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Adsense disallows images next to ads

Nikolas
Mon 25 December 2006, 12:38 pm GMT +0100
Looks like adsense has changed their TOS, in a way that will cause problems and lower CTRs to many webmasters.

As they say :

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We ask that publishers not line up images and ads in a way that suggests a relationship between the images and the ads. If your visitors believe that the images and the ads are directly associated, or that the advertiser is offering the exact item found in the neighboring image, they may click the ad expecting to find something that isn't actually being offered. That's not a good experience for users or advertisers.

http://adsense.blogspot.com/2006/12/ad-and-image-placement-policy.html

wineo
Mon 25 December 2006, 10:51 pm GMT +0100
I don't see that as a bad thing...

YMC
Tue 26 December 2006, 06:26 am GMT +0100
Hmm, looks like I have a bit of work to do tomorrow/today.

I do see the point, but they sure took long enough to decide this. There's going to be a lot of unhappy folks if they start penalizing/dropping sites that do this.

Thanks Nick for spotting this.

olaf
Wed 27 December 2006, 10:37 am GMT +0100
I don't see that as a bad thing...
yes right don't mislead you visitors ;D

wineo
Wed 27 December 2006, 05:39 pm GMT +0100
I don't see that as a bad thing...
yes right don't mislead you visitors ;D

I meant that G stopping people from trying to mislead others was not a bad thing; I think that it is about time! Good on ya G!

olaf
Wed 27 December 2006, 06:13 pm GMT +0100


I meant that G stopping people from trying to mislead others was not a bad thing; I think that it is about time! Good on ya G!

me too!

ultimatehandyman
Sun 7 January 2007, 08:57 pm GMT +0100
There are still many sites out there that have the pictures too close to the ads!

Google experimented with this once themselves, I remember getting ads with the pictures above!

Nikolas
Sun 7 January 2007, 09:00 pm GMT +0100
There are still many sites out there that have the pictures too close to the ads!

Google experimented with this once themselves, I remember getting ads with the pictures above!

Yeah a lot of webmasters have homework to do after that update :)

nramkr
Wed 10 January 2007, 02:31 am GMT +0100
As long as Google gives time to the webmasters to change the ad placement, I think things will be ok. When sites starts to get banned abruptly, I gues there will be a lot more threads on how Google is unfair.

If not images, webmasters will find some other way to increase CTR.

olaf
Thu 11 January 2007, 11:34 am GMT +0100
As long as Google gives time to the webmasters to change the ad placement, I think things will be ok. When sites starts to get banned abruptly, I gues there will be a lot more threads on how Google is unfair.

If not images, webmasters will find some other way to increase CTR.
yes right Google need to give some time to webmasters but how much? this is already old news... I think people trying to cheat need to try adwords first (a click for hosting ads is arround a 1 $)

YMC
Thu 11 January 2007, 11:26 pm GMT +0100
I think that this is a big enough issue that G should email all publishers with this information. To me it's not realistic to hope that a blog post and the viral-type conversations it spawed will ensure everyone knows and understands this policy.

Quite a few still don't understand the concept of no picture as it was not as clear as it could have been in the blog post.

olaf
Thu 11 January 2007, 11:30 pm GMT +0100
I think that this is a big enough issue that G should email all publishers with this information. To me it's not realistic to hope that a blog post and the viral-type conversations it spawed will ensure everyone knows and understands this policy.

Quite a few still don't understand the concept of no picture as it was not as clear as it could have been in the blog post.
Normally you're right, but just in case your are Google (that would be nice ;)), do you like to send an email to all the people which are misleading your advertisers?

Mind_nl
Fri 12 January 2007, 10:17 am GMT +0100
I'm sure quite some websites will be banned soon, because the owner didn't even know about the policy change.

olaf
Fri 12 January 2007, 10:39 am GMT +0100
I'm sure quite some websites will be banned soon, because the owner didn't even know about the policy change.
.. and didn't even know how to change the sites.... (MFA)

Mind_nl
Fri 12 January 2007, 11:46 am GMT +0100
LOL ;D

nramkr
Fri 12 January 2007, 04:50 pm GMT +0100
I'm sure quite some websites will be banned soon, because the owner didn't even know about the policy change.
.. and didn't even know how to change the sites.... (MFA)

You do feel quite strongly about these MFA sites!!!

olaf
Fri 12 January 2007, 06:28 pm GMT +0100


You do feel quite strongly about these MFA sites!!!

maybe this is wrong, but don't you think that less websites on the internet are better for us as "real" webmasters (and all internet users)

and as advertiser, I hate them of course...

YMC
Fri 12 January 2007, 09:40 pm GMT +0100
I didn't mean it should be sent to only the offenders. G does send mass emails to all publishers on occasion. I just think whenever there is a major policy change they should 'officially' notify everyone so there's no excuses and/or misunderstandings.

olaf
Fri 12 January 2007, 09:53 pm GMT +0100
I didn't mean it should be sent to only the offenders. G does send mass emails to all publishers on occasion. I just think whenever there is a major policy change they should 'officially' notify everyone so there's no excuses and/or misunderstandings.
you're right they not very good in announcements, today I read in their blog that they change something with the google packs (referals)

nramkr
Sat 13 January 2007, 05:53 am GMT +0100


You do feel quite strongly about these MFA sites!!!

maybe this is wrong, but don't you think that less websites on the internet are better for us as "real" webmasters (and all internet users)

and as advertiser, I hate them of course...

I agree completely. Not only because these are the equivalent of site spams but also because they more often than not provide information which may be incorrect. In the sense that if i run a health site what value add can I do to ensure that the information is valid (as i am not from that field). Imagine the consequence of someone following advice from such sites.

In fact this is probably the major issue with the internet today. Anyone can put any information they want on a site and the average browser does not know if it is authentic.

Site ratings probably are the way out but so far not much success.. Google PR could have been useful but ... we all know the story

olaf
Sat 13 January 2007, 09:08 am GMT +0100
nrnmkr,

of course article writers, webmasters just all of us here doing a lot to earn some money with adsense (me too), having a website to earn money is not bad. But if this is only the reason than it really suxxs for all the internet user, adsense... everyone.

I hate only the websites with all the non-unique articles in a database people bought for a few $, these people adding the images ONLY to mislead the visitor

YMC
Fri 26 January 2007, 09:17 pm GMT +0100
In another thread, Nikolas suggested that my implementation of images and ads was against G's TOS.

My site had an image with a couple of stars in a color scheme that matched my site and the words "Sponsored Link".

An email to G, led to my being informed that Nik was indeed correct as G considered the image misleading.

So, after a couple of emails with G, my take on this is that ANY image near an ad block is going to be classified as against the TOS as misleading (common sense seems to be out of this equation - would people really have clicked on the link expecting to see 3 red, white and blue stars on the advertisor's site?).

Why in the world they simply couldn't state that they are not going to accept the use of any images totally escapes me.

Long story short, regardless of how vaguely worded their blog and TOS are; G does not want any images used near/around the ad blocks.



ps. Thank you Nik for getting me to look into this further.  :-*

Nikolas
Sat 27 January 2007, 12:49 pm GMT +0100
No worries Michelle, and thanks for that kiss :)

Some times the support team in google is a little misleading. I mean you can talk with someone who is new maybe and tell you something, and then send the same question and get a different answer.

I guess that we have to be very careful with adsense terms...

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