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Ad Disapproval - Invalid HTTP Response 403 Error

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My ads for the past 2 years have been getting disapproved due to an invalid HTTP response, we used to be account managed and they used to get them manually approved for us. Now we don't we are struggling to get these approved as we are no longer account managed.


We use 3rd party tracking, when I remove the 3rd party tracking from the ad, the ad gets approved, when I use 3rd party tracking the ad gets disapproved.


Google have said our landing pages are returning a error 403 code - we are unable to see this error though. 


Previously we have been told it's due to the speed of the re-direct of the 3rd party tracker (but our tracking provider says there is no way to speed this up).


Here is an example of a link that gets disapproved:


Does anyone have any advice or ideas on how we can fix this or what the underlying issue is?


I really want to use 3rd party tracking ideally.


Thanks in advance for any advice/ideas,






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Re: Ad Disapproval - Invalid HTTP Response 403 Error

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Hi Sophie L,

That is strange. Error code 403 means directory listing denied. That make no sense to me at all.

Are you using enhanced URLs? Does the display URL show as the top level domain?

Best of Luck!

petebardo -- Deadhead doing AdWords

Re: Ad Disapproval - Invalid HTTP Response 403 Error

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the 403 error can be seen here --

try checking with the site administrator and
the 3rd-party tracking support organizations.

potentially the robots.txt, htaccess, firewall, or similar

site features, are blocking google's various crawlers.