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Readability and appearance are essential elements of a positive mobile user experience. With that in mind, we’ve made some changes to the design of our text ads on the Google Display Network.

The title and description in the new text ads will now be easier for your mobile users to read. Your site visitors will be able to quickly understand what the ad is about because the ad description will be more prominent. In addition, the ad format will give them a more interactive experience, letting them swipe across or click on the dot to see the advertiser website URL.

Be on the look out for our new text ads and tell us what you think of this redesign over on our AdSense +page.

Posted by Amit Mhatre - AdSense Software Engineer & Pasha Nahass - AdSense Product Manager
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If you’re looking to earn money from your video or gaming site but don’t know where to start, our new interactive guides can help you. With these new step-by-step guides, you’ll understand which monetization options are available to you and how to use them. Depending on your content type, the following resources will help you get started:

Video
  • To see how you can earn money from your video content, start with the Video hosting interactive guide.
  • If you’re ready to choose between different ad serving solutions and video players, visit the Video ad source interactive guide. This guide will help you determine which player to use and, if necessary, how to integrate Google’s ad serving solution (IMA SDK) into your video player. You can even generate a sample page to test things out.
Games
If you'd like to serve ads on your gaming content, check the Game ad source interactive guide and find the best video ad solution based on factors like the platform your games run on and if you use a video ad management solution.

Ad formats for Video and Games
For both video and games, learn which ad formats are available across video and gaming products for AdSense and DoubleClick Ad Exchange with the Video and Games formats interactive guide. The guide shows you how to implement each ad format, provides requirements for each, and even supplies sample tags to get you started.

Start exploring your options to earn money from your video or gaming site today with our new interactive guides. We'd love to hear your feedback - tell us what you think in the comment section of this post.

Posted by Greg Sanders, AdSense Optimization Specialist
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Many of you currently use the Ad review center to view and control the ads displayed on your website. You've recently told us you'd like to see more options to search for specific ads. Today we're launching two new filters which will give you even more control.

Find ads that look similar
When you identify an ad that you want to block, you can choose to find related ads, e.g., ads that have the same landing page or advertiser. We've enhanced this feature, so that now when you run a "related ads" search, you'll also see ads that look similar too. This filter can help save you time looking for similar ads to allow or block.

Filter ads by language
If your website is international in scope, ads on your website can show in different languages. Now you can filter ads running on your site by language in the Ad review center. For example, you could choose to see all Spanish-language ads that have shown in the last 30 days.
You’ll find more information in the Help Center on how to search for ads in the Ad review center. We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions in the comment section below.

Posted by Robin Schlinkert - Product Manager
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Welcome to the third part of ‘Paired for success’, a blog series dedicated to the stories of publishers and Certified Partners who have joined forces to get the most out of Google AdSense.    

With 1.5 million terms, kotobank allows users to look up words in over 100 dictionaries at the same time. With such range of content categories, this online service started using AdSense in 2012 to target its users with the advertising they want to see.
Mr Kazuyuki Uchiyama, kotobank Business Development Manager
But kotobank soon felt they couldn’t stay up-to-date with all the changes in the advertising world and sought advice from adingo, a Google AdSense Certified Partner based in Tokyo. adingo quickly analyzed the potential of kotobank’s site, implemented some changes and monitored the effect on performance. This partnership soon led to positive results, with kotobank’s revenue growing by 200%. Now kotobank can focus on updating their site with the latest terminology, trusting that adingo will take care of their AdSense account.

Read the full story here.

Are you looking for a managed solution too? Find out what Google AdSense Certified Partners can do for your business or check out our partners worldwide.

Posted by Alicia Escriba, Inside AdSense team
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Welcome to the second part of ‘Paired for success’, a blog series dedicated to the stories of publishers and Certified Partners who have joined forces to get the most out of Google AdSense.    

When Dimitriy was getting ready for his move to Germany, he collected a range of learning materials about its language, culture and traditions. That’s why in 2010 he decided to share his knowledge with others and to set up De-online.ru, a portal with a wealth of useful information about all things German. Since the early days, Google AdSense has been part of De-online.ru growth.
De-online.ru is managed by a small team. It was this lack of in-house resources that led Dimitriy to approach YoulaMedia, an advertising agency and Google AdSense Certified Partner based in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

YoulaMedia quickly tackled Dimitriy’s challenge: increase De-Online.ru advertising earnings without impairing their users’ experience. This partnership exceeded Dimitriy’s expectations, and he can now invest more time in creating interesting, high-quality content.  

Read the full story here.

Are you looking for a managed solution too? Find out what Google AdSense Certified Partners can do for your business or check out our partners worldwide.

Posted by Alicia Escriba, Inside AdSense team
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A few months ago we introduced the Google AdSense Certified Partner Program to connect publishers with recognized consultants who can help them make the most of their AdSense accounts. Since then, hundreds of publishers had their AdSense accounts set up, optimized and managed by these accredited businesses, freeing up their time to focus on creating great content. Over the next weeks, we’ll share with you some of these stories of shared success.

NetDoktor.de is a leading German health portal offering medical information explained in layman’s terms about diseases, symptoms, research and medications. They started using Google AdSense five years ago, but soon realised that they lacked the in-house expertise to make the best use of it.
It was then that they decided to approach Click Performance Group, a Google AdSense Certified Partner specializing in AdSense consulting. The partnership soon led to positive results, boosting NetDoktor.de’s revenue by 150% through account optimization and ongoing experiments.

NetDoktor.de can now focus on editorial tasks and their service offering, knowing that the management of their AdSense account is in good hands with a Google AdSense Certified Partner.

Read the full story here.

