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7:38 pm on Feb 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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google_adtest = "On"; // debug mode. use this always when you develop a new site.

that is all i know. is there any other undocumented feature that we can use that is useful?

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Uh-oh - tampering with the Adsense code... not a good idea... Do I smell another "I've been banned" thread?
8:30 pm on Feb 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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dude... they only tell that so that people won't try to do funny stuff. they officially tell you about google_adtest if you ask them about it. stop being such a... i don't even know what to call you. :/
9:06 pm on Feb 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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they officially tell you about google_adtest if you ask them about it.

If they tell *you*, that does not mean that everyone has permission to use it. Until they tell *me*, what stands is their TOS where they tell me not to change the code.

What you have told me is something I can ask about, but until I have permission from Google I am supposed to abide by the TOS, not by what someone told me on webmaster world.

Since you have already posted other places where you plan to violate their terms, without their permission, you might find that most of us consider it safer to assume that you don't care much about the terms that you agreed to.

Here's my AdSense secret, write good content that brings in good traffic. Don't worry so much about EPC, eCPM or any other member of the alphabet soup, worry about what you are taking home at the end of the month.

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i don't even know what to call you.

Sensible? Not banned?

To be honest I've seen it mentioned here before, but I know I'd want confirmation from a google employee before using it, or anything undocumented.

Just because someone else is allowed to use an undocumented feature doesn't mean eveyone is.

Edit - what Dave said ;-)

1:40 am on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Well, that feature is indeed available for everyone. I could not find any documentation in english from google about this feature, but you can check the adsense blog in spanish, where they make it clear that it's not against the TOS to make this modification to the code.

[adsense-es.blogspot.com...]

(Tip: you can use google translator to get an idea of what this post says)

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BTW... I don't recommend the use of this feature since it wont record any click or impression made by your visitors.
2:46 am on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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chocorol: the whole point is that you dont use it on live sites
6:59 am on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't click the links on a development OR live site, so what's the purpose?

None, unless you can't control yourself...

7:45 am on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Well, it could help you not to skew your stats with your own development visits (I hate it when I'm working on a new site and there a ton of visits and I figure almost all of them are me - but how many!?! :))
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When working with a test site, a better idea is to take a screen capture of a Google ad and use the image as a
stand-in until you're ready to take the site live.
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When working with a test site, a better idea is to take a screen capture of a Google ad and use the image as a stand-in until you're ready to take the site live.

Exactly. That's what I do, although I just use off color .jpgs with the same height and width as the ad block. It eliminates any chance of accidental clicking or artificially inflating impressions.
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I do that too, but the advantage of the proposed method (and it really is described on the Spanish Adsens blog, as mentioned) is that you are allowing mediabot access to get a handle on the topic of your page before it goes live.
Neat!
(Well, we can assume it still visits, as it still actually displays the ads. A quick log check would determine that. Anyone want to experiment with this?)

I'm wondering if it is worth adding the line whenever I serve a page to my IP...

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considering almost every new site ive launched starts out with general untargetted ads that seem to "magically" target a little better with each page view/refresh until finally it snaps to all around good targetting. why would i want to waste what could be paying views letting users burn the the impressions until the ads get stable?

a couple of real tips, would be
1. open up an adwords account and spend a few bucks each month advertising your site on the content network. If you can get ads showing at a few pennies a click, you may get a better understanding of your adsense revenue stream and realize google isnt out to screw over publishers. or if you are paying more per click than recieving you can compare your site against the one that gets higher paying ads and find out where differences lie.

2.if you have the time to try and game the system, build a new site instead. Anything you have read that works, has already been done by thousands of others and most likely doesnt work anymore or it wouldnt be put online. theres only really one secret to adsense and thats good traffic. you could have the best site in the world and if you dont get good traffic you arent going to make any money. ANY niche can be a high paying nice if you work it, think how much money has been made off those "101 uses for duct tape" style of books/sites, people have made millions off of talking about a 89 cent roll of adhesive tape they didnt even invent or manufacture just saw an oppurtunity and capitilized on it.
3. take tips from others with a grain of salt and think them thru before trying them on your own.just because something worked on one site doesn't mean it will work on another.

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Its not a secret what I have but it worked for me. I didnt spend to much time on optimizing ad formats, colors etc and was happy with my 5-6% CTR.

Friend of mine send me some ebook the other day about optimizing your ad formats and the first item it mentioned was that their research had shown that ads with Medium Blue title, black text and light grey URL and white background (as long as your page has a white background) had the highest CTR. To be honost, i am a bit lazy when it comes to fine tuning the ads but I told myself that I should atleast try this one thing and see if its all BS or not. I went to all the sites where i have adsense running and changed all the ads to the colors mentioned. Result is that CTR is up by 3.5% and also my page ECPM went up by a few bucks. My income went up by about 30-40%. I am shocked, change a couple of colors and look what effect it has :-)

 

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