Ad layout

Your ads need to satisfy 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 (for example, phone numbers, email addresses)
  • Words or phrases in foreign languages (except for brands and trademarks)
  • Prices in foreign currencies
  • 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)

Website, Turbo pages, and links

Make sure that your landing page fulfills Yandex's 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 include malicious content, links to phishing websites that steal personal data, or redirects to third party websites
  • 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 contact details of the owner are listed 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
  • Relates 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 high-quality and high 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. Written material found on the product packaging, in app screenshots, or in image ads is the exception to this rule.

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

Attention. We don't recommend putting text, watermarks, or logos 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 play videos or close windows.

Images should not contain the following:

  • Your competitors products or logos of (for example, 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 area that takes up more than 20% of the whole image.

  • Logos, watermarks, or text that occupies 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, HTML 5 banners, and search banners

Requirements for the creative in image ads, display campaigns, and search banners differ from those for other types of 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.

Creative and banners must have visible borders and an opaque background. The border color must not match the background color. Images and graphic elements should not be deformed, contain compression artifacts, or be obfuscated.

The text 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).

You cannot use rapid animations, flickering graphic elements, or a flashing background when using GIFs or HTML 5 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 play videos or close windows.

The advertised site must open in a new window (and only open after a user clicks on the HTML 5 banner).

HTML 5 banners must work correctly and the same way in the following browsers for all users on all platforms during the entire campaign period: Yandex Browser 14 and later, Google Chrome 14 and later, Mozilla Firefox 14 and later, Opera 14 and later, Internet Explorer 9 and later, Microsoft Edge.

In HTML 5, you can not 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.

HTML 5 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 extensions

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

You can upload your own background video clips into Ad builder or video extensions. Your video clips should be high quality and clear with no compression artifacts. You cannot 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 a vague 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