Ad layout

Your ads need to meet certain requirements in order to pass moderation.

Note.

Yandex does not accept advertisements for certain products and services, and there are additional rules that apply to certain subjects. This is due to legal restrictions and Yandex's advertising requirements.

Title, text, and callouts

The text of your ad must clearly state what your product or service is.

Comparatives or superlatives can only be used in your ad text or callouts if your website contains an independent expert statement that your product or service is superior to others. If no such statements are available, do not use words in the superlative form.

If you are advertising a news resource, your ad text must clearly indicate that the link leads to a news media site. Use phrases like “see more”and “details at” to convey this. The ad text should relate to the title and contents of the news article, indicate the news source, and link to the page where the full version of the article is published.

Ad titles, texts, and callouts must not contain:
  • Slang, rude words, or colloquial expressions.
  • False information (knowingly misleading promises and statements).
  • Aggressive provocations or calls to commit violence.
  • Repetition of the same words or phrases.
  • Contact information (such as phone numbers or email addresses).
  • Prices in a foreign currency.
  • Disturbing words or phrases (for example, “terrorist attack”, “murder”, “death”, “peril”) unless the products or services being advertised relate to certain specific searches containing such words.

Make sure your ad texts do not contain the following:

  • Typos or grammar/spelling mistakes.
  • Words written with spaces between each l e t t e r.
  • Words written in ALL CAPS (with the exception of abbreviations like DIY).

The language of the ad must match the language of the target country. Keywords mismatching the target country language must be accompanied by a translation (except trademarks).

Rules for using language in ads

The following languages are available in Yandex.Direct: Russian, English, Belarusian, Kazakh, Turkish, Ukrainian.

Target country Allowed languages
Russia Russian or any other available language with complete translation into Russian
Kazakhstan Russian, Kazakh or any other available language with complete translation into Russian or Kazakh
Belarus Russian, Belarusian or any other available language with complete translation into Russian or Belarusian
Turkey Turkish or any other available language with complete translation into Turkish
Other countries Russian, English, Belarusian, Kazakh, Turkish

Website, Turbo pages, and links

Make sure that your landing page meets the Yandex requirements:

  • It must be relevant to the ad text.
  • It must not advertise prohibited goods or services.
  • It must be accessible and display properly in all web browsers.
  • It must not contain malicious content that fraudulently collects information about the user (phishing).
  • It must not contain pop-ups or pop-unders (except contact forms for online consultations, etc.).
  • The ad block must not cover more than half of the first screen.
  • Information about discounts, products, or services mentioned in the ad must be clearly visible on the landing page.
  • If the ad leads to a website in a language other than that of the ad, you must let the user know about this in the ad's text.
  • The owner's contact details must be shown if the webpage has a form for data collection.

If you use sitelinks, please make sure that they meet the following requirements:

  • The domain of a sitelink must match the domain of the main link from your ad. Exceptions are links to a page in a social network or Yandex.Market, or Turbo pages.
  • Make sure that the sitelink texts and descriptions:
    • Do not contain typos or grammatical errors and that the words are not capitalized and don't contain spaces between letters.
    • Reflect the contents of the landing page.
    • Are not duplicated.
    • Do not contain contact information.
  • Is relevant to the ad text.

  • Does not contain transliterated words.

  • Does not contain symbols other than -, , /, %, #

  • Meets the same requirements as the ad text.

Keywords

Keywords must be directly related to the ad content.

Avoid general keywords that do not precisely describe your product or service, e.g.: buy, apartment, discount. Replace them with phrases that relate directly to the subject of your ad: buy discount carseat, buy apartment in the center of Moscow and so on.

Ads for products or services that are “adult-only” or could “disturb” viewers can only be served when users enter very specific search queries that indicate they want to view such ads. For example, if you are advertising erotic lingerie, you can not use more general keywords, such as underwear.

vCard

An ad's vCard should contain a contact phone number. Make sure the phone number is valid. Moderators may call during working hours.

You can add a contact person's name and detailed information about your product or service. vCard texts are subject to the same requirements as ad texts.

In case of online sales (if you have no retail points of sale), specify the organization's name, its OGRN (main state registration number for legal entities), or OGRNIP (main state registration number for individual entrepreneurs).

Images and icons for mobile apps

Make sure that the image:
  • Is of high quality with good resolution.

  • Matches the title, ad text, and contents of the landing page.

Logos, watermarks, and text on the image should not take up more than 20% of the entire image. Material found on the product packaging, in app screenshots, or in the ad images are the exceptions to this rule.

Additionally, image text must meet the same requirements as ad text.

