In November 2020, we released mobile interstitial ads, and the desktop counterpart is now available in your dashboard!
What are interstitial ads, and what do they look like?
Interstitials are full-screen display ads that appear between pageviews. Readers can close them immediately, and there is no countdown to view them.
They are frequency capped, which means not everyone will see them, and they will only appear if a reader clicks on an internal or external link.
Here is an example:
How much do they pay?
Interstitial ads are highly viewable and command the reader's attention. Advertisers will pay top dollar for them. In testing, we've seen an average increase in desktop RPM of 7.7%.
What about SEO?
Google AdExchange renders interstitial creatives to "match Google search standards". Since they will not appear on the first screenview and only after a link is clicked, they will have no impact on SEO.
Does Mediavine recommend enabling desktop interstitial ads?
Not necessarily. We offer these because they can boost performance, and we want you to have plenty of options to customize your ad experience. Whether or not they are a good fit for your site depends on your goals.
Here are a few things to consider:
How much desktop traffic does your site get?
These units can be disruptive to the reader experience, so if you're not getting much desktop traffic, you likely won't make enough to justify potentially alienating readers with a full page display ad.
What is the right balance between revenue and user experience for your site?
Desktop interstitials can give a nice boost to your desktop RPM, but it comes at a price. Unexpected full page ads between pageviews isn't the best user experience, and that's something to consider before enabling.
How do I enable desktop interstitial ads?
Both mobile and desktop interstitials are in the Optional Ad Unit section of your dashboard. Settings > Ad Settings > Optional Ad Units
Where can I see earnings for desktop interstitial ads?
It will be in the Ad Unit breakdown section on the first page of the dashboard.