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Why haven't you made the switch?

Reasons you're still using the old AdSense interface



2:05 am on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hey everyone,

I wanted to start a thread to get your feedback on the new AdSense interface. Specifically, I'm interested in hearing from those of you who are still using the old interface, to know why you haven't switched to the new interface.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts - the feedback from this particular forum is invaluable for our entire publisher community.



7:28 pm on Jul 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Ditto. Import my reports from the old interface and I'll switch. Otherwise, you're going to have to drag me kicking and screaming into the new interface. And the new interface reminds me of Google Analytics. A lot of five dollar words obfuscating some simple concepts and tasks.


7:53 pm on Jul 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Same here. I even filed an issue stating that I'll switch when my reports are converted.
Kinda hoping that ASA is still here to read this thread.


8:42 pm on Jul 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I was that way about the reports too, but turned out I could make some even better ones in the new UI. So I got over it.

Hunh; the new UI works fine in my iPad, moreover, you have a choice between viewing it in mobile or classic view. Surprised you're having problems.


6:45 am on Jul 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've got like 50 reports setup, targeted to different parts of my sites. I did try to setup a report for specific urls, but with long urls it a real pita to see the full name in that small box Google wants us to use to select them.
Scrolling, hovering the mouse over the list, then some more scrolling.. takes ages.


1:04 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Do we have a deadline to switch over to the new interface? Or can we keep the old?


9:37 am on Aug 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

I haven't seen when the deadline is but they did write in their blog that the old version is going to stop. Damned annoying since I like the original for a quick overall look yet the new version does have some fancy graphs etc for when one's bored:-)


11:08 am on Aug 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Can I leave the origional ad codes on my website or do I have to replace all of them?


12:12 pm on Aug 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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You do not need to change the ad code on your site - the update to the control interface is unrelated to the code on our sites.


12:32 pm on Aug 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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cool...so when I login to adsense I will just see the new interface when the old is dropped?


9:23 am on Aug 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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ASA would probably know the answer to this.

Sally Stitts

7:42 pm on Aug 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Since this is the thread for "piling on", here's another.
The sickly blue text.
The same color text that has driven me away from Google news.
For news, I have now switched to Huff Post exclusively, because it is EASY TO READ.

I understand that Google studied 40 different shades of blue for usability. They picked a loser. Causes one to wonder just who did the picking. A biased product manager? I just can't imagine a "peer review" coming up with this.

That pastel blue on a white background ACTUALLY, TRULY, PHYSICALLY hurts my eyeballs. Why so skimpy on the contrast?

Have they not heard of Jakob Nielsen, usability expert?
There MUST be adequate CONTRAST between the text and the background.
In art, this is referred to as "figure and ground". If the "figure" is too similar to the background, it does not "stand out" in a manner that produces easy readability.

The best readability occurs with black text on a white background, just like you are reading right now. Dark blue on white is also a good choice. Pastel blue on white is a poor choice. Skimpy, wimpy blue which blends in with the white. HOW CAN GOOGLE POSSIBLY NOT REALIZE THIS?
I would much rather read a list of high-contrast-text channels, than a list of low-contrast-text channels. A list exacerbates the problem - like looking at a wall painted dull gray. The eyeball and brain must work harder and longer to separate the data from the noise.


8:36 pm on Aug 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yes I've switched but...

too wide for my laptop screen (edge cut off)
stretches too wide on my desktop widescreen
virtually unusable on my smartphone
hate the colour blue of text hard to read


10:18 am on Aug 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Agree, stretches too wide on my desktop and my laptop.
Agree, virtually unusable on my smartphone.
Agree, the colour is unappealing.

Also, I can't see the performance of units I run through DFP. So instead of having an almost instant summary of daily performance in the old interface (which is all I use 98% of the time), I have to log into two separate pages and navigate, with difficulty, through two different, much more complicated systems.

Please let us keep using the old interface.



10:27 am on Aug 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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the only reason i havent changed is because there is no more eCPM on the reports. i have been logging that amount for ages and i can compare going back years, but the new value they've got bears no relation to it.
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