Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Adsense Beautifier - against Google Adsense TOS?!

This is a major development in Google Adsense implementation. I think, most blogs that I've seen need to check their Adsense implementation because they might be violating the TOS. Inside Adsense recently discussed about placing images near your ads. Most people says it's okay as long as there is a border between the image and the ads. Someone even made a Wordpress plug-in for it and called it Adsense beautifier. But hey, look at this development. Kindly read the latest stand of Google Adsense when it comes to placing images near your ads. Here is an excerpt:

Can I place small images next to my Google ads?

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.

Publishers should also be careful to avoid similar implementations that people could find misleading. For instance, if your site contains a directory of Flash games, you should not format the ads to mimic the game descriptions.

What if I place a space or a line between my images and my ads? Would that work?


No. If the ads and the images appear to be associated, inserting a small space or a line between the images and ads will not make the implementation compliant.


Read the full entry here. On the full entry, you can see an example of an implementation which violates the TOS, including an "ad-near-image" placement similar to Adsense Beautifier:



So, is Adsense Beautifier against the TOS? I think, it's obvious. Better play safe than sorry.

7 comments:

Robyn Tippins said...

Nope, it's not. I got a from the horse's mouth answer on that just last week. The thing that's wrong with the example they showed is that the images pertain to the ads. In other words, those are oranges on a page that is showing orange-related ads.

The images that come with Adsense beautifier are so bland and generic most sites are fine using it.

Look at both of their examples. The person is clearly using it to trick the user into clicking. I use it on gamingandtech.com and on balanceindiet.com, only to draw attention to the ads. Both sites are within the TOS.

kukote said...

@robyn tippins.. thanks for your comment. so, does it mean that it's ok to place ads near images as long as they are not related?

i still prefer removing the images near the ads, whether it's related or not. once you are banned, it will take too much time and effort (and luck!) to get reinstated. it's not worth the risk.

Anonymous said...

wow, this is the first post after nearly one month, good to see your update again.

Anyways, happy new year

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banned said...

Good alternative for Adsense is PeakClick. Want some reasons to join, here are just a few: Sign up is free, Extremely easy to set up and implement, Real time statistics, One of the highest pay out rates in the industry (70%), One of the top affiliate programs (earn commissions on 3 separate sales levels), Get paid every 15 days, High quality customer service and technical support.

fiona said...

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jessie said...

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Adsense Beautifier - against Google Adsense TOS?!

This is a major development in Google Adsense implementation. I think, most blogs that I've seen need to check their Adsense implementation because they might be violating the TOS. Inside Adsense recently discussed about placing images near your ads. Most people says it's okay as long as there is a border between the image and the ads. Someone even made a Wordpress plug-in for it and called it Adsense beautifier. But hey, look at this development. Kindly read the latest stand of Google Adsense when it comes to placing images near your ads. Here is an excerpt:

Can I place small images next to my Google ads?

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.

Publishers should also be careful to avoid similar implementations that people could find misleading. For instance, if your site contains a directory of Flash games, you should not format the ads to mimic the game descriptions.

What if I place a space or a line between my images and my ads? Would that work?


No. If the ads and the images appear to be associated, inserting a small space or a line between the images and ads will not make the implementation compliant.


Read the full entry here. On the full entry, you can see an example of an implementation which violates the TOS, including an "ad-near-image" placement similar to Adsense Beautifier:



So, is Adsense Beautifier against the TOS? I think, it's obvious. Better play safe than sorry.

7 comments:

Robyn Tippins said...

Nope, it's not. I got a from the horse's mouth answer on that just last week. The thing that's wrong with the example they showed is that the images pertain to the ads. In other words, those are oranges on a page that is showing orange-related ads.

The images that come with Adsense beautifier are so bland and generic most sites are fine using it.

Look at both of their examples. The person is clearly using it to trick the user into clicking. I use it on gamingandtech.com and on balanceindiet.com, only to draw attention to the ads. Both sites are within the TOS.

kukote said...

@robyn tippins.. thanks for your comment. so, does it mean that it's ok to place ads near images as long as they are not related?

i still prefer removing the images near the ads, whether it's related or not. once you are banned, it will take too much time and effort (and luck!) to get reinstated. it's not worth the risk.

Anonymous said...

wow, this is the first post after nearly one month, good to see your update again.

Anyways, happy new year

ciscoblog said...

There is a resounding desire for meaningfull freeroll tournaments in which Online Casinos Extreme players at all levels have the opportunity to compete in tournament play when the prize money is huge... but the buyin is somewhat prohibitive most.

banned said...

Good alternative for Adsense is PeakClick. Want some reasons to join, here are just a few: Sign up is free, Extremely easy to set up and implement, Real time statistics, One of the highest pay out rates in the industry (70%), One of the top affiliate programs (earn commissions on 3 separate sales levels), Get paid every 15 days, High quality customer service and technical support.

fiona said...

I have found index with some guidebooks similar to your blog content and would like to share. There are interesting ideas for online marketing, adwords, adsense, etc. Get it and enjoy!

jessie said...

great post...