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Annoying glitch with Adsense preview tool

 4:37 am on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

The ads are on top of my page. I believe one is STILL the one I already complained about yesterday for being an MFA for another PPC program and for redirecting to different sites, depending on how you reach the URL.

Each and every time I click to open the preview tool my web page "jumps down" so I can only see the bottom of the page. I do NOT feel like writing down the ad titles and descriptions on top of the page each and every time so I can compare what's in the preview tool with what's showing on my page. I am NOT about to spend my days taking notes with a pencil, putting sites on the filter and checking pages all day long.

And I just put Adsense on that site/page for the very first time yesterday! And now first thing that spammy JUNK has been running. Now I have to take Adsense OFF since the pages are getting traffic and I'm getting the MFA junk that's spamming and violating AW TOS to boot.

In addition, the graphic ad I put on bottom is IMHO, a CPA email harvesting scam.

So they all have to come off pages on that new site that' getting a little bit of very targeted traffic on products that generally convert well for merchants. I just had a sale for a related product for an affiliate merchant for close to $500 a day or so ago, out of only a few impressions and clicks.

So I lose.
And targeted merchants lose.
And Google loses.

Who wins?



 4:49 am on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yeah, the preview tool definitely needs some more work. Hope this is on the To-Do-List of the Adsense team. I guess the software was okay for the launch of Adsense, but has too many flaws to make it a really useful (powerful) tool. Things that come to mind:

- show ads that will show instead of ads that may show
- show ads restricted on ad format (e.g. only 468x60)
- show non text ads as well (e.g. image, video, flash)
- notify Adsense on an ad, directly from the tool

To fix it is another logical step if Google are serious about getting rid of the crapvertisers.


 4:55 am on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

It wasn't redirecting down to the bottom of the page before, so you could read the title and description in the ad itself and pick it out to view within the tool. This redirecting is something new.

Adding a sudden thought: maybe it's the graphic ad causing it. I've never used them before but thought I'd give a try. I'll check to see if that's what this new bug is.


Good one; and sometimes they're spamvertisers. I mind my own business when things are none of my business, but when I have to stop using Adsense on pages that I *know* from experience do convert for ecom merchants, that makes it my business because it's costing me (and the advertisers) money. Money out of my pocket is my business.

Meantime, they need to troubleshoot and test in advance so that the preview tool works right.

[edited by: Marcia at 5:02 am (utc) on May 31, 2007]


 5:18 am on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Maybe if you left the ads up for a couple of days they would get sorted out but you can't when stuff like that is being served up.

Experiences like yours is why I am afraid, very afraid, to try graphic ads.


 5:27 am on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

I tried it because I watched an Adsense video ad that almost convinced me to buy, and would have if I didn't already have a fairly new gizmo that does the job, just not as cool and snazzy as the one in the video.


OK, I just checked it out, and it isn't the graphic ad. It's happening on pages with just text ads on the top and bottom both (which imho can work well on some pages), which wasn't happening before that I recall. So if they're giving advice in their optimization tips to put more ad units on, they are WRONG until they fix it so that the preview tool is usable.

This is a real dilemma, because some pages really do need one on top and one on bottom, and I can tell because products displayed on the page have sold/converted from both the first and the last products displayed, which means they're both good spots on those particular pages. Not all pages, but with those layouts it's a shame to miss out on opportunities.

Why in the world should a page redirect to the very bottom when the preview tool is opened, just as it would with an anchored link (which the pages don't have).

And more:

I just tested with just one leaderboard on top - it scoots (like an anchored link) to the very top line of the one single leaderboard on the page, whether you're hitting the preview tool from either the top or the bottom of the page.

So.. wherever you are on the page when there's an ad block on the top and the bottom both, it will scoot you to the very top line of the BOTTOM ad unit, so that at no time can you view the top ad unit and the preview tool at the same time.

It just doesn't work with more than one ad unit on the page, so it's virtually useless for checking out the ads on top without pencil and paper notes which is rather primitive to have to use for a high tech gig like Google.

Unless of course you have crackerjack short term memory for a lot of details and not middle-aged memory, which ain't me.

[edited by: Marcia at 5:53 am (utc) on May 31, 2007]


 9:53 am on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

>It wasn't redirecting down to the bottom of the page before

Actually it was, not the bottom, just down enough for ads to go out of view, maybe your page is just short?


 10:08 am on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Why don't use AS Sandbox url? It works with Firefox too

[edited by: jatar_k at 2:13 pm (utc) on May 31, 2007]
[edit reason] no urls thanks [/edit]

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