TTFB Shouldn’t Matter, Test This Instead For Pagespeed

TTFB Shouldn’t Matter, Test This Instead For Pagespeed

Time To First Byte (TTFB) is a metric used to measure how quickly a web server responds to a visitor request. It is used as an industry metric when discussing website speed or pagespeed and is often reported by popular site speed measurement tools. It sounds like it should be an accurate/good measurement for how quickly a page loads for potential visitors, and something webmasters should be paying attention to, but it’s really not.

ttfb - time until first byte

In fact, if you’re concerned about SEO, visitor experiences, and ad revenue, it really isn’t near as important as measuring a handful of other things. What you really want to understand is how quickly the visitors are getting the content, how quickly they can interact with the content, and how quickly ads and other important scripts load. These are the things that typically affect SEO, UX, and ad revenue the most (relating to speed).

Below, I’ll show you what metrics you should be looking at instead and how you can track those as well. I’ll also tell you why these metrics are more impactful for things like SEO; compared to TTFB which actually isn’t ever a factor in search algorithms.

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How To Monetize A Website Using Only Banner Ads

How To Monetize A Website Using Only Banner Ads

For those that commonly follow our blog, you’re probably pretty familiar with the types of research, strategies, and tutorials we share. So you may be asking, “why do an entire article on how to monetize a website using only banner ads”? Simple. We get asked about it all the time and I see people asking the question in forums every day.

How To Monetize A Website Using Only Banner Ads

I thought it would be helpful to put something a little more comprehensive together for digital publishers and website owners that seriously want to know if they can generate 100% of their revenue from banner ads (aka displays ads, programmatic ads, native ads, etc.).

I watch thousands of publishers earn 100% of their revenue from ads every day, and I’ve seen all types and kinds of operations doing it. Below, I’ll share what these websites all have in common, what strategies work the best, and how I recommend websites approach this kind of business strategy…

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5 Website Improvement Ideas You Can Do Using Ezoic

5 Website Improvement Ideas You Can Do Using Ezoic

Most of the articles I write are on research, tutorials, or something related to modern techniques for digital publishers and website owners to grow their sites. However, I am always surprised by how many publishers read our blog and are unfamiliar with all the cool website improvement ideas that can be simply completed using Ezoic.

website improvement ideas

If you’re not an Ezoic user, you can still look at the website improvement ideas listed below and execute them without using Ezoic. It’s just much easier if you’re already currently using the Ezoic platform.

Below, are some ideas to improve your website using some of the features and applications available to everyone on the Ezoic platform. These ideas are obviously outside of the primary reasons many publishers use Ezoic; which is automated ad testing and session improvement, but valauble and impactfiul nonetheless.

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Using Ezoic To Do Website Traffic Analysis

Using Ezoic To Do Website Traffic Analysis

I’ve said it to hundreds of students and colleagues both; make sure you have Google Analytics running on your Web site and make sure you frequently check and analyze the data. There’s lots that’s actionable and it’s a sophisticated, professional tool. However, most publishers need to be doing a deeper website traffic analysis on their site.

website traffic analysis using ezoic

Time for a true confession, though: I never look at my Google Analytics data. Fact is, since I’m not a PhD statistician in the Googleplex it all just gives me a headache. Finding real actionable information in the Analytics UI is annoying to me. 

Which is why it’s great that my AskDaveTaylor site uses Ezoic for layout and ad placement testing. By being at the DNS-level, Ezoic can also collect usage data and visitor analytics much better than Google Analytics can. After all, Ezoic can’t test multiple layout options if it can’t collect user data, right?

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Website Increased Site Traffic 130% Organically, Here’s How

How This Website Increased Site Traffic 130% Organically

Google recently hosted an event for website owners at their campus in San Francisco called, Pubtelligence. In the afternoon, Amanda Nachman of College Magazine presented a case study on how she was able to organically increase her site traffic by 130% in less than 9 months!

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She started off by asking everyone in the audience, “who here would like more organic site traffic”? Obviously, everyone raised their hand. The question is, how did Amanda do this on her site so quickly?

Below, I’ll share the secrets Amanda used to increase her organic website traffic quickly without spending any money or using any blackhat SEO techniques. I’ll also share how almost every website on the planet can do it the same way.

