How to Increase Ad Viewability

Manuel Campos

Ad viewability answers the following question: How many served ads are actually seen by users?

The widely agreed definition ad viewability comes from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Media Rating Council, whereby an ad impression is considered viewable if:

  • For display ads, 50% of the ad’s pixels are visible for at least 1 second
  • For video ads, 50% of the ad is visible for at least 2 seconds

There are numerous factors that affect viewability and that should be considered while trying to boost the number of views that your ads get.

Here are some of the key factors that can help you boost your ad viewability:

Avoid Top Ad Placements

Most sites have top-of-the-page placements, but these ads tend to underperform in viewability, so consider avoiding them.

Most users scroll past the top placement in search for the content that they are looking for, a problem that is further exacerbated on web pages that take a long time to load

Placements that are created on-the-fold and just above-the-fold tend to be the most viewable

Work on Reducing Bounce Rate

Bounce rate measures the percentage of users who exit a website without engaging in any meaningful interaction.

High bounce rate can signify underlying problems with your website design, page speed, or content quality, and negatively affects almost all key business metrics.

If bounce rate hovers anywhere above 70%, it means that a majority of your users are existing the site before they ever have a chance to see an ad, often even before the ads load. It can therefore be a leading contributor to low viewability.

Page Load Speed

The amount of time it takes for a page to load is a key factor that determines whether or not viewers will see your ad or not.

People often do not have the patience to wait for a page to load and move away without reading the content or seeing the ad.

So, it is important that you ensure that your pages have low page-load times, to avoid losing viewers because of a page-load delay.

If you are having speed issues, you can go wrong with this combination:

#4CloudFlare APO or CloudFlare Full Page caching

Lazy Loading

When used properly, lazy-loading can increase the overall ad viewability percentage dramatically.

Lazy-loading will prioritize the content in the user’s viewport, rather than loading all the ads available on the page

Lazy-loading makes pages lighter and faster and helps reduce the number of non-viewable ads.

Google stated this about the importance of Lazy Loading:

“If used properly, lazy loading can increase the overall viewability percentage. In cases where a user doesn’t scroll down, for example, the below-the-fold ad slots don’t load, and fewer ad requests are made. However, if the ad size is too large or loads too late, for example, when the user scrolls down faster than the ad loads, the user won’t be able to view the ad.”

Viewability best practices

I don’t recommend using lazy loading on all units though since it can cut sellable impressions significantly.

You can lazy load Ad Units individually using Ad Inserter Pro

Sticky Sidebar Ad Units

The sticky sidebar ad is one of the best performing units across in Adsense because they are the most visible ones.

Readers can’t scroll past them. It sticks with them, as they scroll down your content. 

Remember to remove these units for mobile visitors, since the sidebar is moved below the article content.

You can create sticky sidebar units with the help of the free version of AdInserter or make the sidebar sticky with little CSS

To make the most out of you Sticky Sidebar Ad Units

  1. Get rid of any non-essential stuff in your sidebar.
  2. Write longer pieces of content
  3. Makes sure your Most Valuable Content is at the end of your post. 

Anchor Ads

An Anchor Ad is a type of overlay ad which stays at the bottom of a webpage regardless of scrolling.

Anchor ads when implemented correctly can increase ad viewability and become one of your site top earners.

You can create sticky sidebar units with the help of the free version of AdInserter or make the sidebar sticky with little CSS

Adsense also has provided an option to enable Anchor Ads on the mobile and desktop version of your site, however they tend to push down and push up the content leaving a blank space at the bottom or top of your site

Monitor your Ad Viewability

 If your ad revenue has been affected by poor viewability, making these changes won’t reverse that impact overnight.

Compare the 30 days before against 30 days after.

The more significant impact came after the period when advertisers recognized that site viewability rate had increased.

More About Monetization

These are some posts about monetization of WordPress sites

  1. How to Insert Ads With Blocksy Pro
  2. How to Place Ezoic Ads with Ad Inserter
  3. How to Increase your Ezoic EPMV
  4. How to Place Anchor Ads using GeneratePress
  5. How to Increase your Ezoic EPMV
Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

I am José Manuel. I am writing about things I know and things that I am learning about WordPress. I hope you find the content of this blog useful.






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