How Ad Sizes Affect AdSense Earnings

AdSense Ad Sizes & AdSense Ad Units Affect Google AdSense Earnings

If you have been working with websites 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, 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

  • 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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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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