Why having your own advertisers is better than using ad networks?When it comes to having ads displayed on their pages, website owners have a couple of different options to choose from. They can either get the ads through an ad network or sell the advertising space directly. There are those that use both methods, but what many of them find is that it is much more beneficial to know your advertisers directly and personally instead of always relying on the ad networks. There are a number of reasons why direct advertising is preferred over the use of ad networks, here are the five most common ones:
Profit MarginWhen you get your ads through a network, it stands to reason that you have to share a significant portion of the revenue with third parties. That is not the case when you sell advertising on your site directly. One hundred percent of the profits gained from selling ad space directly is yours, which is an critical point of having your own business in the first place.
Higher Ad RateNot only do you get to keep all of the money made via direct advertising on your site, you get to decide how much you should charge. If you have a site with a high amount of quality traffic, you can charge ad rates that are indicative of that as opposed to settling for a much lesser rate when going through an ad network or ad exchange.
Better RelationshipWhen using ad networks, you never really get to know the people whose products and services are being advertised on your site. While that is fine for some, you can generally secure more future ad business by taking the time to get to know the clients who are placing the ads on your pages. Furthermore, if they are happy with the results they obtain on your site, they will likely help you secure more business via word of mouth.
Greater ControlWhen you have your own website, it is always best if you control everything that is shown on there, which includes the ads that are being displayed. That is not always easy to do when dealing with an external ad network, but it is something that you are in total control of when you sell your ad space directly using your own ad server. Also, there may be companies that you would love to see advertise on your pages, but who are not part of the ad network you use. By going directly, you can contact those businesses and try to sell them your ad space.
Flexible Deal MakingOnce you have built up a solid working relationship with your advertisers, you can persuade them to run special and exclusive offers only on your website. You can also run a special promotion for loyal advertisers when you see fit. It is a win-win agreement that many advertisers likely are open to once they have been with you for a while and have seen good results from their ads on your site.
Posted in AdServer for Publisher Selling Ads Directly by John Z December 20, 2020 (first published September 2014)
- Pros and cons of selling ads directly to advertisers or through ad networks
"As a publisher, you want to be in complete control of the advertising that appears on your website. You can choose to sell directly to advertisers or work with ad networks to get the ads that you need. " More
- Why sell your ad space directly to advertisers?
"Let’s imagine for a moment that you have created a website that is really starting to take off in terms of the number of visitors it receives. It is at this point that you should really start thinking about ways to monetize your site without affecting the quality of the space. " More
- Five challenges with selling ads on your website directly to advertisers
"One of the major benefits of having a successful website is the ability to sell advertising space on your pages. There is definitely money to be made in doing so, but it can be difficult to get the advertisers you want. " More
- Ad serving strategies for a high inflation environment
- Ad serving strategies for a high inflation environment (part 2)
- Click-bait advertising can damage your business as an advertiser
- Ad serving in a post-pandemic world
- Security issues with ad serving
- Challenges for business with ad serving during the pandemic
- A brief history of advertising
- How to create an effective video advertisement