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Issue with average ad position

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Could you please explain how the Top vs Other ad position works?

Let´s say the SERP has 3 ads on the top and 3 on the bottom and my ad is the second on top. The average position will show as Top 2?

What if my ad is the second on the bottom? Will it show as Other 2 or Other 5?

What about if there are no ads on the Top of the SERP, there are only three ads at the bottom and my ad is the second. Will it show as Other 2?

Appreciate your help as I am having an average positions of 5 for Other and can not make sense of it.



Luis Castaneda

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June 2016

Re: Issue with average ad position

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Hi Luis,


My understanding is this. When looking at avg ad position - that metric is the average position of all of your impressions. The first ad displayed is position 1, regardless of where on the page, above or below the organic results.


The Top vs Other is simply above or below the organic results.

See Top VS Other here:


So in your example, Yes, the first ad, in position 2 of 6 will be labeled with an avg position of 2 and will also show up as Top in the Top vs Other report.

The second ad will have a position of 5 out of 6 and will be labeled with an avg position of 5 and will show up in the other report.


I looked at some of my data to confirm this. We have some advertisers that do not fall below position 2 ever - they average closer to 1.4 or above. These ads also have 'Other:' listings but still maintain that 1.5+ average position. So, in these few cases, no ads are displayed above the organic results but at the bottom of the page, we're the first or second ad.


This is one of the areas that I feel like the Help Center could use some updating to reflect the new SERP layout. It could simply be top vs bottom now.  


Hope this helps!



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