for the past few hours this one ad has shown, and whilst i have been with adsense for well over 5 years and have had literally no main issues, something like this could easily ruin any credibility for new visitors
@DaStarBuG -- It IS one of the ways Google combats click fraud
Here are the observed ways they combat clickfraud and combat inflated smart pricing for publishers: - IP of user and time on site - bounce rates - movement across sites advertised via analytics data - putting up fake ads once in a while to mess with click fraud producers (I've seen this atleast once every 3 months in the last years)
Placing ads which are irrelevant to all is a big thing right now as well as combating paid to click/surf programs and systems people use
for the sake of the unenlightened, such as myself? Pretty obscure techie graphics phrase, for me anyway...
Edit - "Surely this can't be the original image the op linked to " No, I think he photoshopped it first - he just wanted to obscure the adjacent information, so as not to give away too much. The only unobscured part of the photo is the actual ad that he is referring to, which looks like the 3rd ad down in a rectangular tower.