Ad Targeting

About smart pricing

What is smart pricing and why does Google use it?

Google’s smart pricing feature is designed to raise advertiser confidence in the AdSense network, which in turn can lead to higher bids on ads that appear on publisher sites. This then benefits the entire advertising eco-system of publishers, advertisers and users in the long run.

To appear on AdSense content pages, AdWords advertisers bid on ads and compete in an auction to appear on your pages. When advertisers compete to appear on AdSense for content pages, they're looking for business results from their clicks. These results differ from advertiser to advertiser, but could range from an online purchase to a newsletter sign-up. To ensure that advertisers are getting value from their bids on AdSense sites, we determine how likely a click is to lead to a business result for an advertiser. If our system determines that a click is less likely to lead to a business result, the advertiser's maximum bid may be reduced.

Smart pricing allows advertisers to confidently bid the maximum amount that they're willing to pay for clicks on AdSense sites, which then grows the advertising pie for publishers.

What impact can smart pricing have on my earnings?

Smart pricing is designed to help advertisers confidently bid the maximum that they’re willing to pay for their ads, which will increase publisher revenue over time. If a click is determined to be less likely to lead to a business result, like a purchase or a newsletter sign-up, an advertiser’s maximum bid may be reduced.

However, it’s important to remember that revenue fluctuations are common in AdSense, and should not be attributed only to smart pricing. We recommend reading more about our ad auction and how factors such as the amounts advertisers bid and the way that they set up their ads can impact your earnings. In addition, you may wish to review our two-part blog series to troubleshoot any revenue fluctuations that you’re seeing in your account.

How does smart pricing tie in to the revenue share that I’m paid?

Smart pricing doesn't affect the revenue share that you’re paid; it affects the amount that advertisers bid to enter each ad auction.

If our system shows that a click on an AdSense ad is less likely to lead to business results, like a purchase or newsletter sign-up, we may reduce an advertiser's maximum bid. While this could impact which ad wins the auction, as a publisher, you would still receive the same percentage of earnings from the winning ad.

Please keep in mind that since the revenue share is constant, any changes to advertiser bids as a result of smart pricing will affect the amount that both Google and the publisher earn. We’ve implemented smart pricing as a way to increase advertiser confidence when bidding on AdSense sites, which will help publishers earn more in the long run.