Ad Fraud: Ad fraud refers to the practice of intentionally serving fraudulent or invalid ad impressions, clicks, or conversions in order to generate revenue or gain an unfair advantage in the digital advertising ecosystem. Ad fraud can take many forms and can be perpetrated by both humans and bots.
Types of Ad Fraud: There are several types of ad fraud, including:
- Click Fraud: Click fraud occurs when a person or bot clicks on an ad with no intention of engaging with the advertiser’s website or product. This can be done to exhaust an advertiser’s budget or to artificially inflate click-through rates.
- Impression Fraud: Impression fraud occurs when an ad is served but not actually seen by a human user. This can be done by bots or by placing ads in non-viewable areas of a webpage.
- Conversion Fraud: Conversion fraud occurs when a person or bot falsely claims credit for a conversion, such as a purchase or sign-up, that they did not actually generate.
Impact on Digital Advertising: Ad fraud can have a significant impact on the digital advertising industry. It can lead to wasted ad spend, decreased trust in the effectiveness of digital advertising, and a distorted view of campaign performance. Advertisers, publishers, and ad tech companies all have a role to play in combating ad fraud through measures such as fraud detection and prevention tools, transparency initiatives, and industry-wide collaboration.« Back to Glossary Index