We’re seeing low Impressions on Previous day for the [DFP Network]. Follow these troubleshooting steps to diagnose the issue.

This means that the publisher website is averaging less than 30,000 impressions per day or less than 1 million impressions per month.

Step 1: Log into the publisher’s DFP account, run a report for previous months to check the average volume of impressions they’ve been serving. Notice any abnormal drop or spikes.

Step 2: Log into the publisher’s Google Analytics account. Check the number of Page Views for the previous months.

Step 3: Calculate the average ads per page (DFP impressions/PageViews). The calculation must be based on the same timeframe on both DFP & Google Analytics.

Step 4: If ads per page are normal (+/- 20% of the expected number of ads the publisher is running per page), low impression count is most likely due to low traffic volume.

Step 5: If a publisher is doing ad arbitrage (meaning they buy traffic), there is a big chance for their traffic volume to fluctuate.

traffic spikes

Step 6: Check their traffic sources in Google Analytics.

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Step 7: If they get mostly social traffic, that signals the publisher is possibly doing arbitrage unless their social media fan base is huge.

Step 8: Traffic fluctuation is expected for arbitrage publishers. If a low impression count continues for at least 14 straight days, manage publisher expectation that we won’t be able to optimize properly with such a low volume of traffic.

Step 9: If the publisher served less than 1 million impressions for previous months. Recommend that we switch the publisher as AdX-only or PubGuru Header Bidding only, whichever is applicable.

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