Google Will Soon Allow Crypto Exchanges to Run Ads

Nero Peña
Nero Peña

Updated · Feb 21, 2022


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Starting August, US tech giant Google will let cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets run advertisements on its platform.

The company announced on Wednesday that its new global policy for crypto ads will take effect on August 3. Advertisers will be able to introduce crypto products and services to the search engine. 

In March 2018, Google banned all ads for Bitcoin, Altcoins and other cryptocurrencies. But shortly after, the search giant decided to lift the restriction for crypto exchanges.

According to a Google spokesperson, this policy update aims to “better match existing FinCEN regulations and requirements”. It also defines the terms and conditions for running ads related to cryptocurrency business and services.

New Rules on Crypto Ads

To run ads on Google search, crypto exchanges and wallets must first get certified. That’s because all existing certifications will be nullified. They must also meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered as a “Money Services Business” with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
  • Have at least one state as a money transmitter
  • Alternatively - be registered as a “federal or state-chartered bank entity”
  • Ads and landing pages should comply with existing Google Ad policies

ICO Ads Still Banned

Google also specified that it won't allow all ads. The tech giant prohibits the ones about Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and Defi trading protocols. Some other examples of forbidden ads include:

  • ICO Pre-sales or public offerings
  • Cryptocurrency loans
  • Initial DEX offerings
  • Celebrity cryptocurrency endorsements
  • Cryptocurrency trading signals
  • Unhosted wallets

And more.

Potential Growth in the Crypto industry

Google search statistics show that there’s a staggering 2.5 trillion searches on the platform per year. That’s a massive pool of potential cryptocurrency buyers.

As of February 2021, there are 68 million crypto wallet users. With this trend, it’s expected that search engine ads will make it easier for people to buy cryptocurrency or engage in similar investments.


Nero Peña

Nero Peña

Nero is an all-around wordsmith with a degree in Communication Arts— not the vicious emperor you might know in history books. He's an avid reader. A frisky writer. A tech enthusiast and occasional binge-watcher. He likes long walks on the beach. Enjoys deep thinking and shallow conversations. Hates ketchup. Panic! At The Disco.

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