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I found a nice practice on websites to deal with users who take advantage of AdBlock's software - here is an article on it (have a look at the image of the cat).

I think this should be obvious now...

Problem to solve:

I have an ad container on my site and I will place in this container a short note about "whitelist my site", with the following options:

  1. Use normal, formatted/plain text.

  2. Use an image in the background.

If user has AdBlock, the ad won't appear and my hidden text will appear for them.

According to this AdSense support document:

Encouraging clicks

Publishers may not ask others to click their ads or use deceptive implementation methods to obtain clicks. This includes, but is not limited to, offering compensation to users for viewing ads or performing searches, promising to raise money for third parties for such behaviour or placing images next to individual ads.

In theory what I'm planning is some kind of encouragement for clicking ads.

Question:

Will I be violating Google AdSense's terms if I implement a text only and/or image only "whitelist us" message? Might I have problems with this type of violation?

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Encouraging them to disable AdBlock doesn't mean you're encouraging them to click the ads. There's a big difference.

I wouldn't worry about that and give it a try, though I doubt you'll have any success with that method.

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A drowning man clutches at straws - thats the only thing which I can try. However empty container for ad with this kind of text seems pretty ugly and will at least in some part encourage users to whitelist my site. –  Revlus Nov 25 '13 at 14:39
    
Can you also answer what about background image in the ad container? I saw somewhere that I cannot place images near ads or something similar but I lost link with source. Does it matter in this situation? –  Revlus Nov 25 '13 at 14:43
    
You are not allowed to add images that could encourage users to click the ads. But if you are just adding an image that appears when the user is using adblock, you'll have no problems. –  Alex Dumitru Nov 25 '13 at 15:54
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