Google Adsense non contextual ads

Google Adsense no offers Ads that are based on your search history too. Formerly the ads were more focused on context. You could define areas for the bot to look for keywords in your webpage. For example on this site you would see more ads related to Computers Software etc. Not anymore though. Google has started showing ads in a different way now.

Instead of contextual ads, Google will now show ads based on your Google search history and Youtube history. Here is a screenshot of the ads shown to me on this site.

Ads shown to me on this site was based on the Youtube history

The page is about how to save protected images from Flickr, but the ads are all about electronics. That is because I had viewed a lot of videos on Youtube related to electronics and done some searches too.

Adsense refferal program being withdrwan by Google

After a major policy change for Adsense in January, Google is finally pulling off their Adsense referral program. In January Adsense had shocked many of its customers by withdrawing the Adsense referal program completely but had changed it after customer complaints.

But this time it is final. You will have to remove the Adsense referral code from your site before August first week. After that the referral will not be shown. Google has provided an alternative for this by pointing out Google Affiliate Network. Sign up for Google Affiliate network here.

Adsense section targetting for better contextual Ads

Google Adsense has been a money maker for many of the bloggers out there. but many a times we have seen really nonsense ads appearing on our blogs, may be of medicine on a blog about computers etc.. Well this can easily be prevented by using ad section targeting in Adsense. By section targeting what we do is tell the ad producing script to consider only the text lying between the

<!– google_ad_section_start –> <!– google_ad_section_end –>

tags for keywords. Then the ads will be related to the words in the the text lying between them. So what you need to do is put

<!– google_ad_section_start –>

Your Post (article) Body Here

<!– google_ad_section_end –>

and see the difference.

Blogger template tags to customize your layout and design

This post is mainly in reply to a comment from a fellow blogger Shankar Ganesh which read

And I have a question: how did you hack the code to display Adsense units under each post header only when a particular post link page is loaded?

The basic idea behind the Ad placement is the correct usage of
“<MainPage> </MainPage>” “<MainOrArchivePage> </MainOrArchivePage>” and “<Itempage> </Itempage>”
(no quotes required) tags provided by blogger. Any thing you put inside these tags will appear only on ‘MainPage,’ ‘Main and ArchivePage’ and ‘Post Page’ respectively. You can use this to specify any piece of code to appear only on the above pages. So basically my code appears like this

<!– Begin #main-content –>
<div id=”main-content”>
<!– Ad header only on Main or Archieve Page–>

<h2 class=”date-header”><$BlogDateHeaderDate$></h2>

<!– Begin .post –>
<div class=”post”><a name=”<$BlogItemNumber$>”></a>

<h3 class=”post-title”>
<BlogItemUrl><a href=”<$BlogItemUrl$>” title=”external link”></BlogItemUrl>

And this will tell you how I did this. I used the full code so that all can understand it easier.

Adsense change of policy for Referals

GoogleSome days before the Adsense team had announced a change in policy for AdSense publishers by which publishers from countries other than USA, Latin America and Japan won’t get paid for referring users to AdSense. Till then if you referred a user to AdSense and he mad $100 within 180 days you would also be paid the same amount.

So after the first policy change so many users complained to the AdSense team that they have decided to make a slight change.

The changes to referrals promoting AdSense will now depend on where your users are located, regardless of your location as a publisher. You’ll earn $100 for every user you refer to AdSense who is located in North America, Latin America or Japan when they generate $100 in AdSense revenue within 180 days and they remove all payment holds. You’ll no longer be paid for users you refer who are located elsewhere. These changes will go into effect the last week of January.

There are changes to other referrals too

Google Pack: Currently, you can earn up to $2 when a user downloads and runs Google Pack for the first time after being referred through your link or button. Starting the third week of February, each successful Pack referral will earn up to $1. This change will apply to all referrals for Google Pack and is independent of user location or publisher location.

Firefox: The payments for Firefox referrals from China are also being reduces during the third week of February. This specific referral payment change will only affect installations from users in China. Again, this is independent of your location as a publisher.

This will be a huge letdown to many of publishers. If you are an Adsense publisher and feels this is not fair complain to the Adsense team just like I did.

How to report Adsense misuse, violation of policies

Google Adsense click on Ads by Google to report misuse or violation of policyHave you ever been in a situation where you saw an Adsense violation of terms on a site and thought how you could report it. Heres how. Click on the Ads by Googleimage link provided along with the Adsense unit. A new Windows will be opened and you will be redirected to a Google Hosted page.

Here you will see some links, to Join Adsense, Join adwords etc. Now look at te bottom of the page, you can see a link named Send Google your thoughts on the site or the ads you just saw. Click on the link. You will be asked about the relevance of the Ad shown, the quality of site and then Submit you reply. Thats it. ou are done and Google will check the site if you have reported some misuse.

The page you are tken to by Google to report misuse - look at the link