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In the olden days (read: last year), broad match functionality on Google had useful but limited applications. You could buy the word "camera" and get matched with "nikon camera" or "digital camera" but it was unlikely that you’d show up on "order new camera batteries online."

Sigh. Those were the good ole’ days. These days, it seems like it doesn’t matter what sort of tail term you buy, your cleverly-researched four to five word phrase is likely to have a lot of company; company from your competitors who undoubtedly did not purchase the specific phrase you discovered, but rather have been broad-matched to your keyword.

To make matters worse, even though Google claims that your specific keyword will do better in "the auction" than your competitors’ broad match keywords (after all, the click through rate on your precise ad has got to be far higher than a broad-matched term, right?), my experience suggests that the Google algorithm no longer gives much (if any) advantage to competition between specific keywords and broad-matched keywords.

The result is that the top ten bidders for the broad-matched term frequently push the small guys trying to buy on the tail right off page one. Good news for big industry players with deep pockets, and good news for Google’s revenue. Bad news for small guys who live and die through the tail, and bad news for Google’s overall relevance and user experience.

There is one great silver lining to this situation, however. Broad matching creates some really funny paid search ads, mostly from eBay.

Without further ado, here are my top ten funny broad match search results. NOTE: some of these are a bit lewd so read with caution please:

10. "Used Kidney for Sale"

Kidney for Sale

Whatever you’re looking for

you can get it on eBay.

www.eBay.com

and the related "Used Brain for Sale"

Buy Brain

Buy brain Online.

Shop Target.com

www.Target.com

You don’t need to go to the third world for your organs anymore . . .

9. "Indentured Servant"

Indentured Servant

Whatever you’re looking for

you can get it on eBay.

www.eBay.com

Who needs illegal immigrants when you can buy full-time help at auction?

8. "Murder Weapon"

Murder Weapon

Looking for Murder Weapon?

Find exactly what you want today.

www.eBay.com

If you don’t "buy it now", you must acquit.

7. "Find an Alibi"

Find People – Locate Anyone

Current Unlisted Number and Address

Search by Maiden/Spouse, Age, SSN.

www.Intelius.com

If only Scott Peterson knew about this site.

6. "Body Odor"

Smelly Vagina?

Botanical Body Wash Cleans Fast

Kills Germs & Odors Naturally

BotanicalBodyWash.com

No comment.

5. "Used Virgins"

Buy Factory Refurbished

Computers, Electronics & Tools

All Major Brands w/Factory Warranty

www.refurbdepot.com

Seems like an oxymoron.

4. "Nuclear Weapons for Sale"

Nuclear Weapons

Looking for Nuclear Weapons?

Find exactly what you want today.

www.eBay.com

North Korea is the least of our problems – we’ve got to worry about bored kids in Orange County now too.

3. "Ass Crack"

Ass Crack

Whatever you’re looking for

you can get it on eBay.

www.eBay.com

and the related ‘Belly Button Lint"

Belly Button Lint

Whatever you’re looking for

you can get it on eBay.

www.eBay.com

And to think, all this time I’ve been throwing away that valuable lint.

2. "Jesus"

Costa Rica Property Sale

2.5 Acre Lots-Prime Locations

Ocean & Mt. Views Act Now-Free Info

www.CRlandsales.com

He hath risen . . . to sell you oceanfront property?

1. "Kill Lawyers"

Lawyers

Search for a lawyer by location &

area of expertise at lawyers.com

www.lawyers.com

Looks like someone forgot to add negative keywords to their ads!

That’s it. Wow, that’s what I call relevant paid search results!

Tags: broad matching, adwords, ebay, algorithms, tail terms