As a refresher, let’s start with what an ads.txt file is.
Already an expert? Perfect. Scroll down to learn how you’re not unlocking new revenue when you don’t update your file.
What is ads.txt?
It aims to stop the spread and sale of counterfeit inventory and domain spoofing by increasing transparency. Placing an ads.txt in your site’s code identifies who is authorized to sell (or resell) your inventory.
Why is it important?
Showing who’s allowed to re(sell) your ad inventory is public knowledge with an ads.txt. This greatly benefits advertisers, as they are able to verify that the ads they’re paying for are appearing on the intended website.
Think of it as a certification badge for publishers like yourself. You’re letting advertisers know,
- That you do own the website.
- Which demand partners are authorized to sell your ad inventory.
What do I do if I have my own demand seats?
If you are working with other partners, or you are using your own partner IDs (outside of Freestar), add/update line items as follows:
Domain, member ID, relationship with the publisher and, if applicable, the certification ID (i.e. TAG ID)
If you’re already using Freestar, the lines available in the Freestar UI provide the information you need for the inventory and partners being managed by us.
Not unlocking new ad revenue?
Your ads.txt isn’t something that you can set-and-forget.
If you work with an ad network that has their own demand partners or locate new ones on your own, you’ll still need to update your ads.txt to reflect these changes. Demand partners won’t bid if the lines they need aren’t available. That means you’re not unlocking new ad revenue when your ads.txt isn’t updated.
Keeping your ads.txt updated is also important from an advertiser perspective. Buyers are able to verify that they are buying from Authorized Digital Sellers of your inventory. That’s why it’s important to update your ads.txt as soon as possible.
Depending on how big your Ad Ops team is, updating your file can be an obstacle. If your ad network has found a new demand partner, you may have to submit a developer ticket with their line editor in order to ensure that change is reflected on your site’s ads.txt. This can get tiresome, very quickly.
To keep your file updated automatically, check if your Ad Ops solution provides a dynamic ads.txt tool. At Freestar, it’s is a cost-free way for you to control and manage your own ads.txt. You add your custom lines to the Ads.txt page and when our ads.txt page is updated, your page is automatically updated too.
This means that you don’t have to manually update your page every time we update our file. Once your custom lines are in, every time we update our file, yours is updated automatically.
Want to add custom lines? Not a problem. Copy and paste your custom lines for each of your sites directly in the Freestar dashboard. Save and done. Unlocking new revenue has never been so simple.
This is just one out of many quick ways to boost your website monetization. Interested in learning more methods? Read our top 5 Quick Wins to Boost Your Website Monetization now. Got a burning question about Hosted Ads.txt? You can reach out to us by BDemail@example.com.