How Google Ad Manager works with Google Ads

Google Ad Manager is a real-time marketplace partnered with the Google Display Network for buying and selling advertising. It represents another market for advertisers to bid on display advertising across the Internet. When you have a campaign that targets the Display Network, you automatically have access to Ad Exchange publisher sites that comply with Google Ads guidelines.

If you go butterfly hunting during the height of summer, the bigger your butterfly net, the more butterflies you'll be able to catch. The same goes for your customers: if you use a wider net, you might be able to capture customers from high-traffic parts of the web that weren't previously available to you. That's why showing your Google Ads ads on Ad Exchange publisher sites can help you bring in new customers that you weren't able to reach before.

Here's how it works:

  • As long as you've targeted the Display Network for your campaign, your ads can appear on Ad Exchange publisher sites, in addition to those available through Google AdSense .
  • While your potential reach on additional publisher sites expands, the Google Ads targeting, reporting and other account processes that you're already familiar with remain the same.
  • Ad Exchange publishers who want to display Google Ads ads must adhere to the Google AdSense program policies.

About the auction process

Google takes several steps to ensure a consistent auction process so Google Ads bids can be compared fairly with bids from other ad networks.

  • When a publisher offers inventory to Ad Exchange, Google Ads runs its own auction and composes the best ad unit -- with a full slot ad or a group of text ads. Google Ads will then calculate the appropriate Ad Exchange bid for the ad unit by taking the ads' bids and applying the Google Ads revenue share.
  • This bid is compared with other Google Ad Manager advertiser bids and any controls set by publishers, such as minimum CPMs. Bids that don't meet these publisher controls are ignored.
  • Ad Exchange will then take all of the eligible bids and run an auction. If Google Ads wins the auction, the Google advertiser(s) in the winning ad unit will pay no more than what is required to rank higher than the next advertiser, on a CPC basis, when a user clicks on the ad or completes another valid event in connection with the ad. The publisher will be paid the higher of the second highest bid value in the Ad Exchange auction or the minimum CPM.

When an ad unit is anonymous, the advertiser may not (either directly or through a third party) attempt to determine the identity of the publisher, the site name or any other related identifying information via any means, even if they aren't identifying the seller intentionally.

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