Chrome Gets Built-In Ad Blocker To Crack Down On Annoying Ads

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No, it won't block all ads on all the sites; instead, it will only be stopping the ones that are incredibly annoying and mess with the user experience. Because of poorly designed or malicious ads, people are installing ad blockers at an increasing rate and making it harder and harder for free content to exist. Sites that fail to meet those standards for 30 days will have all their ads blocked by Google - even those "owned or served by Google" - after which they'll be able to submit for manual review to have ads re-enabled once the bad ads are removed.

Ads are the biggest source of Google's revenue, so it was a little surprising to see the search giant announce that Chrome, its homegrown web browser, would stop showing certain kinds web ads in early 2018. One can probably guess numerous types of ads that won't meet the guidelines: full-page interstitial ads, ads that play sound unexpectedly, and pop-ups, among others.

Now in a statement, Google has confirmed they will start blocking all ads on websites who fail the Better Ads standard starting February 15.

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We know that it may seem unjustified to the publishers or website owners, but Google claims that it has been working with publishers to ensure they are in agreement with the new feature.

Sites that are in violation of these guidelines can be reported to Google's Ad Experience Report. If you receive a failing score or want to check your score, you can do so in Google's Webmaster Tools and the Ad Experience Report. This announcement will have a devastating effect on publishers, marketers and bloggers that use ads as one of the ways of generating revenues for the sites. Google can also help you in their Ad Experience Report Help Forum.

Google provides a best practices guide for ad formats that comply with the Coalition for Better Ads group's guidelines.

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