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Google Chrome Ad Blocking Expansion: Just the Facts

January 28, 2019 Jonathan Katz

The ad blocker on Google Chrome’s browser, which has been available in North America and Europe for just about a year, will be available worldwide later this year. Ads that don’t follow the Better Ads Standards are most likely to suffer from Chrome’s ad blocker.

Which Ads Will Google Chrome’s Ad Blocker Target Worldwide?

The Coalition for Better Ads, which leverages consumer insights and cross-industry expertise to develop and implement new global standards that address consumer expectations, conducted research from nearly 70,000 consumers and used that data to identify ads that rank lowest for user experience and ads that most often encourage consumers to implement ad blockers.

Ads that are blocked by Chrome are considered to be “beneath the threshold of consumer acceptability” and include the four desktop and eight mobile ad types featured below.

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Why Will Google Chrome’s Ad Blocker Target Ads?

Google notes that ad space sold on their own platform may be filtered out and hopes adopting this filtering process will discourage the use of ad blockers by consumers.

When Will Google Chrome’s Ad Blocker Expand Worldwide?

As of July 9, 2019, Chrome’s ad blocker will expand to filter out ads that don’t adhere to the Better Ads Standards worldwide.

How Will Advertisers and Publishers Be Affected by Google Chrome’s Ad Blocker?

Advertisers will need to create ads that follow the Better Ads Standards or their creative may be blocked worldwide. Likewise, publishers could lose ad revenue or possibly be banned if the ads they display are blocked because they violate the Better Ads Standards.

Publishers with sites verified on Google Search Console will be able to view both desktop and mobile ad violation notifications in the Ad Experience Report. The report provides information regarding whether the site is passing, warning or failing by pointing out site design issues or creative issues.

Marketing Land reports that the Ad Experience Reports may require publishers to do some scrolling and searching to find the real cause of the issue.

With the adoption of a global ad filtering system, Google Chrome hopes to curate a better user experience for every consumer on every edge of the internet.


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About the Author

Jonathan Katz

An experienced serial entrepreneur in mobile and digital marketing, Jonathan Katz’s expertise consists of an extremely proven track record in search, social and programmatic media. Throughout his 20+ year career, he has scaled start-ups and brands across health insurance, government services, automotive, careers, education, consumer finance and politics. As Chief Media Officer for Digital Media Solutions (DMS), Jonathan provides technical direction across the company in areas of marketing automation, product development, machine language learning, architecture and software technology. He leads the team working across the firm’s diverse set of divisions to drive new product innovation and strategic positioning and also oversees customer acquisition teams across all media channels. Always striving to remain innovative, Jonathan is now charting a new path via artificial intelligence marketing in performance media that will revolutionize the industry.

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