Month: April 2020

Are sticky (floating) AdSense blocks allowed

There is confusion around this issue, for several reasons:

  • AdSense sticky blocks are allowed but not always and not for anybody
  • AdSense Ad Policies are extensive and scattered across documents
  • On the AdSense support forum, different opinions are expressed, including opposing opinions on this issue

Who is allowed to use AdSense floating blocks

Sticky location blocks are allowed on Ad Exchange.

Also, blocks in floating windows can be allowed personally by Google Ad Manager. Such a manager contact publishers with a lot of traffic and income.

Obviously, Anchor ads are allowed, which are inserted automatically on mobile devices.

Did AdSense allow fixed (floating) ad units?

One of the users noticed that the paragraph disappeared from the “Ad implementation policies” page, that pinned blocks were prohibited.

He asked about this in the AdSense support forum in this thread: https://support.google.com/adsense/thread/13851765?hl=en. You need to understand that although this forum is hosted on the domain support.google.com, the opinion of its experts is neither official nor unequivocally correct. That is, if your AdSense account has been banned due to the advice given on this forum, it’s as useless to point to this forum on appeal as to any other website on the Internet.

And even at this forum, the opinions of experts were divided into:

  • No you can not
  • Sort of like you can, but better not.

But the AdSense Program policies page says:

“To ensure a good experience for users and advertisers, publishers participating in the AdSense program may not:

  • ………………… ..
  • Place ads in a floating box script.
  • ………………… ..”

That is, the rules explicitly prohibit floating AdSense blocks. By the way, this is about the level of expertise in the forum, where the respondents did not even bother to check the AdSense Program Policies.

To summarize

AdSense ads are not allowed in floating windows by default! There are a few exceptions for automated ads on mobile devices, as well as for large publishers.

If you see fixed blocks on small sites, then most likely the publisher is violating the AdSense rules. Such violations can lead to a suspension of advertising on the site, or even a ban account.

How to find out the publication date of any article

The world is changing rapidly, the information published 5 years ago is rarely valuable at the present time, because everything has changed too much: the mentioned store no longer exists, and a huge shopping mall was built in its place; the procedure for obtaining a visa has changed; the proposed service has lost relevance along with the disappearance of a whole economy field.

Sometimes the information is not of interest if it was published more than 3 or even more than 1 year ago. If we are talking about current events (news), then today's morning publication deserves attention only until the appearance of today's evening publication on this issue.

Some sites provide the date of publication, but some do not. This article will show you how to find out the date a WordPress article was published, as well as the date of publication on other CMS.

Sometimes you need to find out the actual time of publication of an article if there is any doubt that the displayed date is correct – many sites practice ‘refreshing’ the date of publication of the article – after updating the material, and sometimes even without it.

1. Carefully look for the date of publication or change on the page itself

Look on the page, perhaps with Ctrl+f, for words like:

  • Last updated
  • Updated
  • Posted

Perhaps the date of publication is present, but it is not easy to find among the many elements of website design and advertising.

2. Date output on other sections of a site

Quite often, for the site owner, the date of publication of the article is not indicated, not for the reason that he wants to hide it, but simply because there was no place for it in the design template. In these cases, the publication date can be found on the main page, in the categories of the site and its other sections:

By the way, such screenshots of the entire page of the site, with support for rendering and JavaScript, you can do using this service.

3. View the source code

Many plugins in meta tags indicate information such as:

  • published_time
  • modified_time
  • updated_time

Example:

<meta property="article:published_time" content="2020-04-08T13:44:28+00:00" />
<meta property="article:modified_time" content="2020-04-08T13:44:32+00:00" />
<meta property="og:updated_time" content="2020-04-08T13:44:32+00:00" />

To simplify the search, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+f, because sometimes the source code is unreadable due to the fact that spaces have been removed from it (to speed up page loading).

4. Look at the folder where the images are uploaded

This method is primarily suitable for WordPress, but it cannot be ruled out that other CMS does this way (if you know, write in the comments).

