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Yahoo Ads: Everything You Should Know for Profitable Campaigns

Yahoo Ads: Everything You Should Know for Profitable Campaigns

Google certainly owns the largest search market share and Google Ads may be top-of-mind when someone thinks of PPC ads. But, that doesn’t mean Yahoo ads can be forgotten. This begs the question…

Why advertise on Yahoo?

Yahoo Search alone reaches over 117M unique searchers per month. So if you’re relying solely on Google ads — and ignoring Yahoo advertising altogether — you’re automatically missing out on over 30% of your potential market.

Who uses Yahoo?

Some examples include older web users who have used Yahoo their entire lives and employees on workplace computers with locked default browsers set to Yahoo.

Yahoo offers its fair share of ad types to appeal to advertisers’ demand for multiple ad formats.

Ad formats available on the Yahoo ads network

Search ads

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Yahoo search ads are effective because they’re highly relevant to what searchers are already looking for, targeted toward an audience with high intent. These searchers are more likely to click paid search ads, meaning they have a higher chance to convert into a customer than someone without any interest or intent.

To demonstrate, this Taboola search ad is highly relevant to the search query, contains a benefit-oriented headline and description, and shows an optimized display URL:

Yahoo ads search query

Once clicked, searchers end up on this click-through post-click landing page where they can create a Taboola account:

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Yahoo ads search post-click landing page

Display ads

Yahoo display ads can be shown to people who previously showed interest in your brand, product, or service. This is a form of personalized advertising called retargeting (aka remarketing). Instead of appearing in search engine results, they’re located at the top, bottom, sides, or middle of the content on a web page.

This Dynamic Yield banner ad is an example at the top of Yahoo’s homepage:

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Yahoo ads display banner

When clicked, prospects are brought to this dedicated post-click landing page:

Yahoo ads display post-click landing page

Another example is this BetterHelp display ad, which appeared in the right-side margin of the Yahoo homepage. It directs prospects to the following post-click landing page:

Yahoo ads display Better Help
Yahoo ads display Better Help post-click landing page

Sponsored ads

Sponsored ads come in multiple formats: single-image, carousel, native, and video. Here’s a single-image sponsored ad by Spectrum that contains one image, a headline, and short description:

Yahoo ads single image

It takes prospects to this Spectrum post-click landing page when clicked:

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Yahoo ads single image post-click landing page

Sponsored ads in carousel format provide advertisers the ability to tell an impactful visual story by grouping three to five cards together. Each with an image and a caption, and each linking to a unique post-click landing page. Carousel ads are available on desktop and mobile and can drive 2-3x higher click-through rates than single-image sponsored ads.

This 3-card desktop carousel ad, sponsored by World Finance Loans brings prospects to the following post-click landing page:

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Yahoo ads carousel
Yahoo ads carousel post-click landing page

Native video ads blend with the content of the platform they’re on and appear organic to the user. Sponsored video ads serve across desktop and mobile, and are muted by default, as not to disrupt or negatively impact the user experience.

This ad format regularly outperforms other ad types with view and completion rates, too. One recent study showed that Yahoo native video ads drove a 50% increase in brand favorability and a 28% increase in purchase intent.

This Zillow sponsored video ad is a great example to show the comparison and how similar they appear, blending in with surrounding content:

Yahoo ads native video

Yahoo Mail ads

Yahoo Mail ads are exclusively appearing in the email platform and have produced click-through rates as high as 4x industry averages.

One type of mail ad presents natively as the top email in a user’s inbox, like this Discover Card ad:

Yahoo ads mail Discover

When the user clicks the ad, it displays in the Mail message pane, just like any other email.

If users open the Discover Card mail ad above, they see this credit card post-click landing page:

Yahoo ads mail Discover post-click landing page

Yahoo Mail ads also include targeted banner ads. Here’s one from Nespresso, offering a $50 off coupon with a “Shop Now” CTA button:

Yahoo ads mail Nespresso banner

Post-click, users see this sales page where they can make a purchase:

Yahoo ads mail Nespresso sales page

Note: The Instapage digital advertising specs guide contains everything you need in one place. Dimensions, file formats, examples, and more — to create each of these ad formats across all platforms and devices.

How much does it cost to advertise on Yahoo?

Naturally, Yahoo ads vary in price, depending on the format you choose. However, one thing does remain relatively constant: it’s inexpensive to advertise on Yahoo.

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Due to lower search volumes, and therefore low competition, cost per click can be very low. So even if you only generate one customer or sale from advertising on Yahoo, your ROI is still likely to be impressive.

User-reported pricing data — based on 1,357 user reviews across 10 different advertising products — demonstrates that Yahoo advertising was ranked in the 32nd percentile for cost in the Search Advertising category:

Yahoo ads pricing data

So although the search volume isn’t as high as other platforms, it’s still wise to take advantage of the Yahoo ads network.

Start taking advantage of Yahoo Ads

Yahoo complements any digital marketer’s advertising strategy by filling in any gaps in its online presence. With various ad formats and specs, and attractive cost opportunities, Yahoo advertising simply can’t be forgotten.

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