Floating Ad Placements in our Ad Client

David Fischer
Floating Ad Placements in our Ad Client

A couple of months ago, we began testing a new feature in our ad client that enabled users to quickly and easily add a floating ad placement to their site without having to write custom code. Today, we're announcing this feature is available to any publisher.

Floating placements perform

This new placement has been running about 10% of Read the Docs' ad traffic and all of the traffic on Read the Docs' own documentation. So far, the data has been very promising with ads leading to clickthroughs 31% more than our normal placement. Having ads that work without resorting to either personalized tracking or being intrusive is our core mission. Better performing ads result in happier advertisers and more money in independent publishers' pockets.

Usage

This feature is available to any publisher who wants to use it by setting the data-ea-style="stickybox" attribute on their ad placement. For very wide screens, this will cause the advertisement to be in a dismissable box in the lower right corner (this can be styled with CSS). For screens below ultra wide, the ad will be a standard inline ad placement.

A number of publishers had requested this feature or had built it themselves for their own site and we wanted to have a base implementation available for all our publishers. See our full documentation on the feature for details.

If there are features you're interested to see in our ad client, please let us know.

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