Why Are my Adsense Ads Showing in The Wrong Positions?

Why Are my Adsense Ads Showing in The Wrong Positions?
Why Are my Adsense Ads Showing in The Wrong Positions?

This is something that a lot of people are getting confused with and it sadly isn't that hard to get confused about it! You set all the positions for your ads and suddenly they start showing in random places and often NOT in the positions you have told them to appear in! So what is going on here? Let's find out...


It's Not You, It's Me!


There has been a large influx of people complaining about this very issue recently and there is a very good and simple reason for this. What has changed is that Auto-ads can now be turned on without the need for the Auto-ads code to be inserted. Just as long as the original header code is inserted Adsense can now start showing auto-ads making it easier for people who don't want to do their own A/B testing. So it's not you making a mistake nor is it Adsense, it is just Auto-Ads doing what it does best.

Understanding Auto Ads

Understanding Auto Ads

Understanding Auto Ads


The main complaint is that people make their own ad space and insert the code thinking that is where the ads will show. If you don't have auto-ads turned on these locations are indeed where those ads will show up. But...not when you turn on Auto-ads!

When you turn on Auto-ads you are allowing Adsense to find the best locations for your ads by doing its own testing. But that doesn't mean it is restricted to the locations you currently have ad-unit code in. In fact, it can show ads anywhere that it wants! Auto ads really is "automatic" and while that might sound logical a lot of people are getting confused as to why this is happening.

The truth is, for most people Auto-ads is fine and apart from the odd ad showing in a unusual position it works OK and does a good job at bring you the most revenue. But those of us who do our own A/B testing know there are better ways to do it and make sure the ads only show up where they are supposed to. But that takes a lot of time and effort that a lot of people don't have. So a long post short if this does happen to you simply turn auto-ads off! Or maybe leave them on and learn from them.

If you need to know anything more regarding this or any other Adsense related information just let me know in the comments below.



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