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What would you like for Christmas from Google Adsense?

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7:18 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've already made this as an official request in an email to Adsense support, but it never hurts to plant ideas in influential ears...

One of my sites uses a graphical background. It's one of my highest traffic sites and ironically has the lowest CTR. I've tried several ideas from blending to standing out, but because of my graphical background, I cannot try something I'd really like to attempt, which are borderless, completely blended ads (because of the graphical background on this site, no matter how closely I approximate the ad's background color, they always appear to be in a box).

So, I know this request is problematical, because it could potentially allow publishers to make parts of the ad invisible, but my Christmas Google wish is that we could have an option on ad units and link units for a transparent background.


6:02 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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1: better communication

2: a smarter smart pricing, or no smart pricing at all if it can't be smart

3: conversion ratio


8:05 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Like a few others have said, an ability to set a minimum EPC.


8:25 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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LeChuck wrote:
>And hourly adsense stats by RSS. That way I wouldn't
>have to check my stats all the time... :)

Santa came early - there's a plug-in for Google Desktop that already feeds constant updates.


8:53 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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elsewhen wrote:

1000 channels

I agree. :) We are using all 200 of the active channels, but need more for testing. At least URL channels.


9:11 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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LeChuck wrote:

Automatic generation of URL channels for every single page and ad unit. They wouldn't have to list them but you should be able to type in the url of a page and see the details for it, and for individual ad units at that location.

Excellent idea. Probably they can do it, at least for the data they already store. (I don't know, maybe they keep all recent data only, and a selection of old data, like other companies?)

The Contractor

12:18 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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1. display AdSense for Search results in an iFrame (the search results are plain ugly) This would be terribly easy for Google to implement. We would simply give you a page url for search results and iframe size, you would generate the code, the publisher copies/pastes code into page where they want search results to show up. Of course the Google search box code would need modified with the page url/iframe info.
2. customize the search box
3. option to opt in/out of site targeting on any given site - 99% of the time the ads are way-off base for targeting the particular page they are shown on. Site Targeting ads may work for a very small, tightly themed site, but fail miserably for diverse subjects/multiple topics on a larger site.

Of course the best solution would be to give publishers the control to assign topics/keywords to specific channels in their control panel and only allow site targeting ads that match the particular topic/keywords be shown in that particular channel. That way everyone is a winner ;)

[edited by: The_Contractor at 12:25 pm (utc) on Nov. 12, 2005]


12:20 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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AdSense log files

[my-site.com...] -> channel/.adlink -> -> [ad-archive.google.com?a=123456789...] [2005-11-11 11:11:11 - $0,40]

Writing new articles, I use up about 8 URL-channels per month. So I will have soon to remove URL-channels to watch new articles.

The log file should contain

1.) URL of the page with the ad
2.) Channel of the ad

I use as channel names

name 300x250 in navigation
name/.AdLink AdLink unit
name/.Content ad unit in content area

3.) Time
4.) IP of the user seeint the add
5.) Unique ad link to the big ad archive of Google

Something like


6:27 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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1) Better communication
2) Customized search box
3) Bigger check:)


6:44 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Lower payout figures.


6:52 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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An inline text keyword highlighting feature like IntelliText/Kontera would be nice. Might add some decent revenue.


6:57 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

Really Really Really that IP adress block feature so that own clicks are automatically discounted.... :(

My mouse just slipped and I clicked accidently...

It is sooooooo easy to program.

If you work a lot on your site it just happens now and then. :\ ..


7:20 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would like a bonus equal to the amount taken away from me by smart pricing.


3:03 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Conversion stats to remove seccions with poor conversion to avoid smart pricing.

If I dont have stats I dont repair


3:15 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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URL whitelist for sites that display your ads.

I want to say that my ads are only on

If my publisher code appears on a not-whitelistes www.z.com, I don't want that money (they can keep it) and I don't want to be held responsible of www.z.com

Not having such a feature is enlightening of G's little consideration for us publishers.

