Help: Google Adsense isn’t loading correctly (or you can’t log on)

Monday, April 19th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

If you’re trying to access Google Adsense in Google Chrome, and the display doesn’t look right (or you can’t log in) — you probably have AdBlocker turned on for “”.  That means many assets from google’s adsense interface are being blocked by your browser.

Turn off AdBlocker for (for me there is a button in the top right corner which is a red octagon, click on it and enable ads for

All of a sudden forms load, stylesheets load, etc.


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Help: I Can’t log into Google AdSense

Thursday, February 4th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Yesterday I went to login to my Google Adsense account and found myself in an infinite loop of “Click here to login”, then “Sign up” as the only option.  There were no options to actually login.  This was very frustrating.

Normally I’m used to logging in with:

This would usually redirect me to the site, and all would be fine.  Now when I go there, all I see is a “Sign up now” button.  If I click on “Sign up now”, there is a link that says “Already have an account?” and points to the help files for AdSense, which isn’t much help.

After searching around I ran into a forum post at, Can’t Log-in To AdSense – Asking to Update to Google Account.

There I found an answer from what appeared to be a Google rep:

OK, we think we’ve figured out what’s going on here (and by “we” I mean my friend the engineer).
It looks like this issue is only happening to folks who signed up for adsense before we asked everyone to use a google Account. When we migrated everyone over to google Accounts, if you used the same email address for your google Account as for your previous account, you may be experiencing problems with your login screen right now.
This also explains why so many WebmasterWorld people are seeing this problem, as you guys tend to be some of our most experienced adsense publishers.
We’re still working on correcting the issue, but I’ll get back to you as soon as we’ve got something in place. In the meantime, some publishers experiencing this same issue have reported that they can log in using this URL: Let us know if you’re still having issues logging in using this URL.
If you use the URL the poster mentions, things work like they used to.  This sounds like it’s a result of the whole change to “Google Accounts”.  I had thought I used my account, since I only created my account a year and a half ago or so.

Resolution – How To Login

The result, is try logging in using the following URL:

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In Google We Trust

Friday, January 9th, 2009 | Personal | No Comments

I hear about the anti trust lawsuits against Microsoft.  Honestly, I think they are a little bit of “hey, lets get the big guy — he’ll pay us to go away” — but still, we’re protecting our bests interests.  

We trust Google.  Google has always been the digital apple of software user’s eyes.  Think about it, when was the last time you were pissed at Google?  So we trust google.  We trust google’s famous mantra “Do No Evil”.  We trust all of our emails with Google.  We trust Google with our digital lives, and sometimes more (how many of us acknowledge Google’s Picasa web albums as what we consider acceptable backup of some of our most precious moments.  We condiser Google a member of our family, someone we would trust with most of our private information.  

We need Google.   On my daily routine, I must use some aspect of Google every 5 minutes.  It’s disgusting if you think about it.  How much we rely on certain things, notions, and ideas to be constant in our lives.  How much of the web relies on Google?  Lets look at what I use Google for:

  • My Gmail account
  • My email (I won’t even get into how much of my life depends on that email service)
  • My calendar gets sync’d with my google calendar
  • Support for all of my technical issues
  • Reference material for my profession
  • IM
  • It’s where I send my family to see photos
  • This blog submits every post to Google
  • This blog uses Google’s Adsense, for advertising revenue (however small that may be)
  • 80% of the traffic on this blog comes from Google
  • I throw out those pesky outdated firmware CD’s that come with hardware, because I can google for updated drivers and firmware
  • Desktop Search
  • Web traffic analysis (analytics)
  • SEO tools
  • You Tube (enough said)

I’m sure there are dozens more uses I have on a daily basis for Google’s technology. 

Now what if one day I couldn’t log into any of the services I use at Google?  We depend on google.  I think if I found out I couldn’t use Google products and services, my life would change dramatically.

An article on Chris Brogan‘s blog, When Google Owns You, describes the story of Nick Saber, who loses his Google account.

The problem with monopolies is that we end up relying on them.  Even if there is no mal-intent, what if a mistake occurs?  A simple keystroke on a keyboard somewhere can probably delete our online lives.  

When do we trust a company too much?

Google likely knows more about you, than your significant other.  Additionally, you probably rely on Google (funtionally at least) more than your spouse.  

I’m going to think about Google in a different way. They have a lot of control, for a company who has automated email responses.  

After all, individually, Google doesn’t need us.

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Got unused domain names? – Try Google Adsense for Domains

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 | Business | No Comments

I never knew I could take some of my unused domains, and hand them over to Google (why do I even link “Google”?  Who doesn’t know where Google is?) to try and monetize some of the wasted traffic.

Looking through Google’s Adsense interface earlier this week I found a new option — Google Adsense for Domains.  

I’m not an advocate of parking domain names.  If you happen to have some extra domains sitting around it’s a great idea.  

The steps are simple:

  1. Create an Adsense account –
  2. Purchase Domains (if you don’t already have them)
  3. Setup the Domain for use with Adsense for Domains (there’s a guide at
  4. Add Unused Domains to Adsense
  5. Modify domain registrar settings (setup a blank A record to the IP, and setup a CNAME “www” record pointing to, where “xxxxxxxxxxx” is your provisioned Adsense ID)
  6. Request Approval of the domain from Google (they are very helpful)
  7. Configure some basic options (color, channel names, keywords if you want to hint the ads in a specific direction)
  8. Profit

It is important to note that you can only do this with a domain that you don’t use for any other google hosting services (such as Sites, Apps, etc).

For me it’s been worth it.  I made $0.32 today that I wouldn’t have otherwise made.  

The best part is just to see how many people visit your defunct domains.  I love knowing how many people are just typing in a domain, or linking to it on accident.

I haven’t figured out how to run both this service, and Google Analytics.

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Smashing Magazine: 10 Killer WordPress Hacks

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 | Business | No Comments

Smashing Magazine posted an article a few days ago with 10 wordpress hacks, 10 Killer WordPress Hacks.

Read the article for details on how to do them, but the hacks listed are:

  1. Display AdSense Ads to Search Engines Visitors Only
  2. Avoid Duplicate Posts in Multiple Loops
  3. Replacing “Next” and “Previous” Page Links with Pagination (we did that one!)
  4. Automatically Get Images on Post Content
  5. Create a “Send to Twitter” Button
  6. Using Normal Quotes Instead of Curly Quotes
  7. Deny Comment Posting to No Referrer Requests
  8. Using CSS Sliding Doors in WordPress Navigation
  9. Dsplay a Random Header Image on Your WordPress Blog
  10. List Your Scheduled Posts

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