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Facebook May Expand the Reach of its Advertising Network

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Facebook May Expand the Reach of its Advertising Network


When a social networking site has close to a billion users and has truly become a household name, many would wonder: what’s next for the company? Will it seek to expand past simply being a social networking website? Based on some recent information from online news sources, it may appear that Facebook may be trying to expand its presence in the online advertising market.

Advertising is what keeps Facebook running as a business. This is the main way that the company makes its money. So it’s only natural that Facebook would want their ads to be displayed in more places, generating more exposure for the advertisers, who can then turn these views into traffic to their websites or Facebook pages, and hopefully, conversions. Traditionally, advertising on Facebook has only been displayed on the social networking site itself. While in the last few weeks, there has been an increase in discussion over how Facebook is changing the way the ads appear, for example through sponsored stories, there is one thing that remained constant. Facebook ads would only be displayed to Facebook users that were connected to the site.

But there is news that Facebook has made a deal with Zynga where Facebook ads are also going to be displayed on their website. Zynga is a popular creator of Facebook apps and games, which are used by a great number of Facebook users. It it therefore logical that Facebook would start expanding their reach in the world of online ads through them.

There is some speculation as to whether the ads would soon start appearing on other websites too. According to more official information obtained from Facebook, they don’t plan on showing ads on other websites for the time being. However, this is something that may of course, change in the future.

Displaying ads on other sites isn’t really all that difficult. There are already millions of websites that have the Facebook Connect integration set up, so serving ads on these sites isn’t too much of a challenge. This gives Facebook a rather larger amount of sites that could be publishers of their ads. If this happens, this would mean that their advertising platform would work in a similar way to Google Adsense. The webmaster that publishes the ads on their site would be paid a certain amount per click or per thousand ad impressions. Advertisers would still pay as usual to have their ads displayed, but then they could select where they would want them to appear, giving them the choice of only making them viewable on Facebook itself, through the content network of other websites, or through just a few websites that were chosen by the advertiser.

For now, the only thing that is official and proven is the ad partnership between Zynga and Facebook. Whether these ads will expand to other websites is still a matter of speculation. But we must remember that the infrastructure for them is already really well laid out, plus interest from advertisers is likely to be quite high as well.

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