How to Properly Report Problematic Ads Using Google Chrome

Ad Optimization
Last updated: March 16, 2021 | by Kean Graham

This post was most recently updated on March 16th, 2021

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If you see a problematic ad while browsing the site over Google Chrome, just follow these steps in reporting the faulty ad:

1) Take a screenshot of the ad

  • You can use the ‘Print Screen’ function on your keyboard or the Snipping Tool for Windows, then open your favorite image editor, for example ‘Paint’.
  • Save the image in your local folder.
  • You can also directly paste and upload the image on or so it gives you a live link of the screenshot image

Example of a screenshot image of a faulty ad:

Google ad

2) Next, copy the code of the ad

  • Using your mouse/cursor, right click on the ad and select ‘Inspect Element’

inspect ad

  • To locate the ad code, hover on the ad and Google Chrome’s Inspect Element tool will show a highlighted section where the code is found, see example:


  • Sometimes, you need to click on the little triangle arrows before each HTML line to expand and reveal the full ad code.

3) Note down the device and browser used

  • In this case, the browser is: Google Chrome
  • The device used is: Desktop

4) Specify the page the ad was spotted on

  • List as many pages where the ad appeared, for example:

5) Note down the ‘Destination URL’ the ad would be directed to

  • Again, you can right-click on the ad, then choose: ‘Copy Link Address’

For example:
copy link address

  • Paste the (link address) you got and check the website address related to the ad, for example:

ad URL

  • In this case, the ad came from Google Adsense or Google AdExchange
  • And the destination URL is:

After gathering all the needed details mentioned, you are now ready to report a problematic ad.

6) Just email your notes to us at: or if you’re reporting a problematic ad for a site you do not own, email the details to the website’s contact email.

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