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New from AdSense: Allowed Site Feature

Tell Google Which Sites are Allowed to Use Your AdSense Code

     
3:08 pm on Aug 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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First, let me say 'thank you' for adding nice feature that identify the domains that are allowed to display Google ads for my account. A few suggestions:

a) if ad spotted on a different domain an email alert should be sent to adsense login email id. So that further action be taken from my side. This is also useful if I forget to whitelist my own new domain name.

b) Please fix help link url [google.com...]

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7:50 pm on Aug 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yeah,
It killed one of my sites that I had in it when it disappeared and is screwing up the whole earnings picture! Lucky me! it wasn't the oldest site!

I will probably have to remove all adsense off of it and put something else on it.

Right here at the end of the month...Oh I get it, an end of the month money trap. hmmmm

Maybe if it gets straightened out they will replace the click money for that site....:( It don't help right now as it has caused a biiiig depression in ecpm and ctr as well as take home pay..Google please hurry.

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8:50 pm on Aug 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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ashii:

It gave the publisher the ability to specify which sites your Adsense is valid on. It's a feature many of us have been asking for for quite a while.

Mr. ASA, was it all a mistake? Can we please have the feature back?

9:56 pm on Aug 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Mr. ASA, was it all a mistake?

I think they should have at least populated the list with the domains Google already knows about. That way it'd at least have a lower chance of having a domain accidentally left out.

12:40 am on Aug 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delayed update - I've been trying to find out as much as I could about this situation in order to make sure I passed along accurate information to all of you.

We're very happy you're all so excited about the new Allowed Sites feature. Unfortunately, we had to temporarily roll back its release, but expect to see it in your accounts again soon. We hope that it helps alleviate many of the concerns publishers have had about code theft and click sabotage.

In the meantime, our engineers have confirmed that we deactivated any settings you made yesterday, so your ads will continue to monetize as normal on all sites.

Again, we're sorry for the inconvenience and confusion, and appreciate your patience.

-ASA

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2:44 am on Aug 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thank you ASA,
Please tell me why for the first time ever I am getting visitors and clicks but NO MONEY. We are not talking about massive influx of visitors or even hundreds of clicks so can you shed light on this? It only happened after the allowed sites feature went away.

Thanks,

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2:57 am on Aug 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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ASA to the rescue! Thanks for that great update!
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ann, if you (or anyone else) are seeing strange AdSense performance that seems to correlate with this Allowed Sites release and withdrawl, you're welcome to PM me your pub ID or account login and a description of the behavior, and I'll be more than happy to escalate it to our engineers for investigation.

We want to make sure this temporary release didn't leave any weird loose ends...

-ASA

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6:17 am on Aug 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thank you ASA,

It appears to be back but at a shameful low price per click...at least it is resolved and yes, I do believe it was the new feature that caused it..

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11:03 pm on Aug 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The Allowed Sites feature is back!

And it's also doing a new thing, it lists sites not on your allowed list that displayed your adsense code in the last week. For me, the list was all Google and Yahoo.

11:14 pm on Aug 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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And it's also doing a new thing, it lists sites not on your allowed list that displayed your adsense code in the last week. For me, the list was all Google and Yahoo.

I just saw that. It is giving me an IP number that belongs to Google and I have to suppose that it is because I use the Custom Search Engine (CSE) with AdSense enabled on it.

So, anyone know if I should allow it by the IP number (which could possibly change) or if I should allow "google.com"? Or both?

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I assumed (you know what happens when you do that) that Google and Yahoo are listed there, at least for me, because of my pages being cached in their search results.

Since the adsense is usually WAY off target in these cached listings on other sites, it's probably a good thing that their impressions will no longer be counted...

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My account doesn't have the feature enabled again yet. But that new extra sounds really nice. I'd certainly allow google.com and yahoo.com so my pages in their cache display ads.
5:08 am on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I think they should have at least populated the list with the domains Google already knows about. That way it'd at least have a lower chance of having a domain accidentally left out.

YES! THANK YOU!

(ASA, please, can we get a list of domain names/URLs currently showing ads with our publisher ID without enabling the filter first? This info would be very useful.)

Regardless, thank you, G, for making this available to us.

5:41 am on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It's working again. It looks wonderful, thanks G!
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I think they should have at least populated the list with the domains Google already knows about. That way it'd at least have a lower chance of having a domain accidentally left out.

