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It looks like this would really make your ads stand out BUT... isn't this against the AdSense TOS?
I would definitely like to try these out, but want to hear an official word before I do anything.
[edited by: Rx_Recruiters at 3:37 pm (utc) on May 4, 2007]
Sooo.. correct me if I am wrong, but putting it in a table won't do anything at all the the ad, regardless of the table's background, since in adsense we cannot choose an *invisible* background.
It can be a picture of daffy duck caught in a compromising position, it still will not show in the adsense ad, it's own background will cover it up...
Remember those 'cute' backgrounds they had towards the end of 2005 (pumpkins for Halloweeen, candy sticks at Christmas)? They must've bombed as I don't recall seeing them much past early 2006.
It's just a frame or border around the ad, not an actual background, showing the ad block within a notebook, in a calendar etc. and actually they look pretty good.
They appear to be TOS compliant, but they are pushing the envelope as far as 'undue attention' goes. I won't be using them myself...
I would fear the "undue attention" to ads though. They really look good, too good maybe.
Sorry OP I misunderstood the concept. Yes they are not altering the code at all, but what about having images *near* the code? This has been talked about lately, it not only is NEAR the code it is *right on top of the image*... sheesh you cannot get any closer then that!
I would like to hear from an adsense person in here on this one myself.
Ah, this is a familiar topic. Honestly, our policy specialists and I aren't able to offer you a blanket "yes" or "no" on placing images behind ads because we've seen so many variations of it. In many cases it depends on the specific site and context in which the ad and image are placed.
In general, we don't encourage the use of programs like this because there's a good chance that placing images behind your ads will bring unnatural attention to the ads. So to be on the safe side, I suggest you avoid this type of implementation.
(Obviously any implementation that requires AdSense code alteration would be strictly against our TOS, but it's my understanding that that isn't the case with most of these programs.)
Thanks for your understanding,
Seeing his 'evidence' of the income graphic, I see the income over may 2006 as DROPPING from a high of 446 to 300, with no evidence of income trending up.
Not a good indicator of 'success'.
[edited by: netchicken1 at 1:07 am (utc) on May 9, 2007]
Yeah, I think, if you did it thoughtfully, you could make the ads look better without breaking the rules. But, is it worth the risk of violating? nah, I think I will pass.
Now if google upgaded the adsense account so you can configure one with google approved backgrounds *right* in your account, that would be cool. Might happen if they figure out it increases revenue...
I only felt "safe" using one image that put a SUBTLE frame around the google ads.
Perhaps I will try out the others with some affiliate links to see how they do.
By itself it didn't effect my CTR much, but it allowed me to run the large rectangle ads in a prime location on the page without it being the normal butt-ugly, which I wouldn't have done otherwise, so it did increase my CTR.
I've been using it ever since. I don't think I'd try the background images, though.
Similarly, if your page has boxes that look like they're on notebook paper and your Adsense has a similar look (by means of a customized image) then I'd expect that to be okay too.
I don't do anything fancy on my sites right now, but I do give the area my Adsense lives in the same treatment as, for example, nav blocks or the login/logout block.
One is that you should blend the adverts in with the page and make them seem part of the text.
The second here seems to be to make your adverts stand out as much as possible.
If the first one is the standard technique, tried and proved over time, then trying to make your adverts stand out is working against the best practice?