Attention. We don't recommend putting text, watermarks, or logos directly on images. According to statistics, the CTR for ads with these types of images decreases by 10%.

Interface elements must lead to the site or launch the application. This may be a button with text like “More”, “Order”, or “Purchase”. Do not add interface elements that can mislead the user or do not do what they are supposed to, such as buttons that look like they play videos or close windows.

Images should not contain the following:

  • Competitor products or logos (for example, in order to compare the quality of products).

  • Goods and services that can not legally be advertised or whose advertisement is restricted (weapons, alcohol, narcotic and psychotropic substances, tobacco products, smoking accessories, gambling, etc.)

  • Contact information.

  • Design elements from Yandex webpages.

  • Empty areas or a single color that takes up more than 20% of the whole image.

  • Logos, watermarks, and text that occupy more than 20% of the entire image.

You can use an image of a product that resembles a weapon if it is clear that the advertised product is not actually a weapon.

You can not use images in ads for funeral services or adult-only products. Images with an erotic or sexual subtext may not be accepted, as well as images whose meaning is ambiguous or that may shock the user or provoke a negative response.

The app icon in ads for mobile apps must not contain images or text referring to products and services that are prohibited or restricted from being advertised by the laws of the Russian Federation (weapons, alcohol, narcotic and psychotropic substances, tobacco products, smoking accessories, gambling, etc.).

Creatives, HTML5 banners, and search banners

Requirements for creatives in image ads, display ads and search banners differ from requirements for other images. Notably, you can use your logo and contact information.

All information required by legislation and Yandex's Ad Serving Rules must be included in the creative or banner, including age restrictions and warnings. The information must be clearly visible and easy to read.

The creative or banner must have a frame that is visible along the entire contour and a non-transparent background. You can leave some space between the frame and the contour as in the example above. The border color must not match the background color. Images and graphic elements should not be deformed, contain compression artifacts, or be obfuscated.

Texts and the advertiser's website must meet the same requirements that apply to all other ads served on Yandex.Direct.

The text should appear on the creative or banner itself, and the text's color should contrast against the background and be easily readable (please avoid overly bright colors).

Do not use rapid animations, flickering graphic elements, or a flashing background when using GIFs or HTML5 for your creative. The time it takes to switch between frames of animation should be sufficient to read all of the text shown on that frame.

Interface elements must lead to the site or launch the app. This may be a button with text like “More”, “Order”, or “Purchase”. Do not add interface elements that can mislead the user or do not do what they are supposed to, such as buttons that look like they play videos or close windows.

The advertised site must open in a new window (and only open after a user clicks on the HTML5 banner).

HTML5 banners should display correctly and work the same way for all users on all platforms over the entire duration of the ad campaign in the following browsers: Yandex.Browser 14 and above, Google Chrome 14 and higher, Mozilla Firefox 14 and higher, Opera 14 and higher, Internet Explorer 9 and higher, and Microsoft Edge.

In HTML5, you can't use video or audio clips, script behavior that is annoying or malicious (for example scripts that launch pop-ups, spoof IP addresses, etc.), browser extensions or plugins (Adobe Flash, etc.). The banner source code should not be obfuscated.

HTML5 banners must meet processor utilization requirements.

Processor utilization requirements

A computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo P9600 2.53 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, 64-800 MB of video memory, and a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional is used to test processor utilization. A page containing only a test banner is loaded on it. When the system is tested this way, the banner shouldn't utilize more than 50% of the CPUs over a measurable time period (a fraction of a second) or more than 70% of the CPUs at any given moment. A standard “Task manager” is used to measure processor utilization.

Video creatives

All information required by law and the Yandex Ad Serving Rules must be present in the video creative, including age restrictions and warnings.

You can use Ad Builder to upload your own background videos. Your video clips should be high quality and clear with no compression artifacts. Do not use rapid animations, flickering graphic elements, or a flashing background for your video clip animation. Videos should not contain the following:

  • Interface elements that can mislead the user or do not do what they are supposed to.
  • Images that don't reflect the ad text or content of the landing page.
  • Images that send an ambiguous message, are shocking, or provoke a negative response.
  • Realistic-looking images of illnesses, medical procedures/operations, or acts of war.
Check the audio to ensure the following:
  • Speech should be grammatically correct and easy to understand, and the audio should be free of background noise and harsh or excessively loud sounds.
  • Audio should match the title, ad text, and content of the landing page.
  • Audio should be in sync with the video clip.
Don't use sounds that imitate traffic (sirens, horns, screeching brakes, etc.) because this may present a danger to those in traffic.
Attention.

The full list of advertising rules and requirements can be found in the following documents: