Official Advertising / Ad Plugin for Discourse

:warning: IF YOU ARE RUNNING AN AD BLOCKER RIGHT NOW YOU WILL HAVE A VERY BAD TIME TRYING TO SET THIS UP! TURN IT OFF BEFORE PROCEEDING DOWN THIS PATH! You’ve been warned. :dragon:

There is now an officially endorsed advertising plugin ready for use. You can install it and start serving ads on your discourse forum.

Supported Ad Platforms :

You can download the officially endorsed Advertising plugin here and start serving ads to your Discourse forum.


Current limitations require you to set a very permissive policy using the content_security_policy_script_src site setting. See below:

If your site uses an advertising service (like Google Ad Manager, Adsense, etc.) you probably will have to use a very permissive policy:

In the screenshot above, the policy allows any script from a https: source and any inline script. (In the future, this might be replaced by the strict-dynamic keyword, but as of this writing, strict-dynamic isn’t supported by Safari or Edge.)

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I was able to get responsive ads in AdSense working on desktop. An example of a responsive ad that filled the width:

I’ll do mobile next. (For some reason the plugin hard-codes a size of 320x50 on mobile for all AdSense ads…)

But DFP… :cry:

Support for truly responsive ads doesn’t exist. You always needs to specify the size of ads in two places: your javascript via defineSlot, and in your DFP ad unit definitions. There are ways to kinda add support for responsive ads, but it means your javascript needs to define a list of all the ad sizes you want to allow at which viewport widths. Surely you should be able to set this list when you define the ad units in DFP, so I don’t understand why you need to define them again in your javascript…

So, the solution for DFP going forward is one of these:

  • Keep adding more values to the lists of ad sizes
  • Remove the lists and change the settings so you enter the arbitrary dimensions you want. (Not sure how to migrate existing DFP users to new settings…)
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Getting error: Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 400 ()

How to resolve this?

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400 Bad Request can indicate that your DFP publisher ID is wrong. In your DFP console, go to Admin > Global Settings > All network settings and find the number in “Network code”. Mine is 9 digits long.

Also it could mean the ad size that DFP is trying to serve is larger than the ad unit you’ve defined in your Discourse settings. DFP refuses to serve ads that will be cropped.

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To do responsive properly with JS and defineSlot, can you please provide the following @neil? Thanks in advance!

  1. List of Discourse viewport widths
  2. List of ALL the different URLS where the ads can appear.
    For example, “dfp topic list top code desktop” & “dfp mobile topic list top code” appear at “/” and “/c” (from what I can tell but I’m 100% sure). We need this so we can create “zones” to map our tags in the JS properly.
  • dfp topic list top code
  • dfp mobile topic list top code
  • dfp topic above post stream code
  • dfp mobile topic above post stream code
  • dfp topic above suggested code
  • dfp mobile topic above suggested code
  • dfp post bottom code
  • dfp mobile post bottom code

@Brock_Busby I think all the widths are in the main mixins.scss file.

All the urls is all the topic list pages. (e.g., /latest, /unread, etc.), and any topic page (/t/topic-slug/123).

I’m curious what you’re going to do to get it working. :thinking:

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Appreciate it @neil ! We are going to attempt to do proper responsive using JS like on our regular site FTW.in.
I’ll come back once we try it out on our test server.

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Does it work with Native In-Feed and In-Article Ad blocks?

Status don’t change for Native type blocks…
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Status 400 (bad request) is coming from AdSense, and means you need to wait until Adsense approves your new ad units or has some ads to show. It’s hard to say why Adsense is rejecting the request.

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Wow…this works.
Thanks @Steven and @pfaffman for the tips.

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If you see the ad code when you inspect the page, then the plugin has done its job.

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Ad language question

Will Adsense adverts be shown in the user’s browser default language? Is it on auto by Google or configurable?

It’s the advertiser’s choice. When setting up ads via AdWords or other networks, an advertiser will select the audience by geographic location, demographics, language, or myriad other targeting options the network might allow. That makes sense because serving ads to an audience that can’t understand the ad or act upon it is a waste of money.

In Google AdSense you can allow or block ads via its Ad review center, which I find useful for eliminating deceptive ads, such as those with a big button that says “Start Download” — especially if they might appear on a document sharing page. A good portion of my users are not computer tech-savvy, so this is a big deal.

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I’m adding a Patreon integration to my site and would like to offer Patreons a banner-free site. Is there a way to disable banners for a specific user group? (Or maybe better, multiple groups?)

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You can do it by trust level:

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I’m aware you can set the trust level, but that’s not the same thing - members shouldn’t be able to ‘buy’ a trust level by becoming a Patreon. It would be much ‘cleaner’ if I could set a user group, right?

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Yes, that would be a nice feature, but I don’t think it’s available out f the box. As a workaround, you could assign automatic trust levels to the Patreon group, but that too is not as clean as specifying a group in the ad plugin, and it goes against “buying trust.”

It’s currently not an option, but sounds like a good idea to me.

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If anyone of you have added Amazon banner links using this plugin, please tell me how to get the code?
I have an Amazon Associates account, but I’m finding it really hard to find the iframe link.
I can find just JS code on their site.

Please help me :frowning:

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@itsbhanusharma

Here’s how to use Amazon affiliate links.

Find the ad unit you want to use in the Amazon Affiliate website. I’ll use a banner.

You’ll need three values from it. The src, width, and height. Put those values in you Amazon settings in Discourse.

Reload your browser and go to wherever you added the Amazon ad unit.

The code is in the src. Something like this:

//rcm-na.amazon.com/e/cm?o=1&p=......&tracking_id=myid

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