Google Plans To Audit Adwords Resellers, Agencies

If you act as a Google reseller or manage customers' Adwords accounts, Google will be starting audits and checking if you are sending out - at a minimum - monthly reports with spend, click and impression information, the Adwords blog reported. The audits will begin April 1st.

"Today we want to inform you that we've updated AdWords policies with a third-party policy section that includes above reporting and disclosure requirements. We've also clarified enforcement and non-compliance handling, as well as let advertisers know how to contact us if they have any complaints about third parties."

"For example, let's say that ABC Agency is managing AdWords campaigns for their client, Joe's Plumbing. In July, the AdWords account for Joe's Plumbing accrues 1,400 clicks on 12,000 impressions for an AdWords cost of $700 (the exact amount charged by AdWords). ABC Agency will be required to provide a report to Joe's Plumbing that shows AdWords cost and performance at the account level:

Joe's Plumbing -- AdWords report for July 2010
Clicks: 1,400
Impressions: 12,000
Cost: $700"

Google is also adding a complaint form for clients who have problems with their management companies. So, all those people who are overseeing anyone else's Adwords spend, it is time to review the requirements, so you are not found to be an April Fool.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.