Google Says Use Spammy Looking AdSense Unit

Mar 4, 2008 • 11:21 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdSense

In the first of many Google AdSense optimization tips, Google AdSense representative Ashley recommends in a Google Groups post to use the 300x250 medium rectangle unit. Not only that, when you use it, make sure to place it above the fold. Plus opt-in to both text and image ads. Why? Ashley says it is "one of our best performing ad units." Here is a live sample ad (RSS readers, click through to see the ad):

What do you think? Like them? Should I put them in every blog post, between what I write? I personally hate reading blogs with these AdSense units in my way. How about you?

Which Google AdSense ads do you find to be the most annoying? Not counting the location, of course, just by ad unit type. To preview the ad formats click here.

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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Arun Pal Singh

03/04/2008 07:09 pm

Yes! It is an ugly ad to face when reading an article but my experience says it works. I think banner is least intrusive ad to put in the text. But rectangle brings most of money.

Tyler Banfield

03/04/2008 07:37 pm

Gotta love the irony that the two "best performing" rectangle units are at the top of the most annoying list.

edwin joseph

03/05/2008 05:42 am

I have heard many people say that it works best!

Richard Butler

03/05/2008 05:43 am

I've been using that one and it provides me certain clicks on some of my websites!

Katinka Hesselink

03/05/2008 07:35 am

It's pretty simple people: it's most annoying because it's in the way - and it works best (short term anyhow), because people can't miss it. But it may easily cost you readers and links if your content isn't super unique.

Patrick O'Healy

03/05/2008 08:52 am


No Name

03/05/2008 10:10 am

You can put an ad twice with these measures. You have more clicks.

Jordan McClements

03/05/2008 11:04 am

300x250 and 336x280 work by far the best in my experience also, with very little difference between the returns between the two...

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