I'd love for this to be a feature as well. I don't want to accidentally leave a website out and lose earnings.

10:48 am on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yes, the unauthorized sites are 9 different IPs that are from Google. Not sure if this has something to do with "AdSense for Search" and/or if I should put the IP's in the authorized sites or what...hehe
3:26 pm on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Note that at least a half-dozen online translation services exist, along with a similar number of search engines that display page caches. Clicks from these sites are just as valid as clicks from the original domain.

At the very least, Google should automatically recognize and NOT filter clicks from its own services, along with those of Yahoo and MSN. That should be simple enough to accomplish.

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Jomax: I'm not arguing, I'm genuinely asking: Are these impressions on translation and search result cache pages "good" impressions?

In my experience, these ads are ALWAYS terribly off target. If these impressions are being counted for us, but nobody is clicking on them (because someone interested in my music niche is probably not going to be interested in "Construction News" or "Cheap Air Travel"), then wouldn't it be better for our conversion rate that these impressions NOT be counted? I'm willing to lose whatever clicks these bad impressions may garner in return for losing all these impressions and improving my CTR.

What does everyone else think about this?

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I was merely responding to the previous few posts. But such impressions seem completely legitimate to me.

Anyway they're likely to comprise a very small proportion of all impressions. Too little to be of statistical significance, but just enough to fill up that report with extraneous warning messages.

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Unauthorized Sites Includes Google / Yahoo cache site and that is why my earning went down. Google please fix this problem as we need to allow people to browse our site using Google or Yahoo cahce features. For example IPs 72.30.186.56, 64.233.183.104, 209.85.135.104 and other 10-12 ips all are cache ips listed as Unauthorized Sites.
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This is great news. It's good that Google finally addressed a major publisher concern about safeguarding from rogue sites using their publisher ID's on sites that violate AdSense guidelines.
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I agree that 'allowed sites' is a good and welcome feature from publisher's perspective, however there are few things that should be worked out - most notably stuff that ann and iwannano1 pointed out. I observed similar things:

- List of 'unauthorized' sites (hence clicks will not be counted for earnings), as reported by the G system includes IPs such as
72.14.253.104, 64.233.167.104, etc. - which all resolve to Google

- since I activated 'allowed sites' my earnings dropped. impressions are there, however usual number of clicks, for given volume of impressions, is not - this by itself does not mean that it's related to 'allowed sites' feature activation, however it's suspect because it coincides)

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In the spirit of "transparency", why doesn't google just SHOW you all of the sites and pages where your ads are being shown and clicked and then you can decide which ones to EXCLUDE if you notice some weird patterns or notice the code on sites where it shouldn't be.
That would be ideal for us.
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That would require you to constantly monitor your AdSense reports so that you can take action after the invalid traffic is already being sent to Google.

The system as implemented is much more elegant, except that it stands to reason that any cached page of abc.com should be treated exactly the same way as abc.com, and any translated page of abc.com should be treated exactly the same way as abc.com. Google can see the page URL, so it shouldn't be that hard for them to accomplish that.

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I added my site to the allowed sites and selected "only sites I allow". The next day it was reset... had to re-enter it.

WHY does Google always do things this way? Unstable, unreliable, etc.

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What About the Ads shown on Google Cached version Pages? Will they report revenue to the publisher? and what about the Cached versions on Yahoo?

Or may be we should add google IPs and yahoo domains to the list...?

Will advertisers be charged for not allowed domain clicks? If so, who will get the money?

-Fer

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Just set mine back to allow all sites as my income has fallen drastically. The drop is across the board and hey guys, Labor Day is OVER!

I fear there are still too many bugs to be worthwhile at this time.

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Just set mine back to allow all sites as my income has fallen drastically.

I did that too, after the last few days I had a significant drop in pay.

Will see later this week if that really helps or if it was just a coincidence.

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You need to be more specific. What's down? Impressions, CPC and/or CTR?

Supposedly both impressions AND clicks are filtered out from disallowed sites, so there should be no significant effect on either CPC or CTR.

7:05 am on Sept 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It seems they are showing the clicks but not the money accrued. I seem to have lost 15% of my daily earnings. Scary!

I will wait one more day before switching back ( could be normal variation, but sudden drop is unexpected after 3 months of steady growth) . There seem to be a few bugs yet.

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