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What I'd like to see in adsense .
Let's give our new ASA a running start

 10:48 pm on Mar 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Since we have a new ASA, let's give him/her a running start with a list of things we need in Adsense. Let's try to get this regularly and try to keep it a bit prioritized for him/her.

1) Substantially better reporting: including which advertiser got what keywords (it's ok to have the different geolocations combined) - The preview tool is far below par (IE only -please!- and you only get a sample per click and you need to click a zillion times to get all geolocations

2) Better banning tools
- display URL, redirect URL (both!) if I don't want ebay, I don't care they have a zillion affiliates
- per advertiser (once up to no good, always so)
- per keyword targeted (if my site is not about it at all (e.g. look at the member having dope ads by default)
- per keyword in the ad copy (e.g. I'd instantly drop in there "free" "screensaver" etc.)

3) Minimum price per click (if you don't have inventory, fine let me run my alternates, but I don't want sub US$0.01 clicks (that even less in EUR ;-) ). If Google wants to be a marketplace, then let those selling space also determine a bit of the price setting.



 11:48 pm on Mar 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Minimum price per click

Welcome to the club


 12:39 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

I only have ONE small request.

I'd like to be able to have ONLY the referral ad I choose to display on my pages.

As we all know, this has been a problem since the beginning with referral ads. You choose to have ONLY a certain ad display and no "filler" ads... and you still get dozens of others displaying.

Google appeared to have worked on this interface, but it is still QUITE BROKEN.

It is very sad for me... it has cost me thousands of dollars in potential revenue. I refuse to risk other ads displaying, to protect my reputation as a webmaster -- and I have missed out on some great income.

When the program first expanded to include hundreds of referral products to choose from, I made $600 in just a few days off a particular product.

But I refuse to risk showing inappropriate referral products/ads to my visitors.

Google -- won't you PLEASE fix this problem? Perhaps they need it demonstrated to them? How come nobody talks about this anymore? Have you all given up completely?



 12:57 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

said it before in one thread. will say it again :

allow us to have a "favorites" referral list. we specify which advertisers goes in that list. Google refers to that list to display ads. If all ads not available at that time, to allow us to display alternate ads of our own choosing.


 1:50 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

I also plead to only have the referral ads we specified to show up.

Just today I had one selling something completely irrelevant to my other choices for a $0.01 conversion price! Of course I wouldn't normally touch it with a 10 feet pole. I checked the site and they even had adsense ads on it, so it was obviously arbitraging referral traffic on top of it!

Every time I experiment with referrals I soon get disgusted with the unselected advertisers showing up, I remove my referral ads for a few months thinking this pressing issue would normally be taken care of by now, I try again later and it's still there! This isn't some second tiered program like clickbank here, it's google!

Anyway... that thread is well timed with my current frustration, so sorry for the drama.

For the rest of adsense: yes, min CPC price decided by publishers please. If a page lets in the low ballers I'd rather use my alternate ad programs or nothing at all rather than lose traffic for pennies.


 1:54 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Clear ther doubts regarding privacy policy for adsense publisher.

We know, we have to have a privacy policy. But nobody knows that if it has to be connected with every page or not?



 2:35 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Here's a simple request--more options for reports.

I would really like to be able to display, for example, totals for each month over the past two years in one report. Can't do that. I either get every day's info., and have to process THAT to get the monthly info, or do the months one at a time....


 4:33 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Adding graphs to the reporting would be nice.


 4:37 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

marodhum, put a link to your privacy policy on your home page and don't worry about it. That's what I did, I unofficially read that somewhere on this site that just having the link there was OK. Hey, it's there and linked, that's good enough for me. I don't think they could ever "dictate" that you must link to it from all pages.


 7:24 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

- Better reporting - who clicked when which ad?
- Better filters - unlimited and sophisticated (see swa66's message)
- Minimum EPC


 9:49 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

You know what they say about doing the same old thing over and over expecting different results.

ASA should be able to find all our wish threads if she can Google ;-)


 12:26 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Let's not assume ASA's willingness to participate here is matched by her boss's willingness to make changes to Adsense Policy. I'd like that as much as the next person, but...

