AdMob allows publishers to generate earnings from their apps using AdMob and Google ads. Publishers who wish to participate in AdMob must comply with AdSense online AdSense program policies, with the additions and exceptions described below.
If you fail to comply with these policies, AdSense reserve the right to disable ad serving to your app and/or disable your AdMob account at any time.
Exceptions to AdSense policies
In principle, all AdMob publishers must follow AdSense online program policies, however there are certain policies that differ between AdSense and AdMob. Please see the exceptions below.
AdMob has an ad refresh function which can be used by mobile applications that use the Google Mobile Ads SDK. The refresh rate may not be set to a value outside of the range specified in the SDK.
Invalid clicks and impressions
Publishers may not click their own ads or use any means to inflate impressions and/or clicks artificially, including manual methods. Testing your own ads by clicking on them is not allowed.
Learn more about invalid clicks and impressions
Google treats invalid activity very seriously, analyzing all clicks and impressions to determine whether they fit a pattern of use that might artificially drive up an advertiser’s costs or a publisher’s earnings.
If AdSense determine that an AdMob account might pose a risk to AdSense advertisers, AdSense may disable that account to protect AdSense advertisers’ interests.
Publishers disabled for invalid activity or violating AdSense policies may not be allowed any further participation in other Google publisher monetization solutions. This means, for example, that if a publisher had an AdMob account disabled for invalid activity or policy violations, they would not be able to use AdSense to monetize, and vice versa. For this reason, these publishers may not open new accounts.
If a publisher opens additional accounts, the accounts will be flagged as duplicates and then one or both accounts will be disabled.
For additional information about invalid activity, please visit AdSense Ad Traffic Quality Resource Center.
Publishers are encouraged to experiment with a variety of placements and ad formats, but must comply with the following ad placement policies.
View ad placement policies
In addition to the AdSense ad placement policies, AdMob publishers must also abide by the following application-specific implementation policies:
- Ads should not be placed very close to or underneath buttons or any other object such that the placement of the ad interferes with a user’s typical interaction with the app or ad.
- Ads should not be placed in a location that covers up or hides any area that users have interest in viewing during typical interaction. Ads should not be placed in areas where users will randomly click or place their fingers on the screen.
- Ads should not be placed on a ‘dead end’ screen. There must be a way to exit a screen without clicking the ad (for example, a ‘back’ or ‘menu’ button). Otherwise, the user should be notified that the home button will exit the application.
- Ads should not be placed in applications that are running in the background of the device or outside of the app environment. It should be clear to the user which application the ad is associated with or implemented in. Examples include: ads served in widgets; ads launched before the app has opened or after the app has closed.
- Ads should not be placed in a way that prevents viewing the app’s core content. Ads should not be placed in a way that interferes with navigating or interacting with the app’s core content and functionality. Examples include: an interstitial ad triggered every time a user clicks within the app.
- Publishers are not permitted to place ads on any non-content-based pages such as thank you, error, log in, or exit screens. These are the screens that visitors may see upon launching the app, before potentially leaving the app or after performing a specific action on the screen such as a purchase or download. Ads that are the main focus on these types of screens can confuse a visitor into thinking that the ads are actual content, so do not place ads on such screens.
Please also review AdSense implementation guidance.
Apps should only use the SDK to request ads.
Apps that offer compensation programs
Google ads may not be placed on apps that promise payment or incentives to users who click on ads, surf the web, read emails, or perform other similar tasks. Placing Google ads on such apps may result in invalid impressions or clicks and is therefore prohibited.
Similarly, Google ads may not be placed on apps that primarily drive traffic to, promote, or provide instructional materials on how to implement such services.
Sub-syndication and ad network mediation
Publishers may not enter into sub-syndication relationships (i.e., Google should have a direct relationship with the publisher, rather than through an intermediate party).
Learn more about sub-syndication and ad network mediation
Restricted information sharing
- Metrics: Publishers may not share access to the AdMob reporting console (unless with AdMob’s prior written consent on which metrics to share).
- Code: Publishers may not share either source Google SDK code or uncompiled Google SDK code with any third party.
AdMob’s network mediation service is intended to enable access to third party ad networks’ first party advertiser demand (as opposed to demand from exchanges, mediators or optimizers). Reporting in AdMob for ads served through AdMob’s network mediation features may differ from reporting by third party ad networks.
AdMob holds no responsibility for discrepancies in reporting, or for the performance or results of third party ad networks or software. The following policies apply to publishers using AdMob’s network mediation feature or any other mediation feature:
- Publishers will adhere to the AdSense Program policy for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA);
- Publishers must adhere to the Platforms program policies and the Google Publisher Policies;
- Any additional implementation and technical guidelines as may be provided by AdMob;
- Publisher may not use AdMob’s mediation service in a manner that would violate the Publisher’s agreement(s) with any third party ad network;
- AdMob revenue share will be paid only to the publisher;
- AdMob is not obligated to provide support to, guarantee compatibility with, or discuss discrepancy resolution with any third party; and
- For a given impression, publishers may not make repeated ad calls for Google ads in a manner that attempts to interfere with, abuse, or gain an unfair advantage in the ad auction.
- For publishers using app platform feature(s), publishers are not permitted to pass the impression opportunity through any intermediary (including publisher’s own system) that dynamically or programmatically allocates ad requests based on actual, estimated, or other real-time pricing information. App platform feature(s) include Open Bidding.
Some features may be identified as “beta” or otherwise unsupported (“beta features”). Google may cease providing beta feature(s) at any time in its discretion. Google may not, in its discretion, provide any technical support services in relation to beta features.
Publishers may not disclose to any third party any information from beta features, the existence of non-public beta features, or access to beta features.
Google may use the advertising ID from the device on which the ad is serving to generate interests and demographics (for example, ‘sports enthusiasts’). Interests, demographics, and other data may be used to serve better targeted ads to the user.
To complement personalized advertising (formerly known as interest-based advertising), Ads Settings lets users view and edit their interests and demographics. Some users may choose to opt out of personalized ads.