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Google AdSense features I'd Like to See

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12:32 pm on Jul 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In keeping with the ideas generated in the AdWords forum for improvements I thought it would be a good idea to suggest things to Google in one thread that we think would help both sides of the fence. Hopefully ASA will see it.

Please try and keep the thread limited to suggestions.

My suggestion would be to allow us to block competitor URLs by each website we have.

In our case we have a couple of general sites where our competitors would be right at home however I don''t want them on our B&M site. As it now stands I have to block them from all our sites.

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Ability to see what ads people click on. I don't really care about the CPC but it would be nice to see where people go when they leave my site.

And also loose smart pricing! I fail to see how its my fault if the visitors I send to a site don't convert on that end. If anything its the advertisers fault for not writing a compelling enough ad/website to convert at the other end.

[edited by: MediaSpree at 12:46 pm (utc) on July 29, 2005]

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Please, more channels, for more testing.

That's all, thank you. :)

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Ability to block ads by subject matter (ie negative keywords) or display url (ie the gazillion ebay affiliates).
2:24 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Breakdown of revenues earned from CPM and CPC
2:25 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ability to block ads on a channel base. I.e. block a specific ad on one site, but allow it on another one.
2:38 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'd like to see an option that allows users to right align text of skyscraper ads and maybe on rectangle ads as well.
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I'd like to see an option that allows users to right align text of skyscraper ads and maybe on rectangle ads as well.

I think this is something YOU can do yourself; no need for Google to do this for you.

2:56 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'd like the following:

1. A report that shows just the monthly total lines for a range of months for easier at-a-glance comparison. Right now we have to pull each month up separately to see the final total line for the month, then repeat as needed.

2. A couple of new ad formats:
a. An ad format that is wider than a banner but not as wide as a leaderboard. It would probably hold 3 ads max.
b. An ad format that is not as tall as the large rectangle, maybe wider, and would hold 2 to 3 ads.

Just dreaming....

3:06 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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These are all great ideas - keep them coming.

ASA should be awake by now :-)

3:33 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A standard 'due process' before being kicked out of the program. :) ...not that I'm guilty of anything...(LOL)
4:21 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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When you BLOCK an ad with the filter, that domain is BLOCKED - period.

One bottom feeding slimeball is running ads like this so I can't stop him:

[bottomfeedingslimeball.com...]
[bottomfeedingslimeball.com...]
[bottomfeedingslimeball.com...]
[bottomfeedingslimeball.com...]
[bottomfeedingslimeball.com...]

I've blocked 3 or 4 paths already and they just keep coming.

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When you BLOCK an ad with the filter, that domain is BLOCKED - period

I think there is a way to do this already. If you use just widgetdomain.com instead of www.widgetdomain.com, the whole domain should be blocked, no matter what folder they use.

4:31 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Good morning, all, and thank you for this thread. I am awake now... just barely :)

There are lots of good suggestions here, and it's nice to see so many people participating.

I'll send a link to this thread off to our product team, who'll be interested in reading your feedback.

-ASA

4:40 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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1) There should be a Direct way to pay from AdSense earnings to AdWords Account.

2) Phone Support for AdSense

4:53 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would like to see the timings of the statistics updatation.
4:55 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I 2nd Chikung's idea, at least a "Last Updated" time stamp
5:11 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Tracking number of secure check in payment history. This way we can track our check and remain tension free.
6:28 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There should be a Direct way to pay from AdSense earnings to AdWords Account.

YES, YES!

6:39 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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An adsense hint tool.. The ability to select the topic of the ads that are displaying to keep the ads on target with the content on that page. Right now my site is displaying North Carolina real estate ads on a page that is about Utah real estate.
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- Different log-on/password for design and report$.
- Option to compare fridays with fridays in reports
- More channels
- Geo-targetting (only show ads to outside Europe visitors for example = same option as in Adwords)
- Wider display column of channels/urls in reports (long urls now flow over in two rows)
- Top earning pages tip from Adsense - suprise tip from Adsense - these were your top 5 earning pages this week/month (even though you did not choose them as channel)
6:58 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A minimun bid box, ads not meeting the bid rejected.
7:06 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A VERY SIMPLE way to specify custom adblock sizes.

Maybe...
a place to set width and height
another to check off how many ads to display and a last one to choose whether to display ads one above the other or side by side.

Possible?

7:14 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A minimun bid box, ads not meeting the bid rejected.

Hear hear!

Preferably selectable by banner when you get the code for each banner. This is one absolutely positive thing they could implement that would consign scrapers to the fate they deserve. Are they going to want to bid above minumum? Hmm..... If it cost them as much to aquire traffic as they earned from scamming advertisers, then a lot of them would go under very quickly.

I'd like to see the facility to block advertisers by keywords. Not sure it would help me a lot, but there are a lot of people here that it would benefit.

I'd also like to see a banner three ads wide.

Adsense actually booting off advertisers you report as not complying with the TOS.

An end to boiler-plate replies from adsense support.

In my ideal world, I'd like to see smartpricing junked - but I guess that isn't about to happen and we'll have to work with it :(

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Get rid of the ads by Gooooogle... Google is a great brand, Use it always. See [webmasterworld.com...]
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On Reports -> Overview page it would be clearer if "Adsense for content" line had border on bottom.

In detail:
In "table#summarytable" the "tr" after "tr.thead" and before "tr.entity AFC white" should have border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc. Or at least have the sums in "text-decoration: bold".

And also the "table#summarytable tr.spacerrow" seems redundant because you could assign "padding-bottom: 14px" to the last "tr td" containing "view all AdSense for content channels" and get the same result. In collapsed state the spacer row is not much use anyway.

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ability to add a custom channel by just adding a variable to javascript. Manually creating channels on huge sites with lots of dynamic content is very inefficient.
7:36 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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An alternate to JavaScript ads, See [webmasterworld.com...] for more info.
7:41 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Adsense has made some great improvements in the last 9 months, it's HARD to complain (I especially love the new page vs individual ad block stats), but I'm sure we still will :).

My suggestions for future improvements:
1. Put calculated avg PPC on each line of reports.
2. Better customizable ad block sizes, although we've gotten use to the old limitations now.
3. If they won't allow everyone to use keyword "hints" how about a way to specify what ad types we DON'T want on a page by page basis by KEYWORD or SUJECT. e.g. no fur coat ads on a PETA oriented page/site, no "glass window" ads on "MS windows programming" page.
4. As someone else suggested, produce a report of which ads were clicked on. Most affiliate programs do.

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A better google/webmaster communication relationship.

There are many companies far smaller than Google that provide telephone support for instance. Robotic email replies I find distasteful. After all it is the webmasters who provide a very large contribution to googles profits, and as a matter of good PR Google should pay more attention to the people that are making them money. In my opinion Google should offer to assist in getting websites better optimised and ranked, because the more the webmaster can get visitors to the site, the more Google makes!

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