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The AdSense product team would like to hear your feedback on the new referral buttons. They're particularly interested in hearing your suggestions for new formats, color combinations, and styles.
While we can't guarantee that every suggestion will be implemented, we'd love to hear your ideas so we can continue to improve this feature for you.
After about 24 hours, I'll pass the information collected on this thread along to the product team for consideration.
I would like to see the same artwork, but a "flat" version for each. These would have a simple black 1 pixel border and no rounded corners.
Also really cool would be text only versions.
look funny on a light-colored background and ugly and unusable on a really dark background
PLEASE fix the edges on those graphics!
The rounded corners are fine with me--just make the backgound of the graphic transparent.
Even a combination graphic/text link looking ad seems like it would get more attention.
maybe also provide a darker buttons so they blend in more with site with a dark theme.. right now the button looks like it's going to pop someone eye because they are too bright on dark sites - ok maybe a little sarcasm ;)
[edited by: webnoob at 11:28 pm (utc) on Nov. 9, 2005]
For those of us who can make graphics, how about letting us submit a few different ones for consideration?
But with the referral buttons whats to stop you from saying "make free money!" or "get pird for your website" etc etc. We all WANT people to click and regester, therefore encouragemens to do so in the text would be a good idea.
Is this do-able or not, I was unsure so asked via the help but the reply I got didn't help matters as they didn't understand my question.
How about the ability to change the colors like on the adsence adverts as well.
Text ads would be much better. Why not just use the usual Ad creation facility, with all the colour controls, but add a checkbox to make it a single referral ad.
Take a look at the spreadfirefox project for good rounded buttons (most of them at least). They're pretty neutral, but still eyecatching.
Oh, and please make the firefox referal buttons availible to us euros as well.
1. Allow Text Links - Currently only image ads are provided for referrals. Almost all other programs allow you to have text links for sending referrals. This allows for much more flexible and creative advertising.
2. Allow Customization of Ad Colors - The referral image ads all currently have a white background with white and green foreground. This does not match all sites, and does not allow the opportunity to blend the ads like is done with regular AdSense ads.
3. Allowing Users to Encourage Clicks - Not encouraging users to click ads makes sense in a pay-per-click program. When the ads are pay-per-action, you should be able to talk about the product and encourage people to try it out.
What makes you think you are not allowed to talk about the product or to encourage people to try it?
Google considers the referral button an ad so you are not allowed to draw attention to it, for example by putting a text under it saying "click te button to sign up for Adsense". But as I understand the Google TOS, it's perfectly OK to (for example) make a review of the Adsense program, recommend people to use it, and to put a referral button on the page so that people can sign up.
By The Way: excellent idea from Google to ask us what we think about the referral buttons.
Although I am late I would like to add that the current referral buttons are really not inviting.
They don't look Google wants people to click on them.
Make them so attractive that people can't resist them!
Thanks to everyone who helped bring this to our attention!
I also want to let you know that we've fixed the issue with referral buttons having non-transparent corners. Corners should now be transparent, and therefore should look better on dark background sites.
the image still does not have transparency on Opera.
What harm would there be in allowing any and all kinds of links?
With images, they are able to track where & how publishers market the program better.
Imagine emails spammed to millions of addresses... Google wouldn't like to see their program promoted in such a way.