How Images Next to Adsense Will Get You Banned

bad adsense with imagesI’m not sure how I didn’t catch this yesterday, but the the adsense blog peeps clarified their policy of related images next to adsense ads. The image to the left is an example of what is not allowed.

Why is this a big deal? Well, my most recent side project uses the Adsense Beautifier plugin for WordPress to make my ads a little prettier and stand out more.

So, for now, I’ve disabled the adsense beautifier plugin and will test out a few other options. For one, if it’s an ad grouping that has more than one ad in it, I’ll try putting a background image which spans all the ads (and doesn’t relate). If that doesn’t look good, I may just leave them off.

Can I place small images next to my Google ads?

We ask that publishers not line up images and ads in a way that suggests a relationship between the images and the ads. If your visitors believe that the images and the ads are directly associated, or that the advertiser is offering the exact item found in the neighboring image, they may click the ad expecting to find something that isn’t actually being offered. That’s not a good experience for users or advertisers.

Publishers should also be careful to avoid similar implementations that people could find misleading. For instance, if your site contains a directory of Flash games, you should not format the ads to mimic the game descriptions.

What if I place a space or a line between my images and my ads? Would that work?

No. If the ads and the images appear to be associated, inserting a small space or a line between the images and ads will not make the implementation compliant.

Does this mean I can’t place ads on pages with images?

You can definitely place Google ads on pages containing images — just make sure that the ads and images are not arranged in a way that could easily mislead or confuse your visitors. For example, if you run a stock photography site with a catalog of thumbnail images, don’t line the ads up with the thumbnails in a way that could be misleading. Consider using a full border around your ads or changing your ad colors, for example.

What are you going to do?

[tags]adsense, images, beautifier, wordpress, plugin, monetize, google[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

One Comment on "How Images Next to Adsense Will Get You Banned"

  1. nate says:

    Update: has been repurposed to be a bit more comedic and fun. Please, go and enjoy it.

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