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Why haven't you made the switch?
Reasons you're still using the old AdSense interface

 2:05 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hey everyone,

I wanted to start a thread to get your feedback on the new AdSense interface. Specifically, I'm interested in hearing from those of you who are still using the old interface, to know why you haven't switched to the new interface.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts - the feedback from this particular forum is invaluable for our entire publisher community.




 2:21 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I made the switch, love the new interface with one exception...

Used to be able to remove all blocked advertisers easily if I wanted to reset the system and see what ads were being displayed, which allowed me to prune the list more quickly than the current enabling/disabling line-by-line method.


 2:32 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I use it because I can see instantly what I have earn't today, and with a quick click of the button, I can see what channels are doing what.

The process is more intense with the new interface.


 2:44 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

In the old interface I can easily see actual images for the placement targeted ads awaiting review, I can't figure out how to do that in the new interface.

In the old interface I can "Block all ads from this advertiser" without have to step thru 4 - 5 reasons/steps.

Without those two items I might just turn off image ads to start with and see what that leaves me with.


 2:59 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I made the switch, I think the new interface kicks azz, but there are still a few things I switch back to the old one for.

1- Managing multiple color palette with an ad
2- view ads by targeting type for a channel or individual site, not just whole account view.
3- Sometimes I just want a quick view of daily earnings for all channels (url and custom combined)
4- when I don't feel like having help pop ups all over the place by accident

And some things I wish I still could use the old code for:

- Classical white landing page for adlinks with different colors

If the old interface disappeared I would definitely survive however, the new features are really great.

Some new things to consider:

1- most things that are configurable only account wide (allowed ads, enabling placement ads, etc) should really be made to work with individual sites instead.
2- weekly view of charts in addition to daily views?
3- moving averages on charts? (gotta use Excel for that)
4- Charts for the monthly payments? (gotta use Excel for that)


 5:41 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)



 7:34 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'm still using the old interface 'just because I can'.
You make the new interface default, I'll use it; No problem.


 8:50 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

It's easier for me to understand text than graphics. I'd rather read the data than see the graph.

Also, the old interface is faster. Not sure if the speed is from load times or from the fact that I'm more familiar with it and can navigate it without a learning curve.

The new interface is both too customizable, and not customizable enough - kind of like Microsoft Windows. You have to learn the language, and then you get frustrated at taking all that trouble only to find you can't control everything.

If all the reporting available in the new interface were available in the old, I'd be pretty happy.


 9:18 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I am completely with icedowl, speed, the old interface, i click and the info is there, the new interface seems is always loading, very annoying,
also the old interface has a much clearer look and feel and i get quicker to the info i need...


 9:24 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'm using the old interface because you didn't import my reports, and I haven't found the time to recreate them.
And I find the new interface very confusing (things are hard to find), but I expect I would get used to it.

(edit: spelling and clarity)

[edited by: leadegroot at 9:33 am (utc) on Feb 4, 2011]


 9:31 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

^^^ For all the above reasons ^^^

I do occasionally use the new one if there's something specific I want to drill down to but mostly it's all about speed, the old interface tells me mostly everything I need to know and I know where to find it within a click or two.

I had to do something the other day and I honestly couldn't find it in the new one even though I really tried.

If you made it the default I wouldn't use it half as much...maybe they would make you a saving?


 10:54 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

The biggest problem for me in the new interface is that I can't select specific channels anymore to compare them.

The filter function does not support logical operators like AND and OR which it really needs to, or having several filter fields would be a good solution too.
This is the most limiting problem the new interface has for me.
Other then that I really like it.


 11:11 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

in old interface i can see what channels are generating how much (on home page only) .. while i new i didn't see this feature. That is why I am using old one.


 11:16 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Laziness, like the change from dollar to euro: I don't want to move one finger if you will do it for me wheter if I want to change or don't.


 11:51 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I can't find stuff as easily.

It's OS X versus the old Mac OS. It looks good on the surface, more modern and may even have more 'features'. But it just isn't as good a navigation system or as user friendly a design.


