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Google Sites Users Will Soon No Longer Be Able To Modify AdSense Code

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Google Sites Users Will Soon No Longer Be Able To Modify AdSense Code
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This story has been updated. Please see update at the end.

Google announced on a support page that it is sunsetting AdSense for Google Sites. At the end of next month, support will be cut off. On a page called “Sunsetting Adsense,” Google says:

Some important changes are coming to AdSense on Google Sites. By August 30, 2013, it will no longer be possible to make updates to AdSense on any of your Google Sites.

No change is required on the part of AdSense users. Any ads that you currently have running will not be altered or removed, though you’ll be free to delete ads yourself. However, it will no longer be possible to edit or add new AdSense ads to your existing site or to new pages.

The reason Google is doing this is not entirely clear, but for those who are concerned about Google ranking Google Sites sites with Google ads on them, the move is probably well-received.

We’ve reached out to Google for comment, and will update if we hear back.

Update: Google got back to us to note that they’ve updated language in the help center. It no longer says “sunsetting AdSense,” but rather “Changes To AdSense”.

Our original headline was Google Kills AdSense (For Google Sites), but a spokesperson for the company tells us:

I think saying we’re “killing” AdSense on Google Sites is a bit of a mischaracterization. Sites users with AdSense can continue to run ads and will continue to earn revenue; however, they can no longer modify ad code.

The team has decided to focus development resources on other projects at this time.

The help center page now says:

Starting August 30th 2013, it will no longer be possible to modify AdSense ad code on Google Sites pages. However, any ads you’ve previously placed on Google Sites will continue to show, and you’ll be credited for all valid earnings.

No change is required on the part of AdSense users. Any ads that you currently have running will not be altered or removed, though you’ll be free to delete ads yourself. However, it will no longer be possible to edit or add new AdSense ads to your existing Google Sites site or to new pages.

Please be assured that this update will not affect the standing of your AdSense account or ability to show ads on any other websites you own. If you’d like to show ads on other websites, simply log in to your AdSense account at www.google.com/adsense to generate new ad code at any time.

Hat tip: Search Engine Roundtable

Google Sites Users Will Soon No Longer Be Able To Modify AdSense Code
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  • Tara Smith

    Does Google Blogger also come under ‘Google Sites’ kindly let me know.

  • SB

    Hmm. This is frustrating news. Took a gosh darn long time to put up a nice informational site over at Google Sites that is finally starting to get natural decent steadily increasing search traffic, organic links, and some ad revenue. I have another informational site that I’ve been slowly constructing for ages but hadn’t opened to the public or monetized yet (these are hundreds of pages of content sites). Rather quite glad now I didn’t invest more into that site.

    I had a bad experience after investing a considerable amount of time putting up content under the eHow WCP program. The closure of that program began very similarly. I’d say 50% chance that what they’re sun setting is Google Sites. O well. I guess if I want a site to be permanent I’ll need to actually pay for it.

  • Gordon Lincoln

    IMO, it’s not about AdSense, per se. Google is moving towards pay to play on several fronts and I suspect Google Sites is the target of one of those initiatives.

  • http://www.iwantfastmoney.info r.l.toney

    whether this is the beginning of the end of google sites or just actually sunsetting adsense on google sites; the money making game is changing rapidly and webprenuers better be ready

  • http://egmante.com Egmante

    Well its good, because many people misuses and modify the code wrong. in my views it was a good action by adsesne

  • http://egmante.com Aamir Ali

    We are some friends, we had a bad experience after investing a considerable amount of time putting up content under the eHow WCP program. The closure of that program began very similarly. I’d say 50% chance that what they’re sun setting is Google Sites. O well. I guess if I want a site to be permanent I’ll need to actually pay for it.

  • http://techexperto.com Saleem

    Sad Hmm. This is frustrating news. Took a gosh darn long time to put up a nice informational site over at Google Sites that is finally starting to get natural decent steadily increasing search traffic, organic links, and some ad revenue

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