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Google AdSense Bans Images Next to Ads

I must admit, I’ve been tempted to experiment with adding images next to Google AdSense ads. I have seen other bloggers use them and heard them gush over how they can help increase click-thru-rates. Unfortunately, Google has just decided that they are not fair to the users (and the advertiser) and have banned images alongside AdSense.

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.

And don’t think you can get away with a line or space to separate the images a little, Google has declared that a no-no too…

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.

So, it looks like Google has left very little room for interpretation here, images next to ads are bad!

Here’s an example of what’s just been declared a no-go.

  • http://www.ibrian.co.uk/ Brian Turner

    Google Bans Publishers Placing Images Next to AdSense.

    Meanwhile…

    Google Forces Google Logo Into Adsense.

    A bit hypocritical, really:
    http://www.threadwatch.org/node/10571

  • http://www.wwip.com Brett

    WOW… I knew that “G” would do this some day and the day is now here… hmm… :(

  • http://www.gsinc.co.uk Gareth Davies

    Interesting clarification from Google. Joel Comm and Co will have to re write their books and training materials because this technique has figured heavily in the last 2 years as a legit Adsense technique.

  • http://brotherloft.110mb.com Efosa Uyi

    When will YPN go global? its hightime that google should have o strong competitor.