G rolled out an update to the Publisher Toolbar today. Just curious if anyone uses this and what feature(s) you've found to be most useful? I'm wondering if the blocking and reporting features are worth having this installed?
7:21 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've never, ever used it, just what do people use it for?
7:36 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
I tried it for a while to check stats while in Chrome, but it was so buggy I gave it up. Half the time it didn't work.
8:17 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
In Chrome it allows you to see information about the ads appearing on your sites and to send feedback to G about those ads. Of course it also allows you to see your earnings. I would think it would be useful for someone that's aggressively filtering ads for their sites but don't know for sure. There might be other uses those just seem like the obvious ones.
2:09 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
Actually, it does look like they've significantly improved it. It's not as buggy, and doesn't keep making me sign in over and over. But the font is smaller, so there's that. I guess will trade that for better accuracy.
The reporting on the ad units is pretty cool. If you look at your site with the toolbar on, each ad unit has a little blue box that lists the size and the URL of the first ad. If you click on the blue box, it expands to tell you the estimated earnings from that ad unit for the past 7 days (you can change the time) the coverage, how many ad requests, the RPM and how many clicks. Looks like it also compares it to a previous time period, so you can see if it's going up or down. You also can see the ad's display URL, destination URL and click URL, and you can block or report a problem with the ad right there. It also tells you whether it's an AdWords ad, or one of the other networks'.
Yes, this is definitely an improvement. Recommend!
6:35 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
Update - I've still have to log in several times (without even closing the browser in between) so they still have some kind of timeout thing going on. Annoying.
8:32 pm on May 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
There's defiantly a timeout and it's very annoying. For some reason it doesn't remember the approval and I have to re-approve every login. Makes me want to remove the damn thing.
2:07 pm on May 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
A significant improvement would be a version fore Firefox since I don't run Chrome but it's unlikely we'll ever see that happen.
7:06 pm on May 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
I can tolerate the logging in and out.
What I can't see the usefulness of it is when it will give me my revenue to be $X now and an hour later it will be $X -100.
What's the point of having a toolbar that makes it easy to check your revenues if the revenue it shows is not even correct? You get your hopes up only to be dashed an hour or so later.
1:20 am on May 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
Well that's true no matter what.
What ticks me off most about this thing is that I don't see the ads I want to block in Chrome, I only see them in FF or IE. And I thought image ads were supposed to include the URL on them, but they don't - which means I'm getting crappy and INAPPROPRIATE ADS that I can't block because even if I grab the link and paste it into a text file, it's cloaked by whatever fmtrck.com is.