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How To Make Your Website Ads More Valuable To Advertisers

How To Make Your Website Ads More Valuable To Advertisers

The publishing industry figured out a great revenue model long before digital publishing was ever a thing. Publishers provided readers with great content, advertisers paid the publishers to display ads, the readers got free content in exchange for viewing some ads along the way. Once website ads came along the model has pretty much stayed intact; however, the mechanisms for executing these relationships have changed a lot.

increase monetization for website ads and google ads

If you’re a publisher, website owner, or blogger that makes money from ads on your site there are really only two broad metrics you should care about — how much your readers love your content AND the amount of value your digital property is bringing to advertisers. While it seems like these two things are in constant conflict, they are often aligned.

Below, I’ll share with you some core strategies, case studies, and metrics that you can use RIGHT NOW to increase the value of the ads appearing on your website. This includes programmatic ads, Google ads, or any other kind of ads that are displayed on your site. Let’s dig in…

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How Website Owners Find Publishing News They Trust

How Website Owners Find Publishing News They Trust

Whether you’re just starting out with the adventure of being an online publisher or you’ve been rockin’ the Web for years, we all face the same dilemma of where to get our news and industry-specific information. Making this more complicated, we live in an era of fake news, rumors, and plain-old spin that spreads so fast that it can take on a life of its own. Even if a particular topic is nonsense from the get-go.

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This means that every website owner is hoping to quash the fake news while being fast and on top of the latest trends and information relevant to surviving in this industry. Yeah, that’s a challenge, all right, and it can be quite hard to try and be first to publish something really interesting!

This week, I thought it would be helpful for me to talk about what sources I use to keep followers of my tech site AskDaveTaylor.com up to date with news, gadgets and tech, and how I research articles and topics once they hit my radar. I should highlight that the site isn’t a news site, per se, but our social feed includes lots of consumer electronics, tech, and industry news. Gotta feed the beast, right?

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Guide For Content Creators On How To Waste Time

Guide For Content Creators On How To Waste Time

I remember the first time I bumped into author Tim Ferriss. We were both speaking at a conference and he rushed past me; he was running late and needed to get to his podium. Later I saw him dash out and head to his next appointment. Turned out that the author you would think would be more mellow and efficient than any of us — after all, he wrote “The Four-Hour Work Week” — was hustling like no-one’s business.

content creators waste time

That’s because he was dealing with something we all have to manage, whether we’re the CEO of a newly funded startup, a coder fighting a customer fire, or manager of a Website that publishes articles about gem collecting: time wasters.

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Preparing For Google Algorithm Changes In 2018+

Preparing For Google Algorithm Changes In 2018+

Recently, I had the opportunity to host an event at Google in San Francisco called, Pubtelligence. It brought together a diverse mix of digital publishers of all shapes, sizes, and experience-levels. At this event, no speaker captured the attention of everyone in the audience quite like Illya Grigorik, a member of Google’s webmaster team (Search). He discussed how publishers should be preparing for Google algorithm, and search ranking changes, in 2018 and beyond.

google Algorithm changes 2018 search

This came as no surprise. Google’s search algorithm and webmaster practices are the subject of constant rumors, news, and evaluation. This is all for good reason. Publishers rely on Google’s search product to help them drive visitors to their properties. Businesses have been built and conquered on the search giant’s shifts in algorithm changes in the past, and no one wants to fall behind.

Below, I’ll discuss all the important things that Illya Grigorik covered in his presentation. I’ll also read between the lines on a few things he discussed and shared with everyone present. Furthermore, I’ll boil it all down to a few clear directives for digital publishers that want to ensure they are staying ahead of shifts and trends in Google search changes.

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Publisher Shares Challenges Ahead For Website Owners

Publisher Shares Challenges Ahead For Website Owners

The future is bright, we’re all getting more connected and people are spending more and more time online, right? Yes, but… but when I look in my crystal ball, I see a future where there are also more technological improvements that will prove a to be obstacles to actually generating revenue as an online publisher.

website owners challenges

How do you circumvent the challenges and stay ahead as a website owner or independent publisher. Let’s have a look at a few of the items on my mind…

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