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Responsive Adlinks

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4:19 am on Dec 7, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I'm guessing I'm the last person on Earth to learn that there's responsive code for Adlink units.
I got email from Adsense suggesting I implement it.

Having a responsive site, I had just been using a single Adlink size that wasn't too wide for mobile screens. On desktop I was just floating the unit to one side. All and all they looked kind of crapy so I was just using them in my footers.

Now with the responsive code, the units no matter what screen width are always full-width.
It seems they show three ads across on big screens, or three stacked ads on smaller ones.
They redesigned Adlinks a few months ago. Now they're always text inside an oval.
On mobile, and while not as refined looking, the Adlinks look a bit like Media.net's text units.

I guess I'm mentioning this because all and all they don't look all that bad, to the point I might consider using them higher up on my pages in-text.

Now that you can have more than three regular Adsense units on a page, possibly they still make the better choice. But if you're looking for a unit that's just different and possibly draws the eye for that reason, they could be a way of mixing things up.

A problem I am having is that when using multiple old-style Adlinks on a page, they tended to have more varied text links. The responsive ones tend to just show the exact same links as other units on the same page. Maybe that will change with time.
2:04 pm on Mar 31, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I'd give it a go. On one of my most popular landing pages, I've replaced all three ad blocks (leaderboards) with three responsive link ads and they've been outpacing the old arrangement considerably.

Link Ads and Media.net are the two things that have gotten me through winter this year(!).
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Has any of you tested the difference between responsive and fixed-size link ads of the same display size?

Example would be a responsive link ad on mobile that displays as a 200x90 compared to a fixed 200x90.
3:13 pm on Apr 1, 2017 (gmt 0)

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When I put up AdLinks, either horizontal or vertical, I always seem to get three "ads" or sometimes four, but that's all I ever see.

Should there be more? Am I missing something?

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4:22 pm on Apr 1, 2017 (gmt 0)

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@FarmBoy

I think it depends on the space you allot to the AdLinks (and ad inventory for the given keyword/keyphrase). On my wider-content pages, I have five ad links running across (just checked). Typically, on my more normal-width pages, I see three to four (I use responsive versions of the AdLinks code btw, so on mobile, the three ad links become stacked).
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Hmmm. Maybe I'll try playing with the space allocated. Thanks, I'll post if I notice anything different.

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When I allocated more space horizontally (using responsive) it worked, I went from three ads up to 5 ads.

No change when I allocated more space vertically.


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I added the Adlinks on my site yesterday, toward the bottom of posts. Way after the content, right above the comment box.

Reason I didn't put it in the post body is that the CTR would be dangerously high, and viewed as deceptive by the unknowing eye.
Most of my content include an embedded Youtube video. 80% of my traffic is mobile and from countries that prefer downloading videos, rather than streaming.

Most of the Adlinks are showing phrases like "download video" "download this episode" and such.
My site does not provide download links, so they'll mistake the ads for download links and click them, if they're too close to the embedded video.

This is a mildly annoying situation, since I don't want to risk my account getting suspended. My page RPM is as low as it gets, and I was hoping this would help.
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Interesting, this is a new one for me, too. Like everyone else, I had just nixed AdLinks years ago, and forgot about it. I'm looking at it again now :)

Only thing is, there's not a 300px option so I can't fit it in my "aside" column with other ads and not-pertinent content. Or, if I make it responsive, will it fill up the 300px column, anyway?
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Or, if I make it responsive, will it fill up the 300px column, anyway?


Based on my experience, if you mean a column that's 300px wide and whatever height, you made need to use more than one adlink to fill the space with 3 ads per adlink.

If you mean a 300px wide column, it should fill the space nicely.


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This is a mildly annoying situation, since I don't want to risk my account getting suspended. My page RPM is as low as it gets, and I was hoping this would help.



FWIW, the first page or click will display rapidly after you publish.

The second phase needs a little more time to become better targeted.


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Unfortunately, most of the ads I see on my site are download related (4+ year old site). It's always been that way.
I should probably experiment with blocking such ads.
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In March, I wrote: "Disappointingly, AMP does not support ad links."

AMP now does support ad links. Rather irritatingly, the AMP team closed the Github bug report, so I had absolutely no notification of this happening.

Anyway, I'm now running code like this: and you wonder why I like AMP so much. Four different break points for a responsive website, and I get a large MPU-type size on mobile, and varying sizes on other screens.

<amp-ad media="(min-width: 319px) AND (max-width:599px)" layout="fixed-height" height="280" type="adsense" data-ad-client="ca-pub-94xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" data-ad-slot="27xxxxxxxx" data-ad-format="link"></amp-ad>
<amp-ad media="(min-width: 600px) AND (max-width:823px)" layout="fixed-height" height="90" type="adsense" data-ad-client="ca-pub-94xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" data-ad-slot="27xxxxxxxx" data-ad-format="link"></amp-ad>
<amp-ad media="(min-width: 824px) AND (max-width:1088px)" layout="fixed-height" height="60" type="adsense" data-ad-client="ca-pub-94xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" data-ad-slot="27xxxxxxxx" data-ad-format="link"></amp-ad>
<amp-ad media="(min-width: 1089px)" layout="fixed-height" height="90" type="adsense" data-ad-client="ca-pub-94xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" data-ad-slot="27xxxxxxxx" data-ad-format="link"></amp-ad>
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