Google AdSense Preview Tool Causes Frustration

May 31, 2007 • 9:16 am | comments (2) by twitter | Filed Under Google AdSense
 

A number of members on WebmasterWorld are frustrated with the Google AdSense Preview Tool (which is available for IE versions 6.x and 7.x and allows you to preview ads that may appear on your website and filter out ads that will not do much for advertisers). A number of complaints have been addressed about the tool, particularly with regards to its ineffectiveness and lack of functionality. Additionally, there are just too many "spammy ads" that are hitting advertisers' sites and causing anger amongst AdSense publishers.

Each and every time I click to open the preview tool my web page "jumps down" so I can only see the bottom of the page.

I was wondering what she meant, so I installed the AdSense Preview Tool and tested it out on Barry's blog. It seems that opening the tool causes the ad to disappear out of view. Very strange. See the animated GIF for what I mean:

adsense-preview-tool-bug.gif

Want to see it again? Here's the Google AdSense Preview Tool bug.

Other users suggest other ways to improve the tool:

- show ads that will show instead of ads that may show - show ads restricted on ad format (e.g. only 468x60) - show non text ads as well (e.g. image, video, flash) - notify Adsense on an ad, directly from the tool

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

teddie

05/31/2007 04:09 pm

ROFL - "Additionally, there are just too many "spammy ads" that are hitting advertisers' sites and causing anger amongst AdSense publishers." Isn't that usually written - "Additionally, there are just too many "spammy AdSense publishers" that are taking advertisers' ads and causing anger amongst advertisers."

John Derrick

06/01/2007 05:39 pm

It's good to know that I am not the only one who thought that this tool was, at least as it stands now, a total waste of my time.

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