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ASA: AdSense Preview Tool Being Fixed
Will Reflect Ads in Competitive Filter

 10:23 pm on Feb 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

System: The following 2 messages were cut out of thread at: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google_adsense/3808500.htm [webmasterworld.com] by martinibuster - 12:19 am on Feb. 13, 2009 (utc -8)

Here's the latest word on the Preview Tool:

The problem we were having was not that the Competitive Ad Filter was broken, but rather that the Preview Tool was not taking into account the sites in your filter. So your actual site was excluding ads from sites in your filter, but the Preview Tool was not.

While fixing that problem, the Preview Tool was taken down. We're in the process of getting it back up as quickly as possible.

That's the whole story. I'm genuinely sorry for the inconvenience.




 8:01 am on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

So what's the estimate on the preview tool being "fixed?"


 9:24 am on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

Since that is happening can we have a Mac version?

The editor works fantastic on the Mac and is more complex. You would think something small like that would be easy to convert.


 10:24 am on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

Please make a preview tool for Firefox! Add it to the Google toolbar maybe?

Can't hurt to ask.


 6:27 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi All,

The Preview Tool is back up and should be running smoothly. Please let me know if you continue to have problems.



 6:32 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

Cool - thanks!


 10:20 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

No comment on Mac or Firefox?

I think we are getting a little PC discrimination here.

Last I checked most people in the publishing industry used Macs.


 11:18 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

>>>Last I checked...
How did you check?

Not scientific, but speaking at SMX West yesterday, I scanned the crowd to see how many were toting PC/Mac. I saw a sea of PCs, with a few Mac apples glowing here and there.


 12:06 am on Feb 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Last I checked most people in the publishing industry used Macs.

If you're going to count AdSense publishers as "people in the publishing industry," the industry's PC-to-Mac ratio is likely to reflect the general population's (and not what you might see in a magazine art director's office or a Web designer's studio).

BTW, I haven't used the preview tool in a long time, so maybe someone can tell me if it's compatible with Google's Chrome. (That's my browser of choice these days, thanks to tabs that don't bring down the whole browser when they crash.)


 2:10 am on Feb 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Last I checked most people in the publishing industry used Macs.

People using the Adsense preview tool would be webmasters, web publishers and marketing types, not graphic designers, and I'm pretty sure Mac is still very much a minority in that area. On the other hand, I'm sure Firefox is the browser of choice for most of them.

thanks to tabs that don't bring down the whole browser when they crash.

That's great but I don't remember the last time Firefox crashed, really, so that wouldn't be the main appeal for me, but since it's their own product, I guess it would be a priority.


 6:18 am on Feb 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well you might have me there MB.

Developers have crossed over most of the quality programs developed on Mac to PC now I don't doubt that the PC audience has reaped the benefits and employers have taken advantage of that. Jamming their cubicles full of cheap PC machines and loading them with software worth more that the actual workstations cost.

I just thought it was a good lobbying point. Maybe ASA might fall for the ruse and get sympathetic, just a good volley at " G" manipulation.

You know me, always the anarchist.

And I don't mind lobbying for Firefox at the same time, it can only win me more friends.


 9:16 am on Feb 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

It's strange Google doesn't provide it for FF considering they have been so active promoting the browser, and similarly for Chrome.


 10:54 pm on Feb 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

The preview thing is a sad joke.

  • IE only: that's the evil empire's browser on the evil empire's OS ...
  • Shows only a few ads, never shows quite a few of the ads
  • Show ads one geotarget at a time
  • Show ads for just one page at a time

Aside of wasting time, one also risks getting RSI.

Time to send that team back to the drawing board, have them chat with those who made analytics (no, not the reporting of adsense in analytics, the real analytics: how to show a LOT of data in a comprehensible manner that gives overview and detail at the same time.)

Can't be that hard once it exists to give it a web frontend and make it browser and platform independent in one go.

Makes one wonder the "tool" in "preview tool" refers to the piece of software (the implement) or those of us who -all good intentioned- are trying to use it (the person, not so positive).


 3:22 pm on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

As of this morning, the preview tool is still showing ads with urls that are already in my filter. Do I need to download and reinstall it in order for it to not do this?

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