Archive for February, 2009

25.02.2009

Sometimes we receive reports about AdSense code appearing on websites that may contain content copied from other websites. We understand that many of our publishers are concerned about this issue, so we’d like to give you some information about the procedures and tools you can use to protect your content.

For example, let’s suppose you own a movie blog, where you recently posted an article about your favorite actor. After publishing it, you notice that another website has copied and published your article without your permission. The owner of the other website doesn’t respond to your requests to remove the content, and it is monetizing their pages with AdSense.

In a situation like this, where you believe that a site containing AdSense code is illegally copying your site’s content, you can let us know by following the process described in our Help Center. It’s our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other applicable intellectual property laws.

The notice should be sent directly from the owner of the copyrighted materials allegedly being infringed (in the example above, that’s you), as we are unable to accept third-party copyright complaints. Also keep in mind that we are unable to process copyright complaints received through the AdSense policy violation report form. Once we’ve received a notice of infringement, we will take appropriate action. If you’d like more information about our DMCA process, please visit http://www.google.com/adsense_dmca.html.

Additionally, if you find a site that is scraping (misappropriating and republishing) your content, you can report it for a potential violation of the Google Webmaster Guidelines. To do this, fill out the form at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/spamreport (you must be logged into your Google Account to access this form).

Posted by Gergana Marinova – AdSense Publisher Support

 My content, your content, other peoples content

 My content, your content, other peoples content

25.02.2009

You’ve been asking for more control over the appearance of the ads on your sites, so we’re happy to let you know that you can now change the font face of the text in ad units on pages in Latin-character languages. You can choose between Arial, Times, and Verdana font faces. Please note that while font options will appear in every account, they’ll currently only be applied to ad units on pages primarily in Latin-based characters.

There are a few ways to customize the font face of your ad units. If you’d like to quickly change the font settings for every ad unit generated from your account, visit the ‘Ad Display Preference’ section of your Account Settings page to select a new account-wide font face. This will affect all units you’ve created in the past, regardless of whether you used the Manage Ads feature. By default, your ads are currently set to ‘Standard AdSense font family’, which we’ve found has performed well across browsers and displays.

 Fontastic new options for your ad units
However, you can also select custom font faces for specific ad units that you’ve created with the Manage Ads feature. When creating new ad units, you’ll be prompted to select between the default ‘Standard AdSense font family’, your new account-wide font face (if you’ve selected one), or another font face. You can also change the appearance of existing ad units, by visiting the Manage Ads page of your account and updating your font choices for specific ad units. Once you’ve changed the font face of an ad unit away from the default, those selections will be maintained even if you change your account-wide settings later.

 Fontastic new options for your ad units
Just as with color and placement optimizations, we encourage you to test these new font options to find the best combination for your sites. For instance, you can try matching the font face of your ads to that of your sites. Enjoy the new font faces, and feel free to leave feedback in our comments field below.

Posted by Arlene Lee – Inside AdSense Team

 Fontastic new options for your ad units

 Fontastic new options for your ad units

18.02.2009

Our engineers will be performing routine site maintenance this Saturday, February 21st. While you won’t be able to log into your AdSense or Google Ad Manager accounts between 10am and 2pm PST, we’ll continue tracking your clicks, impressions, and earnings as usual. In addition, your ad serving won’t be affected.

For our international readers, here’s the start time of the maintenance in a few other cities:

London – 6pm Saturday
Cairo – 8pm Saturday
Mumbai – 11:30pm Saturday
Manila – 2am Sunday
Sydney – 5am Sunday

Posted by Arlene Lee – Inside AdSense Team

 Site maintenance on Saturday, February 21

 Site maintenance on Saturday, February 21

16.02.2009

We recently caught up with our friend the AdSense Crawler, who wanted to share this poem with our publishers:

 With love, from me (the AdSense Crawler) to youRed roses are fine for showing your love,
Kisses, jewelry, and chocolate, they’re okay.
Yet my heart skips a beat from none of the above,
Ask me what thrills and delights me and I’ll say:

Great content’s what contents me when I visit your site,
Stuff your truffles and send me a rich word bouquet,
Keep your flowers, give me phrases, they’re what excite!
Every day crawling your pages is Valentine’s Day.

- The AdSense Crawler

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by Julie Beckmann – Inside AdSense Team

 With love, from me (the AdSense Crawler) to you

 With love, from me (the AdSense Crawler) to you

16.02.2009

Back in October, we launched a brand new English Help Forum to make it easier for publishers to ask questions and share advice. Now, we’re happy to announce that this Help Forum platform is available for publishers in seven additional languages: French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. To start posting on these forums, sign in with your Google Account.

If you’re using the new platform for the first time, some of the new features you’ll notice include the ability to vote on a best response to each question, receive answers to your posted questions by email, and subscribe via RSS feed. We’ve also introduced more community-building aspects to the forum, such as a customizable profile page and a rating system that rewards you for your contributions. Finally, we’ve integrated a CSE search box on each page, which will allow you to find answers to your questions across the Forum, Help Center, and the blog.

Our Help Forums are also available on Google Groups in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Slovak, and Turkish — we’ll be sure to let you know when we’re able to migrate these languages to our new platform.

Posted by Arlene Lee – Inside AdSense Team

 Our new Help Forum, now in seven more languages

 Our new Help Forum, now in seven more languages