Monetize the Conversation

Learn how the OpenWeb Android SDK can monetize your Conversation.

The OpenWeb Android SDK supports two ad formats:

  • Banner (320X50, 320x100, 300x250)
  • Interstitial (full page)

The interstitial ad appears once per article when the user navigates to a Conversation. The banner ad appears on the article page above the Conversation.



Requirements

  • Approved Google Ad Manager form for apps ads should indicate apps
  • An app-ads.txt file implemented in your web environment at www.your-domain.com/app-ads.txt


Implementation

Integrating the Google Mobile Ads SDK into your app sets the foundation for you to display ads and earn revenue. After adding and initiating the dependency, you must work with your OpenWeb PSM to set up the advertising campaign.

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Since conflicts can occur when the Google Mobile Ads SDK is a dependency of both the host app and the OpenWeb Android SDK, Google Mobile Ads SDK is not included as a direct dependency of the OpenWeb Android SDK.


Enable ads

Use the following steps to support monetization with the OpenWeb Android SDK:

  1. In the app build.gradle file, add the Google ads dependency.
implementation 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads:21.1.0'
  1. Add the following GoogleAdsProvider file to your project.
package spotIm.sample.ads

import android.app.Activity
import android.content.Context
import android.util.Size
import com.google.android.gms.ads.*
import com.google.android.gms.ads.admanager.AdManagerAdRequest
import com.google.android.gms.ads.admanager.AdManagerAdView
import com.google.android.gms.ads.admanager.AdManagerInterstitialAd
import com.google.android.gms.ads.admanager.AdManagerInterstitialAdLoadCallback
import spotIm.common.ads.SPAdSize
import spotIm.common.ads.SPGoogleAdsProvider
import spotIm.common.ads.SPGoogleAdsBannerListener
import spotIm.common.ads.SPGoogleAdsInterstitialListener

class GoogleAdsProvider(override var spotId: String) : SPGoogleAdsProvider {
    private var adView: AdManagerAdView? = null
    private var adManagerInterstitialAd: AdManagerInterstitialAd? = null

    override fun hasInterstitialAd(): Boolean {
        return adManagerInterstitialAd != null
    }

    override fun loadBannerAd(
        appContext: Context,
        tag: String,
        sizes: Array<SPAdSize>,
        postId: String,
        listener: SPGoogleAdsBannerListener)
    {
        createGoogleBannerView(appContext, spAdSizesToGoogleAdSizes(sizes), tag)
        val adRequest = AdManagerAdRequest.Builder()
            .addCustomTargeting(BANNER_CONV_SDK_SPOT_ID, spotId)
            .build()
        adView?.loadAd(adRequest)
        adView?.adListener = object : AdListener() {
            override fun onAdLoaded() {
                adView?.let {
                    listener.onBannerLoaded(tag, it, Size(it.width, it.height))
                }
            }

            override fun onAdFailedToLoad(error: LoadAdError) {
                listener.onBannerFailedToLoad(error.message, error.code)
                              }
        }
    }

    override fun loadInterstitialAd(appContext: Context, tag: String, postId: String, listener: SPGoogleAdsInterstitialListener) {
        val adRequest = AdManagerAdRequest.Builder()
            .addCustomTargeting(
                INTERSTITIAL_CONV_SDK_SPOT_ID,
                spotId
            )
            .build()

        AdManagerInterstitialAd.load(
            appContext,
            tag,
            adRequest,
            object : AdManagerInterstitialAdLoadCallback() {
                override fun onAdLoaded(interstitialAd: AdManagerInterstitialAd) {
                    adManagerInterstitialAd = interstitialAd

                    adManagerInterstitialAd?.fullScreenContentCallback = object: FullScreenContentCallback() {
                        override fun onAdDismissedFullScreenContent() {
                            adManagerInterstitialAd = null
                            listener.onAdDismissedFullScreenContent()
                        }

                        override fun onAdShowedFullScreenContent() {
                            listener.onAdShowedFullScreenContent()
                        }

                        override fun onAdFailedToShowFullScreenContent(adError: AdError) {
                            listener.onAdFailedToShowFullScreenContent(adError.message, adError.code)
                        }
                    }

                    listener.onInterstitialAdLoaded()
                }

                override fun onAdFailedToLoad(adError: LoadAdError) {
                    listener.onInterstitialAdFailedToLoad(adError.message, adError.code)
                }
            }
        )
    }

    override fun showInterstitialAd(activity: Activity) {
        adManagerInterstitialAd?.show(activity)
    }

    private fun spAdSizesToGoogleAdSizes(sizes: Array<SPAdSize>): Array<AdSize> {
        return sizes.map {
            when (it) {
                SPAdSize.BANNER -> AdSize.BANNER
                SPAdSize.FULL_BANNER -> AdSize.FULL_BANNER
                SPAdSize.LARGE_BANNER -> AdSize.LARGE_BANNER
                SPAdSize.LEADERBOARD -> AdSize.LEADERBOARD
                SPAdSize.MEDIUM_RECTANGLE -> AdSize.MEDIUM_RECTANGLE
                SPAdSize.WIDE_SKYSCRAPER -> AdSize.WIDE_SKYSCRAPER
            }
        }.toTypedArray()
    }

    private fun createGoogleBannerView(appContext: Context, sizes: Array<AdSize>, tag: String) {
        adView = AdManagerAdView(appContext)
        adView?.setAdSizes(*sizes)
        adView?.adUnitId = tag
    }

    companion object {
        private const val INTERSTITIAL_CONV_SDK_SPOT_ID = "interConvSdkSpotId"
        private const val BANNER_CONV_SDK_SPOT_ID = "bannerConvSdkSpotId"
    }
}
  1. Immediately after SpotIm.init(), call setGoogleAdsProvider to set the Google ads provider to the SpotIm class.
SpotIm.setGoogleAdsProvider(GoogleAdsProvider(<SPOT_ID>))

Disable ads

By default, OpenWeb helps you to monetize your content and engagement experiences by showing ads to your users.

If you would like to provide an ad-free experience for your subscribed users, use the following steps:

  1. Contact your PSM to request that ads be disabled for your subscribers.
  2. Define user_metadata.is_subscriber during the backend SSO handshake or when updating a user's details.

When you pass Base64-encoded "user_metadata.is_subscriber": true during the login process, you indicate that the user is a subscriber. During the user's session, no ads will be shown.

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If a user's subscriber status changes, your app must log out the user and complete a new SSO flow. This ensures that a user's previous cached client state for user_metadata.is_subscriber is not used.