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The Rules of Adblocking: How Block Lists Work

David Barton AdBlock Leave a Comment

This note is a layman’s guide to how the “block lists” that power adblocking work. A block list contains tens of thousands of rules that govern how a website should be displayed. There are two types of rules. “Filter” rules define what should be blocked. “Exception” rules define what content should be displayed. The most popular block list, “EasyList”, contains tens of thousands of these filters and exceptions.
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How much extra revenue will Facebook make by advertising to the blocked web?

David Barton AdBlock, Advertising 2.0, Monetization Leave a Comment

Facebook’s decision earlier this year to start serving ads to adblockers is already starting to bear fruit. In last week’s Q3 earnings call, the company said that “desktop ad revenue grew 18%, which is higher than growth rates in recent quarters, and was aided by our efforts to limit the impact of ad blockers on advertising served via web browsers”. This post examines these figures to extrapolate the revenue lift that Facebook will enjoy from serving ads on the blocked web. We estimate that Facebook's decision to show tamper-proof ads will yield an additional $720 million over the next year. 
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Podcast: discussion with Jason Kint (DCN)

Dr Johnny Ryan AdBlock, Advertising 2.0, Content, Monetization Leave a Comment

I spoke with Jason Kint, CEO of Digital Content Next (DCN), which represents the most prestigious publishers in the world, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, Disney, Bloomberg, Vox. In our podcast we discuss pressing issues for publishers and marketeers including: native advertising, adblocking, micropayments, measurement, the media economy and publisher business models, transparency in the advertising market, and Facebook’s decision to show ads to adblockers. Listen below.…
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Adblocking: the Need to Know Slide Deck

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Dr Johnny Ryan of PageFair presented this slide deck at The Advertising Research Foundation, held at Quantcast in San Francisco. He was speaking alongside Joe Barone of GroupM, John Clyman of Rubicon Project, Augustine Fou of the ARF, Harrison Gordon of Google, David Kohl, Chris Langel of MOAT, Lauren Moores of dstillery, Michael Tiffany of WhiteOps, Timur Yarnall of comScore. The event was at The Advertising Research Foundation was on 27 July. See details here http://thearf.org/ad-fraud-and-ad-blocking-taming-the-elephant-in-the-room/…
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Thinking Big in Cuba

Donal Kerr AdBlock, Advertising 2.0, Content, Monetization Leave a Comment

Cuba is a fascinating country. It forces you to think about big issues such as wealth and its creation and distribution, free speech, poverty, health care provision and education - and how to pay for it all. If you are interested in economics or capitalism, then Cuba is like a vast experiment. Cuba has little or no print or billboard advertising - most adverts are government information campaigns or propaganda. Despite all of this, Cuba is slowly opening up to the world and US sanctions are likely to be lifted soon. The main causes for the poor state of the Cuban Internet are the US trade embargo, infrastructure poverty and the government's fear of information. With its 11 million citizens slowly getting internet access over the next few years, the country is in a unique position - how to invest effectively in the collective interest to provide internet access?
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Risky Business of Building on Platforms

David Barton Ad Networks, AdBlock, Content, Monetization Leave a Comment

The fears surrounding Facebook’s recently announced changes to its news feed highlights the risks publishers embrace when relying on a distribution platform over which they have no control. Facebook – like other large platforms – has its own priorities, plans and goals, so the statement that they view their “work as only 1 percent finished” suggests that any business built on its platform will face shifting sands for the foreseeable future.…
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Mary Meeker: PageFair Data is Call to Arms to Create Better Ads

Matthew Cortland Ad Networks, Ad News, AdBlock, Advertising 2.0 Leave a Comment

The newest edition of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers identified adblocking as a major internet trend in 2016. The investment firm, known widely for backing some of the world’s most successful startups, used PageFair’s data to illustrate the growing adoption of adblocking software around the world. PageFair’s 2015 report with Adobe explored adblock use on desktop browsers and PageFair’s 2016 report with Priori Data looked at adblock use on smartphones.