It would take them a few days to code that, and it would remove an obvious way to be hurt by an envious competitor...



7:14 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What frox said.

I do hope ASA is reading this... It's one of the better feedback threads I've seen. If these requests were implemented I suspect publisher satisfaction would improve dramatically.

And most of this wouldn't take them long to implement.

So here's my amended wishlist:

1. Automatic URL channels
2. Tell them to ignore clicks from any IP I log in to my adsense account with, and any computer carrying my adsense cookie.
3. URL whitelists. They don't have to check them, I just have to activate the domain in my account.
4. Firefox referrals for everyone.
5. Better reports.
6. More transparency in the calculations that go on behind the scenes. Some of us may want to use the data from smart pricing to find out which pages aren't converting and fix it. More money for us and more money for G. Tell us if a channel is smart priced and how much.
7. On-the-fly nuking of totally irrelevant ads. If you're logged in to adsense and browsing your site there could be a "nuke this ad" button next to the ads.

I've been a good kid this year... Gifts please! :)


11:15 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Excellent thread.

For me:

A) Channels per URL (to see who clicked what).
B) Ability to choose a specific topic if ADS are untargetted for example, if making a humor site, I just don't want to see those darn "Funny T-Shirts" ADS and would like something else that may also appeal to my readers.
C) Firefox in Mexico
D) EFT in Mexico
E) Better reports
F) A feature like in Adbrits where a certain advertizer may choose my webpage and pay a fixed price weekly or monthly (that would rule!)
G) And ultimately, Paypal. I know this probably won't happen, but PayPal or GooglyPal or whatever way of internet fund transfer would be excellent for me.

That's my list. Common Google...


11:31 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I really don't think that will help the OP. Sites that are very heavy in graphics don't do that well no matter what. I bet most people leave becasue they spent 30 secs waiting for your site to barely load. People don't realize that most people are still on slow connections. Look at your logs and see how many come from AOL. Log into a dial up account and see how fast it loads. If you got some 200k site your loseing visitors big time. Even if your site loads in 10 seconds that is a very long time to most people.


12:06 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Please Santa,

electronic funds transfer for publishers outside the USA but with bank accounts in the USA.


12:55 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google did cut a deal with Opera, not just FF. (It feels like they bought FF by hiring all the developers though, but that's for another topic.) My request is for a referral button integrating with Opera too. The folks there have done a tremendous job and deserve it.


1:38 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

May I please add my vote for a url whitelist, only domains we list can serve ads. It seems like it would be such a simple thing to implement, and it's such a scary thought someone can steal our code and get us banned so easily...

And it can so easily be made "optional". Never add a domain to your whitelist and all domains are open to serve ads. Add one domain to your whitelist and from then on only the domains listed are allowed.


2:06 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It would be great if Google would provide us with some shares of stock, preferably at last year's IPO price.


2:18 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Nuke the MFA's!

I just ran into one page that consisted of 3 adblocks and 1 adlink unit. Each of the horizontal adblocks had an underlined sentence above it - that was the only content on the page that wasn't AdSense. Disgusting to say the least.

This is the type of URL that goes into my filter list. Without this carp my list would likely have no more than one or two entries.

Actually, I'd like this well before Christmas.


2:19 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Something better then my moodlight radio or memory stick, the google info globe would be a huge hit in our office:)


10:21 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Better smart price algorithm
eft to india
adwords / adsense common account with fund sharing
Infinite + 1 :-)


6:38 pm on Nov 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Please, customizable fonts and 1000 channels, like in Chitika. :)


6:52 pm on Nov 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'd just like to say thank you to Santa Google for the early present of free Urchin (Google Analytics). We have some minor websites that get low traffic and that we have parked on a relatively cheap ISP. One consequence of this is that, for these minor sites, we get no logs. But with Google Analytics we can now get some reasonable site info for those sites.

I won't be using GA on our main site - the combination of our log files and analysis software is better - but this early Christmas present gives us something usable on the various smaller sites we have.

Where do I send the thank you card?

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