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AdSense feature requests, week beginning April 3, 2008

     
5:56 am on Apr 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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System: The following 10 messages were cut out of thread at: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google_adsense/3603230.htm [webmasterworld.com] by martinibuster - 5:34 pm on April 12, 2008 (utc -8)


I would really love to see some AdSense features somehow incorporated into Google Analytics. There are currently some AdWords features in Analytics, so why not AdSense as well?

This would be VERY useful to me.

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Here's something I'd really like to see....
prompt and meaningful communication.

On the 7th April, they've enabled comments at Inside Adsense [adsense.blogspot.com]...

Was that what you're looking for? :D

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1 cent per click is a joke! There should be a minimum of 5 cent.

2:

There should be more payment options such as moneybookers, paypal and a free choice of Bank accounts not limited to only 1 country.

3:

Authority sites with a certain age and rich, quality content deserve a better service than MFA sites.

12:10 am on Apr 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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So when do we get to hear some feedback from ASA?
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Another request:

I'd like to be able to turn off the new little arrows under the ads, they bring me little to nothing and give too much chance for the skum to advertise on my site.

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I agree, let us have the option to turn off the arrows on ads.

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Heare are my feature requests:
  1. An easy way to find the URL of someone who is advertising on your site with a flash ad. I had problems these week to find the URL of a dating site flash ad that was site-wide targetted on my technology site. The Ad preview tool didn't help me out.
  2. Color palettes which can be referenced in ads directly, instead of the current hexadecimal color codes. I run a number of identical sized and colored ads on my sites, all with different channels to track the performance of different pages and sections. I would like to change the color scheme of all these ads at once by changing one color palette. At the moment I have to open all the ads in the Ad manager and assign a new color scheme to it. That is quite a lot of useless work if you know that AdSense already stores all the color schemes I have used in the past.
  3. An easy way to find which alternative referral ads are running if the referral ads I have selected can't be displayed. I now see the description of these replacment referral ads in my stats, but there is no link to see the ad content so I can check if it is appropriate for me or not.
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"I agree, let us have the option to turn off the arrows on ads. "
I would be in inclined to agree as well, but I would like to see first how many visitors actually click on the arrows. I suspect it is extremely low. We just started noticing them last week and as of today nearly 90% of the ads on our site have them (we have a lot of advertisers in our niche). I'm wondering also if when someone clicks on them if pn the reports this counts as 1. another page impression, 2. more ad unit impressions 3. more as impressions, etc.
Since there was no specific documentation released about them that I could find, I'm ASSUMING it is okay for publishers to click on the arrows to see what ads appear on the subsequent frames? If not I would hope ASA or G would warn us.
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---I agree, let us have the option to turn off the arrows on ads.

I agree.

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Wouldn't need more ad filters if had the option to shut off redirecting affiliate pages. Spending way too much time cutting out these ads that have no site relevance from our site. It is not unusual to have 25-30 sites all with the final same landing page (redirect or framing) hit our site at the same time. Thought adwords policy changed some time ago to stop this practice?
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Here's a great feature I'd like to see. :)

Quit nagging me about consolidating my accounts. It's annoying on the level of a panhandler who won't stop pestering, no matter how many times you tell them no.

It's been a few months now, I'm happy with the way things are for me with the logins. Quit asking me already. How many times do I have to say no before you understand no?

Seriously, I'm happy with the way it is. I don't want the hassle associated with consolidating things. Let me do it MY way.

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1 cent per click is a joke! There should be a minimum of 5 cent.

IMO 1 cent is an insult and 5 cents is a joke. Let each publisher set own minimum bids.

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I agree let publishers set a min and see how the market plays out. In UK one cent is below our lowest coin value...
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If setting a minimum EPC is feasible (I doubt it), then it would be wise to make it per channel not per account.
10:12 pm on Apr 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hobbs: Or per site?
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Url channel is good, add per channel control ant it gets better, just as long as it is not per account, individual content sections control is imperative if we are able to set an EPC floor.
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Per channel or per site; either would be far more desireable than our current options.
1:09 pm on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A minimum actual CPC (i.e. smartpricing won't get it to them cheap) is just the best way to get rid of the unwanted bottom feeders.

I really don't care how granular it can be set as long as I can set it. The more granular it can be done, the better I guess although then I guess the objection of Google that we might abuse it would start.

As a proposal to make sure MFAs can't use it to do arbitrage: make sure adwords customers can't buy their traffic cheaper than they can sell it. (actually: since arbitragers are bad for the user experience: cap their revenue at e.g. 50% of what they paid for the traffic) I'm sure google has enough knowledge to link adsense and adwords account together.

A visitor is worth more than US$ 0.01 to me so for that amount I simply don't want to let them go off (and certainly not on an obvious scam).
And I don't want a visitor to see (let alone click) on obvious scams.

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Concerning minimum CPC per channel, site, account or whatever, it's certainly not a feature I want for myself. But I wish Google would provide it today and every publisher (except me) would sign up for it immediately.

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Farmboy, why would you not want it?

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I wouldn't want it either. I'll take the small clicks along with the big ones. They're all profit, and they add up.
7:41 pm on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'd like the Ad Review Center to work as advertised. Still getting impressions of placement ads with nothing ever showing up in the center. I've even tried setting it to get my approval first before their display and that didn't work either.
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...why would you not want it?

I don't want to get dependent on a crutch.

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I don't want to get dependent on a crutch.

I can't understand why on earth you would see it as a "crutch".

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yes, I wonder why it would be seen as a crutch?

Farmboy, why is it a crutch to have more control over what you have on your site?

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Maybe Farmboy sees AdSense itself as a crutch. He is not out there beating the bushes for his ads, he is letting google find the ads and place them on his site. Maybe he wants to hunt for those advertisers himself?

Who knows...

Chuckle.

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"I guess the objection of Google that we might abuse it would start. "

I really don't see a way it could be ABUSED by publishers since it is already being done. We've been doing it for years. It's called REMOVING Adsense on low Adsense CPM pages and REPLACING them with other methods, diredct sales or affiliates! If nothing else REMEMBER THIS: "To GAd even a penny is better than NOTHING at all". This is good business practice for G, but a conflict of interest and NOT necessarily in YOUR best interest. To you and me, we'd rather take the chance of a low CPM Adsense ad page converting through an affiliate for a lot more, etc. I can't believe they haven't implemented this feature yet, since with us, Adsense is probably losing money BIG TIME BECAUSE of NOT IMPLEMENTING it. All they need to do is, like with the public service ads option, have an alternate URL to display our alternate ads when the CPM is going to drop below the designated level per page.

Early on we reviewed the CPMs per page and aything below a certain level for a month was switched to another, higher paying ad method. Every now and then we switch the highest traffic pages back and see if they do better, which ocassionally they do. It's a pain in the butt monitoring and re-writing code, but... it's a living.

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How about giving all publishers more choices for the font-family and font-size for each ad.
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"any click, even at 1 cent, is better than no click" is good for Google and arbitragers, not webmasters, who could probably monetize the visitor in other ways, or not lose him at all for low ballers.

Sellers determining the asking price and buyers determining of the bidding price seems to work well enough for the stock market.

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I've just spent a frustrating day trying to get related ads on a new article. The article is about a fabric line but the name of the line is also the name of a well known song. So I'm getting ads for guitars and folk music.

Please, please let the folks at AdSense know we need a way we can block words or phrases! Using the code "google_ad_section_start" etc. does not work. I've had to take AdSense off of several articles because Adsense picks up on a specific word that can have more than one meaning.

It's not a matter of earnings. I just think it looks bad to my visitors when there are ads that don't fit the topic.

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