Publisher's Guide to Improving Developer Ads

Maximize your site's ad revenue by complementing your user experience.

Our EthicalAds client gets you started with how to host ads. To ensure your site generates as much revenue from your ads as possible, you need to make sure your ad placement, targeting, and user experience compliment your content.

Ad Placement

Without tracking users, the best way to make sure ads perform well is to have a good placement to have good targeting based on content. A good ad placement means the ad is clearly visible and separate from the content of the page. How long the ad is visible on the page is also a factor. If the UX of your site means that users quickly scroll past ads, the ads on your site won't perform well.

Ad Types

On the EthicalAds network, there are two main types of ads:

  1. Ads with images (image)
  2. Ads without images (text)

Which type of ad to place depends a lot on the available real estate of your page. A banner across the bottom of the page works well on static pages like jsbin.com otherwise we've found image ads in the sidebar which are static when scrolling to be really successful. The majority of our ads do have images so if in doubt, go with the image ad spot.

Light vs Dark Themes

If your website uses a dark theme, consider adding {html} class = "dark" as seen here. This improves performance by helping the text of the ad standout while the rest of the ad blends in.

If your website's theme is adaptive, consider adding {html} class = "adaptive" as it handles both Light and Dark themes automatically like as seen on webcode.tools.

A successful ad placement with an image using the adaptive theme on the EthicalAds network

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Content Tagging

You should let us know the content of your pages with page-specific keywords. For better ad resonance, we use content targeting to match your site with complementary ads. For example, we can target an ad for a DevOps related service to DevOps related content. Ads targeted specifically to your content can also result in higher payouts as we charge higher rates for highly targeted ads.

Bringing It All Together

Complementary placement, pleasing aesthetics, and accurate content tagging will boost your earnings with EthicalAds by helping us provide your users with high quality, relevant advertisements. And if you haven't already, become a publisher today!

Still have questions? Checkout our full Publisher Policy and Publisher FAQ.

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