.

From our point of view it’s like… we work really hard to differentiate ads and search. So much so that even when… large advertisers go to their ad manager or account manager and they have like this small search question… we push back on that, we don’t give any answers at all when it comes to questions from clients or partners.

…That’s something where I would definitely not expect any kind of ranking change, especially something as visible as that. Because that… I think that would also be something that lots of other sites would see and would be kind of a bit… super obvious.

So the ranking change that you… saw there seems like something that would be totally unrelated to the ads.”

Correlations to Ranking Changes

Out of the thousands and thousands of companies who promote on Google it’s not a typical expertise for all of them or perhaps a important majority to expertise a rating change both up or down.

Coincidences are issues that occur with out there being an precise trigger and impact to attach them. And that’s what this example the place somebody begins promoting and their rankings collapse is about.

Google is consistently updating search rankings and the results typically can really feel like a significant occasion. It is extremely possible that what occurred right here is only a coincidence.


Watch the query about website rankings returning after cancelling Google Ads
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