For those that use the Adsense Beautifier plugin for their WordPress blogs, they might find themselves a little disappointed, as Google has changed the rules when it comes to images next to their advertisements.
The two most important points are:
Can I place small images next to my Google ads?
We ask that publishers not line up images and ads in a way that suggests a relationship between the images and the ads. If your visitors believe that the images and the ads are directly associated, or that the advertiser is offering the exact item found in the neighboring image, they may click the ad expecting to find something that isn’t actually being offered. That’s not a good experience for users or advertisers.
Publishers should also be careful to avoid similar implementations that people could find misleading. For instance, if your site contains a directory of Flash games, you should not format the ads to mimic the game descriptions.
What if I place a space or a line between my images and my ads? Would that work?
No. If the ads and the images appear to be associated, inserting a small space or a line between the images and ads will not make the implementation compliant.
Interesting problem for advertisers and something that many are going to have to change. And to think I was thinking of trying to use images to increase click through rates on my sites…
Check out the full details at Inside Adsense.