How to Remove Public Service Ads (PSA) in Google Adsense

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Google adsense has become a very popular tool for making money from your site by showing advertisements. But sometimes you see PSA – better known as Public Service Ads on your pages. These ads are displayed because adsense has not been able to find suitable ads for your page. Without commiting these 15 Adsense mistakes, here are some ways to remove PSA.

Why Public Service Ads are bad?

  • Most important fact is that there are no payments for clicks on PSA’s. So even if you have a good CTR (click thorugh ratio), it is of no use.
  • It spoils the look of your site. Lets say you decided to place a big 160×600 vertical banner on your site and no ad showed, the PSA ads will have big monocolour fonts since one big ad wil be shown instead of 5 ads there, which looks bad to the surfer.

How to remove Public Service Ads?

  • Develop sufficient good content with keywords on your webpage related to the topic of interest. Google is a great fan of good content websites.
  • Ensure that META tags like ‘title’ & ‘description’ and the headings tags like h1, h2 etc. have content which matches the rest of your site. They are main ways google judges your pages content.
  • Add specific keywords in your text which will help the google bot to determine and understand the content of your website. Repeat related keywords which will better help to understand site content. Do not fill your page with simlar keywords, it might work against your favour.
  • Try to keep the entire website focussed on a particular theme, so that even if the content on a particular page is lesser, the ads wil show.
  • Do not place multiple ad units if there are not suffcient ads to display on all of them. Also Google TOS do not allow placing more than 3 ad units on a page.
  • Use section targeting – you can target an ad unit to a specific section of your blog, as well as block out irrelevant sections like navigational links. Useful to get more targeted ads.

Is your site Still showing Public Service Ads?

  • Google may take time to crawl your site. Although most of the times the ads show immediately, at times it takes upto 48-72 hours for google to assess the content of newly created webpage. This usually occurs if your site has not been indexed before by Google. The time is reduced on newer pages of a site already running adsense. Google claims the ads will get better and more focussed to your pages with time.
  • Your page may contain objectionable content. This may be against Google Adsense policies. If you feel your page has no such content, then look for any objectionable keywords or phrases which may be present accidentaly. Removing such content can cause PSA’s to dissapear.
  • Your site maybe using a robots.txt file, which will may not be properly set up and prevent the AdSense crawler from crawling your web pages. Add the following two lines to the top of your robots.txt file:User-agent: Mediapartners-Google* Disallow:
  • Frames may occasionaly cause difficult in indexing your page. Always remember to tick the Framed page checkbox from the Ad layout code page when generating your ad code. Similarly IFRAME’s also prevent effective indexing and cause PSA’s
  • There may not be any ads configured to show in your region. Lets say that these ads may be working in United States, but maybe showing PSA is Zambia. This is because Google Adwords payers can select regions where to display their ads, where they believe their target surfers are. After all why should an eye surgeon in US want to promote his service in Zambia? Try using the Google Adsense Preview Tool (works on IE only) which helps to determine probable ads in different regions.
  • Recheck your Adsense code was inserted properly on your webpage. Do no attempt to modify the code in any way, as it is against their terms of service. Adsense gives enough options to cutomisethe ad colours and sizes to suit your site. USe only the official code available from their site.
  • Remove session ID’s from urls – they changes every time a different user views a page, and the URL will not be in the indexed everytime.
  • Reduce your filter blocked urls. This feature is in place to allow you to block competitors ads from showing on your pages. If you block too many such urls, there may not be any advertisers left to display ads.
  • Use the Google Adsense Sandbox tool Simply enter the URL or keywords in the box below, and you will see up to 20 sample AdSense ads for the URL or keywords.

Official ways to hide Public Service Ads (PSA)

  • Suggest as altenate colour to display instead of your PSA. This will show an empty space with the background colour you suggest.
  • Suggest an alternate ad to display instead of your PSA. Your ad will show in that space instead of the PSA if their is insufficient content.
  • Place a collapsible ad. This ad will collapse and not show any PSA at all.


