Interstitial Ads, Can You Still Use Them?

interstitial ads

What are interstitial ads and should I use them?

Interstitial ads are ads that load between pages of a user session, or even prior to reaching a search destination, that display in the middle of the screen. They are closely related to the pop-up.

On desktop, these can sometimes be interesting and related to content, such as an advert for a Land Rover or Ford truck when visiting an automobile site. They have long been a tool for advertisers and publishers alike, but recent Google changes may have publishers thinking twice before leveraging them like they have in the past. 

It’s important for publishers to examine their interstitial strategy carefully before making any final decisions; as the new Google penalty for mobile interstitial ads has basically rendered them useless for publishers that derive any significant portion of traffic to their website from organic search. Continue reading “Interstitial Ads, Can You Still Use Them?”

Header Bidding: Yield Management vs. Ad Latency

What is Header Bidding?

Header bidding – also known as pre-bidding, yield should i do header bidding
management and tagless integration – which is a bit of a misnomer as tags are required! – is an automatic way of offering your site’s inventory to several ad exchanges simultaneously. The idea is to bump up the ad yield by allowing multiple ad providers to compete for the same inventory at the same time. This increases competition and pushes up prices paid for the ad space. It allows a publisher to accept a bid from an ad exchange that beats any directly sold impression.

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Google Discontinues Adsense Certified Partner Program

Out with the old and in with the new – Google Certified Publishing Partner Program replaces AdSense Certified Partnership

The Google AdSense Certified Partner (GASCP) program ceased to be an active program, and was ‘sunset’ – a rather nice term for ‘retired’ – on December 31, 2015.

AdSense Certified Publisher Program

However, publishers can still seek out qualified help by choosing a partner from the program’s successor,  Continue reading “Google Discontinues Adsense Certified Partner Program”

Active View

Determining the viewability of your ads

On websites, advertisers have relied upon metrics like click through rates, and number of impressions in order to price their ads. Knowing how many people are likely to click on an ad on a specific website page, or how many people view a page helps assign value to ad locations.

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How to get a new iPhone 6 – a partner’s guide

I’ve always been into tech – I’m obsessed by gadgets and have a wide range of obsolete, discarded electronic items scattered around the house.  In the late 90s I was convinced the mini-disc was the best music format (I have 2 players and over 40 discs.)  Because of this history I urge you to not judge my wife too harshly. Continue reading “How to get a new iPhone 6 – a partner’s guide”

Reading the experiments’ page

There is lots of useful information in your experiments’ page. Here’s a brief guide to help you find your way around.

The experiments’ page is designed to give you a visual representation of the results of the different layout experiments being tested by ezoic.  The results are organized by device (desktop, tablet and mobile) and can be customized to show particular date ranges. Continue reading “Reading the experiments’ page”

5 Practical things you can do to improve your site

  1. Write great content – update regularly

Content is King – a bit of a cliché maybe, but it is still absolutely true.  Your content is the reason people come to your site and quality/quantity of content is also among the main factors in search engine ranking. Visitors don’t come because they like the look of the site, or because you have some fancy transitions for images etc.  It’s all about the content.  Continue reading “5 Practical things you can do to improve your site”

Advertising is not a dirty word: why advertisements are good for your site.

Free information on tap

We are truly lucky to live the digital age, where access to information on just about any subject imaginable is available at the click of a mouse, jab of a finger, or wave of a hand! And this information is – for the most part -free. Whether you’re looking for information about brain chemistry, gardening advice or to find that single elusive ‘fact’, you’ll most likely use Google or another major search engine and get an answer almost instantaneously. Continue reading “Advertising is not a dirty word: why advertisements are good for your site.”

Digital Democracy or Design Dictatorship?

Opinion polls are an essential tool in policy determination, workers’ councils and 360 degree assessments steer working practices and focus groups inform design and function. But often the voice of the masses is counter-intuitive to current industry opinion. Continue reading “Digital Democracy or Design Dictatorship?”