Via Digitalpoint I found out about several new types of images which are beeing inserted in the “Ads by Google” mentions on all Adsense ads, be it a normal or a premium publisher that’s displaying them.
Here are some screenshots (copyright rights of the images below, belong to each individual poster in the Digitalpoint thread above):
PS: No, the images are not “Photoshoped”.
If you read the webmaster’s opinions in that thread you will see not only that they don’t like the new feature, but they actually hate it.
To be honest I hate it too. Why ? Simple because it makes the ad REALLY! seem like an ad. If up until now we could blend the ads here and there, this way all chance is lost. Just have a look at the first screenshot above: the one with the grey background.
I mean are we forced to use only a white background now ? That G image is not even transparent !!!
Not only that, but that small image really ruins any design, no matter how good or bad it is. Moreover, every single website that is now using Adsense, will show a Google brand watermark in it. Users are maybe 500% more likely to notice the mention “GOOGLE” because of that image. I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing, after all I love Google, but it’s unneccessary. The text was enough.
I’m just curious ? Why was this move made ? To put more attention to Google’s brand ? Why ? It’s already one of the top brands worldwide. At least on the online, I think Google is the most known brand, worldwide.
This is not necessary guys!
In this Ads by Google page, Google is telling us :
We want to know what you think of these ads. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
So if any of you guys have feedback about this new change (or test, because I really don’t know if this is a limited time test or a final feature), email them a few words, be it good or bad.