Contextual advertising

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Contextual advertising (also called contextual targeting) is a form of targeted advertising for advertisements appearing on websites or other digital platforms, such as content displayed in mobile browsers. Contextual targeting involves the use of linguistic factors to control the placement of advertising material. The advertisements are selected and delivered by automated systems, taking into consideration the context of a user's search or browsing behaviour.[1] As advertisers and marketers increasingly prioritise brand safety and suitability, contextual advertising has emerged as a crucial aspect in safeguarding the reputation and value of a brand.[2]

How it works

A contextual advertising system scans the content of a website for specific

search engines
to display advertisements on their search results pages based on the keywords in the user's query.

Contextual advertising is a form of targeted advertising in which the content of an ad is in direct correlation to the content of the web page the user is viewing. An example of contextual advertising is an ad offering a special price on a flight to Italy appearing on a website concerning traveling in Europe. Contextual advertising is also called "In-Text" advertising or "In-Context" technology.[citation needed]

Apart from that, when a visitor does not click on an ad in the go through time (the minimum time a user must click on the ad), the ad is automatically changed to the next relevant ad, with the option below of going back to the previous ad.

Contextual ads are commonly perceived as less irritating than traditional advertising. That is why it influences users more effectively. It shows users’ areas of interest, thus increasing the chance of receiving a response.[4]

Service providers

Google AdSense was the first major contextual advertising network.[citation needed] It works by providing webmasters with JavaScript code that, when inserted into webpages, displays relevant advertisements from the Google inventory of advertisers. The relevance is calculated by a separate Googlebot that indexes the content of a webpage. Recent technology/service providers have emerged with more sophisticated systems that use language-independent proximity pattern matching algorithms to increase matching accuracy.[5] is the other major contextual ad network competing with Google AdSense.[6][7]


  1. ^ ‘Personalization diminished’: In the GDPR era, contextual targeting is making a comeback Published by digiday on June 7, 2018, retrieved on November 13, 2019
  2. ^ "Why 'brand suitability' is replacing brand safety". Digiday. 2020-01-24. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  3. ^ "Contextual Marketing Definition". PC Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  4. ^ "Advantages of Contextual Advertising for Apps". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  5. ^ "Proximic Signs Deals With Yahoo and eBay To Turn Product Listings Into Contextual Ads; Taking on AdSense". Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  6. ^ Wauters, Robin (2012-05-07). " Will Soon Employ 500 People To Challenge Google". Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  7. ^ Wauters, Robin. "From Bootstrapping To $300M In Value: Meet The Founder Of Directi (TCTV)". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-08-19.

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