Google Waives Ad Serving Fees for News Publishers

searchenginejournal | April 17, 2020

For the next 5 months, Google Ads will waive the ad serving fees associated with their Google Ad Manager product. The platform most commonly known and associated with Google’s legacy AdSense advertising product, where publishers earn money for displaying ads on their website. Publishers will be notified in the next few days if they qualify, with further program detail and how their account statements will reflect the difference. The announcement is timely, as ad revenue continues to take a hit from brands who are electing not to show on Coronavirus-related coverage on many news sites.

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