If you look at the AdWords counterpart in the sister forum, AWA solicits wish lists regularly (weekly), and talks about requested changes as they are implemented.

Google AdWords Features I'd Like to See, #10 [webmasterworld.com]

"I am extremely glad to see a new 'Features' thread start. . . I'll certainly pass your comments along as usual, in the weekly Advertiser Feedback Report."--AdWordsAdvisor [webmasterworld.com]

"There is an empty section of the Advertiser Feedback Report just crying out for AdWords feature requests. ;) Still roughly three hours (or maybe even more) for your late-breaking ideas. Many thanks, AWA. [webmasterworld.com]"

Is there such a thing as a Publisher Feedback Report?



 12:54 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Expecting to be treated like our neighbors (the paying advertisers) is a bit unrealistic, but hey, I won't stand in your way :-)

Give ASA the chance to settle down, unpack, read the mail, fill up the fridge ..


 1:56 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

At the moment, there's nothing I need so much as more channels.


 3:32 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'd love to try out Google Video Units on my site.

At present the smallest sized video unit is 400x415 pixels which is just a little too big for me to be able to use.

I'd be all over a video unit sized 300x320 pixels though.


 5:52 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

How about the ability to graph the advanced reports in a manner similar to the graphs in G analytics?

Supposedly Analytics and adsense are sharing data. Hopefully we can do this soon.

Yes, I know I can paste it into excel and generate a graph that way but it is a bit tedious.



 6:07 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback.

We do compile regular reports based on publisher feedback. These reports are compiled from the feedback submitted via our Feature Requests and Suggestions form ( [google.com...] ), publisher emails, suggestions made and solicited on our AdSense Help Group, and those provided on Webmaster World.

While we cannot implement all ideas submitted, we do bring some to fruition. As you are aware, these things do take time, so please bear with us.

We are looking at how we can best communicate when we implement requested features. This is a work in progress, and I'll keep you posted.

I have categorized the requests you have made here, and will now communicate them to the relevant product teams.

Thanks again for your feedback.


 6:25 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

ASA, Hi!

Welcome to one of the outer circles of customer-communication hell as mentioned elsewhere!

I've had site targeting turned off for a while because I was getting horrible ugly nasty crappy embarrassing ads from what I think that many of us would call MFAs.

Rather than risk having those again, I'm keeping site targeting off for now, though I'd love to re-enable it. I've set up almost all my channels to be individually targetable for when I can re-enable it.

One major problem is that blocking bad ads/sites by URL is no good because:

1) I don't even get to see all the ads (eg because of geotargeting).

2) The display URLs are often, unfortunately, misleading, and other ways to try and get the real URLs of those bad ads that we can see are cumbersome, browser-specific and dangerous (eg can lead to false clicks on the ads).

3) Blocking individual ads is whack-a-mole given domain kiting and other techniques which make it easy for black hats to generate tens of thousands of domains if they want to, every day if they care to.

4) Given (3) any finite-size by-URL block list won't help much.

5) I use AS rather than (say) Y! so as to not have to spend my life policing the ads on my side, picking keywords, etc.

6) Some players seem to deliberately use URLs that are hard to selectively block in your filter.

7) You don't really have a 'bad advertiser' filter at all, after all; it's meant for blocking competitors!

One obvious, simple, and oft-proposed solution is to allow blocking by advertiser, ie block-by-ID and 'block all ads by these advertisers' filters such as implemented by other ad networks such as Casale Media. (Put one flashing ad past my no-flashing-ads tickbox and you're history!)

There are far fewer black hats than bad URLs/sites to block IMHO. That would begin to level the paying field.

Plus of course, you could pay human attention to those advertisers blocked by an unusually large number of publishers...




 8:06 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yeah, block by account is the most asked for feature.

One more:
ASA, Please consider disentangling targeting from CPM:

I'd like for my site to be targeted by PPC but not CPM, right now targeting means CPM.

Would be great if we could specify targeting type per ad unit like we do now with text/image/both ads. Above or below it put
Targeting: All/EPC/CPM and let the default be 'All'.


