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This feature will be suspended until publishers have more options

8:13 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hey everyone, I just wanted to give you an update on the new features in AdSense. Last night we released a number of new features for Google AdSense publishers. We introduced color palettes to give the ability to customize the appearance of ads, daily averages on reports, more detailed feedback forms on 'Ads by Google', and related searches. Feedback on most of these features has been extremely positive.

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.

11:07 pm on Aug 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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devlin, there are many web pages that are within local networks, or contain no direct link to them. While they may exist "somewhere", they don't really count for all intensive purposes, nor do they really matter in the overall scheme of things.

It's all about statics ... a small percentage of web sites power the majority of the web traffic.

7:56 am on Aug 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for the great intiative and big virtual thank you the adsense techincal team.And looking back on 7th August, I read few posts about adsense related searches ,I was completely dissappointed.I couldn't read Webmasters crucifing google like that.

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.
With Regards

[edited by: Laisha at 11:47 am (utc) on Aug. 11, 2003]
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10:31 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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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.

Best Regards,


10:26 am on Aug 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I am a Adsense fan since recently. My only comment is that it would be nice to have, more options in add size, instead of just the hor. or vertical one.

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...

4:50 pm on Aug 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It sounds as though Google plans to offer more ad options to publishers in the future. I suspect the variety of ads that Premium accounts have to choose from will be added to the regular publishers options at some point.
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