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Advancing mobile app inventory quality with app reviews

To help create a clean and safe ads ecosystem for both developers and advertisers, we’re introducing a new app review process across AdMob and Ad Manager. The process will help enhance the mobile app inventory quality for developers who choose to monetize with either platform. Together with initiatives such as support for app-ads.txt and sellers.json, we continue to increase inventory quality and strengthen advertiser trust to create more value for publishers. 

What’s the new app review process?

App review is a new process that evaluates a mobile app’s inventory quality before allowing unrestricted ad serving. In going through the process, publishers will get a unified view of all their apps' approval status with actionable feedback. The feedback will help them resolve issues upfront and lessen the likelihood of future policy violations. App reviews will be rolled out gradually in 2021 with two features: app readiness and app claiming.

AdMob App Review Status

AdMob publishers will see the review status of their apps in one view.

Ad Manager App Review Status

Ad Manager publishers will see the review status of their apps in one view.

App readiness  

With app readiness, publishers will need to link new mobile apps they want to monetize with AdMob or Ad Manager to at least one supported app store. Linking an app will kick off a review process which checks things like the app source, the publisher’s ownership of the app, and compliance with AdMob or Ad Manager policies. These checks help ensure that the apps entering our networks have high inventory quality, and bring value to the users and advertisers. 

We will gradually roll out app readiness to all publisher accounts for AdMob and Ad Manager starting in April 2021.

App claiming

With app claiming, publishers can declare a comprehensive list of their apps’ inventory with the ability to manage and track all apps' review status directly in their AdMob or Ad Manager account. With this feature, publishers will receive suggestions of mobile apps that are being monetized using their publisher ad code, but haven’t been added to their AdMob or Ad Manager account. Publishers can act on suggestions starting in mid-2021, and eventually will be required to add all apps to their account to allow unrestricted ad serving. 

How to prepare for the changes

We recommend publishers complete the app review process by linking mobile apps to supported app stores and claiming their mobile apps to prevent potential interruptions in monetization. If next steps are required from a publisher to complete the process, we'll send timely updates in the publisher’s account, the policy center or via email. 

We're excited about the benefits app review can bring to publishers and advertisers. And we’ll continue to share our efforts in creating a healthy and sustainable ads ecosystem. 

Find the right Certified Publishing Partner for your monetization needs

Building a sustainable business from a website or app can take time away from the work publishers love the most, creating great content to connect with their audiences. Our Google Certified Publishing Partners are here to help you earn more, find opportunities, and grow your audience. 


To help you select the right partner for your needs, we recently relaunched the Find a Partner page on the Google Certified Publishing Partner website. The new page includes a more detailed list of services that partners offer and more detailed full-page profiles of each company. You can learn more about what a partner specializes in, read publisher success stories and find other useful information to make the right decision.


How Certified Partners can help

Our Certified Partners are experts on Google monetization products and provide innovative solutions and services to support over 50,000 publishers worldwide across all sizes and verticals including news, lifestyle, fashion, gaming and food, among other content categories. Our partners are highly trained and aware of the different challenges that publishers in different verticals face. 

Monetization services

The core solutions that our partners provide are around helping publishers monetize their site or app content to reach their highest potential, using Google Ad Manager, AdMob, or AdSense along with custom products and solutions. This includes ad set-up, trafficking and optimization, programmatic solutions and technical support on a day-to-day basis. 

Many partners also provide focused monetization support in areas like video, mobile apps and custom ad formats. Our partners are here to support you in every step of the monetization process, regardless of your expertise or experience. 

Complementary services 

Beyond monetization, Certified Partners also offer a wide range of additional services to help you grow your business. This includes user acquisition services, content management, page speed optimization, mobile app and website analytics and more. 

You can find the full list of services and definitions here. Certified Publishing Partners may offer additional products and services on their own websites.


