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Three ad blocks with same advertisements
They are exactly the same!

 1:59 am on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is anyone observing that today?



 5:47 am on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

System: The following 2 messages were spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google_adsense/3879030.htm [webmasterworld.com] by martinibuster - 12:09 am on Mar. 26, 2009 (utc -8)

my Three ad blocks with same advertisements


 6:06 am on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

take two off then.


 3:02 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

But the blocks used to show different advertisers before.
I liked that...


 3:08 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

take two off then.


I see that from time to time as well. I don't have any pages with 3 ad blocks but I've got a few with 2 and sometimes they repeat. On page refresh they're back to normal though. Go figure.


 3:09 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

When I see that, I assume it means there aren't enough advertisers for the amount of ad space I have. So I have to reduce the ad space (at least temporarily) until the ads come back.

Several things may have happened. Advertisers are always dropping out or coming in. Advertisers have budgets, and sometimes they use up their budgets by noon their time and their ads go offline until the next day; so other (cheaper) ads made take their place.

Advertisers also have the ability to see the sites where their ads are place, and turn them off if they want. Some advertisers may have decided your site wasn't a good fit and blocked your site from displaying their ads.

The *only* control you have over the situation is to remove some ad blocks. Leave them off for a few days to a week, and then try again. If it happens again, then you probably won't be able to run more than one or two ad blocks on that page. Also, if you don't have link units, try one of them.


 3:15 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Also, if you don't have link units, try one of them.

I do love my link units.


 3:38 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I see that from time to time. Netmeg's theory may be correct. Sometimes I've thought maybe the ad was so "right" for the page and audience that it gets shown twice by the Google wizard because of some geeky technical error.

Prior ASA's on here have asked people to email and let them know where this is happening. Considering some of the reports of it being a downside to contact AdSense and have them look at a site, I have always decided this wasn't a big enough problem to wake the sleeping giant.

Then there's the old adage about someone needing to see an ad a number of times before it triggers a response. Who knows how many people click on that ad the second time they see it on your page that wouldn't have clicked if they just saw it once?

And one more thought, assume you have two rectangle AdSense displays on a page and the same ad for red widget company shows up in both rectangles during a single visit. Is that really much different than if the red widget company ad only shows up once during a visit, but shows up during every visit by that visitor? Either way, it's repetitive.

I know a lot of people were upset about perceived privacy implications of interest based ads, but I wish Google would track people and not show the same ad to someone who has already converted or stop showing the ad to someone who has seen it X times and never clicked - assuming of course there are other appropriate ads in the inventory.



 9:37 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thank you all,
It looks like whatever caused that is going away. Won´t take any chances though. I won´t display the same type of ads near each other.


 9:57 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I saw 3 identical text adblocks side by side on my pages at about 2 am pacific last night before I went to bed and my numbers were totally FUBAR.

Major serving glitch there, kinda threw things off for the day.


 10:42 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just posted to a different thread about this issue. Here's what I said:

We just posted to the Inside AdSense blog (the post is called, "Pageview tracking back to normal.")
You can read the details of the issue there, but basically our system was temporarily registering a pageview for each ad unit instead of for each page with ad units on it.

The issue is now resolved, and you were properly credited for earnings from clicks and impressions during that time.

The reason that in some cases the same ad may have shown multiple times on a page is that the issue at hand caused one ad unit to fail to recognize other ad units on the same page.



 11:21 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thank´s ASA.

Visit Thailand

 11:39 pm on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

This is something that has been happening to me since the beginning of AS. Sometimes it is three but more frequently two ad blocks which are exactly the same.

It is more annoying when it is image ads but it happens with text ads too.

Fixed? I somehow doubt it, cos it does not seem to be related to what ASA mentions (a very recent prob) but we will see.

[edited by: Visit_Thailand at 11:41 pm (utc) on Mar. 26, 2009]


 12:32 am on Mar 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Fixed? I somehow doubt it, cos it does not seem to be related to what ASA mentions (a very recent prob) but we will see.

I agree that it does seem to be two different issues. I remember discussions about duplicate ads on the same page months ago - or was it years ago?


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