cleanAD Customer Updates

by Team clean, on Aug 29, 2022 9:00:00 AM

What’s New in August

Here is an interesting blog post about Website Ad Revenue you might want to check out:

Optimizing Your Website Ad Revenue

Looking to get the most out of your webpage, content, and site traffic?

You have to be actively involved in both content publishing and ad management processes to grind out kinks and squeeze out as much revenue as you can.

In this blog, we break down important pieces to boosting your revenue by covering topics such as: How to maintain site performance, Importance of user experience, Rates vs demand, Need to know of Ad Sizes, and many more.

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In Case You Missed It

8 Sneaky Things Eating into Your Ad Revenue

What The Future of Identity Means for Publishers

What is Ad Stacking? (and How Does it Hurt Platforms and Advertisers)

 

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by Team clean, on Jul 29, 2022 9:00:00 AM

What’s New in July

Have you check out the clean blogs lately?

Below are some interesting articles that you may want to check out:

How To Make Malvertisers Pay

Whether they are probing your site, hijacking user experiences, or launching full-scale attacks, cybercriminals are always looking for a lucrative payday through malvertising.

The real costs of malvertising and ad fraud include various elements, some of which are difficult to track but nonetheless real, while others will directly impact your business. In terms of those softer costs, site experience and customer satisfaction will deteriorate as users are attacked by bad ads and consequently driven away from repeat sessions. This will then lead to lost ad revenue as your site traffic decreases, and having to spend valuable work hours tracking down and removing bad ads.

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Learn more about making Malvertisers pay by reading this in-depth article here

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What Is Ad Cloaking?

Best Websites For The Ad Ops Community

Improving Your Advertising Profit Margins as a Publisher

 

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by Team clean, on Jun 29, 2022 11:25:54 AM

What's New In June

Clean.IO - Protecting Publishers and Platforms from Malicious Ads

Our CEO and Co-founder Geoff Stupay was featured on the Marketecture Media Podcast with Ari Paparo, where he discussed how Clean.io helps publishers, ad platforms and ecommerce providers detect malvertising and other unwanted code on their pages, and how our security screening tech is used by SSPs, DSPs and site owners to detect and block malicious ads before they reach end users. Geoff also highlights our work in the ecommerce arena.

Want to learn more? You can listen to the full podcast episode here

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Malicious Ads: 5 Types of Attacks to Know About Today

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by Team clean, on May 26, 2022 8:51:01 AM

What's New In May

cleanAD’s Threat Mitigation Language: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and How It's Changing the Game

Constantly updating attacks and tactics has long highlighted the need for a proactive security system to protect sites from malvertising attacks.

cleanAD’s Threat Mitigation Language (TML) is a powerful yet efficient proprietary language to define behaviors and apply custom, context-aware logic for telemetry gathering and executing of advanced threat neutralization techniques. TML facilitates quick categorization of potentially harmful threats, including key indicators, behavioral traits, and other identifying metadata, for pairing with appropriate mitigation strategies.

Want to learn more? Check out this in-depth article which goes into the ins and outs of cleanAD's Threat Mitigation Language, and how it is changing the ad security ecosystem, here

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Types of iFrames and When to Use Them

Ad Ops All Stars: Lisa Howard, Global Head of Advertising and Marketing Solutions, The New York Times

Ad Ops All Stars: Ari Paparo, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Beeswax

 

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by Team clean, on Apr 27, 2022 11:17:00 AM

What's New In April

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Everything you ever needed to know about Ad Operations 

Love a good podcast? Need something to listen to while walking the dog? Want to learn more about what it's like to work in the ad operations field? You've come to the right place! Check out the Ad Ops All Stars podcast with new episodes weekly that take you behind the scenes with top Ad Ops leaders to understand the ins and outs of their roles and what brought them success in their careers.

Head to our resource hub to check out all of our podcast episodes, or download directly from apple podcasts

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by Team clean, on Mar 31, 2022 4:24:36 PM

What's New In March

What's the deal with all these MLPs? 

Throughout the majority of Q1 2022, our network has seen an influx of malicious landing page (MLP) attacks. One prevalent attack is a malicious energy scam which comes from misleading ads surrounding an energy saving system that has been deemed by authorities as "scientifically impossible." Click here to get the full scoop and to see how clean is protecting its partners from this malicious activity. 

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by Team clean, on Feb 28, 2022 10:47:04 AM

What's New In February

Q4 2021 Smart Report is Here! 

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Check out our Q4 SMART Report for a deep dive into malvertising data across our network in the final months of 2021.

Our top 5 takeaways from Q4 2021 include: 

  • Redirect threats make comeback late in the quarter.
  • Malicious landing page threats continues to scale as schemes diversify.
  • Ad stacking IVT runs rampant, leading to billions of invisible ads served through many platforms.
  • New attack via Chrome browser extension enters ecosystem, targeting Google Tag Manager.
  • Supply chain attacks infect websites and victimize visitors.

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by Team clean, on Jan 28, 2022 9:41:41 AM

What's New In January 

You Asked, We Answered...

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Now that you can see the number of heavy ads detected in your dashboard, what's next? Below we summarized some answers to commonly asked questions we've received related to heavy ads.