Look for the badge

To become certified, service providers are carefully reviewed by Google and must demonstrate product expertise through annual product exams. The official badge also shows that the partner has met quality requirements to ensure their performance and value in the online and apps publishing ecosystem.


Google Certified Publishing Partner badge

Start your search now 

Our partners are prepared to help you improve your results. See how other publishers found success working with a Certified Partner. Then, check out the improved Find a Partner page to begin browsing for the right support. Please keep in mind that each partner might have different criteria and expectations for the publishers they onboard. Additional costs may apply.

Hear how digital businesses grew in our new podcast, PubCast

PubCast is a new podcast by Google that explores the stories of website creators and app developers who turned their passions into profit with Google. In this four-part miniseries, you’ll hear from founders and small business leaders about how they got started, how they grew their businesses and the challenges they faced along the way. 


You can listen to the miniseries on the [email protected] podcast channel anywhere you find podcasts -- just look for PubCast in the episode title. 


Here’s a peek into our 2021 season: 


1.Shankar Uprety | Creating community and Nepal's most popular app: Shankar Uprety is the CEO and Founder of Hamro Patro, the most popular app in Nepal. After building the app as a side project to stay connected to Nepal, Shankar has grown Hamro Patro to six million monthly active users and created a global Nepali community. 


2. Doug Hexter | Transforming ad dollars into animal shelter donations: Doug Hexter is the CEO and Founder of WoofTrax, the dog-walking app that supports animal organizations with every step. Since launching the app, dog walkers have contributed over 50 million walks supporting more than 8,500 animal shelters.


3. Kevin Binkley | Taking old-school card games digital: Kevin Binkley is the CEO and Founder of NeuralPlay, a card-game app builder that has brought together over 500,000 bridge players globally. With a passion for old-school games, Kevin has transported them into the future using AI-based gaming. 


4. Peter Kim | Finding your niche and following your dreams: Peter Kim is a cofounder at SBLY (formerly Shareably), a company he started with his longtime friend Kevin Chen in their living room after graduating college. SBLY has been using media and technology to build digital brands and audiences since 2015.


Are you a digital business owner who uses AdSense, AdMob or Ad Manager and interested in being featured on PubCast? Fill out our feedback form and share your contact information and few sentences about your business. If you’re interested in learning how you can earn money from your site or app, see how Google AdSense and AdMob could help you.

Hear how digital businesses grew in our new podcast, PubCast

PubCast is a new podcast by Google that explores the stories of website creators and app developers who turned their passions into profit with Google. In this four-part miniseries, you’ll hear from founders and small business leaders about how they got started, how they grew their businesses and the challenges they faced along the way. 


You can listen to the miniseries on the [email protected] podcast channel anywhere you find podcasts -- just look for PubCast in the episode title. 


Here’s a peek into our 2021 season: 


1.Shankar Uprety | Creating community and Nepal's most popular app: Shankar Uprety is the CEO and Founder of Hamro Patro, the most popular app in Nepal. After building the app as a side project to stay connected to Nepal, Shankar has grown Hamro Patro to six million monthly active users and created a global Nepali community. 


2. Doug Hexter | Transforming ad dollars into animal shelter donations: Doug Hexter is the CEO and Founder of WoofTrax, the dog-walking app that supports animal organizations with every step. Since launching the app, dog walkers have contributed over 50 million walks supporting more than 8,500 animal shelters.


3. Kevin Binkley | Taking old-school card games digital: Kevin Binkley is the CEO and Founder of NeuralPlay, a card-game app builder that has brought together over 500,000 bridge players globally. With a passion for old-school games, Kevin has transported them into the future using AI-based gaming. 


4. Peter Kim | Finding your niche and following your dreams: Peter Kim is a cofounder at SBLY (formerly Shareably), a company he started with his longtime friend Kevin Chen in their living room after graduating college. SBLY has been using media and technology to build digital brands and audiences since 2015.


