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I am seeing Black borders around some of my ads every now and again. First with the various fonts, now with this. So much for nicely integrated subtle ads - eck so ugly.
I'm using the same ad code on the page and after refreshing about 1 in 20 have this black border.
Anyone else seeing this on their ads?
Two thoughts -
I think it's most likely related to the type of ad. I am running mostly 120x240 text box and 120x600 text box. If anyone is seeing black borders, what type of ad is it?
Another thought is that they could be experimenting with some sites, rather thna the whole network. I think the ad type is more likely though.
Anyone seeing these already specify a border on the ads? Or are they just adding a border to borderless ads?
Aha! A clue... Good catch.
My ads are specifically without border, and none of them have the black border. It might not be an experiment after all. It could simply be a "glitch" where AdSense is displaying the wrong color under certain conditions.
Thank you for your email and the screenshot you supplied.
I have reviewed the page #*$!x.com and can see that there is
no longer a border around the ad, its is very strange indeed that this
appears randomly. Please ensure that the code that you have on the
page does not have borders included on it.
If you see this again please reply to this email with the exact URL on
which it appears.
If I email them same website again I am sure they are not to see it because its randomly appearing on all pages.
when they state this is strange in the response email, obviously the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing at the plex. or they won't admit that this was a naughty idea.
ken_b, they are not adding a second border. at least on my sites, they set the border color randomly to the font color. haven't seen it today, but in the last few days.
i could imagine, that they are testing the ctr effects of this network wide with a quick "hit and run" test. low frequency and short period so that many publishers don't notice but large enough sample to get valid results.
[edited by: moTi at 3:55 am (utc) on Aug. 15, 2008]
If this is a "feature" and not a glitch, I'll have to do 5 site redesigns. I may be moving on to another ad system...
It seems fair to me, perhaps slightly inconvenient, but the webmasters need to engage in ethical ad placement if they don't want google taking more control over how ads are displayed.
If they want us to stop blending, fine. I can adapt the look of my sites to better cope with this new restriction, or leave adsense. But this intermittent testing is just unfair to us publishers who are following the rules and trying to play within the system.