Ad Exchange and AdSense are powerful tools to help you sell your ad inventory.
Which is right for you?
While both provide access to millions of buyers, Ad Exchange is built for publishers that require granular controls to avoid undermining their direct sales efforts. If you don't have a significant direct sales business or if channel conflict is not a major concern for you, AdSense might be a better solution.
Summary of differences
Differences between features of Ad Exchange and AdSense are compiled below.
|Preferred Deals||Deals interface allows you to set up Preferred Deals for fixed CPMs with buyers or Private Auctions with floor prices with multiple buyers.||No possibility to set up Preferred Deals.|
|Filtering and blocking||Account-level filtering:
Opt in to the following:
|Account level filtering:
|Reporting||Flexible reporting with the ability to create reports based on publisher-defined criteria or use a template as a starting point.||Standard reporting capabilities such as "Sites", "Ad Units", "Ad Sizes", and so on.|
|Buyers/Advertisers||Access to the same buyers and advertisers:
||Access to the same buyers and advertisers:
|Technology vendor permissions||Ad Exchange allows all vendors; publishers can block any vendor.||Most vendors are allowed; publishers do not have the option to block a vendor.|
|Dynamic allocation||Dynamic allocation in Google Ad Manager.||Dynamic allocation in Google Ad Manager.|
|Revenue payments||Payment comes from Google. When your current balance reaches the payment threshold, we send you a payment at the end of the following month.||Payment comes from Google. If your current balance reaches the payment threshold by the end of the month, a 21-day payment processing period begins. After the processing period ends, we'll issue you a payment.|