Header Bidding: Yield Management vs. Ad Latency

What is Header Bidding?

Header bidding – also known as pre-bidding, yield should i do header bidding
management and tagless integration – which is a bit of a misnomer as tags are required! – is an automatic way of offering your site’s inventory to several ad exchanges simultaneously. The idea is to bump up the ad yield by allowing multiple ad providers to compete for the same inventory at the same time. This increases competition and pushes up prices paid for the ad space. It allows a publisher to accept a bid from an ad exchange that beats any directly sold impression.

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How Ad Sizes Affect AdSense Earnings

AdSense Ad Sizes & AdSense Ad Units Affect Google AdSense Earnings

If you have been working with ads on your website for some time, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the ad sizes you choose to display on your site can have a dramatic impact on AdSense earnings (we did a study on it here). There is absolutely no doubt that AdSense ad sizes — and types of AdSense ad units — affect revenue.

Depending on the layout of your site, the performance of different AdSense ad sizes can vary greatly. Generally speaking, AdSense has a few Google display ad sizes they recommend that are most effective. They are as follows:

Recommended Google Ad Sizes (most popular)

  • 336 x 280 large rectangle
  • 300 x 250 medium rectangle
  • 728 x 90 leaderboard
  • 300 x 600 half page
  • …and on mobile the 320 x 100 large mobile banner (not pictured here). 

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Testing Ad Location Is Powerfully Beneficial

The Benefits of Testing Ad Location

1. BETTER AD COMBINATIONS ON ALL PAGES = More Money

This is probably the one everyone is most interested in, right? Showing ads in the right place, at the right time, can double your monthly ad income.  But why is this?

Testing ad locations or – putting it more correctly – ad combinations (which combination of ads to show a user in certain scenarios- which could be different on each page of a site) is fundamental in determining a site’s ability to generate strong ad earnings.

Everyone knows that it is important to show ads that are prominent enough to make maximum ad revenue but many don’t understand how important it is to avoid spamming away users. Additionally, it is very important to understand how users actually use your site and interact with the ads available.

Every user on a site interacts with it differently and different locations may influence each user in a different way. When you start to think of it this way, testing ad location becomes kind of intimidating. How is it possible to truly optimize in light of all these factors?

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Active View

Determining the viewability of your ads

On websites, advertisers have relied upon metrics like click through rates, and number of impressions in order to price their ads. Knowing how many people are likely to click on an ad on a specific website page, or how many people view a page helps assign value to ad locations.

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Types of Advertising & Digital Ad Types

Types of Advertising & Ad Types (… and why you should test them)

We are often bombarded with questions from publishers.  The most common questions are ‘what is the ‘ideal’ ad setup for my site?’ And ‘where should I put ad placeholders?’ Or, ‘Is there an ‘ideal’ ratio of display ads to native ads?’ ‘Should I consider mobile interstitials?’  ‘What about in-line ads – are they too intrusive for my site?’

That’s a lot of questions. But, these are common among most publishers. To come to your own conclusions it’s best to first educate yourself around all the different types of ads and advertising that exist. This will give you greater context for what you should be doing. Answering questions like “how many types of display ads are there”, can go a long way to helping you feel more comfortable with your site.
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How To Start Testing Ads

Start testing ads and find the best combinations 

If you’re using an adserver, you have your ‘waterfall’ of passback tags set up and everything is humming along nicely.  You’re happy with your ad networks and you are confident that your current set-up is a good one.  So why start testing ads — things like ad positions or ad location can’t possibly matter that much, right?  Wrong… at least according to data and science. Continue reading “How To Start Testing Ads”

Ad Networks Who Bid in Google Ad Exchange (AdX)

Networks who bid in Google Ad Exchange (AdX)

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Did you know that thousands of ad networks bid for ad inventory in Google’s Ad Exchange every day?

We get asked this a lot.  Who gets to bid in Google Ad Exchange?  Is it all just advertisers? Do ad networks get their ad inventory in Ad Exchanges?  How about other ad exchanges like Open X? Do ad networks buy ads there too?  In short, people want to know who’s buying their ads…

Below we have a list of who bids in the Google Ad Exchange (the Google ad network site list) and what other ad exchanges exist out there.

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Adsense Policy

Avoid an Adsense Policy violation the easy way

Have you ever gotten a Google Adsense Policy violation? When you are first implementing ads on a site, everything sounds so easy! However, you quickly realize that it can very complicated to keep your site compliant with Adsense policy. Everything is not necessarily black and white. Continue reading “Adsense Policy”