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View Website and Adsense Ads from Another Country as if in USA

     
7:58 pm on Jan 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I am out of the country (USA) for an extended time (2 years ministry work) and have been seeing many empty ad spaces on my website. I am wondering if it is because of the country I am currently in (Portugal) or because of some change in Adsense.

Is there a way to see what a website looks like, with Adsense ads, as if you are in a particular country? I want to see what my website looks like from Portugal, but as if I'm in the USA.
8:14 pm on Jan 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Visiting your website to see if ads appear is a bad idea even when you are in your own country.

Go to Adsense Performance Reports, then select the custom tab that appears above the graph. Then from the list that appears select "coverage" as well as a few other elements such as page views, earnings and impressions. Then click ok. You will then see the ad coverage for the time period, 100% means all the ad requests were filled, less, means some ad request were left blank.

Note that there has been an issue with low coverage reported since December 18th. No words from AdSense on the cause or when it will be fixed. Check the January Adsense thread here or the "Coverage dropped below 70%" thread for a more detailed discussion.
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10:45 pm on Jan 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Try US VPN might do the trick. But doing so isn't really accurate neither for your purpose, as you will never be able to get a clear view of the "real" coverage data just by yourself. You might still see empty ad spaces with US VPN. Hell I am seeing empty spaces when I visit my own pages to check out my designs.

Many people are reporting and seeing coverage drops in the past month or two. You are not alone.

I use "fetch as google" tool, the ad slots usually get served with those fetching tools. That might be more accurate for your purpose / use.

Money (paid impressions) is usually the best way to tell if the ads are loading.
6:47 pm on Jan 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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#NickMNS why would "Visiting your website to see if ads appear" be a bad idea. I've been with Adsense for well over a decade and always check my sites to see if they are working properly.
7:19 pm on Jan 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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@gatormark because you are only one user, so you may be subject to all sorts of bias, like geo-location, browser, network connectivity issue. You NOT seeing an ad, may suggest a problem, but it may be specific to only your situation. You seeing ads would give you the impression everything was fine, when in fact it could be specific to your situation. And you could certainly, use different browsers, a VPN, your phone, wifi, or your neighbor's network, each will reduce the bias. Using the reports provided in AdSense will give you a much broader view, much quicker and let you drill down to the problem.

Certainly if you notice an issue in the data you can and probably should check it manually. But I wouldn't rely on checking manually alone.