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Pixalate sees 11x more app-ads.txt adoption in Q3



Pixalate this week released a report on App-ads.txt and Ads.txt trends. Pixalate saw a 1,122% increase in app-ads.txt adoption in Q3 2019. Over half of the top 1k programmatic apps have now app-ads.txt implemented. And over 1 million domains now have ads.txt.

According to Pixalate, apps without app-ads.txt have 63% more invalid traffic. Apps compliant with app-ads.txt had around 20% of IVT (invalid traffic) while apps without app-ads.txt had around 32% IVT.

Pixalate also found out that Android apps are implementing faster the the app-ads.txt. 26% of the top android apps, on a universe of 5k iOS/Android apps were compliant with app-ads.txt. In iOS this number was 18%.

Ads.txt is used on web, while app-ads.txt is used on apps. Ads.txt is a text file where publishers declare the authorized vendors that sell their inventory in programmatic. DSPs compliant with Ads.txt only buy authorised impressions, limiting domain arbitrage and domain spoofing. DSP’s are crawling daily the domains to be compliant for the Ads.txt. Not all DSPs have yet adopted Ads.txt.

In August, Basis DSP started to enforce app-ads.txt, and AdMob and Google Ad Manager introduced support for app-ads.txt. Tappx created a free hosting tool for the app-ads.txt. In September, DV360 started to enforce the app-ads.txt.

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Google favors helpful content over search engine-first in new update



Google favors helpful content over search engine-first in new update

Google is favoring content “by people, for people” over content written with search engines in mind in a new and extensive search algorithm update. The changes are responsive to user frustration when clicking on links that rank well in search but lead to content designed to rank well in search rather than be helpful or informative.

We know people don’t find content helpful if it seems like it was designed to attract clicks rather than inform readers. So starting next week for English users globally, we’re rolling out a series of improvements to Search to make it easier for people to find helpful content made by, and for, people. 

Danny Sullivan, Public Liaison for Search, Google

Roll-out and impact. The changes are expected to roll out over the next two weeks. The timeline will be posted here. Subject areas that have traditionally attracted a high proportion of search engine-first content are likely to feel the most impact. These may include arts and entertainment, for example, where links lead to aggregated content from third-party sources (such as film reviews) rather than original content.

It’s important to note that the impact will be sitewide. In other words, if the algorithm determines that the site offers a high proportion of unhelpful content, all content on the site will be impacted.

For a deep dive into these changes read this analysis on Search Engine Land.

Why we care. Content marketers especially should reflect on what these changes mean for their content strategy. Brands want to see high search rankings for their content for purposes — obviously — of brand awareness, product discovery and customer acquisition. But those aims can no longer be pursued at the expense of providing rich, informative and original content.

This is a lesson many brands were learning anyway. Today’s customer doesn’t want to be sold to. He or she wants to be helped — with a decision, with a pain point, with an educational journey. The difference going forward is that Google looks set to make helpful content all but mandatory.


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About The Author


Kim Davis is the Editorial Director of MarTech. Born in London, but a New Yorker for over two decades, Kim started covering enterprise software ten years ago. His experience encompasses SaaS for the enterprise, digital- ad data-driven urban planning, and applications of SaaS, digital technology, and data in the marketing space.

He first wrote about marketing technology as editor of Haymarket’s The Hub, a dedicated marketing tech website, which subsequently became a channel on the established direct marketing brand DMN. Kim joined DMN proper in 2016, as a senior editor, becoming Executive Editor, then Editor-in-Chief a position he held until January 2020.

Prior to working in tech journalism, Kim was Associate Editor at a New York Times hyper-local news site, The Local: East Village, and has previously worked as an editor of an academic publication, and as a music journalist. He has written hundreds of New York restaurant reviews for a personal blog, and has been an occasional guest contributor to Eater.

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