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AdSense adds More Custom Reports?

Another AdSense change (or at least I think it is) is that they seem to have added to the number of allowable ‘custom reports’. I’ve not seen any announcement of this but today I have the option to add new reports and the last time I checked (a week or so ago) I’d reached my limit (of 10).

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Perhaps I just hadn’t noticed that it had been increased previously but it is something that I’d been keeping an eye on as it’s a feature I do use.

Update: I’ve added another 10 reports and have reached my new limit so it looks like 20 is the maximum now.

AdSense add Site Flavoured Search

Also announced by AdSense today on their What’s New page is a new search feature – Site-Flavoured Search which allows you to ‘provide search that is tailored to your site’s topics and themes’.

The AdSense team go on to explain that you won’t notice any visible changes to your search features on your blog but over time the search results that are given will improve based upon what your site’s visitors are searching for.

To activate site flavoured search just tick the ‘Flavour my search results to my site’ box when generating search code.

I don’t see any option for starting it on existing search boxes so you might need to start again to use it.

Read more about it here.

update: I’ve put a new Google Search in my sidebar. No obvious major differences so far in search results but I’ll attempt to watch it over time.

AdSense Expand Rectangle Image Ad Options

AdSense have expanded the number of ad formats that you can now have image ads in by allowing the Square (250 X 250) and Large Rectangle (336 X 280) formats to now have image ads in addition to the text ads that they were limited to previously. They’re yet to update this information on their ‘ad formats’ page but have announced it on their What’s New page today.

Yutter · RSS/Blog Subscription Service

Utter-LogoThe last couple of months have seen a load of new blog tools on the market to help bloggers send out their RSS feed via email and today I heard about another one – Yutter · RSS/Blog Subscription Service.

Their site doesn’t give you a load of information without signing up first but it seems to have all the normal features that some of the other new services offer like Zookoda which is the system I’ve been using.

Here is what Yutter offers:

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I’m unable to really test it at this point but if anyone else wants to give it a go and write a review on it for us I’d be happy to publish it for you here at ProBlogger.

PS: I’ve added it to my Blog Tools Page.

Send Your Readers Deeper Into Your Blog

Liz over at Successful Blog has started up a new page on her blog for New Bloggers. It’s a useful collection of her posts on topics relevant for newbies.

It’s also a good example of creating a page that draws first time readers deeper into your blog. It can be done on any blog regardless of topic.

Simply search through your archives for key posts that would be relevant to first time readers and put them together as a post that ties them together. Then it’s a matter of linking to that page in key places on your blog. In a sense this is what I’ve done with a number of the links in my header boxes, especially the Top 20 Posts at ProBlogger links which is one of the most read posts on the blog and sends readers deeper into the site many times over.

The Changing Web

Steve writes a good post reflecting upon the transient nature of the web.

I’m constantly amazed by how fast things in our world are changing – particularly in the space I spend so much time ‘the web’.

Just three and a half years ago all I ever did online was chat on IRC chat rooms, search for illustrations for talks I was giving and look for part time jobs. Today I live on it and it’s the main source of my families income.

I just wonder what another three or so years will bring to the web and whether I’ll have the smarts to keep riding the next best thing!

Yahoo! Publisher Network Blog

Another older piece of news that I missed while away last week:

YPN have launched a blog for their YPN publishers.

  • Give publishers – you folks – a voice in the evolution of the Yahoo! Publisher Network and its products.
  • Build a place where you can come and learn about the latest updates and enhancements to the Network
  • Showcase your work and your contributions to making Yahoo! Publisher Network what is today – and to what it will become tomorrow
  • Provide a community space where you can learn from other publishers how to be a better one yourself

They’ll be posting interviews and profiles of YPN publishers as well as news relevant to publishers. Looks like a good RSS feed to subscribe to.

AdSense Announce Text Links for Referrals

AdSense have just announced something that a lot of publishers were calling for after the launch of their Referral system – the ability to use text links for referrals. Up to this point they’ve only allowed publisher to use graphic links/buttons to send traffic to them but now text links are allowed.

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Before you get too excited though it’s worth noting that AdSense are only allowing four specifically worded text links (as above – click to enlarge) which will limit the way they can be used. To use them you need to insert a long code.

This will make inserting links into the middle of individual posts as deep contexual links difficult (if not impossible).

One placement option might be to run them at the bottom of each post on individual pages.

Also remember that you can only use one referral link per product per page.

For example if you use a button in your sidebar (as I currently do here) you can’t then run a text link at the bottom of each post.

Lastly – for non English speaking publishers you will have to wait for text link referrals in your language as they are only available in English to this point.

Read the official announcement on the AdSense Blog

Digg Deception

There’s lots of buzz around today over Suspicious Digging, Digg Corruption and Digg Fraud.

Unfortunately when a site has the combination of loads of traffic and user generated content there will always be people around trying to abuse the system. A lot of the debate is around Digg’s responsibility and the tension that they face between editing and allowing their system to be user driven. Interesting discussion.

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