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AdSense referrals feedback

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10:08 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone -

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.

Thanks!

-ASA

10:39 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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One of the biggest things for me is the little white corners in IE (because IE can't do transparent PNGs). This makes them look funny on a light-colored background and ugly and unusable on a really dark background.

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.

Thanks!

11:15 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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look funny on a light-colored background and ugly and unusable on a really dark background

I was going to say that! There's a major problem with those graphics. I honestly had to put them on a white background only because they look so horrible in my nav bar that has a light grey background.

PLEASE fix the edges on those graphics!

The rounded corners are fine with me--just make the backgound of the graphic transparent.

11:19 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I removed all referral buttons because they look like poop with the corners not being transparent.
11:22 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Maybe the banners could have more of a textad/text link look (blue underlined text to look like a text link) since it's clear that text ads seem to work well :)

Even a combination graphic/text link looking ad seems like it would get more attention.

11:23 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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does google know IE doesn't support transparent PNGs?
[webmasterworld.com...]

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]

11:27 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I agree about the corners. Why can't they be transparent gifs instead of pngs?
12:10 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I don't care if they have round or square corners, but they do need to be transparent gif images if they are rounded. I don't care for the raised aspect either - I'd prefer they were flat or maybe had a thin edge, or maybe a thin raised frame around the edge.

For those of us who can make graphics, how about letting us submit a few different ones for consideration?

12:12 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Text ads.
12:35 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Fix the impressions problem identified in other threads over the last few days.
12:42 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I know you can't influence the viewers with adsence adverts (no "click my adverts" text etc.)

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.

12:52 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The buttons don't look 'professional' enough for a business site - eg: the text isn't properly centred on some buttons; colours don't blend.

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.

1:42 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes please fix the Page Impressions problems.

I cannot reinstate referrals until the Page Impression count is accurate.

2:31 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are referrrals considered to be 'related account'?

This is in reference to the bannign of related accounts.

10:36 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Text ads. more banner colour options, if possible customization in text ad display allowed even change of text allowed. This is with a view to considering, i know what should i write to attract my targetted visitors.
11:01 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The buttons should not have eccentric styling like they do now (keep it as an option), but be more generic. This would allow them to not look out of place in different page styles. Doesn't look good with rounded borders on a predominantly square site.

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.

4:32 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Text could be improved to make it more relevant . Also there is only one button with "revenue from Adsense", the same message should be available in other button sizes.
5:55 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Referral buttons have a problem with Turkish special characters for Turkish language. I sent this issue to adsense-support six days ago but the buttons are wrong still...
6:48 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I just happened to blog about this very subject. Here is what I said:

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.

8:38 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"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!

9:54 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thank you all for your quick and thoughtful feedback. As I mentioned, the product team is excited about AdSense referrals and they'll be interested in seeing your ideas.
10:18 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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.

Thanks to everyone who helped bring this to our attention!

10:28 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I second the request for text-link options. It's a referral scheme, not pay to click, so I can't see the openings for abuse. What harm would there be in allowing any and all kinds of links?
9:23 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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.

10:19 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My first post..
Started Adsense 2 weeks ago and it looks good so far.

But, I would like to advertise for Adwords not Adsense...

Why do you want to promote your competitors? I want to promote my customers..

10:44 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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.

2:58 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Refereres for Adwords!

Some clients email me how to put Ads on my site!

 

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