Google Chrom Ad blocker
Google Chrom Ad blocker

What Publishers Need to Know about Google Chrome’s Ad-Blocker

As a digital publisher, you might have heard of Ad-blocker many times. Google Chrome's ad blocker was launched to enhance user experience by filtering out intrusive ads. This feature has had a profound impact on various stakeholders, particularly news publishers.

Google Chrome Ad Blocker aims to improve users' browsing. However, it also poses challenges for news sites that rely heavily on ad revenue. Let's explore what Google Chrome's ad blocker is and how it functions.

What is Google Chrome's Ad Blocker?

Google Chrome's ad blocker is a built-in feature designed to block ads that do not meet certain user-friendly standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group.

These standards aim to improve the online experience by eliminating intrusive or annoying ads, such as pop-ups, auto-playing video ads with sound, and large sticky ads.

TLDR: Ad blocking complies with research conducted by the Coalition of Better Ads, an organization formed by leading international trade associations and companies involved in online media. The coalition surveyed 40,000 people on various user experience factors and defined a set of low-standard ad formats for Desktop and mobile.

How Does the Google Chrome Ad Blocker Work?

The functionality of Google Chrome's ad blocker is straightforward yet impactful. Here Is how it operates:

Standards Enforcement: The ad blocker uses the Better Ads Standards to determine which ads should be blocked. These standards are based on user feedback about types of advertising that detract from the overall web experience.

Ad Detection and Filtering: When you navigate to a page, Chrome checks if it is on a list of sites that fail to meet the Better Ads Standards. If it is, Chrome filters out ads deemed too intrusive based on the criteria.

Notification and Transparency: Chrome notifies the user and the website owner about the action. This means a cleaner, faster browsing experience with fewer interruptions for users. On the other hand, website owners are encouraged to review and adjust their ad practices.

Low-standard Ad formats for Desktop -

  • Pop-up Ads - Ads that pop up and block the content on the page.

  • Autoplaying video ads with sounds - Videos that play sound without user interaction.

  • Prestitial Ads with countdown—These ads appear before the page's content has loaded. They force the user to wait a number of seconds before they can dismiss the ad.

  • Large sticky ads - Ones that stick to the bottom edge of a page, regardless of a user’s efforts to scroll.

Low Standards Ad formats to be blocked by Google Chrome
Low Standards Ad formats to be blocked by Google Chrome

Low - Standard Ad formats for mobiles

Ad Density more than 30% - Ads that take up more than 30% of the vertical height of a page.

  • Flashing animated ads - Ones that animate and “flash” with rapidly changing backgrounds, text, or colors.

  • Positional ads with countdown - These ads with countdown timers appear after the user follows a link. They force the user to wait many seconds before dismissing the ad.

  • Full-screen scroller ads- force users to scroll through an ad on top of the content.

  • Large sticky ads - Ads that stick to a side of a mobile page, regardless of a user’s efforts to scroll.

  • Pop-up ads - These ones pop up and block the content on the page.

  • Prestitial ads - Ads that appear before the page's content has loaded.

  • Autoplaying video ads with sounds - Videos that play sound without user interaction.

You can submit your website for manual review if it is again showing Ad violations. Two of the manual reviews will be done immediately. The third one will be done only after a gap of 30 days.

Is this Ad block Beneficial for Publishers?

Definitely yes. Why?

  • A few good quality ads provide greater user experience, which in turn leads to better user engagement and retention.

  • Ads will be of more value, with higher ad impressions, CTRs as well as cost per click. Many publishers got better results, when they cut down the number of ads and used a few high quality ones instead.

  • Rising number of Ad-block software (ones that block all the ads, regardless of its quality) users is a serious threat to Publishers income. But Ads itself is not the reason behind people using Adblock, 69% of the people were motivated by annoying ads. This chrome update will reduce the number of people using Ad block software, thus safeguarding publisher’s income in the long run.

Impact on News Publishers

For news publishers, the introduction of Google Chrome's ad blocker has been a double-edged sword. While it promotes a better user experience, it also requires publishers to rethink their advertising strategies.

Publishers who have relied heavily on aggressive ad formats might see a significant drop in ad revenue if their ads are blocked. This has urged many to adopt more user-friendly ad techniques or to explore alternative revenue streams such as subscriptions or sponsored content.

As we move forward, both publishers and advertisers need to balance monetization strategies with user experience to thrive in an internet ecosystem that is increasingly user-centric.

The introduction of ad blockers like the one in Chrome is a call to action for cleaner, less intrusive advertising that can support the financial needs of publishers while respecting the browsing experience of users.


The Google Chrome ad blocker brings both advantages and disadvantages for publishers. On the positive side, it encourages the adoption of less intrusive advertising practices, which can lead to a better user experience and potentially higher engagement rates.

By complying with the Better Ads Standards, publishers may see improved site usability and reader loyalty, which are crucial for long-term success. However, the disadvantages are significant.

Publishers who have traditionally relied on more aggressive ad formats may experience a sudden drop in ad revenue as these ads get blocked, impacting their financial sustainability.

This shift forces publishers to either overhaul their advertising strategies or seek alternative revenue streams such as subscriptions or sponsored content. Overall, while the ad blocker aims to enhance user experience, it challenges publishers to innovate and diversify their monetization approaches in an increasingly ad-resistant online environment.