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Wrong ad format for flash ads? Anyone else seeing this?
160x160 or maybe other square ads in a 728x90 panel

 4:05 am on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

I just noticed it on one of my sites.

The ad unit is 728x90, but I'm seeing flash ads of size close to 160x160 (can't figure out the exact size). The ad is displayed at the left side of the ad block and truncated ad 90px.

Is anyone else seeing this?



 5:39 am on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Have you added external JS or other code to the page within the last few months? I don't know why, but sometimes proximity to certain JS files executing nearby within the layout can cause a freakout in the AdSense display size. This happened to me with a social media widget.


 5:41 am on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Haven't changed anything in some time. Only noticed it today.


 5:53 am on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Do you have any code executing near the AdSense? Could be AdSense that changed.


 6:18 am on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Nope. Don't see anything on my page that could affect it. Double-checked everything I could think of.

And I only see it with one advertiser. All other ads are fine, but when this one comes up, it's a 160x600 flash unit shown in a 728x90 ad panel.

I also have a 160x600 panel on some pages, but not on all of them. This problem exists both kinds of pages, which that contain 160x600 unit in addition to the 728x90 and those that don't.

Just tried to contact AdSense for the first time in years. Now I understand the frustration of publishers.

Reading other comments, I knew it was bad, but this bad?

Not only does there seem to be no way to contact them, but they also make you waste a huge amount of time before you realize that.


 1:30 pm on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

I sometimes see something like that. On my site, it happens right after a new page with an unrelated iframe is posted online. An AdSense ad will appear in the unrelated iframe for some reason. Usually goes away quickly, meaning a few refreshes of the page.


 1:14 am on Mar 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

That was the old page. I haven't changed anything in a while.

In any case, that adverser is not longer showing, and all other ads are fine.


 6:23 pm on Mar 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've seen this before several times - I looked at the code a little and believe it is an advertiser issue (someone from doubleclick putting the wrong flash ad in their system)


 6:26 pm on Mar 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

That would make sense. Thanks. I guess there is nothing I can do about it.

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