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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.
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.
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]
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
4.) IP of the user seeint the add
5.) Unique ad link to the big ad archive of Google
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...
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! :)
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...
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.
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.
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?