Well it’s taken them a while to actually confirm it but Google have now gone on record as saying that publishers cannot place images next to their AdSense units. They’ve even gone as far as showing examples of what is against their ad placement policies.
It’s not too much of a surprise, to be honest, but it has taken them an awfully long time to come out and confirm it. I wonder just how many publisher accounts got canned before they made this announcement?
Thanks to Search Engine Land for bringing the story to my attention and for indirectly letting me know how I’m going to be spending the rest of my afternoon…hrumph.