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What I got was exactly this on a white background:
My dog could've made a better ad and I don't even have a dog.
[edited by: flobaby at 2:51 am (utc) on May 5, 2005]
joined:Oct 27, 2001
I suspect that most image ads come from ad agencies and corporate advertisers who wouldn't be caught dead buying text ads that look like classified ads in newspapers.
Your image ads may not contain screenshots of text ads or otherwise simulate a text ad in any way.
A few must have gotten through, or one of the approval checkers didn't know that this was a criteria for image ads.
Maybe Adsense needs to a bit of "housekeeping" on the image ads if they're date related? :)
I also tried the small horizontal adsense "image & text" banner for ashort time.
Although it did appear, it didn't seem to be as visually effective as the skyscaper ad. The horizontal ad looked just like that - "a horizontal ad", whereas the skyscraper ad made you want to look at it and wonder "what on earth is is?!" - which is exactly the "clickable effect" you desire ;)