With the release of Google Chrome, the team responsible for Google's advertising arm at Adsense have been working on ways to integrate its webmaster tools into the browser to creat a complete solution. for the Adsense side of things they came up with the Google Publisher Toolbar, an installable add-on for the Google Chrome browser. The Google Publisher Toolbar will offer you not only the chance to view your Adsense earnings quickly and easily - a must for all webmasters and freelance webmasters; but also prevent you from clicking on your own ads - a breach of Google's terms and conditions.
How to Get the Google Publisher Toolbar
Install Google Chrome
Firstly the Google Publisher Toolbar can only be installed on the Google Chrome web browser. If you are still using Internet Explorer then it might be time to consider a change; apart from risking a "browser war" debate you can obviously run IE (or Firefox, or even Opera) alongside Chrome, but now that I have found the applications Web Store and Angry Birds I am almost converted.
We digress though; the self updating Google Chrome can be downloaded directly from the Google website and is a simple installation. You can also tie it to your Google account during installation as well.
Install Google Publisher Toolbar
Accessing You Google Publisher Toolbar
Credit: Google Chrome Web StoreAccess to the information panel is via an icon on the top right of your Google Chrome web browser. The icon is a small blue box shown in the image left and is a screenshot of the top right hand corner of the web browser window. Clicking on the blue icon will bring down a pop-up window, but navigating away or around the webpage displayed will automatically close it.
At the bottom of this pop up is a "Help and Options" link, this will take you to your Google Publisher Toolbar settings.
There are many options that are available to you but as far as I can tell there is no facility at this time to view multiple accounts, which is advertised on the help page but not indicated on the "Google Multiple Accounts" app list.
The Ad Overlay - Preventing You Clicking Your Own Ads
Something that will help webmasters is the Ad Overlay. If you have a range of web domains or you view your crowdsourcing articles to answer comments; you will probably already be aware how easy it can see to click on one of your own Google Ads without thinking about it. This is breaching the Google Terms and Conditions and can lead to the suspension of your Google Ads account.
You will have already noticed if you use Google Publisher Toolbar that on your own articles a small black band appears at the top of the webpage asking you to "enable overlays".