26 comments on “How to Remove Public Service Ads (PSA) in Google Adsense

  1. Bill says:

    Thanks a lot – great info. I was missing the meta tags. I tried that sandbox tool (great find!), and for one of my sites it loaded up on results. But the site I’m having problems with (minnesotasky.com), it came up with nothing. I put together some scripts to do constantly updated time lapse animations, and thought I’d put up a page to share some of the results, and throw in a little current weather info to boot. (And why not an ad at the bottom :P ). Unfortunately, because it’s mostly images, I think it has a hard time. I was hoping to overcome that with your suggestion of descriptive meta tags, but if the sandbox tool still didn’t come up with any hits, I may just be SOL. I’ll give it a few days to see if it fixes itself. If not, I’ll just run ad free. Thanks for putting this guide together – exactly what I was looking for.

  2. sham says:

    What was happened when ads that show not related with the content? I’ve made alo of change but still it show not relevant ads on my site..

  3. VENKATAKRISHNA NALAMOTHU says:

    Good article. What are the sources to get an alternate ad URL?

  4. suren says:

    hi, i am getting all my site PSA, is ealier it was working fine, now i change the site design, after that i am getting…..

  5. maajid says:

    can help me to get rid of PSA. my site creates dynamic pages everytime.

  6. cooliojones says:

    I don’t see too many PSA ads, thankfully. But you’re right, it does force you to have a more content rich site and not add a bunch of fluff, because readers and Google WILL know!

  7. Sushi Dating says:

    I don’t know why. I just saw a public service ad one time only on my site while I was trying to bring it up. After that, never show up again so far. Maybe I am just lucky.

  8. Jason says:

    I only saw PSA’s on my site for the first 24-48 hours. After that it has had good ads that were very close to the content I was posting about. Thank you for the tips.

  9. fiat2live says:

    how i can choose an alternative ads
    is there r any tool to find highest paid sponsors
    thanks for article

  10. Gadget Talk says:

    Cool advice… Any chance you can have a look at my site. I have tried targeting but still getting none reletive ads…

  11. World Wallpapers says:

    Dose Adsence tolerate other associated advertising in the same page/site ?

  12. MOHAN says:

    Please tell me how do i remove my public service ads on my site.

  13. Karishma says:

    hi,
    i have 5 blogs and the other blogs are fine with the ads being
    allright except for this one blog http://kidspics4u.blogspot.com where
    the ads
    that are being shown are the public service ads.how come?
    what is worng?can anyone here help me out??

    thahks in advance!

  14. prasanna says:

    Hi..

    I have the same problem..
    Im managing 7 Blogs. I placed my add on those blogs.
    but all of them shows public service ads…
    this is not efected by the blog but the adsense account….

    pls hep me..
    thanks in advance

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  16. jose says:

    I just wonder why all my Adsense shows PSA today. I put them on 5 sites and all are showing PSA ads. Is it a kind signal something wrong with my account, or something wrong with Adsense system

  17. Catherine says:

    “…Google TOS do not allow placing more than 3 ad units on a page…” is this still valid?

  18. Potter.Web.ID says:

    how about Adjacking triks, is that ok?

  19. kiss my kimchi says:

    Hi I have always had these ads. I don’t know what to do. I think my content is appropriate for my audience but still psas.

  20. makale says:

    I have never met these ads before.

  21. Bollywood Events says:

    nice thx.. its comes in my site some time but i wil do that tric which u say

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  23. rajeev says:

    freind i have register to adsense from my blog…and i am getting psa from last 3 days can anyone suggest what i need to do to get actual ads..plzz help me freinds..

  24. Pallav says:

    Thanx for help..!!
    Finally i have removed PSA Ads..!!

    • Maria says:

      How did you specifically remove PSA Ads Pallav? Hope you can answer this question. Thanks.

  25. Asomtube says:

    Thanks. I will try to remove the PSA ads

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