What Is Google Ad Manager – Features For Publishers & More (GAM)

What Is Google Ad Manager – Features For Publishers & More (GAM)

In June 2018, Google announced new branding for a range of their advertising products. With this initiative, they merged their DoubleClick For Publishers or (DFP) ad server with their Google Ad Exchange advertising source into a unified platform called Google Ad Manager or (GAM).

What is Google DoubleClick For Publishers and Ad Exchange?

Since GAM is a merger of older Google products, it’s useful to take a quick look at those products, especially DFP. So, what is DoubleClick For Publishers? It’s an all in one publisher ad inventory management solution and Google’s trademark ad server. This ad server is one of the most widely used products in the ad tech space and comes with a range of features such as yield management, data management, optimization tools, security, trafficking capabilities and more. It’s also MonetizeMore’s preferred ad server and is used by most of our publisher partners.

We’ve written extensively on the ins and outs of Google’s DFP ad server so you can get the most value out of your ad inventory. If you’re looking for help and support in managing your DFP ad server you can follow our link here.

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Google Ad Exchange is often referred to as the premium version of AdSense. With Ad Exchange, publishers get access to premium advertising brands, a programmatic exchange, and advanced optimization tools. Find out more about our approach to optimizing Google Ad Exchange here.

What is Google Ad Manager?

Google Ad Manager is a platform that brings the best of DoubleClick Ad Exchange and DoubleClick For Publishers into a unified account. In an age where publishers have evolved into multi-platform content creators, Google believes that their new branding better reflects the platform’s expanded capabilities.

An ad server with multiple features

With Google Ad Manager you can run all types of campaigns, whether it’s guaranteed or not on a programmatic basis with their waterfall of EBDA auction frameworks. The platform also provides an optimized competition feature that lets you maximize ad inventory yield across open auctions, reserved and private marketplace deals. It’s a complete platform that allows publishers to earn more ad revenue no matter how they sell their ad inventory.

Let’s you optimize revenue for all buyers

When Google launched Ad Exchange, the goal was to help publishers earn more revenue with real-time competition. The focus has now shifted from an auction or exchange to a complete sales channel. Ad Manager helps publishers curate their ad inventory with reserved and programmatic demand to optimize all relationships. Ad Exchange buyers have also been changed to authorized buyers.

Helping publishers monetize new arenas

With content creation evolving and people consuming content everywhere they go, it creates new ad opportunities for a variety of screen sizes and properties. With all of these monetization opportunities comes a new set of challenges such as establishing yield groups for apps, tags,  determining the best ad units for mobile and desktop, etc.

With Google Ad Manager, you can use a single platform to handle it all including delivering, measuring, optimizing ads across all devices and platforms such as CTV, AMP, mobile apps, YouTube and more.

Helps protect your inventory

With all the advertising industry fraud challenges, protecting your inventory and protecting your advertiser’s brands are very important. Fraud can lead to lots of problems for a publisher such as a degrading user experience by showing inappropriate ads, annoying creatives and can even include malware. The platform has over 30 tools to manage which ads you allow to display on your publisher’s properties.

The transition from DFP to GAM ad optimization impact

If you’ve been using DFP and found shifting to Google Ad Manager difficult, we’ve got the solution. We’ve created a tutorial showing you how to use the new product suite by transitioning from DFP to GAM. See that guide here.


Using Google Ad Manager requires a lot of skill, know-how, and experience – all of which can take a lot of time and money to learn. As a publisher, stick to what you’re best at such as creating content, growing your traffic and let the ad optimization experts help.

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What is Google Ad Manager?

Google Ad Manager is an ad server and platform that combines the best of DoubleClick Ad Exchange and DoubleClick For Publishers into a unified account. It provides a range of features such as ad serving capabilities, helps publishers optimize their ad revenue, and monetize their traffic.

How do I use Google Ad Manager?

To use Google Ad Manager, you need to sign up for an account and start trafficking your ad inventory through the platform. This way, you can set up ads, prioritize, and optimize them accordingly.

Is Google Ad Manager an ad server?

Yes, it is an ad server but provides a wide range of features.

How much does Google Ad Manager cost?

Users are allowed to use Google Ad Manager for free up until a specific impression threshold. For example, 90 million impressions per month for non-video ad units if you are located in the US, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Once a user starts going over the impression threshold, they are charged for non-Ad Exchange and non-AdSense impressions. For more information on other countries and thresholds, visit their terms of service page here: https://www.google.com/doubleclick/publishers/small-business/terms.

Kean Graham

CEO and Founder at MonetizeMore

Kean is the resident expert in Ad Optimization covering areas like AdSense Optimization, DFP Management, and third-party ad network partnerships. Kean believes in the supremacy of direct publisher deals and holistic optimization as keys to effective and consistent ad revenue increases.

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