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Check Your Adsense Link Unit Colors

The Reuse Color Scheme Option is NLA on Link Units

     
12:41 pm on Dec 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have just discovered that the 'Reuse Color Scheme" option that used to be available when setting up Ad Links has mysteriously disappeared.

Now, the ads screen shown by G when somebody clicks on any ad link on your site takes your background color from the ad link block and shows ads with the default blue link color.

That is all fine and dandy if you are using the right background color on your site, However, if like me you are using perhaps a dark blue background with white text, the resulting ad screen served by G is virtually impossible to read (blue text on dark blue background doesn't show very well).

I only found this out by chance when trying to figure why I was getting a lot of click thru's on our various ad links and yet folks were bouncing straight back to our sites.

Most of our ad links were set up some time ago when the option to reuse the color scheme was available but somewhere along the line, that option has been removed and the resulting ad screen has reverted to bulk standard blue links on whatever background color the ad link block uses.

Now I wonder how much I have lost through visitors not being able to read the ads when they click thru. It would have also been nice if Adsense could have told us when they made this change, whenever that was.
11:01 pm on Dec 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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same thing happened to me.

Using White Text, Black Background. Looked good on my black background used to go to a google looking page.

Check and now the who page is black with white text. Lost a lot of possible click.

Now i reversed it, but the link unit look bad on black back ground.

I'm trying to find a solution now.
11:33 pm on Dec 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I just checked my sites on another computer, and I'm getting the same problem. Two of my sites use a black background for the background of the link unit, and you can barely read the dark blue text. On my other site, which uses a white background, it looks fine.
12:23 am on Dec 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It has been like it for a while now. A real PITA and a drop in earnings since it happened. Another Google F up.
3:06 am on Dec 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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thatjen yep, it looks like a blank page. don't know how much i loss because it? Google Need to send messages about this changes that affect publishers earnings.
8:29 am on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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So there's no way to fix this, unless we change the background color of the link unit? I didn't try making a new link unit and starting over, but I assume that wouldn't work either.
 

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