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AdSense Publisher Toolbar Still A Work In Progress
Uneven performance at best.
netmeg




msg:4420055
 5:06 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

So about a month ago, AdSense announced a new Chrome extension for keeping track of your earnings.

[adsense.blogspot.com...]

Since every single one of my previous AdSense tools no longer works (BTW, thanks for that, Google) I installed it on three computers to see how it would perform.

At first, it worked perfectly and all was well. You just click on the little blue box to the right of your search bar, and a popup window displays a whole bunch of useful stats, as shown in the above link.

After a couple of weeks though, things began to get a little more spotty. I still have one laptop where it appears to be working perfectly. On my other laptop, it now only loads the header, my Google account email address, and the Help link. Nothing below the grey separator - which means no stats. I have removed it entirely and reinstalled several times, but it doesn't change. I have removed every other extension, but it doesn't change. My Chrome is up to date. All I get is the header.

The display on my office desktop is even weirder. It always lists the day's earnings as $.01. Even when I can go over to my account and see perfectly well that there is more than $.01, the Toolbar always reports $.01. Even more interesting, it accurately reports all the other stats. Yesterday's earnings reported at $.01 all day yesterday, but today (now that they're yesterday) they're accurate.

Of course, there is no support, no help group, no nothing, and what Google calls its support site is just two pages of instructions with no pointers on what to do if the bloody thing doesn't work.

Anyone else give it a try?

 

cr1t1calh1t




msg:4420077
 5:32 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

Not trying to derail your thread, but Adsense tools? I didn't know such things existed - and I've looked.

I know you said they no longer work, but I'd love to find something that could accomplish hourly reporting of clicks and revenue by URL channel (for starters...).

API access to stats would be incredible.

Now, about that extension. I haven't used it - but maybe it is broken since they made it where you can sign into Chrome, possibly?

cr1t1calh1t

netmeg




msg:4420081
 5:42 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

There were a lot of third party AdSense tools that worked on the desktop or in things like Windows widgets or Google Desktop. One of my favorites was a handy little thing called SysSense that sat in the taskbar notification tray. None of them work anymore, particularly since the new interface went live for all.

The Chrome extension was (ostensibly) put out by Google themselves. I don't understand your last sentence.

cr1t1calh1t




msg:4420083
 5:48 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

That's a shame about SysSense and the others. Google really likes to hoard their (your) data, and they play your Adsense data particularly close to the vest...

As for logging into Chrome, I'm running Chrome version 17.0.963.56 on Mac - and on an empty tab/blank Chrome page I get this notice in the upper right hand corner of the page:

"Not signed into Chrome
(You're missing out - sign in)"

I don't use it, but seems like you can sign into the browser now.

cr1t1cal

johnmoose




msg:4420107
 6:43 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

I used it until a couple of days ago as I was seeing the same odd behavior as Netmeg. Used version 1.6 and at the moment its disabled.

Leonard0




msg:4420123
 7:52 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

I know you said they no longer work, but I'd love to find something that could accomplish hourly reporting of clicks and revenue by URL channel (for starters...).

API access to stats would be incredible.


Here is an API that may help (I haven't tried it):
AdSense Management API
If you want to get reports on your AdSense earnings and manage your AdSense inventory, see the AdSense Management API. The AdSense Management API lets you:
Retrieve lists of your ad clients, ad units, custom channels and URL channels
Generate reports for your accounts

[code.google.com...]

cr1t1calh1t




msg:4420148
 8:38 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

@Leaonard0 - thanks! They've been talking about that API for ages now, and must have released it with no fanfare...

now, back to that pesky Chrome extension...

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