Congrats, Google AdSense has lifted its ads limit per page policy!
Publishers can now place unlimited AdSense ads on a web page provided that the total number of AdSense ads or third-party ads must not exceed the visible content.
On a blog post written by SEJ, they have confirmed that Google has removed the ad limit policy:
AdSense Has Removed "3 Ads Per Page Policy"
If you check the AdSense policy page with the web archives WayBack Machine, you can find that the old ad limit policy section which reads "Ad limit per page" has been replaced with "Valuable inventory" section on the updated ad placement policies page.
Ad limit per page
Previously publishers could add 3 AdSense content units and 2 link units. Premium partners could place up to 6 ads units per page, normal publishers could do it only with the help of certified publishing partners such as Ezoic.
In August 2016 Google updated this policy and now you can place an unlimited number of AdSense ads on a single page with no upper limit.
The new Google AdSense Ad Placement policy 2017 is the following:
According to the new ad placement policy, there is no limit on the number of ads you can place on a given page which means:
Conditions To Follow Before Placing AdSense Ads
There are two strict conditions to follow before placing multiple AdSense ads on a web page. You must follow these restrictions carefully to ensure your AdSense account is not disabled or limited.
Condition#1: Avoid Excessive Advertising
Google has explicitly mentioned this policy:
All your AdSense ad units combined with any third-party Ad network ads (i.e Media.net or BuySellAds, AdClerks) you might be using, should not exceed the length of your visible content.
Visible content refers to the actual content of your article or blog post, that includes:
How Can You Know If Ads Exceed Your Content?
A simple rule of thumb to ensure you never do excessive advertising on your blog is to stick to this formula:
Total Content Space > Total Ad space
As long as the total length or space of your visible content is greater than the total space occupied by ads on your site, you are not violating AdSense policy.
Reverse this formula and you will see a flood of Ads on your site that will not only irritate the website visitors but would also kill the overall user experience, giving a look of a fish market i.e. Ad market!
How Many AdSense Ads Per Page In 2017?
Now when there is no restriction on the maximum number of AdSense ad units on a single page, you can wisely place as many ad units on your pages as you want, provided that the total content space is always greater than the total ad space i.e. Ads not exceeding the content.
Keep these tips in mind, to ensure that the total number of Ads should not exceed content:
Placing more than 6 Content units on any lengthy post, will naturally effect user experience.
So never overdo advertising, even if your content is way too long. Utilize more link unitsinstead of only using content units in longer posts.
With too many ads and very short (thin) content, users will simply leave your site and thus leading you to a high bounce rate.
Nothing causes more harm to any website than low quality content and a bad user experience.
A content that has little to no value is called low quality content or thin content. Such content is not based on in-depth research and is simply a rewrite/copy/spun of a third-party content for the sole purpose of gaining traffic by spamming search engines.
Google has warned against sharing such content that has no real value. Such sites are not only black listed in search engines through penalties such as Google Panda, but ad serving is also disabled on such pages as explicitly mentioned in 2017 AdSense ad placement policy:
Condition#2: Show Only One Ad Above-The-Fold On Mobile Site
You can show only one Ad above-the-fold on a mobile site but unlimited ads below-the-fold, provided that no two ads may appear on the screen at the same time.
Although this condition is no more present on the new policy page but it is strictly recommended by Google. Most of my clients receive email notices from Google to remove Ads from above the fold in mobile view.
This is one reason why I have only shown one link-unit just below blog title on the mobile responsive version of this blog for smartphone devices.
Through the WayBack machine, I could extract the following policy guideline by Google:
This policy which clearly mentions that no two ads may appear next to each other at the same time on a mobile screen. More emphasis is given through emails to above-the-foldsection that is viewed when the user first enters your site.
Above-the-fold is the section of your site that is viewed first time on page load before the user starts to scroll down.
I strongly recommend that you add only one link unit of size 180x90 or 200x90, just below your article title to avoid policy violation applied to mobile views.
I have tested this AdSense ad spot with a link unit and it has proven to be one my best-performing ad units compared to content units placed at top.
Note: There are tons of other ad placement rules such as ads in emails, pop-up, iframe etc. that you must follow. In this tutorial we focused on the latest ad limit policy change only.
Why Did Google Remove its Ad limit Policy?
For three simple reasons:
How Many AdSense Ads Per Page Will You Show?
The removal of all restrictions on the number of ads does sound great but it puts a lot of great responsibility on the publishers. So use this opportunity carefully and increase your ad revenue by following the tips we discussed today.
I would love to hear your feedback on this pleasant surprise. Do share with us how many AdSense ad units you are currently using on your Wordpress or blogspot blog. Now when Google has lifted the ad limit policy, how many AdSense ads units do you plan to show on a single page?
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