I’m enjoying a thread over at DigitalPoint that is discussing ‘Sites where I didn’t notice the Adsense‘.
Some of the sites people are referring to are very clever indeed – in fact some might even be ‘too clever’ in that they perhaps run the risk of being too invisible and of violating Adsense TOS. Some of the more ‘blended’ examples mentioned include:
- http://www.capitaltutorials.com/viewcat.php?id=1 – look just above the footer
- http://www.freecpanels.com/ – formatting ads that actually look a lot like links to articles/content
- http://www.seounleashed.com/ – playing on the ‘goooogle’ link at the bottom of ads
- http://celica.eduardomaio.net/ – using images to blend – could be on the dangerous side?
Now you’ll want to keep in mind that some of these examples could be walking a very fine line between what is allowable and not allowable in Google’s TOS. I’d be wanting to check with Adsense first – especially around their conditions that talk about drawing attention to your ads in sneaky ways. There is a lot of debate in Adsense forums over the use of images around ads as a technique to draw the eye. My policy is ‘when in doubt ask Adsense’.
I’d be interested to see your examples of clever Adsense placement on blogs or other websites.