Are you a digital business owner who uses AdSense, AdMob or Ad Manager and interested in being featured on PubCast? Fill out our feedback form and share your contact information and few sentences about your business. If you’re interested in learning how you can earn money from your site or app, see how Google AdSense and AdMob could help you.

Join the Women of Publishing webinar series

With our third annual 2021 Women of Publishing Leadership Series, we're eager to accelerate the growth of women-led small-medium publishing businesses and create an international community. The annual program registration is now open, so apply by Sunday, March 7 to join us for our exclusive livestream sessions. 

What you can expect

On March 16, the Women of Publishing Leadership Series is bringing together female entrepreneurs and leaders, who have successfully funded their passions through monetization platforms using Google AdMob or Google AdSense. Carrying the spirit of International Women's Day, the first online session kicks off on March 16. 

This two-day virtual event (March 16-17) will teach you how Google tools can help fuel your business growth, share data-driven monetization tactics for web and apps and enable connections with other women. The sessions will also include discussions on sustaining momentum in this fast-paced and evolving digital ecosystem.

The program is designed to help participants learn how to maximize the value of their publishing business and earn more revenue. The curriculum is tailored for small and medium-sized businesses. Women from all types of digital backgrounds: apps, news, gaming, entertainment, video, e-commerce, etc. are encouraged to apply. New to Google's monetization platforms? We'd love for you to join and learn about how we can partner with you and grow your online business.

Applications close on March 7, 2021. Join the 2021 Women of Publishing community by applying on our website..

Preparing our partners for Apple’s iOS 14 policy updates

Apple’s upcoming App Tracking Transparency (ATT) policy will require developers to ask for permission when they use certain information from other companies’ apps and websites for advertising purposes, even if they already have user consent. Today we’re sharing how Google is helping our community prepare, as we know that developers and advertisers in the iOS ecosystem are still figuring out how to adapt.


Preparing your app for iOS 14

Apple's ATT changes will reduce visibility into key metrics that show how ads drive conversions (like app installs and sales) and will affect how advertisers value and bid on ad impressions. As such, app publishers may see a significant impact to their Google ad revenue on iOS after Apple’s ATT policies take effect. To help improve iOS monetization rates, we encourage developers to upgrade to version 7.64 of the Google Mobile Ads SDK for new features like SKAdNetwork support. Learn more about how app publishers can prepare.


Measuring ad performance on iOS 14

We’re working with the industry to give Apple feedback on how to further improve SKAdNetwork so advertisers can measure their campaign results accurately on iOS 14. In the meantime, we encourage app advertisers to upgrade to the latest version of Google Analytics for Firebase for new features like SKAdNetwork support. We also encourage advertisers to monitor the performance and delivery of all iOS App campaigns closely and, if necessary, make adjustments to budgets and bids to achieve their goals. Learn more about how app advertisers can prepare and tune in to our Learn with Google education series for ongoing guidance. 

Advertisers running Display, Video and other campaigns promoting web-based conversion goals may see performance fluctuations as Apple’s ATT policies go into effect. During this time, we will be expanding modeled conversions to more iOS 14 traffic.


How we’re complying with ATT

When Apple’s policy goes into effect, we will no longer use information (such as IDFA) that falls under ATT for the handful of our iOS apps that currently use it for advertising purposes. As such, we will not show the ATT prompt on those apps, in line with Apple’s guidance. We are working hard to understand and comply with Apple’s guidelines for all of our apps in the App Store. As our iOS apps are updated with new features or bug fixes, you’ll see updates to our app page listings that include the new App Privacy Details.

At Google, we’ve always put users and their privacy first. Transparency, choice and control form the bedrock of our commitment to users, and advertising is no different. We remain committed to preserving a vibrant and open app ecosystem where people can access a broad range of ad-supported content with confidence that their privacy and choices are respected. That’s why we’ll continue to invest in privacy preserving technology ― including aggregated and on-device solutions ― like what we’re developing for the web, along with ecosystem partners, in the Privacy Sandbox.

