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AdSense feature requests, week beginning March 17th, 2008

     
7:34 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

As mentioned last week, I'll start to collect your feature requests on a weekly basis, and communicate them to the relevant teams.

I look forward to hearing your ideas,
ASA

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I think it would be nice if you enabled Western Union or EFT payment for everyone. DHL is expensive, check deposit fees are high and clearance time is very long (between 30 and 45 days in my case). I hope this makes sense
8:02 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Removing a feature would be handy for those who don't want to access adsense from their google accounts: [webmasterworld.com...]

If it ends up compulsary I'll not be logging into gmail on the beach (not that I have gmail or go to the beach but it's the the point that's important).

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Weekly is an overkill.
8:19 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The message in the pink band that appears on a special report such as a report by channels I find to be annoying. I suppose there are some folks that need this information and constant reminder but I don't. I'd like a way to be able to turn it off or on at will.
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Improve Referrals (for non-Google products) - A great idea in concept, but after trying them for about a month, I simply removed them.

Many seemed not to go to a landing page with the required call to action. Also, the links were getting cliks, but apparently not the required action, so people were getting taken away from my site & the advertiser was getting name awareness, but I wasn't making money.

Some ideas that might help:
1 - have more targeted landing pages for the referral ads and more targeted copy in the ad itself. If the required action is to sign up for a newsletter, the copy shouldn't say "Learn about..." It should specifically say "Sign up for..." And then the landing page should be a sign-up page, not the advertiser's home page.
2 - open the referral ads (not the regular ones) in a new window
3 - pay a smaller amount for clicks on the Referral ads, and then an additional payment if the required action is taken after they click, especially when the required action is a purchase.

Thanks for asking!

9:08 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I second what vero says about referrals. I found advertisers in the program who were regularly appearing on my site, but referrals just did poorly compared to CPC.
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Mainly the same requests as the week before.

More channels.

The ability to see all companies that advertise on the sites. The preview tool is very limited and too slow to do any real good.

One of my sites is 7000 pages large and to check every page, every country, and even then you get a sample of adverts is not enough.

Minimum click price.

The ability to block via pub-number. That wasy we could block a bulk of MFA sites from an advertiser without having to block every site that person owns.

Close down MFA site accounts quicker.

Pay us for finding and alerting you to MFA sites. At present, there is no incentive to do so. And any willingness to do so atm is dwindling do to sites reported still in operation.

An option to use "classic mode" adsense code in Adsense Setup.

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I forgot one.
The ability to block a company, regardless of TLD.
So, if for example, I want to block ebay, then I block all ebay sites and TLD's.
So annoying to see that you missed one, or have your filtered clogged with URLs from the same company.
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I would like negative keywords or an ad category exclusion tool. I don't like seeing ads related to sex, dating, drugs, or death on my sites.
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An option to add a flag to advert code, say pub-test=1 which allows us to add said code to our html so we can see what adverts are being displayed without the risk of them being clicked, or the impresions generated counting towards CPM adverts.

That or imporve the adsense preview tool.

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- better preview tool that works in Firefox
- EFT for Greece
- finally get rid of April, May and June 2007 optimization messages in main reports page. They were useless then and are still useless now.
9:55 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Erm, are you serious about that? I mean, weekly feature requests?

Shall we REALLY write every week that we want bigger, better filters? That we want better reports? That we (possibly) want to set minimum EPC? That we want more channels? (Fade to end.)

Honestly, does that make sense? Honestly?

10:28 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I would just like to say that I like AdSense and appreciate the income I earn from it.
10:40 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'd like to test out different font options to see which works best for my sites. Also, same as what Ember said, thanks for this program and your commitment to more involvement with publishers.
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Shall we REALLY write every week that we want bigger, better filters? That we want better reports? That we (possibly) want to set minimum EPC? That we want more channels?

I tend agree with Hobbs and Zett.

<to the mods> An ongoing polltaker facility might be a good idea.
This way we compile one wishlist and collect votes, instead of all of us wishing over and over week in week out, without seeing the full picture.

When a wish is denied (as was the extended comp ad filter last week) it might be desirable if it can be either flagged or struck off, so that everybody gets the full picture.

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I wish Google would really do some of these suggestions instead of just sending you here to ask and then Google does nothing.

Mike

10:58 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm just happy ASA is getting more involved here, I'll definitely be visiting more often now. If ASA wants to go through weekly threads of repeated requests, let him/her!
11:01 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Exactly. We've waited years for an offer like weekly improvement requests in Adsense like AdWords, so don't piss off the company now so it withdraws the offer.

p/g

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Last week we were declined on an extended competitive ad filter.

So How about letting us set a minimum bid price?
Being able to select geographic regions where ads are shown
Blocking by advertiser account
Blocking by keyword
Blocking by ip range

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More Channels - should not be that hard to implement.

When logging in, showing information about future maintenances, features, etc (instead of those "tips").

Possibility to block ads by advertiser.

ann

11:13 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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would like the tips on my overview page put on an on/off switch.

The only tips I have on there is from last summer, It gets really annoying.

Been with you for years, not like I haven't already tried them.

Ann

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OK, we need at least 1,000 channels and UNLIMITED would be preferred.

How about letting us set the minimum bid per site? If people currently paying as little as $0.01 per click couldn't get any business then maybe they'd be willing to pay $0.05 per click, worth a try.

It would be nice to give us more clues about what triggers smart pricing because the lower payouts aren't good for Google OR the publisher. Perhaps a webmaster tool like in Webmaster Central just showing us which pages are rated lower than other pages and some clue WHY would be real nice so we can at least try to figure out what's going on and correct the problem.

The ability to block DOMAIN PARKS from advertising on our sites. I find it really difficult to believe that AdWords with all their "quality guidelines" and such can't tell when a domain park submits to AdWords. Heck, I run a directory and have 100s of domain park fingerprints used by my link checker to identify sites that have converted to domain parks, would you like some help with this? ;)

Being able to block an entire type of sites (.edu) or specific keywords in ads from showing up on your site.

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Oh yeah, maybe there's a way to do this with Google Analytics that I missed, but is there any chance we can get a report that shows income per keyword that was used to land the visitor on our site?
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Was just returning to suggest this and I see that Bill has already beaten me to it:

A smartpricing indicator - to let us know if and where we have been smartpriced. Maybe a help page to go with it, similar to the webmaster guidlines page.

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Better optimisation tips - OR no tips at all.
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Since Us Dollar has become so weak, the earnings converted in Euros are quite ridiculous, and there are also bank or Western Union fees to pay.

Google sends us the money when we could spend it online directly with no currency conversion and fees.

Why there's not a Google Checkout (or eBay PayPal) payment option yet?

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Being able to offer only ONE (or however many you choose) referral ad(s) and not having others show up that you have no intention of your visitors seeing. There is a glitch in the system that has never been fixed. The *intent* is there to provide for this... but it is quite BROKEN.

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Being able to offer only ONE (or however many you choose) referral ad(s)...

Definitely agree with YesMom on that one. If I indicate one specific referral ad, it's because I only want that particular ad. Why even include that option if it doesn't work? You've given us the ability to show only one particular ad, yet you show 10 different others that aren't even related to my site.

More channels. More comp ad filters. Haven't we done this before? We've been making these same requests for years now and nothing's changed. I think you're just paying lip service ASA. Show me the money baby...

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* I agree ability to delete old "tips" its annoying.

* Be able to change the ad font?

* Better conversion rates to the pound lol.

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