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G should allow users to set a list of 'my sites' and ignore the rest.

     
8:44 pm on Mar 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I find it scary that G allows me to put my adsense code on any web page without configure this web page address on my adsense account.
This can cause bad people to do bad things with my adsense code and cause my account to be banned.
I think that G should have an option in the account settings to set a list of 'my sites', and only if my assense code matches one of my sites, they should show the ads, otherwise show Public Service Ads or even error message.
What do you think?
9:35 pm on Mar 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Your suggestion has made before, but Google hasn't followed up on it. Why? I can imagine several reasons:

1) Implementing such a change would require existing publishers to learn (and do) something new.

2) Google would have no way of knowing which publishers were misusing other people's code and which ones were simply too clueless to follow the new procedure.

3) Most important: It's probably quite rare for Web sites to use other publishers' code. Granted, some people are stupid, but most people who know how to design a Web site and place AdSense code on a page aren't that stupid.

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Implementation is easy. It can start as an optional feature for users asking to prtoect themselves. something like "Show ads only on these sites:..."
This way, users who choose to use it will be protected.
Users who don't won't be affected.

It isn't the stupidity of the people that makes me worry.
It is people with bad intensions that want to cause you damage and make you banned.
I think that this feature is needed to protect me from those people.

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I do not know much of PHP and stuff. But I think Google should probably those kind of scripts to deliver the ads so that, the adsense code does not display on our HTML pages. That way only I will know what muy adsense code is.
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To add to EFVs list:

4) There are some technical hurdles that might result in you losing income. Eg: if a page is accessed from a cache, that URL would not appear in your adsense configuration.

5) Any configuration errors could also result in you losing income. Eg: if you forget a website/page or mistype it, you may not find out for some time that you are not being credited.

Personally, I'd like to stick with the current system.

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AdSense log files would be a solution

http://example.com/folder/file.htm 300x250 [2006-03-05 12:12]
http://example.com/folder/file.htm 120x90 [2006-03-05 12:12]

With this sort of log files, it would be easy to find out, that some where else is running the code

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AdSense log files would be a solution

Great idea - no doubt this would spawn an industry in Adsense log analyser software, but that would be a positive thing, I think. But I'd add at least one thing to your log file, the value of the click. And preferably another, the page linked to. Eg:

http://example.com/folder/file.htm 300x250 0.25 advertiser.com/landingpage.html [2006-03-05 12:12]

This would enable us to do away with URL channels altogether. But whether Google would be willing to let us have such a log file is a different matter!

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I think the idea is good, for the fact that I've experienced someone using my adsense code on a site inappropriately in attempt to get my account removed. I was fortunate enough that they simply e-mailed me and told me about it, but it wouldn't have been an issue if something of this nature was implemented.

In regards to the hurdles of implementing such a system, I don't think the whole "webmasters will have to do something different" isn't really one of them. I mean once they worked out the major details of the idea, it would just be a matter of informing webmasters that a site lists have been implemented, and giving some arbitrary length of time, say a month, before they'd stop displaying ads that weren't part of that partner's site list.

This idea's been suggested before. As Adsense seems to read this forum, I'm sure they've probably put this in their things to consider list.

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I like Webdudek's suggestion of an opt-in domain list.
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I like that suggestion, too, but it could create another problem - for those that do not opt in, will it have a possible effect on increasing the potential of being banned because someone does steal your pub-id and does naughty things and you didn't "try to prevent" it?

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I think that every Adsense user is checking his account from time to time.
I check it 3-4 times a day, I'm sure that most users that make money check it every day, or a few times a week.
Now, when you log in and see a big bold red message saying "You are running traffic from a web site that is not in your approved domain list, click HERE to add it to the list".
Do you think that this is to complicated?
Google as a company are known of making things simple. Everything they ever did, was simple to operate. I'm sure that they can find the way to do it even more simple that I can think of.
As for users that don't log in so often, It doesn't make sense (to me) that a user with a new web site, that put new adsense code, will not log in to his adsense account to see if the web site works, and the adsense code works.
This just doesn't make sense.
Unless you are a complete jurk.
I'm not sure that Google are plannning on turning Adsense to be 'Adsense for dummies'.
 

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