When you close the old version, I'll use the new one. But thanks for asking anyway. ;)


 11:54 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

The naysayers need to buck up and go face first into it, immersion therapy style.

I didn't like it at first, a week later I couldn't live without it.

Much like Google in general, it grows on you slowly, like mold. ;)


 12:17 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I am not using the new UI because I do not have my saved reports and I need to click around where the old UI gives a quick overview of channels and URLs that have earned that day.


 12:18 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I do mobile app ads and I can't set up channels within the new interface.


 12:28 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Wow. With all the other topics that are discussed here without a comment from an ASA, it gets your attention when an ASA not only comments on a topic -but actually starts it.

That leads me to "assume" lots more people than expected haven't voluntarily switched to using only the new interface and the AdSense team has noticed.

My question to ASA and the AdSense team, even if it only becomes a rhetorical question, what's the downside of keeping both - the current interface for those who want the simplicity & the efficiency that brings them and the new interface for those who want the features available there?

P.S. On a related note, and FWIW, I no longer use AdWords to advertise my business because the process just became too complex. There's virtue to be found in keeping things sweet and simple, IMO.



 12:33 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

The naysayers need to buck up and go face first into it..

Hmmm. When I read the label "naysayers" I think of people who have heard about something yet dismiss it without ever trying it.

What I'm reading in this thread are people who have tried it and were less than thrilled.



 12:55 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

to know why you haven't switched to the new interface.

It's already in place. It's also actually easier to use. I'm not tied to a google login every time I want to make a change. I make it in my own local code, upload it and run with it.

Although not for long...


 12:58 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I didn't like it at first, a week later I couldn't live without it.

And a week later I found it sucked... requiring me to stay logged into my adsense account to make even the smallest change.


 1:08 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)


Till 10 days back or so, the interface wouldn't stop LOADING and wouldn't let me switch back to the old interface either. It was sooo frustrating that I just forgot abt. it.

I checked today and it seems to work fine presently. If it continues to work fine, I may be tempted to use it more often. But then .. I may not bother.


 1:09 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I for one am thrilled with the new interface, minus a few details (mentionned above). As a general rule however, people on the internet hate change, so complaints and inertia are to be expected. At first it was a lot of new stuff all at once, but if Adsense is important in your life, it's worth dedicating some time exploring it. If you have experience with Google Analytics (or even the Google financial charts), it gets familiar. I still discover a few things every now and then and some are really crazy powerful. Comparing various channels, various values and various time frames, it's great. Coupled with Adsense stats on Google Analytics and you have tons of info on your site, for better optimization down the line.

AdSenseAdvisor did create this thread for the non converted though so, have at it. But I see complaints where people just haven't figure out how to do the things they want, if they only spend some time on it, they would. Once you put the initial effort, there's simply no going back.

PS: For speed, I noticed it was a lot slower on IE 8.0 than Firefox or Chrome, but I normally use Firefox so it's not an issue for me. I think Explorer is just generally slow with Javascript intensive pages. The new coming IE version is supposed to fix that.


 2:05 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yes "today's report" that can be easily broken down into channels is what i like in the old interface.That should be the default home page :)

i too find the new interface to be somewhat slower than the old one.


 2:21 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I am using both.
For quick view is old interface very good and for deeper analizing the report the new one.
I hope the old interface stays.


 2:33 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

In the old interface I can watch all my channels on one page, in the new one I'm restricted to 50.


 3:07 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

All the above reasons and I get tired of Google changing interfaces. Tried the new one, instantly didn't like it.


 3:15 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I just went and had a quick look and with the old interface there is an immediate single line that tells me everything I need to know and with one click I can see my top channels, the new interface has me scanning around the page.

I'm of the old business school with mathematics, I simply do not need fancy graphs to tell me whether I'm doing any good or not and I don't use GA either.

Keep them both and that'll keep us all happy:-)


 3:22 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

A lurker speaks...

I like some aspects of the new interface, but it is a lot harder to get a quick glance at everything.

As above, you can quickly see everything you need to see, whereas on the new interface everything is at least one or two clicks away...

So I have switched back to old interface until it gets easier to use.

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