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The difficulty for us is the severe paranoia Google have about telling us anything - even stuff as simple as this. Thanks to the paranoia at Googleplex this simple change will no doubt have all of the conspiracy theorists (including me :) ) running off at a tangent for a while. Whereas coming forward with information that clearly has no reason to be held secret would be a positive step.
I am sure most of the changes are innocent - but it always makes you wonder. By sending out a simple newsletter, half of these worries that we constantly have would be perhaps slightly alleviated. Poor Ann is no so worried that she has initiated a change because of her well regarded experiment. Where as I am sure you are right in that it is probably there to aid us all in tracking code (?).
What DID you start Ann? You seem to have got Google even more paranoid now than they were before!
mebbe... the change means nothing.
mebbe... someone said "let's make them more paranoid and put this bit of info in their scripts...."
mebbe... there's a bet going on in Googleplex on how many posts there would be about this.
mebbe... ann caught them with their pants down (I'd like to think literally!)
mebbe... ann scared the bejeebers out of them!
mebbe... we're just plain paranoid!
Yes, I don't think that this is anything other than a nice little bit of added functionality. Now, if I'm looking at an ad on a page of my site, and I'm not sure which channel it belongs to, I don't have to consult a list I've made or log on at AdSense to check.
nah... that explanation's too easy.
I'd like to go with the conspiracy theory and think that somehow, when the millions of ever fluctuating channels finally hit a magic sequence, it will trigger orbiting satelites to transmit encrypted signals and initiate a worldwide brain-wash of world leaders and they will ban every other form of advertising other than AdWords.
All hail Goooooogle.... all hail Goooooooogle!
I did this just before 8am this morning (midnight Googletime), and have been watching the results today. My first click of the day that must have just scraped in before the page upload generated a massive ecpm of over $1,000. One click, one page load - work out the minimum possible epc from the above.
What happened the rest of the day was that the earnings that have been stable for nearly 2 weeeks took an immediate nosedive and have not recovered. I've now put the old code back and deleted the new channels. Hopefully the RandomPricing(tm) bot will now think of a different number than the one it's assigned to the worth of the same page with new channels.
So to go with the conspiracy theory, maybe Ann stumbled across the big secret they didn't want us to find. Now it's out in the open, they have to change the algo's so that any publisher messing around and trying to get the bot to re-assess the site gets punished for doing so?
What else does Ann know that we should know? Does she secretly work for Google? Hmm...........
If I did I would have been fired for "that" thread....:)
I don't know what's going on but I suspect it is a more enhanced, useful and userfriendly way to get custom channels back on pages that have removed them, just enhancing the interface is probably easier than changing the algo...huuuuum David looks like you fell for it.
I said before, I don't trust all those toys from advertising companies..not even self up dating TBs.
Am I using an old version of t'internet?
After all, it was Friday afternoon at 4:55...
I suspect it is a more enhanced, useful and userfriendly way to get custom channels back on pages that have removed them
you know, maybe more folks followed ann's thread than we realized and thousands of webbies deleted millions of channels which gave google such a shock they s**t in their pants and said..."heck we gotta make it easier for these guys to keep track of their custom channels!"
I have been called a lot of things but never a butterfly!
That flapping must have generated Godzilla force wind to do all that much.
Back on subject. I generated a new ad just the other day and it did not have the new code in it. I checked today by generating a new ad and it was still MIA.
It probably only shows if you have the ad set to a custom channel.
:)Calm down guys.
If this new date-created-with-channel-name line becomes mandatory, it will introduce a new layer of management complexity to my CMS operations. Having to keep a database of when ad code and/or channels were added or modified is a complication I'd just as soon do without.
So please, Google, tell us (a) if this new "feature" is really necessary and (b) what's the point?
See my concern?