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A number of AdSense publishers did express concern about the related searches feature. As a result of this feedback, we decided to temporarily disable this feature. We will soon re-release this feature with greater flexibility for the publishers. I don't know if this will be opt-in or opt-out, but I believe publishers will be able to turn off the feature if they don't want to use it. I'm confident that this approach will effectively meet the needs of publishers that want to try this new feature and publishers who would rather not use it. I talked to an AdSense engineer a few minutes ago, and this change is scheduled to happen very soon (probably later today).
As always, we appreciate feedback, whether it shows up here or via direct emails to us. I'll be stopping by this thread off and on today to try to answer any questions that people have, and I'll post an update if I find out any more useful info.
It's all about statics ... a small percentage of web sites power the majority of the web traffic.
Today I came back to check the forum, I am really happy that it's resolved for now.We all know how good google is and how humble it is.
I have written an article in a major seo newsletter on Google Adsense some time ago, when it was first launched,I said it's a noble move for small publishers and would raise the internet advertising to a new level,on 7th august I just doubted that for a moment, but today I am back to beliving how noble and humble Google is, was and will be.
Just love the spirit with which you operate and grow.
[edited by: Laisha at 11:47 am (utc) on Aug. 11, 2003]
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If we could have default links, wouldn´t that bring attention to the ads box, because users would be used to look at it, looking for links inserted by the webmaster?
Like some people said, if we show total unrelated ads there (like those charity ones), people will after some time, avoid looking at it, because they are not looking for it.
There could be an optin option where publishers could agree to have related searches there, with Google paying x for each "search", because Google could earn much more than that if the user click on an Adword Ad on the "Related Search" page.
For instance I would like to use the skyscraper, but the height is too much to fit on my sites. One of half that size would be great.
Hopefully GG could look into this...