Google changes policy for image placement in Adsense

If you visit a lot of sites that use adsense, and the chances are that you do, you have probably seen images being lined up next to them, in order to attract more attention. Until this moment, Google didn’t pronounce itself directly for, or against it, but now they are stepping up and explaining what should be obvious to people:

Does this mean I can’t place ads on pages with images?

You can definitely place Google ads on pages containing images — just make sure that the ads and images are not arranged in a way that could easily mislead or confuse your visitors. For example, if you run a stock photography site with a catalog of thumbnail images, don’t line the ads up with the thumbnails in a way that could be misleading. Consider using a full border around your ads or changing your ad colors, for example.

The following image is an example of how you shouldn’t place images next to adsense.

I for one intend to use images next to adsense on my homepage, however, I’m surprised that people used such techniques in a misleading way. I will certainly make my adds distinct from the rest of the content.

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