No Images Next to AdSense Ads?

Receive an email from newsiness with subject “No Image Next to AdSense Ads” with a link to Google AdSense blog post “Ad and image placement: a policy clarification“.

So, can we put images near AdSense ads?

Google asks publishers do not line up images and ads in a way that suggests a relationship between the two.

I have placed a space/line/border between images and ads, is it ok?

No. If the ads and images appear to be associated, either with or without space/line/border is the same — against AdSense policies.

Example of unacceptable AdSense implementation

Example of unacceptable AdSense implementation

The above implementation(with images next to ads) does not comply with Google AdSense policies, because the ads and images are related — “fruits”. It is not ok even with a clear border between images and ads.

Is AdSense Beautifier compliant to AdSense policies?

The AdSense policy clarification says that the images used cannot related to the ads(even with border).AdSense Beautifier plugin uses meaningless images which are not related to the ads.

In my opinion, AdSense Beautifier is OK in this case but not recommended. It is a “gray area”.

AdSense Beautifier is a WordPress plugin that adds images next to AdSense ads automatically.

My two cents

In short, do not use images to increase your AdSense CTR.

I am sure the AdSense policy clarification has affected many AdSense publishers. Frankly, the implementation can double(even triple) the ads CTR. However, it is bad for advertisers. Google is doing right to protect both publishers and advertisers.

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  • Yea this is what I’ve been doing all along, no image next to Google ads to increase CTR.

  • …i wonder when will google make up their mind…what can and what cannot..

    from the statement it should be ok i guess to use adsense beautifier if it doesn’t relate to the ads shown…

    but still like you said, to be on the safe side….better not to use image.


  • It think it’s fair enough both for publisher and advertiser.

  • abigail clancy

    How about the image above the ads?

  • Sammy Taters

    I think at some point this needs to stop. Advertisers should have no control over our websites. Don’t let them screw us over.

  • LcF

    @abigail clancy: the policy applies to image above the ads, too.

  • Thankfully I was using Adsense Beautifier with my posts, so all I had to do was disable the plugin. It’s unfortunate that it resulted in this, but it will probably only help the adsense community.

  • Did anyone notice Adsense ads were not showing on sites around 3am (Thursday morning)? Checked a number of sites, same story. Even Google site seemed to be down.
    Anyone can explain what was happening?

    BTW, have to agree with Sammy Taters that Google is controlling our websites. And the Internet, too. They seem to dictate everything. What if everyone on the Net stop using Adsense? They’re not the only source of income.

  • Friedbeef

    I can confirm Google is NOT ok with adsense beautifier. I implemented it and asked them to review my site and they wrote back the following.

    “it appears that your current implementation is not compliant with our policies. As a reminder, publishers may not attempt to associate specific images with the individual ads appearing on their sites. Such an implementation may confuse users who assume that the image is directly related to the advertiser’s offerings.

    We kindly ask that you remove these images above your leaderboard unit. Once you’ve made the appropriate change, please reply to this email so that we may re-review your site and ensure that it’s in compliance. If you choose not to make the changes to your site, your account will remain active but you will no longer be able to display ads on the site. Please note, however, that we may disable your account if further violations are found in the future.”

  • sham

    I’ve remove image beside the ads at all my site..It’s ok to me because i’m still get clicks even without image…

  • I have also removed all the images beside the ads on my blog :)

  • I have also removed all the images beside the ads on my blog too

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