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AdSense changes behavior of responsive ad units - check your ad code!

AdSense has changed the way responsive ad units work to improve performance on desktop. They have also enabled more ad size combinations. These changes may require you to modify the ad code or the HTML of your site.
Responsive ad units automatically adapt the size of the ads to fit your page layout. It can adapt to different browser window sizes, from a large desktop window, to a tiny browser window on a mobile phone. And it can adjust the ad size when a phone's orientation is changed from portrait to landscape.

Now a responsive ad unit can resize the HTML container that it is within. That means you may need to modify either the ad code or your site to make sure AdSense can calculate the ad size correctly.
The ad code should not be in a container with a fixed or limited heightThe ad code should to be a container with a width set (or the ad code must be modified).Third party scripts executed before the responsive ad code may require you to specify the ad sizeRead on for more details…

Weekly Update - September 14, 2019: Blogger, Google Search, Photos

This week there are a heap of updates for bloggers, webmasters, YouTubers, business owners and much more.
If you use Blogger in Draft, you should see a “Try the New Blogger” button on the left menu. If you opt in, you can try out a new mobile-friendly design for the Blogger Comments and Stats pages. You can switch back to Classic Blogger at any time, so there’s no reason not to give it a whirl. I’ve written up an overview of the changes. Will there be more? The message you see after opting in says “Blogger is gradually introducing some fresh pages that work well on mobile. Keep an eye in the coming months as these are rolled out.” Google Photos now shows story-like “Memories” at the top of your gallery, with machine-learning curated photos and videos from previous years. Ane in near future you will see the photos and videos you’ve shared with friends or family - and that they have shared with you - as an ongoing private conversation (yes, another way to message on Google) making it ea…

Google Search will use nofollow, sponsored, and ugc link attributes as "hints"

Google has announced two new link attributes, "sponsored" and "ugc". Those, in addition to "nofollow",  will provide hints about what links Google will consider or exclude from search.

In 2005, Google introduced the rel="nofollow" link attribute as a way for bloggers to "prevent comment spam". Adding that attribute meant that "those links won't get any credit" when Google ranked websites in the Google Search results.

Google has also long recommended that sponsored or advertising links be given the "nofollow" attribute so they not be considered part of a "Link Scheme". And "nofollow" is used by bloggers and webmasters to link to sites they don't necessarily want to endorse.

There are now two new link attributes webmasters can use:

rel="sponsored" can be used to identify advertising or compensated links.

rel="ugc" can be used to identify links in User Generated Content, s…

Try out the new more mobile-friendly Blogger!

Blogger is finally getting a mobile-friendly interface! Starting today, you can try out the updated version of your blog's Comments and Stats pages by switching to Blogger Draft and opting in to new Blogger. The new design is cleaner, more modern, and responsive, so it works in any size browser window.
"Blogger is gradually introducing some fresh pages that work well on mobile. Keep an eye in the coming months as these are rolled out. To start, check out Stats, Comments, and Theme." Note: only the updated Stats and Comments pages are available today. Classic Comments Page Interface
New Comments Page Interface
To opt in, first switch your account to Blogger in Draft in your Blogger's Settings > User Settings.  You should see a big Try the new Blogger button at the bottom of the left menu. Click that to get started. (If you don't see the button, make sure you are on You can see the new interface by clicking Stats or Comments on the left menu…

Weekly Update - September 7, 2019: Android 10, YouTube, AdSense

This week Android Q graduated to Android 10, YouTube announced new privacy practices for content aimed at kids and a new fashion hub, AdSense will require re-review of inactive sites, you can find more movies and TV shows in search and much more.
Android 10 was released for Pixel phones. It didn’t get sweet Q nickname, and the official statue isn’t quite as much fun as previous versions, but has some nice features, like device Dark Theme, new gesture navigation, better control over notifications, Focus Mode to silence distracting apps, and improved privacy controls.AdSense is now requires sites that are “inactive” for at least five months to be re-reviewed to display ads again. If any of your sites have been inactive for at least four months, you should see a notice on the Sites page of your AdSense account. You can reactivate a website by placing ads on it. If you do that before the five month deadline, your site will not have to be reviewed again.Fashion! Turn to the left. Fashion! …

AdSense removing "inactive" sites from the Sites list

Any website in your AdSense Sites list that does not show ads for 5 months will have to go through the review process again to display ads.

AdSense now shows a warning message if you have any sites in your Sites list that has not shown ads for at least four months.  That gives you one month to get ads showing again.

If your site does not show ads for over five months, it will need to be reviewed to show ads again.
Check if any of your sites are inactive in AdSense 1. Sign in to AdSense (

2. If any of your sites have not shown ads for at least four months, you should see a notification under the bell and a banner at the top of your account.

3. Click Go to Sites on the warning banner, or click Sites on the left menu.

4. The Sites page will have a box with a list of Inactive Sites URLs

Note: if you set up AdSense for your Blogger blog, then later added a Custom Domain, the old URL may be inactive. That should not be a problem as long as your Custom Dom…

YouTube will treat all "children's content" as if kids are watching

YouTube is making changes to treat all "children's content" as if a child is watching. That will affect the way they collect data, serve ads, and what engagement features are available.

If you create YouTube videos that could be considered "children's content" upcoming changes may affect your channel. And if you are a parent, you'll be glad to learn that YouTube is finally acknowledging that younger kids aren't always using YouTube Kids to watch videos.
Starting in about four months, we will treat data from anyone watching children’s content on YouTube as coming from a child, regardless of the age of the user. That means the changes will go into effect around the beginning of January 2020.

Here is what's changing on videos "made for kids":
YouTube will limit data collection to "only to what is needed to support the operation of the service"YouTube will stop serving personalized ads. Non-personalized ads may still be served if…