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can't click on the adsense ad

     
12:24 am on Jul 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If I hover my mouse over my adsense ads on one particular page of my site, I don't get the pointer changing to a hand, to indicate a link. Basically, I can't click on the ad.

Is this some special technology Google has put in to prevent fraudulent clicks? I can click on the ads just fine on another page of my site....

I noticed this happened after I put in some Amazon associate ads on the same page - surely Google isn't regarding this as a competitor, is it?

ps - the ads themselves do change on each page refresh...

12:56 am on July 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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No, don't think it has to do with technology to prevent fraudulent clicks.

And is not likely related to Amazon ads.

Maybe you should remove the code and replace it to make sure the code is accurate.

If that doesn't help, I'd email the AdSense folks and let them know about the problem.

Beth

P.S. Uh, I wouldn't mention that you've been clicking on the ads. And I suggest that you stop the clicking. I've heard that can get you booted out of the program pretty quick.

9:07 am on July 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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dont worry, I'm not clicking on the ads really...only when I realised there seemed to be a problem with the ads, I clicked on an ad on the page where it was working, just to make sure... ;-)

will try replacing the code, and will post back...thanks

1:44 am on July 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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nope...that didn't work. Oddly enough, if I put the vertical banner on this page, then it works fine and is clickable...

As yet, Google have not replied to my query re this issue

7:18 pm on July 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The support folks at AdSense seems to be pretty prompt in responding to emails, so I think you should hear back fairly soon.

Beth

7:25 pm on July 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I put the script in twice on one of my pages by accident and you couldn't click on the second set. I'm assuming you haven't put two sets of ads on your page right?
9:09 pm on July 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I think my prior similar experience could give you some idea about it.

I had Doubleclick ad on a page on the top above my navigation bar. The ad that appeared once was an interstitial rich media kind of animated ad which one generally sees on ABOUT.com (those damn moving ads ;)

The ad though only 468*60 prevented me from clicking on any of the links on the top header. To debug it, I tried to select that entire top area using my mouse, and I saw a huge marked area (something like a huge transparent image) after I selected the entire top area with the mouse.

My guess is that the banner messed it up, took over ownership of its surrounding pixel ;), & prevented the navigation links to work.

Same thing could be happening with your page. I am sure its not anything to do with Google Adsense. Since your skyscraper works, I presume your 468 banner didn't work. Perhaps you have some banner code at top of your page or some script.

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everyone, thanks for your replies, and Imaster thanks for your offer of help too. I feel like a fool now, because earlier today I found out what was happening and its basically as Imaster thought....

I had a DIV with a transparent image stretched to 100% going right over the Google ads! So it was covering the ad, and of course the links became unworkable...! Doh.

Google actually did reply in the end, and said 'thanks for bringing this to our attention, we're investigating it.'!

:-)

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I had a DIV with a transparent image stretched to 100% going right over the Google ads! So it was covering the ad, and of course the links became unworkable

Exactly :)

Google actually did reply in the end, and said 'thanks for bringing this to our attention, we're investigating it.'!

:)