The bottom line is that WordPress saves the images for this article into files of the form https://site.com/wp-content/uploads/YEAR/MONTH/PICTURE.png (for example, https://www.repairwin.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/image-9.png).

Please note that there is YEAR/MONTH in the path, which are quite truthful (truer than the tags above), saying that the article was created in July 2019.

Look for the string “/uploads/”, use Ctrl+f for help:

5. Search engines know the date of publication

Enter in Google a search query of the form:

inurl:PAGE_ADDRESS

Instead of PAGE_ADDRESS, specify the URL of the post whose publication date you are interested in, for example:

inurl:https://hackware.ru/?p=5996

Yandex also knows how to do this, but instead of inurl: you need to use url:. Unfortunately, Yandex shows the publication date only for very fresh pages:

url:https://suay.ru/?p=4313

6. Look at the first comment

This is an indirect and approximate method, but it can clearly show that the indicated date of publication of the page is not true.

The point is very simple: find the first comment by date – the publication date of the article cannot be later than it.

How to display the date of publication (update) of a page. Do I need to indicate the date of publication of the article

I am calm about the presence or absence of a publication date, since a fresh date does not guarantee that it is not a copy-paste of some junk. In addition, not all topics have an expiration date and/or updated analogues. But in general, it is more pleasant when the publication date and the date of modification are present – in case you need them for some reason, then you do not need to look for them.

In WordPress, the date of the last page modification can be added using the free “WP Last Modified Info plugin” – install and activate this plugin from the WordPress dashboard.

Go to the settings page of this plugin on the “Post Options” tab. There, turn on “Enable for Posts on Frontend”:

If you want the date of the last change to be displayed at the bottom of the article (and not at the beginning), then change the setting of “Last Modified Info Display Method” from “Before Content” to “After Content”.

Save your changes.

Conclusion

Do you know other ways or for other CMS (not WordPress)? Great, share them in the comments – it will be interesting to discuss!

Residential property prices in Pattaya (Thailand) fell to 50%

Pattaya is a tourist city in Thailand on the seashore. It gained special fame for its adult entertainment, but we love this city not only for this.

Pattaya real estate is popular both among those wishing to live in this city, and among investors: look at the Housing Index in Thailand:

If we talk about Pattaya (and not about Thailand as a whole), then the level of demand among foreigners affects the price. Until 2014 (when the economic crisis in the Russian Federation began), residential real estate was popular among Russians. The Russians were replaced by the Chinese and, until recently, they provided increased demand for apartments in Pattaya.

But coronavirus (COVID-2019) began its effect on China in late 2019 and early 2020 and by March 2020 had an extremely negative impact on the price of apartments in Pattaya. The Chinese refuse to buy apartments already reserved, and also do not conclude new housing contracts.

Result: the price of some objects fell to 50%. Luxury apartments for more than two million baht can now be bought for a million baht and sometimes even for 800 thousand baht.

It takes time to understand whether such a fall will affect only some new buildings or spread to the entire Pattaya housing market. The further change in the price of real estate will depend on the duration of the COVID-2019 pandemic and the speed of economic recovery in countries, primarily China.

And at the moment this is a good time to invest. Adjusted for the fact that at the time of writing, entry to Thailand is completely closed as measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (lockdown).

The risks of buying property in Thailand

The most important thing to remember when buying an apartment in Thailand, especially if you plan to live in it, is that ownership of residential real estate does not give any priorities in the visa issue, and Thailand is a fairly strict country in terms of issuing visas for long-term residence.

If you buy an apartment as an investment, then in your favor fact that Thai Baht is very stable against the dollar currency. Risk factors: the residential real estate market in the resort city, as in all similar cities, is overheated, although quite moderately – there is potential for growth. The second risk factor: dependence on the tourism industry, which is affected by visa/immigration policies (hardened in recent years) and the welfare of the countries from which tourists come.

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