Announcing new AdMob API methods and authorization scope

Today we are announcing the launch of two new features in the AdMob API:

  • New admob.readonly OAuth 2.0 scope
  • Inventory methods including list apps and ad units

New OAuth 2.0 scope

While the admob.report scope is only intended for reports, the new admob.readonly scope is intended for all read methods, including reports and inventory. We recommend using the admob.readonly scope as it can be used for all read only methods.

Scope Functionality
https://www.googleapis.com/auth/admob.readonly See all of your AdMob data. This may include your account information, inventory and mediation settings, reports, and other data. If you agree, this app will be allowed to see, but not make changes to your AdMob data. This doesn't include sensitive data, such as payments or campaign details.
https://www.googleapis.com/auth/admob.report See ad performance and earnings reports.

See publisher ID, timezone and default currency code.



New methods

We have added the following new methods to the v1beta AdMob API, which allow you to view your AdMob apps and ad units.

How can I start using the new methods and scope?

The beta is available to all AdMob users. You can start with the client libraries that we have created for you.

Where can I learn more?

Feel free to reach out to us via the AdMob API forum if you have questions or feedback regarding the AdMob API.

Earn more this holiday season with engaging ad formats

The holiday season presents a great opportunity for app publishers to earn more from rising CPMs. This year, as consumers continue to spend more time in apps, it’s even more critical for publishers to optimize their monetization strategy. Finding the right combination of ad formats is key to maximize revenue while creating engaging user experiences. In this post, we’ll share some of the latest ad format innovations to help publishers achieve their goals. 

Unlock new placement with app open ads 

App open ads are a great way to monetize an app’s loading experience. They unlock a new ad placement opportunity when a user opens or switches back to the app. The format is specially designed to seamlessly integrate into these loading screens to maximize engagement. We first announced app open ads at this year’s Think Games event and have since enhanced its performance and usability with features like standardized publisher branding. Publishers who have implemented the latest version of app open ads have seen up to twice as much revenue. We’re excited to share that app open ads are now in open beta. To learn more and get started with app open ads, start here or reach out to your account manager. 

admob app open ads

Increase impressions and engagement with rewarded interstitial ads 

Rewarded interstitial is a new format that helps deliver more impressions with an engaging ad experience. It allows publishers to engage users who do not opt-in to traditional rewarded ads by offering meaningful in-app rewards for watching full-page interstitial ads. Rewarded interstitial can help deliver better monetization results in the following ways:

  • Increase overall ARPDAU by adding rewarded interstitials in new placements with contextual in-app rewards 

  • Improve engagement and retention by replacing interstitial ads with rewarded interstitials

  • Generate more impressions by replacing rewarded ads that have low opt-in rate with rewarded interstitials

Rewarded interstitial was in closed beta when we first announced it at Think Games and is now available in open beta. To learn more and get started with this ad format, start here or reach out to your account manager. 

admob rewarded interstitial ads

Optimize performance with adaptive banners

Adaptive banners offer an easy and effective way for app publishers to enhance the performance of banner ads. With the ability to return the optimal ad size tailored for each user’s device, adaptive banners can help publishers maximize the performance of banner ads with minimal coding.

Adaptive banners can be placed in two ways:

  • Anchored placement: banners will appear locked to the top or bottom of the screen. Adaptive anchor banners were first introduced in late 2019 and are now available for all publishers to use.

  • Inline placement: banners will appear in scroll view within app content. This is a new placement that is now available in closed beta.

To learn more and get started with adaptive banner ads, start here or reach out to your account manager. 

admob adaptive banner ads

Optimizing ad format strategy with the right combination and placement is key to earning more while creating engaging user experiences. As we approach the holiday season this year, we encourage publishers to consider integrating some of the latest formats from AdMob to maximize revenue. 

