There’s lots of discussion at Digital Point forums today on A New Type Of Ads By Goooogle that AdSense seem to be besting on their ads. Previously they’ve had ‘Ads by Gooooooogle’ in text above or below each ad unit – but now they seem to be experimenting with images with the ‘Google’ symbol like this (click to enlarge):
Some are also seeing the ‘G’ Google symbol on sometypes of ad units.
I have to say that I’m not really a fan – particularly of having a white background on a colored ad unit. It seems to go against everything that Google teaches of blending your ads.
While some have done tests on the ‘Ads by Gooooogle’ and believe it increases click throughs on ads I’m not convinced by it. Of course if AdSense are willing to make the links ‘referral links’ (like some other ad networks are starting to do) then I wouldn’t mind as much them making the links to their own ad program stand out more – but even then I’d like the option to be able to switch them off as in my mind they take something away from the blended look that I try to achieve with my ads.
What do you think of them?