Google understand that improving the user experience of your site, whilst still maintaining and growing your revenue, is a tough balance to strike. Ad balance controls help you reduce the number of ads that you show to users, specifically the ads that earn you the least revenue, and see how it affects your earnings.
Typically, the bulk of your revenue comes from a relatively small portion of your Adsense ad impressions. By only showing the ads that make you the most money, you can improve the overall visitor experience on your site for a minimal drop in your earnings.
Let’s say that you only want to allow 70% of potential ads to show on your site instead of the default 100%. On the “Ad balance” page, you use the slider to set your ad fill rate to 70%. Ad fill rate is how often Google fill the available ad units on your site with ads.
A 70% ad fill rate means Google will fill your ad units up to 70% of the time with the highest-paying ads. You can now check the “Estimated earnings” field to see the revenue impact (based on your historical earnings data).
Google analyses your site’s traffic to help you predict what effect changing the ad fill rate will have on your revenue. If your site has low traffic, Google predictions for your revenue behaviour may not be an accurate representation of your revenue performance over a longer period of time. For example, let’s say your site typically gets around 100 ad requests a week but only one of those requests results in a high-value ad.
Since a large fraction of your revenue is coming from that one ad, Google revenue predictions may be skewed in that direction. As your traffic increases over time, these high-value ads will result in less skew in your data and Google revenue predictions will become more accurate.
How to Set Your Google Adsense Ad Balance
To set your ad balance, follow these steps:
- Sign in to your AdSense account.
- Click Ads.
- Click Ad balance.
On the “Ad balance” page, use the slider to reduce the number of ads and see the estimated impact that this has on your revenue.
- Click on Apply.
Google Will now fill your ad units with the highest-paying ads up to your new ad fill rate.
Not sure if you’ve set the right ad balance for your site?
Consider running an experiment to test your current ad fill rate against a different ad fill rate. Click Set up an experiment on your ‘Ad balance’ page to get started.
Note that the accuracy of the revenue predictions in the ad balance tool may be affected for a few days after your experiment finishes.
Note that when determining which ads earn you the most and least revenue, Google treat the following equally:
- bid types (CPC, CPM, etc.)
- ad units (except for a few special cases such as link units or Matched content units).
Google Adsense Ad balance FAQs
What happens to an ad unit when you remove an ad?
When Google removes an ad, it will show your chosen option for what happens if no Google ads are available for your ad unit. For example, if you’ve chosen the default option, Google will try to collapse the ad unit if possible, otherwise it will show a blank space.
Does ad balance also affect Auto ads?
Yes. Ad balance applies to all ads (Auto ads, ad units, etc.) that are served through your account.