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AdSense tell Publishers about Video Ads

Posted By Darren Rowse 24th of May 2006 Adsense 0 Comments

The official AdSense blog has just put up a post announcing the Introduction of video ads to publishers (they announced it to advertisers yesterday – why they don’t do simultaneous announcements I’m unsure).

They clarify a few points (most of which we’d guessed to be true):

“Video ads will compete in the same auction as text and image ads for placement on your site, and as we’ve mentioned before, increased competition in the ad auction means increased revenue potential for you. Video ads open your site up to a whole new type of advertising that is engaging and highly relevant for your users.”

They go on to write that there are no ways to make these ads appear but that you can increase your chances by opting into image ads and using one of the rectangle formats (300×250, 336×280, or 250×250) which are the only ones that video will show on.

I am disappointed that there is no apparent way to opt out of video ads without also opting out of image ads. While in many ways they are similar in appearance (remember the videos don’t play until your reader clicks them) I think the video ads will be more distracting and disruptive to a site than a static image ad and as a result they won’t suit all sites.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. Agree with you… you should have the option to have either text / image & or video.

  2. To See Video Ads should we opt for only Image ads or Image / Text Ads ?

  3. I bet video ads convert really good. I agree, they should have made it possible to specifically add video ads.

  4. Darren, the NYTimes story says that Google will provide an option to opt out of the video ads as well.

  5. I’m glad to hear this has moved out of beta, I’m interested in the video ads a lot. I’ve even begun figuring out how to work them into my pages.

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