Difference between SSP and Monetization Platform

For many online publishers, programmatic advertising is an important source of revenue. As the share of programmatic revenues is increasing together with the market adoption, there is no surprise that optimization is one of the top priorities for publishers.

There are different monetization, SSP platforms, and services that offer exactly that. We will explain the difference between the two big ‘words’ that get thrown to publishers when it comes to selling ad inventory programmatically.

What is an SSP?

SSP (Supply Side Platform) – is an advertising platform used by online publishers to automate the process of selling their display, video, and mobile ad inventory.

SSP allows publishers to connect their ad inventory to multiple DSPs and this leads to publishers accessing more potential buyers. An SSP provides a lot of options for publishers to earn more revenue. However, it has limited demand and there are no guarantees regarding fill-rates.

How does SSP affect the bidding?


The price that SSP obtains from the highest bidder might not be the best price on the market. It could be possible that publishers could obtain more from a different SSP or sell it directly to advertisers.

SSPs tend to have unique buyers, e.g., GoogleAdx has small advertisers, that are not available on other SSPs. Also, the revenue share fees vary, making the bid from the same advertiser different in various SSPs. This is a problem that one SSP can not solve. Since publishers use multiple SSPs and need additional solutions to maximize their revenues.

What is yield management service or monetization platform?

The main aim of yield management is to maximize publishers’ ad revenues. The technology used by monetization platforms varies.

There are two the most commonly used technologies:

  1. Waterfall
  2. Header bidding

What is the difference between SSP and monetization platforms?

The main difference between an SSP and a monetization platform is that monetization platforms combine multiple SSPs in order to get the highest bids for publishers.

Some of the best monetization platforms not only sell impressions for the best price, but they also take care of the loading speed of the page, fill-rates, and other needed implementations that can influence revenue streams.

How can Setupad solution help publishers – connecting them with SSP?

Setupad deeply cares about increasing the total revenues that publisher is earning. We use header bidding technology and help publishers to implement programmatic solutions without the risk of losing revenues.

Our header bidding solution combines multiple SSPs that compete with one another. This increases competition and the impressions are sold at the highest possible price. Header bidding requires development resources to maintain and improve the solution in the continuously changing market.

In order to deliver the best results to publishers, our services include maintenance of the page – collecting results from different platforms to maximize the price, ad-auditing, customized optimization for each publisher and an online reporting interface.

Which way to go?

Publishers can either struggle with multiple SSPs and develop their own programmatic solutions or choose a monetization platform that has the experience and the technological capabilities to achieve the best results.

While looking for the right partner it is essential to run test periods and analyze the results (on equal terms). Important to see which solution works best for each publisher. Finding the best programmatic partner not only increases revenue flows but also allows publishers to get back to their true calling – quality content creation. Sign up!

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