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I've just got an email saying they had received some complaints stating that the ads were covering my content, they don't want that (and nor do I) and please reply once i've corrected this problem - i've tested it in IE / Firebird / Netscape / Opera - it complies to HTML 4.01, and even with 150% or 50% text size it still look OK (well at 50% you can't read it but who sets their browser up like that?! ;) ) - I repied saying: very sorry - i guess it was just a problem as i was testing code (not a good practice on a live site, i know) but it all looks OK now.
Has anyone else had similar emails? and any responses from google? should i be worried?
If any of you have a solution to this problem, could you post it here, or sticky-mail me with a few example sites using CSS that works better?
If any of you have a solution to this problem, could you post it here
I propose simply to put a "white separator" graphics that would be wide enough so that your AdSense banner even couldn't cover the content. When somebody will try to make the browser window narrower - it will have such an effect that AdSense banner will never overlap your content.
why would a normal user write to google when my email address is at the bottom of every page - makes me half think its a competitor, but maybe thats a bit paranoid....
That's a valid concern, but again, I don't think you have anything to worry about if you fix it. Google just isn't going to terminate someone because of this, especially since it appears to be a fairly widespread issue. Google should address this in their FAQs.
why would a normal user write to google when my email address is at the bottom of every page
Hmmm, they probably clicked on the "Ads by Google" link that appears in every AdSense ad, which brings up a comment form. I think a lot of users prefer the perceived anonymity and convenience of a feedback form to writing email, especially when what they have to say is negative.