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Using pictures next to adsense ads

Discussion in 'AdSense' started by korzon, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. #1
    Seems like most arcade games use some variation of pictures next to google ads to improve CTR such as:
    SEMrush
    http://www.arcaderush.com/

    And reportedly, it works great.


    My site is http://www.playedonline.com - gets about the same amount of traffic reported by ArcadeRush but only make 1/10 the revenue.

    The question is, is this ok with google? Would you recommend using this tactic?
     
    korzon, Apr 6, 2006 IP
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  2. Shoemoney

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    it works really really well... only Google can tell you if it is ok and it seems to be on a case by case basis... There is such a fine line between blending in and fooling =P

    Maybe Jenstar can comment
     
    Shoemoney, Apr 6, 2006 IP
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    jackburton2006 Peon

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    #3
    Place the ads the way you want it, take a screenshot, and email it to Google Adsense support to get their blessing. If they say Yes, keep the email, and implement it on the live site. As the Shoe man said, it's really on a case-by-case basis, and you definitely need G's approval or else risk banishment.
     
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    maldives Prominent Member

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    It works great for me. There is nothing against picture placements in AdSense TOS.

    But to be on the safe site, it is always better to check it directly with Google.
     
    maldives, Apr 6, 2006 IP
  5. SumitBahl

    SumitBahl Reign of Chaos

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    As shoemoney said, there has to be some visual barrier between ads and images.
     
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    Jenstar Active Member

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    Good example, I am sure a lot of people are fooled into clicking on those ads at the top beside the pictures. Isn't that a waste of advertisers budget?
     
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    Also, he has the words "most popular" on tops of ad links. Surely, that's attracting attention to the ads.
     
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    SumitBahl Reign of Chaos

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    Thats why google is not allowing this.
     
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  11. MattL

    MattL Well-Known Member

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    It's open to interpretation. It's not black and white, it depends on the type of ads, type of photos/graphics, how close to the ads, etc.

    That's why shoemoney and jack are saying ask Google, they are te only ones that can tell you if YOUR site is OK.
     
    MattL, Apr 6, 2006 IP
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    one of the better sites I've seen "blending" google ads is

    http://www.capitaltutorials.com/viewcat.php?id=1&page=5&view=&sort=
     
    cdtoad, Apr 6, 2006 IP
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    MattL Well-Known Member

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    #14

    The issue is possible confusion of the image being overly associated with an ad. If the image is generic, which it is on that site, it's usually not a problem.

    Ad blending is a different issue altogether. It can be done with or without images near the ads. Google doesn't advocate extremes on either end for maximum performance.

    I took a look at your sites in your sig. The ads on your site stand out too much.

    Read this: https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=17957&ctx=sibling
     
    MattL, Apr 7, 2006 IP
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    I have seen some sites that puted some pictures with naked woman above the
    google ads..it looks very real..
     
    fit, Apr 7, 2006 IP
  16. MattL

    MattL Well-Known Member

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    That would be against the TOS.
     
    MattL, Apr 7, 2006 IP
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    fit Peon

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    And is this ok :

    http://www.funnywebzone.com/

    Look at the pictures behind the ads.
     
    fit, Apr 7, 2006 IP
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    I know. I am a total adsense newbie and I just input the ads on my site a few days ago. I did see that link you posted and plan on reading through it when I get a chance to hopefully make my ads blend better. I am just happy I managed to input the code correctly and it actually worked!:D


    If you have any specific ideas on how I could blend the ads better, feel free to share them with me. thanks.
     
    Janet, Apr 7, 2006 IP
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    I didn't even know that sites like that were allowed to carry adsense.
     
    Edynas, Apr 8, 2006 IP
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    I made some small color changes to the ads, do they look any better? Also, are you allowed to change the font size, if so, how is that done? thanks again.
     
    Janet, Apr 8, 2006 IP