New Google AdSense for Feeds; a Pain in the Rear End
If you’ve been waiting for the much talked about Google AdSense for Feeds, I have good news and bad news. Which do you want first?
OK, the good news. If you log into your Google AdSense account, you’ll see a new option to create AdSense for Feeds. Yay!
You can customize whether to display text only ads, image only, or a mix of both. You can decide how often to display the ad; every blog post, every 2nd blog post, etc. And, you can even decide on the colors and placement of the ads. Our dreams have come true!
Now, for the bad news.
Unless you are creating a brand new Feedburner feed, you won’t have an easy time setting up AdSense for Feeds. As Google explains:
Google will soon provide a self-service process to migrate from an account on the original FeedBurner website to a Google Account. Currently, migrating your feeds from from FeedBurner to a Google account is a manual process. We will assist you directly to ensure a successful migration. The only way you can use AdSense for feeds is through your Google Account.
To migrate all of your feeds, and your account from feeds.feedburner.com to Google, please contact us at email@example.com…
Yeah, good luck with that. Google’s not exactly renowned for its ability to successfully manage any manual process, especially one that includes customer service’s input.
I agree with Daniel over at Daily Blog Tips. Google should have made the integration an easy and seamless task–why can’t we manage this in Feedburner? Instead, until Google can figure out how to automatically add AdSense to our Feedburner feeds, I suspect many of us will find an alternative solution.
What are your plans? Will you go through the manual process?