What are heavy ads?

Based on the criteria set by Google, an ad is considered heavy and blocked by Chrome-family browsers, if it has not been interacted with (e.g. click or tap) and meets 1 of the following:

  • Uses the main CPU thread for more than 60s in total (cpu violation)
  • Uses the main CPU thread for more than 15s in any 30s window (cpu violation)
  • Uses more than 4 megabytes of network bandwidth (network violation)

VAST/VPAID ads are mostly exempt from this, as this only applies to banner and native formats

What does clean.io report in the dashboard? 

Using a 10% sample rate, we collect data when Chrome browsers block an ad as heavy.

Why is this reporting important? 

For publishers that operate their own sites, this gives meaningful insight to changes in heavy ad volumes to understand how often ads are being blocked and possibly from whom.  Not because they don’t want to protect users, but because a page littered with broken ad messaging creates a poor user experience and reflects poorly on the site. Please note that usually, publishers still get paid for these ads so there is not a loss of revenue associated.

What is an acceptable number of heavy ads? 

Average dashboard percentage is .01%, but ranges up to .2% are quite common. Percentages are based on page-views and will vary significantly between sites due to differences in # of ads per page,  and page dwell time.

When is it a problem requiring investigation?

Mitigation should not be necessary unless dashboard percentage grows larger than 2%. Users are protected by the browser and revenue isn’t impacted, so even above average levels are acceptable.

Over 2% is an indication of a possible site issue, problem with a custom ad format, or site content erroneously blocked because it's being classified as an ad. This should be investigated and we’re here to support those efforts.

Why is SSP or DSP still pending verification? 

Ads may not get flagged as heavy until well after being served, making it difficult to trace back to responsible platforms.  Also, Chrome sometimes blocks non-ads, with no identifiable ad platform.

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by Team clean, on Dec 30, 2021 3:35:05 PM

What's New In December

Happy New Year from Team Clean! 

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being amazing partners through a historic year here at clean. Below are some highlights of the milestones reached and a summary of threats prevented in 2021:

  • 125M+ threats prevented from 80+ SSPs and 125+ DSPs
  • Heavy Ads Report released in Dashboard 
  • Threat Classification System created (TML)
  • Threats blocked from 25 Threat Classes & 39 Threat Variants
  • Pixel Stuffing (TI-19) emerged as highest volume threat class 
  • US was highest targeted country followed by Philippines & South Africa 
  • Chrome Mobile In-App Facebook identified as highest targeted browsers 

You can expect a more in depth recap of network trends and a deep dive into what we saw in the malvertising world later on this month. In the meantime, we wish you a great start to 2022. May all of your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions 😉

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by Team clean, on Nov 30, 2021 1:59:00 PM

What's New In November ?

Ad Stacking

This month we wanted to provide a general refresher on Ad Stacking and introduce a new dashboard update for our customers.  In August we shared our introduction to ad stacking, and how it ultimately hurts advertisers and their bottom line.  As a quick recap, this fraudulent script showcases one ad to the end user but allows for multiple (more like dozens!) of unapproved creatives to serve within a single unit.

The trick here is, they are loaded behind the approved ad with nearly zero opacity so the user experience is never hindered.  Even worse, these ads can be set on a banner rotation so once the ad lasts long enough to count for the impression another one is loaded in its place thus impacting campaign budgets without clear explanations.  So the question here is, if the publisher and end user are unaware that this is happening, who is able to detect and protect from this fraudulent behavior?

The clean team has worked to uncover how this sophisticated IVT can affect hundreds of thousands of impressions per day for different platforms.  In the last few weeks we have seen over 400 sites impacted by ad stacking and 2.2M fraudulent impressions delivered.  Catching this type of behavior is difficult and time consuming so it's important to pay attention to your data.

Heavy Ads

In other cleanAD news, our team is excited to announce that publishers will now see heavy ads reported in their dashboard.  While not actually harmful to your webpage or end-users, heavy ads often break advertising standards and can damage revenue by driving traffic away from your site.  Heavy ads are any ad the user has not interacted with, while also meeting any of the following criteria, according to Google Developers:

  • Uses the main thread of your site for more than 60 seconds in total
  • Uses the main thread of your site for more than 15 seconds in any 30-second window
  • Uses more than 4 megabytes of network bandwidth

How To Find Heavy Ads Data in cleanAD

Reports will appear under a Heavy Ads tab along the left-hand side of the Dashboard.  Unlike other product features, we do not block heavy ads but report on the interventions from Chrome.

The new feature creates reports based on 10% of Heavy Ads blocked by Chrome, Chrome Mobile, and Microsoft Edge browsers per page view, while also providing insights into which DSP/SSP the ads are originating from.

When reviewing your reports, keep in mind that they are based on a 10% sample rate, so for true volumes multiply by 10.

Why It Matters

Publishers need to understand how often and from who, ads are being blocked.  Not because they don't want to protect users, but because a page littered with broken ad messaging creates a poor user experience and reflects poorly on the site.

If you have any questions about Heavy Ads, or how they are reported in the dashboard, reach out to your cleanAD client success manager.

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