- Adding ads to your page
- Serving direct-sold AMPHTML ads
- Augmenting targeting data on ad requests
- Best practices
- Additional resources
Monetizing your AMP page with ads
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This guide provides instructions and best practices for displaying ads on your AMP pages.
Adding ads to your page
amp-ad component to your AMP page.
Let's walk through the steps of adding the component so you can display ads on your AMP page.
Step 1: Add the amp-ad script
amp-ad component is a custom ad extension to the AMP library. Under the hood of
head section of your AMP page:
<script async custom-element="amp-ad" src="https://cdn.ampproject.org/v0/amp-ad-0.1.js"></script>
Step 2: Add the amp-ad tag to your AMP page
Over 100+ ad servers and networks provide built-in integrations with AMP. To add an ad for a given ad network, add the
amp-ad tag, and specify the network in the
In this example, we are adding an ad slot to serve ads from the a9 network:
<amp-ad type="a9"> </amp-ad>
Step 3: Specify the size of the ad unit
height attributes to the
amp-ad tag. This specifies the size of the ad on your AMP page:
<amp-ad type="a9"> width="300" height="250" </amp-ad>
Step 4: Set ad network parameters
Each network has specific data attributes they require to serve ads. Refer to the ad network's
amp-ad documentation and add the attributes that are needed In the following example, the a9 network requires additional parameters to specify the size of the ad, and other details:
<amp-ad type="a9" width="300" height="250" data-aax_size="300x250" data-aax_pubname="test123" data-aax_src="302"> </amp-ad>
Step 5: (Optional) Specify a placeholder
Depending on the ad network, you can choose to show a placeholder until the ad is available for viewing. This provides a better user experience by preventing a blank space. To specify a placeholder, add a child element with the
placeholder attribute. Learn more in Placeholders & fallbacks.
<amp-ad type="a9" width="300" height="250" data-aax_size="300x250" data-aax_pubname="test123" data-aax_src="302"> <amp-img placeholder src="placeholder-image.jpg"></amp-img> </amp-ad>
Step 6: (Optional) Specify a fallback
Depending on the ad network, you can choose to show a fallback element if no ad is available to serve. To specify a fallback, add a child element with the
fallback attribute. Learn more in Placeholders & fallbacks.
<amp-ad type="a9" width="300" height="250" data-aax_size="300x250" data-aax_pubname="test123" data-aax_src="302"> <amp-img fallback src="fallback-image.jpg"></amp-img> </amp-ad>
Congratulations! You are now serving ads on your AMP page!
Serving direct-sold AMPHTML ads
amp-ad component serves ads from the network you specify. Those ads can be standard HTML ads or AMPHTML ads, provided that the ad network supports AMPHTML ads. To serve your direct-sold ads as AMPHTML ads, create the ad in AMP HTML according to the AMPHTML ad spec requirements and use an ad server that serves AMPHTML ads.
Augmenting targeting data on ad requests
As part of the Fast Fetch serving mechanism, the Real-Time Config (RTC) feature allows publishers to augment ad requests with first-party and third-party targeting information that's retrieved at runtime. RTC allows up to 5 callouts to targeting servers for each individual ad slot, the results of which are appended to the ad request. To use RTC on your ads, the ad network you use must support RTC and Fast Fetch.
You can learn more about RTC from this YouTube video:
Or, learn more from these RTC resources:
Here are some tips to maximize the effectiveness of ads on your AMP pages:
Placement & controls: optimize your ad placements
- Place the same number of ads on AMP Pages as your non-AMP pages to generate maximum revenue per page.
- Place the first ad immediately below the first viewport ("below the fold") to provide an optimal user experience.
- Unless you're using advanced CSS or media queries, ensure your ad units are centered on the page to provide your users with an optimal mobile web experience.
- Enable multi-size ad requests on your AMP inventory to increase ad auction pressure and drive revenue.
Demand & pricing: get the right price for your ads
- Sell ad units on your AMP pages across all sales channels, including direct and indirect to maximize competition for your inventory on AMP pages.
- Price your ad inventory on AMP pages similar to your inventory on non-AMP pages. Monitor performance and adjust pricing accordingly.
- Ensure all ad demand channels are competing for ad inventory on your AMP pages to drive up competition.
Ad types: Serve the best types of ads
- Avoid heavy creatives per IAB guidelines.
- Avoid interstitials or other ad formats that cause the content to reflow on ad load.
- Optimize for viewability by setting the data-loading-strategy to prefer-viewability-over-views.
- Place ads in your video content via supported players or
amp-iframeto enable revenue on all types of content.
- Implement native ads to compete with display ads using multi-sized ad requests, adding demand pressure while providing your readers with a premium user experience.
Innovation: Offer the most engaging ad products
- Implement ads on ancillary AMP pages to generate incremental revenue:
- Ads in a carousel
- Ads in a lightbox
- ... and more
- Implement new formats for direct sold ads to equip your sales team with high-impact, innovative ad products: