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This is an extract from TWIS SEO Update 2nd June 2017.

You can read actionable insights on the effects of Chrome blocking ads from 2018 in this post. If you would like to discuss ways this may impact your web business, please feel free to contact me.

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Google Chrome to block bad ads


TWIS 02 June 2017 Chrome Ad Blocking

Actions to take:

  1. Review the Better Ads Standards to ensure your ads comply with the code.
  2. Review the DoubleClick Best Practices; there are differences between Desktop and Mobile.
  3. Test different implementations to discover the alternative ad strategies that work best for you.
  4. Or, just ignore and accept that Chrome will block these ads.
  5. Contact me if you would like help reviewing your ad strategy and ways to avoid having your ads blocked.


AdBlocking was a huge topic 6–8 months ago, although it did kind of fade into the background behind the countertemps over iffy programmatic ads and views. It’s good to see Google taking a stance on this pernicious issue.

Most users dislike ads, but the degree to which the ads annoy is very much predicated on the type and style of the ads. Users intensely dislike pop-ups on mobile and prestitial ads with countdowns (YouTube anyone?). On desktop, they dislike large sticky bottom ads and pop-ups with countdown. Google has generally grouped the ads into three broad types: annoying, distracting, and cluttering

Oddly, there isn’t a direct mention of auto-playing video ads with sound, even though this is commonly one of the most annoying ad types. Let’s hope they get the chop.

The final thing that springs to mind with this is that Google is playing both ends of this game: it’s taking the lion’s share of online ad spend at one end, and at the other, it’s starting to block those ads from being displayed. It’s not a huge jump to imagine there may be antitrust issues somewhere down the track over this, despite Google ostensibly doing it for the user’s benefit.

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The State of SEO Mid-2017 Released

The State of SEO Mid 2017

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Thanks for reading. If you would like to discuss what these changes mean for your web property, or would like to know how to implement them, please feel free to contact me.

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