Are you looking for a managed solution too? Find out what Google AdSense Certified Partners can do for your business or check out our partners worldwide.

Posted by Alicia Escriba, Inside AdSense team
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If you have a news, sports, lifestyle, entertainment or other article-based site, target a growing mobile audience with Google Play Newsstand. Google Play Newsstand gives users the opportunity to discover more of the content they love in one place, and enables you to reach users through your own customizable Newsstand edition.
Use Google Play Newsstand Producer to create your edition and deliver your content to more mobile users. This tool allows you to customize the look and feel of your content, add branding, and set up ads and subscription streams for your Newsstand edition. Once your edition is live, share it with your users so they can subscribe and enjoy your content online or offline. Your users can share your content with others and bookmark articles they find relevant and interesting.

It’s easy to get started, first sign up for Google Play Newsstand Producer and then create your edition.

We’d love to hear from you, tell us in the comments section below this post about your favorite content distribution strategies.

Posted by Jay Castro - Audience Development Specialist
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As smartphone and tablet usage continues to grow, many publishers consider exploring the growing app space. According to Gartner, more than 130 billion apps will be downloaded onto phones and tablets by the end of 2014 and most of them will be free to users*. At the same time, revenue from apps is expected to grow by over 200% in the next 4 years**. We’re moving away from a paid apps model to an era of free apps with incremental payments.
In a world where users have lots of choice, understanding user behaviour within your app becomes key to success. Whether you’re a budding app developer or you’re just beginning to understand the different revenue models used by app developers, our live Hangout on Air can help. Register today for ‘Analytics - It’s a Game Changer’ taking place tomorrow September 17 2014, 10.00 a.m. PDT and learn:

  • Why you should be measuring your users’ behavior; 
  • Where to find the data that matters;
  • How to measure the differences between highly-engaged and less engaged users; 
  • When to use these insights to impact monetization positively.
Register for Hangout
If you can't join us live, please register anyway and we'll send you the recorded YouTube version by email.

Posted by Ciaran O’Herlihy, Industry Manager - Gaming, Google

*Source: Gartner, September 2013
**Source: Gartner, January 2014

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Did you know you can hire a third-party vendor to help you build a multi-screen site? Our certified vendor partners are helping AdSense publishers like you create and optimize mobile sites, giving users a better experience regardless of the device they’re using.

If you don’t have the time or expertise to build a mobile site, working with one of our certified vendors can be an easy way to ensure that your users have a great mobile experience. These vendors offer a broad range of services for building a mobile site, ranging from simple to highly customizable solutions.


Regardless of the complexity of your site and the resources available to you in-house, there's a vendor to suit your needs. You’ll find more information about certified vendors in the Multi-screen guidelines section of our Help Center.

Posted by Wibe van de Vijver - Inside AdSense Team
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We recently opened a new category called Going Multi-Screen in the AdSense Help Forum* where you can post questions and share your experiences about multi-screen optimization. In today’s post, we will summarize the top five FAQs received to date. We hope you find these helpful.
  1. Optimizing websites for multiple screens requires resources and commitment. Is it worth my time and investment?
    Yes, going multi-screen is worth your time and investment, although it’s not always something you can accomplish in a day. Our research shows benefits to both monetization and user experience. On average, publishers with mobile-optimized sites can have 8% higher RPM and their site traffic grows twice as fast as non-optimized publishers.** Having a mobile-optimized site can also help you to improve time spent on site and bounce rate.

    Furthermore, since global advertiser spending on mobile ads is expected to increase by 52% in 2015, you could benefit even more from this trend.***

    As Evan Britton, the founder of FamousBirthdays.com, said: “The important thing to realize is that growth in the mobile market is all about offering a better experience… the potential in the mobile space to grow ad revenue is huge.” (find more publisher stories)
  2. I’m planning to create a responsive website. How are responsive ad units performing? 

    We’ve found that responsive ad units generally perform better than normal ad units as they work in line with responsive layouts. This helps to improve the experience for your mobile users. We recommend using the smart sizing mode if you’re just starting out, but there‘s also an advanced mode if you're looking to customize ad sizes on a more granular level. You can find code samples for the advanced mode in the Help Center.
  3. What are the best practices for mobile site ad placement?

    The best ad placement will depend on your own site content and structure, but you can see our recommended placements for mobile sites below. We recommend that publishers use the large mobile banner (320x100) and medium rectangle (300 x250) sizes, which are high performing and fit nicely on your mobile screen.
  4. What's the maximum number of ads allowed on mobile pages?

    You can place up to three content ad units per page on your mobile sites. This is the same number of ad units allowed on desktop sites. For smaller screens, carefully consider the balance of content and ads so that users can find the information they’re looking for. Please avoid showing only ads on your first screen.
  5. How can I improve the user experience on my mobile site?
    To check your mobile user experience, try the PageSpeed Insights tool and read the suggestions in the user experience section. For more detailed and technical approaches, we recommend you go through the Web Fundamentals resource on the Google Developers site. You’ll learn more about how to deliver your content as quickly as possible, optimize images and videos, and improve the mobile experience for users. If you’d like to see some examples of good mobile site design, check out the white paper, Principles of Mobile Site Design.
Still have questions? Visit the forum and start a conversation with other publishers to learn multi-screen best practices.

* Currently only available in the English, Spanish and Japanese Forums
** Source -  Google internal data, please note that results may vary
*** Source - Global Ad Spending Growth to Double This Year, July 19, 2014 (digital advertising spending includes paid media spending on ads of any format delivered to any internet-connected device, mobile Internet ad spending includes display and search.)

Posted by Maiko Fujita - Multi-Screen Specialist
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