The Optimization tab

Run experiments in AdSense

Running an experiment allows you to compare one of your ad settings against a variation of that setting to see which performs better. Experiments work by splitting your site's traffic between the original ad setting and the variation, so that their performance can be measured side by side. Experiments help you to make informed decisions about how to configure your ad settings, and can help you to increase your earnings.

You create, monitor and choose the winner of experiments on the "Experiments" page in your account. To view your "Experiments" page:

  • Sign in to your AdSense account, and click Optimization > Experiments.

Create your experiment

When you create an experiment you:

  • Select the original ad setting that you want to compare the experiment variation against.
  • Select which settings you’d like to change for the variation.
  • Depending on the experiment type, choose whether you'd like Google to automatically apply the winning setting for you after your experiment has finished.
    Selecting this option can help save you time, for example, if you're planning to run lots of experiments.

You can create the following types of experiments:

Monitor your experiment

On the "Experiments" page you can see an overview of your experiments which shows their current status and progress, and highlights any experiments that are "Ready to complete" (which is when we recommend you choose a winner).

Status What it means
Running Your experiment is in progress and collecting data.
Ready to complete Your experiment has collected sufficient data and is now ready for you to choose a winner. Learn how to choose the winner of an experiment.

You’ve chosen the winner of your experiment and your experiment is completed.
You decided to stop your experiment without choosing a winner.

Choose the winner of your experiment

When your experiment has collected sufficient data, you can choose the winner of your experiment. We recommend that you wait until your experiment is marked "Ready to complete" before you choose a setting as the winner.

  • If you choose the original as the winner, then your original settings are retained.
  • If you choose the variation as the winner, then we apply the settings of the variation to your account.

In either case, we stop splitting your traffic, and your experiment ends.

Experiments evaluate the performance of the variation using the change in revenue attributed to the variation. In addition, a confidence interval is shown to indicate the range of change to the revenue uplift AdSense has calculated using a 95% confidence level. To see the confidence interval for your experiment, click the help icon Help next to the revenue percentage.

  • If you've opted to let Google choose the winner of your experiment, the best performing settings will be automatically applied for you.
  • If your experiment hasn't collected sufficient data by the time limit (90 days unless you set a shorter time) we'll automatically stop it. If you've opted to let Google choose the winner, we’ll revert your settings back to the way they were before the experiment started. Otherwise, you'll have another 30 days to choose the winner of the experiment.
  • If an automatic experiment hasn't collected sufficient data, the variant settings will be applied. This is because automatic experiments test certain settings in your account. On average, the results of these tests have proved positive for other publishers with similar traffic, content, etc. to you.

If you have further questions about experiments, see the Experiments FAQ.

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