If you are using the new Adsense Beta interface you may have seen the new, bigger, red’er, and scarier warning about your Adsense ads appearing on websites you have not authorized. For those of you that have not seen the warning, the full wording goes something like this:
Your ads have recently appeared on websites you haven’t authorized. To avoid lost revenue, make sure to authorize any sites where you display ads by visiting your account settings.
Because of the way the warning appears in red across the top of your Adsense overview page it can be quite disconcerting – but for most Adsense publishers it’s nothing to be concerned about.
When you click on the link in the warning banner to view your Adsense Account Settings, scroll down to Access and Authorization, and click the Unauthorized Sites details link you will see all sites found with your Adsense code or Pub ID. Most likely you will see sites/domains such as webcache.google.com, images.search.yahoo.com, facebook.com, translate.googleusercontent.com, and multiple country-specific domains such as google.es or google.hu. You may also see other search engines and proxy-websites. Most of these, particularly the Google domains are from people viewing cached versions of your website. Others, such as proxies from viewing your site via a web-proxy.
You will have to determine which sites you think are safe to add, if any, to allow your ads to be shown. If you don’t allow/add any, you risk losing out on impressions and earnings. If you add too many, you risk bad things happening to your Adsense account (see below). I decided that it was safe to add the Google cache and translate pages, and all of the major search engines and Facebook. After you allow/authorize a site, it may still appear in your warning list for up to a week, and unfortunately, if you leave even one site unauthorized you will continue to see the big-red warning – there is no way to disable or ignore it.
If you have not enabled the option to only display your Adsense ads on sites that you authorize, you may want to consider doing so. This feature was created in part to prevent nefarious web-publishers from using a competitor’s Adsense Pub-ID or Adsense code on a website that violates the Adsense Terms Of Service – resulting in the competitor being banned from Adsense. It’s a great feature, but as you can see it does require a small bit of care and feeding. To enable this feature, in the new Adsense interface, select Account Settings, scroll down to “access and authorization” and click EDIT. Then click the “Only allow certain sites to show ads for my account” box and be sure to enter your website domains in the box below.
If you know how to deactivate or remove the “Your ads have recently appeared on websites you haven’t authorized” warning banner, please post a comment and tell us how!
Adsense: Your ads have recently appeared on websites you haven't authorized by Randy "Wilson" Brown