I’ve marked the old and new clickable areas below – note these are just approximations to get the point across, it’s not pixel-perfect:
With this change, Google wants to decrease accidental clicks. This has the short-term potential of lowering your AdSense revenues, but I think it’s a good move. Not only because it’s more ethical, but also because in the long run advertisers will be more likely to pay for services that work, and accidental clicks are a kind of system bug. I’m curious how much my AdSense income will drop, I guess all those of us using AdSense will see in a day or two.
Graphic/ Flash ads in the meantime I suppose aren’t affected by this, but I asked Google just in case, and will update if I get a reply.
[Thanks Ionut and Daniel!]
Update: Indeed only text links are affected, Google says.
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