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12:31 pm on Nov 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Today for the first time I've spotted "featured ads" in a site's skyscraper adsense block. These ads are denoted with a small yellow star.

What's up with this? Anybody else seeing this and if so, how is CTR doing?

2:34 pm on Nov 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Oh no, now the Adsense team is drawing undue attention to some of the ads (disguised as "featured ads"). This will probably lead to the inevitable - a lifetime ban from accessing any Google service (even from Internet Cafe's or when in disguise).
8:30 am on Nov 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I don't get it; isn't google breaking their own "thou shalt not attract undue attraction to an ad" policy? Curious.

Has anybody noticed significant jumps in CTR thanks to this?

12:33 pm on Nov 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google confirmed with me that these ads are real and they are testing it. I guess a mod knows where to link to if they want to show this confirmation and pictures.

It is hypocritical, I agree - but should publishers complain if their CTR jumps due to Google placing images near our ads?

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I for one won't
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3:06 pm on Nov 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Well if they combine this with the ads that have photos CTR should really jump.

Coming soon... "Feature Photo Ads" ?

 

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