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I didn’t check my website from different browsers and that’s what happened

by Roman on June 6, 2008

I am a big fan of Firefox and use it almost exclusively for all my web surfing.

Firefox was also the only browser that I used when redesigning the theme that this blog comes with.

Here is what I thought looked like to our visitors:

And indeed it looked like this for 75% of all my readers – because they use Firefox.

Here is what looked for the 24% of visitors who used Internet Explorer or Safari:

Notice the magically appeared Google Adsense ad on the right! It was not inserted there by me and until yesterday I had no idea that it was there at all!

Whose ad was it?

The ad was included by the author of my blogs theme. When redesigning the theme I tried to comment out the code for the ad but I did a sloppy job! The ad did not show up in Firefox but it displayed just fine in Internet Explorer.
This was totally against my policy of keeping the site clean and ad free. I have recently added some experimental ads but none of them were above the fold (the part of the website that is visible without scrolling down).

This ad had probably the best CTR on Unfortunately I have no way of knowing how it did, since it made money to someone else and I don’t have a way to getting my hands on its statistics!

If you want to be sure what your website looks like and you don’t like making money for someone else you should check your website with different browsers.

You never know when something strange (and somewhat stupid) like this happens!

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Komodo Dragon June 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Thats very sneaky of the blog designer to include his adsense code like that. It’s actually a bad idea, because others could be malicious when using their Google code, and perhaps ban his account.

Nick June 17, 2008 at 8:20 pm

I agree that it is not necessarily a good idea, I wonder how profitable that can be for the designer though depending on how popular the theme becomes.

MoneyEnergy June 8, 2008 at 3:10 am

Glad to see you got that fixed.

I was looking for your contact info (email) for something but can’t find it…maybe you can send it to be on stumbleupon (not here)… or just send me an email.

Roman June 8, 2008 at 8:15 am

For some reason I haven’t had the time to set up a contact page yet… Hopefully I’ll do it soon!

Nick June 17, 2008 at 8:19 pm

You should really get on that, about and contact pages are quite important to most sites and good things to have! WordPress makes it really easy to set that stuff up so there’s really no excuse…shame shame

Roman June 18, 2008 at 11:20 am

I agree Nick!
I’ve made a promise to myself that for the end of June I have the blog back at updating 3x a day and all the necessary contact information!

Nick June 25, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Sounds good, if you need any help with anything, let me know. I’d be glad to help in any way that I can…3 times a day is a huge commitment, I hardly ever make the twice per day that I try and achieve. It makes me wonder how I was ever able to pull of 4 times daily when I first started my blog.

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