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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Goings on at Adsense

I had problems with accessing the Internet for a week (struggling to keep a connection live long enough to do anything useful) and it seems in that short span of time the guys and gals at Google Adsense have been extremely busy. So if you are a bit behind the times like I am, here's a quick recap of what's going on:

Text Links for Referrals
We've been asking for it for quite some time now, but luckily Google is a company that listens to their users. They've introduced text links for referrals. Now you don't have to depend on buttons and such to refer people to Adsense or Firefox. This makes it just a bit easier to integrate into your site or blog.

It's just a pity that it uses Javasript. This means that you won't be able to use it in Blog posts at Blogger and other online blogs (unless you include it in your template). I would have liked seeing a straight referral URL.

Great going Google, and thanks for listening!

A bit of flavor
They've also introduced site-flavored search results for Adsense for search. I haven't tried it myself, but it could provide interesting and more targeted results for your site visitors. It will take time for it to start working, so don't expect to see results immediately.

New ad sizes support image ads
Adsense have added image ad support for the Square (250 x 250) and Large Rectangle (336 x 280) ad units. This will mean that you are in line for a larger variety of ads and possible higher income. So if you make use of those sizes... rejoice!

Wizard for referrals
The new Referral wizard will make it easier for you to set up your referral ads. It works exactly like the wizards for the normal ad units, so you should feel right at home.

So as you can see, those Adsense guys have been keeping busy. I can't wait to see what they come up with next. Perhaps Google can release their Payment service soon... if Adsense is anything to go by it should be a great service.

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