 8:45 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

One problem with the adlinks when using the new code: the page with the list of advertisers now take the same colors of the adlink unit instead of the old white background. The result is often indigestible, so I have to revert back to the old adlinks code. Can't we have a choice in the matter? Colors that work in a small area for an ad (say in a column with a dark background) doesn't always translate well for a whole page, especially when the Google Logo doesn't even blend at the top with that color. If the color theme of that page is going to change from the default white background, we would at least need some control over it so it doesn't look terrible.


 9:49 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'll pipe in for:

- More channels (or let us have a second account or profile?).
- Minimum bid price.


 10:36 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

There are also many ideas in the AdSense 2007 Holiday Wishlist [webmasterworld.com] started by the former ASA this last December.


 1:20 am on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

The following is from another thread - [webmasterworld.com...]

Let me give you a example, several months ago our Adsense rep told us to place ads as close to text as possible since that is were our users are reading.

3 weeks later we got a warning email from another division in Google saying the ads were to close to certain parts of our text and that ad serving would be stopped if not fixed.

I think the first and most important question we should ask of the new ASA is how reliable is the information ASA provides here?

And the second question is how reliable is the information we get from other AdSense employees/support personnel.



 3:08 am on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'd like to see the removal of "Recent Messages" from the Overview page or at least have it moved to another tab. I've only ever received two messages, neither of which were useful and none since last May.


 4:12 am on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Reiterating: MORE CHANNELS


 7:52 am on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

At the moment, there's nothing I need so much as more channels.

I second that.


 10:05 am on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

I NEED more channels. I have maxed out my channels just from my main earner, leaving me with only one channel for each of the other sites. One of those sites, is very diverse with about 100 main topics. I would love to be able to channel them to see what is working and what is not. The ctr is extremely high on that site, but I am guessing it is coming from certain sectors, with many not performing at all, Oh, to be able to optimize that site.

When a publisher has two or more large, very diverse sites in their account, 200 channels is NOT enough.

Channels should be limited to 200 per site, subject to a ratio of 1:1, one channel for each page, maximum 200 per site.


 2:00 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

As long as someone is actually noting this stuff now -

- I'd like to be able to block ads on a per site basis. I have some family/kid oriented sites, and some of the ads might not be appropriate for THOSE sites, but they would be perfectly fine for some of my other sites. But right now, if I block, I block for all.

- If any advertiser is blocking one of my sites from displaying his ads, I'd like to know about it. Don't have to know who, I'd just like to know. It would mean I'd probably need to do some work on improving that site.

- It's already been said several times, but referrals are a mess. I'm coming up on the peak season for one of my sites, which means 70k visitors per day, and last year I tried to run referrals and it was a total waste of time and space. Either do it right, or pull it until you *can* do it right.

- Fix the Google referrals buttons. They don't display properly on my sites, and I don't know why. I sent screen shots and examples to support last year, and they finally told me they didn't know why it was happening and had no estimate on when they would know. And I never heard back again. In what universe would that be an acceptable answer?

- Better integration with Google Analytics, and some AdSense Blog advice and tips on how best to use GA and AdSense together.

- FIX THE CODE SO IT WILL VALIDATE - or else let us do it.

- 200 channels per site would probably be a good start. Many of my sites are specific to region or state, and so I have to have channels for each of those, plus I track placement, size, and color options, not to mention urls - I'm at the end of my rope as far as channels, and since we're not supposed to create more accounts, what am I to do?


 4:59 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)


I have added your new and seconded requests to my list.

Juan_G mentions the Holiday Wishlist on the AdSense Help Group. The requests made on this list have been presented to our product specialists for further review and investigation, and we will be providing updates on the wishlist.

farmboy has a question about the reliability of information provided by myself and our support team. As I'm sure you can understand, I cannot comment on specific cases, but am happy to clarify our policy. While integrating your ads with the content of your site can prove successful, your ad implementation should not be misleading or confusing to the user. If you have any concerns about an implementation, it is important to err on the side of caution. If you have an account manager, you can run your implementation by them. Finally, if you have any concerns about the reliability of the information I provide, just let me know.

Keep your feedback coming:)


 6:01 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

I second the motion


Adsense is the only reason, that i failed validation.

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