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2:47 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Imagine having a leaderboard on the top of page:

o o o o

I made a simple trick: changed a style of second element (splitting this ad in 3 parts), in order it to be extraordinary significiant. Now scheme looks like

o O o o

This means "O" ad is red, and "o" ads are gray.
What are your opinions about this trick? :)

3:00 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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unless I've misunderstood it sounds like a surefire way to get booted out of Adsense...
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You obviously didn't read the AdSense TOS:
Code Modification

Any AdSense ad code or search box code must be pasted directly into Web pages without modification. AdSense participants are not allowed to alter any portion of the ad code or change the layout, behavior, targeting, or delivery of ads for any reason.

3:13 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What are your opinions about this trick?

You couldn't even pay me to try that. Not only are you calling attention to the ads, you're calling attention to a specific ad in a specific block.

We'll be seeing you in the "I don't know WHY google suspended my account because I didn't do anything wrong and now they're just cheating me out of my money" forum any day now....

3:22 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's a tip alright.

A tip on how to get banned for life.

3:37 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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lol... these are the guys that later come crying saying that they got banned for "no reason at all"
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Isn't he talking about three _separate_ ads? Two half-banners followed by a full banner -- to replace the leaderboard?

If so, I'm not so sure that this is a violation, although I wouldn't try it without preapproval from Google. ;)

But on re-reading the post, it sure sounds like he is modifying the leaderboard. :(

[edited by: Jolly_Roger at 3:44 pm (utc) on Aug. 14, 2005]

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Not to be mean, but everyone here is correct.
3:49 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If I understand foobarquux correctly that he/she has replaced the leaderboard into three different ad-blocks. Each ad-block contains one or two ads and has its own color, layout and design. If this is what has been done, the AdSense TOC has not been violated since the codes have not been changed. You’re on the right track unless you modified the codes.
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How about this, two 120x240 ads side by side?
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What are your opinions about this trick?

I use two single ads side by side (instead of a half-banner) to good effect using two colors.

Works very well.

TJ

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You’re on the right track unless you modified the codes.

How would you do this without modifying the codes?

This person makes mention of one leaderboard, which contains 4 ads. By adding style and breaking the ad up - not sure how this is done and don't wanna know - she has changed the color of a single ad:

(splitting this [leaderboard] ad in 3 parts)

Those o's aren't separate ad blocks. They represent a leaderboard that's been cut up.

o O o o

"O" is now red as opposed to the other 3 gray.

Fortunately I didn't have any problem understanding this post as it was written and again, this is SO much a violation of terms it's not even funny.

By all means let us know how it goes...

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Thanks for your opinions.
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I wonder, could you put 3 buttons side by side, with the middle one a different color...

Or 3 stacked on top of each other, again with one a dif. color

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could you put 3 buttons side by side, with the middle one a different color...

Yes. Complimentary colours work quite well for me doing that.

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How would you do this without modifying the codes?

Yes.

Hint: Msg # 11 & 15 above.

5:42 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm going to try it WITHOUT modifying the codes.

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6:00 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Why not use random colors?

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7:28 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Geee... I just made $7. yippie it works.
8:18 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What problem do people have with this suggestion? The guy is offering a tip. I like tips and I'm grateful for his contribution. Not that we'll see the poor guy round here again...

If I understand correctly he has two single ad units followed by a double ad unit, and he's varied the colours.

If changing colours between different ad units is against TOS please let me know. I do a good line in bright yellow ads at the bottom of my page.

I see sailorjwd has twigged.

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What problem do people have with this suggestion?

Quite simply because the original post is not evidently clear as to what he has done:

Imagine having a leaderboard on the top of page

It would have been better to have said "Create a leaderboard style ad using two single and one double ads".

If this is not what he had done, or something similar, then he is contravening the T&Cs/TOS by altering the Adsense code.

That is why it has made some people jumpy...altering Adsense code will get you booted.

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make that $10.

What does twigged mean?

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I apologise if I jumped the gun in this post but it looked as though the OP was talking about altering the Adsense code / ads in a way you aren't supposed to.

However, as others have posted here subsequently this has opened my mind to other possibilities - it had never occurred to me to perhaps put 2 adblocks in place of a leaderboard and vary the colours. Interesting stuff - and again I apologise if I jumped the gun...

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What does twigged mean?

It means "Realised what's going on". I guess that's a UKism. I keep doing that.
8:33 pm on Aug 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Twigged:-

You came, you saw, you "got it", you used it and you kicked @ss with it ;-)

You can also rotate colours between the two/three ads, so they switch places (this is fun):-

Ad1:-

google_color_url = ["000000","0099CC"];

Ad2:-

google_color_url = ["0099CC","000000"];

TJ

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For a reason i thought you can't use the same layout ad twice on one page, i mean a single page con not contain two leaderboards, am i wrong?
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Wow, great idea! Trying this now, (3) 120x240 together and have the first one's color stand out.
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What does twigged mean?

twigged v. (twiged) 1) To insert botanical appendages through one's nasal membrane in the hopes of becoming socially acceptable.

Better than cocaine I guess...

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For a reason i thought you can't use the same layout ad twice on one page, i mean a single page con not contain two leaderboards, am i wrong?

Wrong...this only applies to Adlinks. Many sites have 3 identical ads, one in the header, one in the body of their text and one in their footer area...

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I'm dinking around with a variation on this theme, totally within the TOS. I'm using a blended variety, nothing to slap one in the face. It does look good. :)

Too soon to see any results, just made the mod a few minutes ago.

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