Flattr Plus: Good or Bad Deal for Publishers?

Flattr Plus - Good or Bad Deal for PublishersAs publishers all across the globe are looking for ways to deal with the growing usage of ad blocking software, Adblock Plus is teaming up with Flattr on an initiative that will supposedly help publishers recoup some of the revenue lost when ads aren’t shown to site visitors. But is this effort a true attempt to mitigate losses for publishers who depend on ad earnings to fund their sites, or is it really intended as a means for Adblock Plus to further monetize its own product?

According to a press release distributed on May 3, a beta version of this new service – called Flattr Plus – will launch early this summer. Interested parties can start signing up now at https://flattrplus.com/ to get early access, and publishers can fill out a contact form if they want to get more information about how the service works. Continue reading “Flattr Plus: Good or Bad Deal for Publishers?”

What Is CPM & Why Ad Networks Use It As A Metric

What is CPM?

CPM means “cost per mille” or, more modernly, “cost per thousand”. Mille is the term used for a thousand in the ad business. It’s an everyday metric that advertisers and ad networks use and it has it’s origins all the way back at the beginning of online advertising. So, what is CPM relevant to and why does it matter?

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CPM is a bad metric for publishers and site owners

As for online publishers and site owners, you’ll undoubtedly see CPM used by all ad networks and touted as the the de facto metric that you should be focused on if you want to earn more money.  However, it was created by ad networks and is often manipulated by them to serve their end goal — to generate more revenue for themselves — which doesn’t necessarily mean more revenue for the online publishers and website owners.

What you’ll find is that there isn’t a worse metric available for publishers. Below we’ll highlight why ad networks typically want you focused on increasing CPM’s and why it’s your best interest as a site owner or publisher to focus on a  handful of other things instead if you truly want to increase your total site earnings Continue reading “What Is CPM & Why Ad Networks Use It As A Metric”

How to Use Pinterest Promoted Pins to Grow Traffic

How to Use Pinterest Promoted Pins

Have soHow to Use Pinterest Promoted Pins to Grow Your Trafficme great pages on your site that aren’t getting as much traffic as you think they deserve? If you have a Pinterest account, you may want to use Pinterest promoted pins to give those articles or pages a quick, inexpensive boost. For just a few dollars, promoted pins can help you start to build traffic for an article that will continue to grow long after your campaign has ended.

For growing traffic, using Pinterest is often a more cost-effective strategy than using Facebook, Twitter or other social media networks. This is because of Pinterest’s search-based approach to content sharing. That is, in addition to looking at their home feed, a large majority of Pinterest’s users rely on the site’s internal search feature to discover new content related to their interests.

On Facebook and Twitter, internal search results favor content that has been shared recently. Pinterest’s internal search factors in relevance and popularity a little more heavily. So, when you promote a pin on Pinterest for a few days, you get the benefit of increased visibility during the time of the promotion plus extra “free” visibility after the campaign is over due to the popularity the pin gained during the campaign. Continue reading “How to Use Pinterest Promoted Pins to Grow Traffic”

How Will Facebook’s Latest News Feed Changes Affect Publishers?

On Facebook's Latest News Feed ChangeApril 21, Facebook announced that it was, once again, making a change to the method it uses to decide which stories are shown at the top of a user’s News Feed.

Announcements like these tend to concern many publishers – especially if they have been getting a lot of referral traffic from Facebook – since even minor changes can have a major impact on social media referrals. However, this particular change could be a very positive thing for publishers who focus on high-quality content and creating a positive user experience.

What does the change entail? Facebook will now consider how much time is spent viewing an article after it is clicked as part of its collection of factors to determine News Feed ranking. That is, if all other things are equal and users spend more time looking at Article A after clicking on it than they do with Article B, then Article A will have a greater chance to be shown in a user’s News Feed. Additionally, Facebook states that it “will also be looking at the time spent within a threshold so as not to accidentally treat longer articles preferentially.”

It seems like this update’s primary focus is to improve the experience of mobile users since the announcement made specific reference to mobile web browsers and Facebook Instant Articles. In addition to this change, Facebook also plans to modify its algorithm to improve News Feed diversity “to reduce how often people see several posts in a row from the same source in their News Feed.” Continue reading “How Will Facebook’s Latest News Feed Changes Affect Publishers?”

Image Optimization: Getting Better Search Engine Rankings for Your Images

image optimizationNo matter what type of website you have, images are important. One statistic that gets tossed around a lot is that, on average, articles with relevant images get 94% more views than those in the same category without images. If you go back and look at the original Skyword research results on this topic, you’ll see that this percentage can vary a lot depending on the type of site you have – but the increase in views is significant for every vertical.

On top of making articles more visually appealing and helping tutorials be easier to follow, optimized images can also send you a lot of organic traffic from Google Search and other image-based search engines. But how much work does it take to optimize your images for search engines? Not that much at all. Continue reading “Image Optimization: Getting Better Search Engine Rankings for Your Images”

The Great Comment Debate: Should You Allow Comments on Your Site?

The Great Comment DebateBack in early 2014, Copyblogger made quite a stir in the marketing world when it announced it was removing comments from its site. It was a bold move at the time for such a large website and led to others deciding to turn off their comments as well. Up until that point, it was taken as almost a given that allowing user comments was inherently a good thing and publishers should do what they could to encourage users and make it easy for people to comment on their sites.

Since that time, Copyblogger and several others who ditched comments have reintegrated user discussions into their sites for a variety of reasons. But the arguments that were brought up during the comment debate are still valid. That is, allowing comments can help build communities on some sites, but they can be more trouble than they’re worth on others. So, if you’re trying to decide whether or not to permit user comments on your site, what points should you consider? Continue reading “The Great Comment Debate: Should You Allow Comments on Your Site?”