Google Finally Allows Fair Auction for Header Bidding Ad Networks


Google Removes Its 'Last-Look' Auction Advantage. The "last-look" advantage Google’s ad server gave to Google's ad exchange so bothered publishers and exchanges that it gave rise to header bidding. As of this week, that advantage is no more!

Previously, AdX would wait for all those other exchanges to submit their bids, and then give itself a chance to outbid the winner. So if Google’s exchange had two bids of $1 and $5, it would be able to beat a $4 bid from an outside exchange. Under the new auction rules, it would submit a bid of $1 (the second price) and lose the auction.

Here's how the programmatic auction will work: All EBDA exchange participants – including Index Exchange, Rubicon Project, PubMatic, Sovrn, Smaato and Gamut – submit their final bids. The DoubleClick AdExchange (AdX) also submits its final bid. And the best price wins.   Read more.


What is the Best Header Bidding Solution?


We get emails daily from ad networks or people who say they are an ad network offering solutions to raise CPM's.  As a small publisher it is very difficult to understand what ad networks actually offer a competitive service to Google Ad Sense.

What is the best header bidding solution for a small publishers? Is it better to go with multiple ad networks or just one like Appnexus or Pubmatic?

Over the last 10 years I have watched our traffic increase steadily by 15%+ per year.  However, our advertising revenue from Google and Media.net has stayed fairly flat and not increased much at all.   Is this because Google is continually taking a bigger piece of the revenue share?

We have heard that header bidding is a solutions that can increase CPM's by 2x or 3x depending on the traffic.  Is this true for someone is a niche map crowdsourcing publishing space?

Please email me if you have a solutions or suggestions.

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