Google AdSense Scrolling Ads Now Missing

May 21, 2012 - 8:33 am 5 by
Filed Under Google AdSense

Google AdSense logoFour years after Google introduced the arrows to scroll Google AdSense ads across most ad format, Google has just removed them.

I am not sure exactly when it happened but it was sometime over the weekend.

I am also not sure if this is a bug or a change to how Google AdSense ads behave.

Here is the before and after shots.

Between August 2008 & May 2012 Google AdSense Ads Had Arrows To Scroll Ads:

Google AdSense Ads

After May 21, 2012, Arrows Go Missing:

AdSense Scrolling Arrows Missing

In fact, Google started testing scrolling AdSense ads back in December 2007 and has stuck with it since mid-2008. So to drop it four years later seems interesting.

AdSense publishers are not sure what to make of the arrows not being there. I do wonder how many users actually clicked on the arrows, I bet it is something like 0.000001% of users.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

 

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