<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/coins.jpg” />Since it takes so much work to create fresh, new content for several websites that you may own, there is very little time left over to keep an eye on how your ad revenue is doing. Most small to medium sized bloggers and webmasters typically make use of Google Adsense, as it’s currently the most popular revenue generating ad service on the Internet. Well, if you are like me and you don’t have a whole lot of extra time left over to go digging into your Google Adsense accounts to check your latest balances, then you’ll love SysSense.
MUO previously covered WhyDoWork, an Adsense monitoring plugin for Firefox, but SysSense is a freeware desktop application (Windows 2000 through 7) created by Mike Singer of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. SysSense is an unobtrusive application that runs in your taskbar and provides you with quick and convenient one-touch access to all of your Google Adsense accounts.
How to Set Up SysSense
After you download and install SysSense from Mike’s website, the software will initially take you to the screen where you can configure your Adsense accounts as well as set up the application properties. The General tab is where you can configure the software to immediately start every time you boot up Windows. This is also where you can set the exchange rate for your country so you can get an accurate representation of your balances.
Of course, the Adsense tab is where you submit your Adsense credentials so that the application can poll your account information.
On the Auto Update tab, you can configure SysSense to check your account details every so often. For smaller sites where you don’t have a lot of activity, frequent updates aren’t really necessary. However, for large sites where things change fast, you may do well to shorten the update interval.
You can change the update interval from every minute all the way up to every five hours. Under the Tray Icon and Tray Tooltip tabs, you can configure how the tool tray icon appears and also how it behaves when you click on it.
You can set it up to go directly to your Adsense account in a browser window any time you left click on it, and you can also set up the icon to pop up an icon balloon on a particular event, like when your earnings change or when your number of clicks changes. While these are nice features, the real meat of the application is in the Tray Tooltip section.
This is where you can configure what data you want the see in the ToolTip text window. I really like how much information this app can extract from Adsense – I’ve seen apps before that wouldn’t let you upload monthly data without a subscription, but with SysSense, it’s all free.
Once you have your accounts configured and your primary account set up (the one that will display in the ToolTip), you’re ready to start using the software. One thing you’ll notice is that every time the app refreshes data upon the interval you requested, it’ll pop up with a tooltip that displays all of your account details at a glance.
It’s nice to see this data without having to log into Google Adsense and dig through the site for the reports. SysSense puts the information together the way you want it and displays it with absolutely no effort on your part. If you want the app to refresh the data in between interval updates, just right-click and select “Refresh Now.”
When you do, the tooltip will pop up again with the latest data from your primary Adsense account. If you want to see more detailed reports of the data from your account, click on the “Reports” option and you’ll discover an excellent reporting tool.
In this window, you can choose from any of the accounts you’ve configured, and you can choose from a list of 21 reports, including not only earnings but CTR, eCPM and clicks for referrals, ad performance and search performance. The graphica report display will immediately show you certain patterns. For example, through this tool I discovered that my highest day of earnings is almost always on Friday!
SysSense is one of the fastest and easiest tools for instant access to your Adsense account details without any effort on your part. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Or share any other useful Adsense tools that you know about in the comments section below.
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