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What does everyone think?
You see two lines for each month:
One is for the day your payment is sent for the previous month's earnings, shown with a ($) around the figure.
The second is for the total earnings for that month, showing with the date of the last day of the month.
You can click on each for further details.
The thing that caught my eye the most is the "Payment Type: Check" when you click the payment details. Might just be a sign of future payment options to come ;)
It just isn't that big a deal.
Whether AdSense is operating a good business model is not the issue here - there are usability improvements which can easily be made to the payments interface and I'm not sure if there are any good reasons why they shouldn't be made.
At the very, very least, if Adsense wants to use this new design to display payments there should be an option at the top of the page to display the stats in the old format, if the user desires.
I would opt for at-a-glance data in a second over drilling down through different pages.
I mean, if you like Adsonars report better.....
Yes you're right, good interfaces and good business models are mutually exclusive. You can have one or the other but not both.
And we should always settle for mediocrity in one area from a company which otherwise performs excellently in most if not all other areas.
I would however love for Adsense to implement direct payment into my UK bank account (like Commission Junction does), rather than have to mess around with Dollar cheques and paying commission rates. (or even PayPal payment would be preferable)
>>IMO Google is very good at design. Others put >>options in the user interface that they think you >>need. Google leaves out everything they think you >>won't need. Many newspapers didn't change their >>layout much the last century.
The Observer here in the UK just launched it's own online Blog this week ;)