Earn more this holiday season with engaging ad formats

The holiday season presents a great opportunity for app publishers to earn more from rising CPMs. This year, as consumers continue to spend more time in apps, it’s even more critical for publishers to optimize their monetization strategy. Finding the right combination of ad formats is key to maximize revenue while creating engaging user experiences. In this post, we’ll share some of the latest ad format innovations to help publishers achieve their goals. 

Unlock new placement with app open ads 

App open ads are a great way to monetize an app’s loading experience. They unlock a new ad placement opportunity when a user opens or switches back to the app. The format is specially designed to seamlessly integrate into these loading screens to maximize engagement. We first announced app open ads at this year’s Think Games event and have since enhanced its performance and usability with features like standardized publisher branding. Publishers who have implemented the latest version of app open ads have seen up to twice as much revenue. We’re excited to share that app open ads are now in open beta. To learn more and get started with app open ads, start here or reach out to your account manager. 

admob app open ads

Increase impressions and engagement with rewarded interstitial ads 

Rewarded interstitial is a new format that helps deliver more impressions with an engaging ad experience. It allows publishers to engage users who do not opt-in to traditional rewarded ads by offering meaningful in-app rewards for watching full-page interstitial ads. Rewarded interstitial can help deliver better monetization results in the following ways:

  • Increase overall ARPDAU by adding rewarded interstitials in new placements with contextual in-app rewards 

  • Improve engagement and retention by replacing interstitial ads with rewarded interstitials

  • Generate more impressions by replacing rewarded ads that have low opt-in rate with rewarded interstitials

Rewarded interstitial was in closed beta when we first announced it at Think Games and is now available in open beta. To learn more and get started with this ad format, start here or reach out to your account manager. 

admob rewarded interstitial ads

Optimize performance with adaptive banners

Adaptive banners offer an easy and effective way for app publishers to enhance the performance of banner ads. With the ability to return the optimal ad size tailored for each user’s device, adaptive banners can help publishers maximize the performance of banner ads with minimal coding.

Adaptive banners can be placed in two ways:

  • Anchored placement: banners will appear locked to the top or bottom of the screen. Adaptive anchor banners were first introduced in late 2019 and are now available for all publishers to use.

  • Inline placement: banners will appear in scroll view within app content. This is a new placement that is now available in closed beta.

To learn more and get started with adaptive banner ads, start here or reach out to your account manager. 

admob adaptive banner ads

Optimizing ad format strategy with the right combination and placement is key to earning more while creating engaging user experiences. As we approach the holiday season this year, we encourage publishers to consider integrating some of the latest formats from AdMob to maximize revenue. 

Introducing Ad Placements for the Google Mobile Ads Unity plugin

We’re excited to announce a new feature for app developers who use Unity: Ad Placements. It is now available in Open Beta.

What are Ad Placements?

Ad Placements provide a cleaner and more intuitive way to place ad units from Google AdMob in your games. Ad Placements allow developers to add ad units with a Unity Editor interface, making the specification of ad units for your game centralized, re-usable, and decoupled from your scripts.

You can then create Ad GameObjects that reference these Ad Placements entirely from the Unity Editor, which means no need for additional scripts!

Developers don’t need to write code to manage the ad unit. Callback functions and ad unit creation are all managed directly in the Unity UI.

Why use Ad Placements?

We’ve developed Ad Placements to help address the feedback that many of you have shared, which is integrating the Google Mobile Ads Unity plugin APIs requires too much scripting. Now with Ad Placements and their associated Ad GameObjects, implementing Google Mobile Ads into your Unity games should be a lot easier and more intuitive. You can add placements, load ads and show them all from easy-to-use Unity Editor integrations. With this new UI-driven approach, we can help you insert ad placements into your game with almost no additional code.

How do I get started?

See the Ad Placement documentation for a download link to the early access build and instructions to help you get started.

As always, please reach out on our developer forum if you have any questions.