Compare Ad Manager and AdSense
Ad Manager and AdSense are both powerful tools that help you sell your ad inventory but perform different functions. You should choose the product that's the right fit for your advertising needs.
AdSense acts as an ad network, providing you access to demand from advertisers and helping you set up your ad inventory. AdSense is best for publishers who want more automation, easy to implement ad solutions, and have a small dedicated ad management team.
Ad Manager acts as an ad server that can support multiple ad networks including AdSense, Ad Exchange, and other third-party networks. Ad Manager is for publishers who have significant direct sales, require granular controls, and want to work with third-party networks.
AdSense is for you if you need
- A place to monetize your website—blogs, forums, and online services perform exceptionally well on AdSense
- A fast and easy way to implement ad delivery
- Google to optimize your ad inventory for you and maximize your revenue through Auto Ads
- Easily accessible performance reports
Ad Manager is for you if you need
- A central place to monetize all of your platforms (websites, mobile apps, videos, or games)
- A significant portion of your ad revenue is through direct deals from buyers
- To use third-party networks to compete for ad inventory
- More complex reports to gain granular insights
"Ad Manager serves higher quality ads"
Not true. AdSense and Ad Manager publishers have access to the same premium advertisers and certified buyers. You can serve high-quality ads from both AdSense and Ad Manager.
"Ad Manager is a premium version of AdSense"
Not true. Ad Manager is a different product from AdSense. AdSense is an ad network that offers high-quality advertiser demand, optimization insights, and easy-to-implement monetization opportunities. Ad Manager is a unified platform with granular inventory controls and other features that allow you to manage direct deals, third-party networks, and programmatic demand across desktop, mobile web and apps.
Differences between Ad Manager and Google AdSense
|Ad Manager (ad server)||Google AdSense (ad network)|
|I can traffic other ad networks or directly sold ads||Yes||No|
|I only have to tag my pages to see ads on my pages||Yes, if you allow Google AdSense to show through Ad Manager||Yes|
|I can make Google AdSense compete with other ad networks to maximize my revenue||Yes||No|
|I can have consistent reporting across all my ad serving activities||Yes||No|
|I will be paid by Ad Manager / Google AdSense||No, payments come from your advertisers or ad networks, such as Google AdSense.||Yes|