Focus on your content & we'll make you money

Earn money on your developer-focused site without compromising your visitors' privacy

Become a publisher

Simple Integration

Once approved as a publisher, you put a small JavaScript snippet on your site and then start making money right away.

Cookie Free

We don't use cookies to track users, but we match ads based on the content of your site. This gives your users ultimate privacy and relevant ads, the best of both worlds.

Publisher Focused

We started as a publisher, and still run ethical ads on all Read the Docs sites. We believe in supporting open source, because we're open source devs ourselves.

Over 1 billion ads served since 2016

Developers trust our ads because our code is open source, and we're developers ourselves.

Read more about our vision for advertising without invasive tracking or take a look at our publisher prospectus for how details on how it works and how to get started.

One ad per page

We only show one ad per page, because developers don't want ads all over their sites. Advertising is a trade-off that we choose, to make our projects more sustainable. We don't compromise on privacy though.

(This is a real ad from our network)

How do I get started?

Simply fill out our publisher signup form with some information, and we'll get back to you right away.

How much will I make?

These numbers will vary based on your audience and topics that you write about. Generally we are able to offer around $1-1.50 per 1,000 pageviews (CPM), assuming a majority of US and European traffic.

Any policies on showing ads?

When you show an ad on your site:

  • EthicalAds should be the only ad on your site
  • The ad should appear when the user first visits, above the fold, on both desktop and mobile. You can disable the ad on mobile if this isn't possible.
  • You are welcome to display a different ad as a fallback if EthicalAds doesn't have a paid ad to show on your property.

You can read more in our full Publisher Policy.

How can I be paid?

We currently support payment via PayPal, OpenCollective, and Wire transfer. Our minimum payment to publishers is currently $50. We're still getting our payment systems automated, so this number will probably get lower in the future.

You can read more in our full Publisher Policy.

Some of our publishers

Learn about how we help developers monetize their project and keep their development efforts sustainable.

RoutineHub is a community for sharing Siri shortcuts on iOS. EthicalAds helped them expand to meet demand during the last big iOS upgrade.

Learn more »

Read the Docs is the largest open source documentation hosting site. We use ethicalads to make our site sustainable.

Learn more »

Flask is one of the most popular Python web development frameworks. They use our image ad in their sidebar to get funding for their community to maintain their software.

See our publisher prospectus for more information on becoming a publisher.

Become a publisher today

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