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Custom reports are advanced reports that you can save for future use. Any advanced report you generate can be saved as a custom report with the same date range and channel settings you've chosen. You can quickly access custom reports from your Overview page or the drop-down on your Advanced Reports page.
Ok, then where on the Overview page is the god damn link to the Create a Custom Report? I don't see it. I don't see a link to "Save a Custom Report either."
On the Advanced Reports there is this link:
Custom Reports: None ( Learn more about Custom Reports
But no god damn link for CREATING a custom report. That is where I am expecting to see the link, and it's not there.
The help section that is linked to from the Overview and Advanced control panels are useless. Links telling me HOW to createt these reports should be linked straight from these panels, not hidden so that I have to hunt for it.
This is a bad implementation of a feature that does not help me. It is hindering me!
I will repeat: This new feature is bull#*$!. I can't find anywhere on the control panel where it lets me save a report or create a new one.
The help page is NO help. They tell me that I can do something, but don't freaking tell me HOW to do it. Totally useless. Doesn't anybody vette these things?
Check this out:
Save time by creating custom reports
We've added one-click access to your favorite advanced reports! You can now save report settings for up to 10 reports, so that you can quickly access the same report at any time from your Custom Reports list on the Overview page.
Oh goody. But how do I create it? Useless help page. Utterly useless. The help page is useless. All it does is tell you that you CAN do it, but it doesn't tell you HOW to do it.
Jenstar just showed me how to do it. But if it wasn't for the bad implementation of the help links from the section where I would need it most, I wouldn't have had to ask her how to do it.
And it turns out there is no link, but it's an easily overlooked text box. I've seen it before, but until now have never needed to use it. So I must have been blocking it out. Ugh. How frustrating.
BTW, it doesn't seem to remember how the report was sorted so you can save a report "Month to date by Channel" but forget that report being sorted ascending by page impressions, you'll have to click yet one more time to get it sorted just how you want it.
Jenstar showed me that page, and it would have been infinitely helpful if they linked to it from control panel, or even from the useless help page that is already linked from the control panel.
But you can always download a CSV file and do all of it for yourself.... like
How do I do on Fridays?
What if I turn off AdSense at noon?
How does volume affect CPC?
And other staistical funsies
The main thing that makes the difference is that the dates aren't floating. I want to have on my opening screen this:
5 days ago til today
4 days ago til today
3 days ago til today ( These are all just so I can get the latest updated results, if the call pulled new results every time it wouldn't even be an issue)
All Mondays back two months
All Tuesdays back two months
I can't do any of that, so, so far it is a failure (i.e. worse than if they did nothing)
The only semi-useful "custom" reports that I've been able to create are based on selected channels and the "today", "this month", "last month" type of date ranges.