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Unclickable ads and IE



12:17 am on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

I was VERY slow to discover this, but the link ads on my site appear in Internet Explorer as unclickable, i.e. no links!

Costly! Is there a fix? I tried the emulate IE7 meta tag to no avail.

Thanks for any help.

[edited by: martinibuster at 12:32 am (utc) on Jul 26, 2013]
[edit reason] Removed URL. See AdSense Forum Charter. Thx. [/edit]


12:34 am on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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1. Sometimes the AdSense code doesn't play well with other scripts on the page. If there are other widgets, scripts, or whatever anywhere near your ad code try removing it and see if the ad behaves normally.

2. Make sure your other scripts are coded properly, things like



<script type="text/javascript">

3. Doctypes can also trip up Google code, causing ads or search boxes to display improperly on narrowly specific devices, browsers, or OS.

4. Make sure you have the latest version of all scripts on your page, whether it's AdSense, Analytics, Widget scripts, etcetera. Update all of them to the latest version.


3:03 am on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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With IE8 and IE9 the mouse icon will not change when you hover over the URL. It's still clickable. People might think it is not clickable because the icon remains the same.


3:46 am on Aug 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

Unfortunately, these don't seem to be the case.

1. The ads work on both Firefox and Google.
2. They once--in the past--worked on IE.
3. I put the ad code on its own page with no other code--it acted the same.
4. I tried to resolve any possible color scheme conflict.
5. Most of the other scripts on the page are Google's. the others have been there since my beginning in 2006.

Please check out Visual C# Developer Center [tutorials.csharp-online.net]. The ads in question should be obvious: one under the article title, two in the left column.

Even though, I do not like IE, almost half my users use it.

Thanks for any help--it's costing me...


4:01 am on Aug 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

You can view the ad here [tutorials.csharp-online.net] all by itself. Works fine in Chrome and Firefox, but not IE.

I'm stumped.


4:24 am on Aug 3, 2013 (gmt 0)


The problem was: *.doubleclick.net was in the
Internet Options/Securit/Restricted Sites list of IE.

The problem was affecting only me, and anyone else using free programs for cleanup and security, e.g. Advanced SystemCare.

Thanks for your suggestions earlier.

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