When starting an online business, one of the most powerful means of success is through using an advertising network, but there are many important factors to take under consideration before you embark on your marketing journey. With careful research and proper implementation, advertising networks are essential tools in helping you promote your business, create attractive banners for your website, use cost-effective marketing techniques and guide you in marketing strategies for your success.
First, it’s important to understand what an advertising network is. Advertising networks are companies that connect websites that host advertisements with advertisers who want to run advertisements. They generally pay money to software developers and websites to allow their ads to be shown when people visit their sites or use their software. The forms of online advertising inventory can be found on websites as RSS feeds, banner ads, rich media, and text links, on blogs, emails, instant messaging applications, adware and other sources. In most cases, such networks deliver their content through a central ad server.
There are two types of advertising networks. First tier advertising networks have high quality traffic that serve ads and traffic to second-tier networks, and they have a large number of their own advertisers and publishers. Popular search engines such as Google and Yahoo are examples of first-tier advertising networks. While second-tier advertising networks may also have some of their own publishers and advertisers, their main revenue source usually comes from other networks’ syndicated ads.
An advertiser buys a run or category of network packages within the network, and the advertising network serves advertisements from its ad server that then responds to a site once a page is called. While larger publishers often sell only their leftover inventory through advertising networks, small publishers usually use those networks to sell their entire inventory. Blind networks are a type of advertising network that is very economical and offer low pricing to direct marketers, but the advertisers do not know where their ads are going to be placed.
Some advertising networks provide free promotions to websites by providing them with banners and links and actively promote other businesses. But the search for authenticated information about an advertising network is essential before signing on. Use a referral system and don’t place your business with a network that is not well known or established. Choose an advertising network that imposes only a nominal financial burden on your website’s advertising campaign. Make sure that the advertising network’s terms and conditions clearly state what the relationship between your business and the network entails as well as a break down of charges per service. Make sure that the network you choose is run by an experienced and dedicated work group that will be able to carefully analyze your business, target the right audience and successfully market your products.