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AdSense ‘Site Diagnostics’ Disappearance – Official Explanation

Last week I posted that a number of AdSense publishers noticed a new feature in their AdSense reports called Site Diagnostics’.

This feature highlighted pages that AdSense was having problems running ads on and gave a reason for the problem.

Within a few hours of my post on it the ‘site diagnostics’ tab disappeared from AdSense publisher’s reports pages and it has not been seen since. Also disappearing was the help pages associated with this new feature (there was one here). There was no official explanation given on the appearance or disappearance of site diagnostics so I shot an email over to one of the AdSense team asking for one. Here’s what they replied:

Hi Darren,

Since the feature you’ve noticed was part of a temporary test, we’ve removed it from publishers’ accounts.

To obtain similar functionality, however, we encourage publishers to sign up for Google Sitemaps, which will provide reporting details on a site’s crawl status, common words that are linked to the site’s pages, and the top search queries on Google that are driving traffic to that website.

For more information, please visit www.google.com/trysitemaps.

As you know, we’re always working on new features for AdSense. I’d encourage you to keep an eye on the AdSense blog, where we’ll release details on new features as they become available. You can find the blog at http://adsense.blogspot.com.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

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Comments

  1. Matt says:

    So that explains it, I was waiting for it to come back.

    I managed to check it out while it was still there, it didn’t report any errors for me, yet there were one or two reported in my google sitemaps pages (although the errors adsense might show might be different, although strange how they recommend that as a replacement)

    Did anyone ever see any pages showing up using this Site Diagnostics tool?, maybe it didn’t work right yet? lol

  2. Erik says:

    After reading that post I was hoping this would be a publisher wide tool and not just select (as I thought when I couldn’t find it, turns out I was just late).

    Running a blog network I try to see how my ads are appearing to optimize for clickthroughs and switching between blogs, adsense, and stat services is a pain. Hope they bring it back.

  3. I didn’t see any pages with errors in the tool for the very short time it was up, and that note isn’t very much of an explanation.

  4. Carl Johnson says:

    Thanks for taking the time to email Google Darren and explaining to us the mystery.

  5. I noticed this as well right now but fortunately I had a chance to check it to see that I was fine last week.

    Thanks for the heads up last week Darren, these things may come and go but if you get a chance to take advantage of them at least you get a bit of an insight to make sure things are all in place for you

  6. Nice letter from Google. It’s almost like a human :)

    Seems like this is a tool to cross-promote their Sitemaps program?

  7. To me, it seemed nearly the same as the sitemaps information anyway. I think I was a bit confused at first by it (thought I logged into the wrong Google account).
    It would be nice to see something like this just for adsense though.

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