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Adsense Usability Issue Request
The layout needs to be redesigned to allow viewing stats without scrolling!

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Msg#: 2559 posted 12:26 am on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Before adsense created the channel reports, you could click on the drop down box and see the full reports without having to scroll down. Now the channels box is taking up all the space so you have to scroll down every time you click "Display Report" to see it so it makes it harder to compare different dates and etc. at a glance. I'm using a 17" monitor with the resolution set at 1024 x 768, and with all the toolbars and stuff on my browser minimized and it still appears below the fold.

This is a usability issue that can easily be fixed. I am amazed they didn't take this into account being a company that prides itself on usability. All it takes is a simple redesign to position the statistics higher up on the page.

Google: Please give us a redesign that makes checking stats easier.

AdsenseAdvisor are you listening?



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Msg#: 2559 posted 3:18 am on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't think google concentrates much on beauty (which sometimes leads to usability). Those new psa's were awful-looking, as an example. And I agree, their backend stuff could certainly use a design/usability overhaul. Now, maybe they just need to hire someone without a phd who understands that aspect of the web business. ;-)


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Msg#: 2559 posted 5:35 am on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

It's a common problem: technical people (like programmers) usually aren't artistically inclined. Tell them to design an entry form, and you get something like at Google: functional, has everything you need, but ugly and not very ergonomic.


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Msg#: 2559 posted 5:39 am on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I agree wholeheartedly. Additonally, before channels we just had to click on the timeframe and voila. Now we also have to click 'display reports' too.


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Msg#: 2559 posted 6:00 am on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Er - before adsense I made very liitle from online advertising. Now I do quite nicely thank you.

Scroll down and click a button to see how much I have made - NO PROBLEM.

Google PHDs - you could actually put this stuff above the fold. Just a hint!


Msg#: 2559 posted 8:09 am on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Actually the Google Adsense interface is pretty cramped now with all the new features.... I don't know for example why they call the Ad Code page as Settings! They should have more clear sections and simpler interface (yes simpler)


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Msg#: 2559 posted 8:58 am on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I admit, I am one of those who isn't a big fan of the new layout for the reports. But I am not sure what to suggest to make it better, while still following the K.I.S.S. principle.

If you were in charge of designing how the various aspects of the control panel worked, how would you set it up? It is easy to say something doesn't work - but what would you do to make it work better, while still keeping it user-friendly? Everything would need to be set out so publishers have easy access to different reporting options, don't go hiding the channel options away somewhere, lol.

Perhaps if someone comes up with a good, user-friendly idea of how it could work, it just might show up in a future control panel update ;)


Msg#: 2559 posted 11:30 am on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think the reports section is fine. The settings section could undergo improvement though. Firstly as I said before there can be two sections: settings and ad code. That would make sense!

And the present settings section has three columns which makes it look cramped and even causes right scrolling....

Instead of describing each option right there on the page you can have a [?] after each option which will give a detailed description in a popup (Don't tell me Hey google hates popups!) hehe...

For e.g:

Ad layout[?] Leaderboard (728 x 90)



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Msg#: 2559 posted 12:50 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am with Powdork too....having to press the button when before we didn't is a bit of a pain.

but it isn't a major issue or anything....


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Msg#: 2559 posted 1:07 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think it is possible to add features without adding too much clutter to the important pages.
For example the channel data may be treated as an advanced feature and may be 'hidden' away and those who use the feature have to click an extra button to access channel information.
Everyone else would just see the simple aggregate report the way it used to be before channels came along.
This way it is possible to pile on features without affecting usability and confusing people with a lot of options that they are not interested in.


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Msg#: 2559 posted 9:13 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Am I seeing things or has this change already happened?

When I logged into my adsense account, I could see the reports without scrolling down! Now I did make some more changes to my browser today because I wanted to organize my different toolbars and such but I thought for sure yesterday when I was logged in and actually tried to change my browser so I could view it all at one time that nothing I did worked. Can someone else confirm that the layout has been redesigned or was it my browser changes?


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Msg#: 2559 posted 9:30 pm on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)


I'm not seeing any changes.


Msg#: 2559 posted 4:58 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Contentsiteguy...I think u r seeing things! :P
No changes here. :)

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