Facebook Clickbait Algorithm Now In Effect

Facebook launches clickbait algorithm to improve quality

Content quality has become a hot topic in the last month in the world of online publishing. The new Facebook clickbait algorithm —that was added recently — will constrain websites that embellish, distort, and withhold critical information from appearing in the news feed of their 1.71 billion (monthly) active users. The new clickbait initiative, is aimed at restoring the Facebook newsfeed to show stories that are relevant to users through a ranking system that displays the most important stories first.  

Additionally, the quality team at Facebook has manually designated thousands of article titles from past “clickbaity” articles and assigned them a score to prime the new algorithm.  We’ve all seen them in our newsfeed, articles like  “You’ll never believe who Kim K was seen strolling with” and “When she opened up the closet, and found this…I was shocked!”

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Easy Ways To Improve AdSense Ads

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3 Easy Ways To Improve Adsense Ads

Google Adsense is great because it’s easy to use and one of the most reliable ad networks available. If you have a website, and you want to start earning money, all you need to do is paste a few code snippets on the site and voila — AdSense ads are now showing for your users. 

The problem is that in many cases publishers lack direct expertise in how to really maximize AdSense ad earnings. In many cases, publishers have set up an account simply to make a few extra bucks and may not recognize the amount of revenue they are leaving on the table by not optimizing their site for AdSense ads; especially if a site generates a lot of organic traffic. Continue reading “Easy Ways To Improve AdSense Ads”

How To Use Popular SEO Tools

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Popular SEO Tools

In a recent episode of our podcast, The Publisher Lab (shameless plug), we discussed SEO at length. We dove deep into the subject of Googles changing algorithm (and how to mitigate associated risks), how to increase page speed, and how to use popular SEO tools to attack low hanging fruit on your site. Below you will find a complimentary guide to all the tools we discussed and a little info about how you can use them.

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Interstitial Ads, Can You Still Use Them?

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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?”

Why Are Ad Earnings Dropping?

What happened to my ad earnings?

If you’re reading this there is a good chance you’re in the first stage of trying to figure out why your ad earnings from Adsense — or any number of different ad networks — have dropped. You’re not the first person to experience this issue, and as you’re probably aware, there are a lot of things to consider when answering the question. Below, we will share with you the most common — and therefore mostly likely — reasons why ad earnings dropping could be occurring on your site.

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AdSense Removes Ad Limits Per Page, Adds Valuable Inventory

Rejoice, ad limits per page removed!

Google has announced a powerful shift in their policy regarding ad limits per page for AdSense users. Google has removed the policy of limiting AdSense ads to three ads per page and added new criteria to reframe how publishers should approach AdSense ads on each page. The new criteria for navigating ad placements can be found in a section of the updated Google AdSense policy dubbed, Valuable Inventory.

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What Do Ad Networks Look for When Doing a Site Review?

What Do Ad Networks Look for When Doing a Site Review?

If you’re a publisher and have been investigating different ad networks, you’ve probably noticed that many of them require some type of site review before accepting you into their program. But what are they looking for, and is there anything you should know before submitting your site for review?

Every ad network has its own set of guidelines, but there are certain points that many of them will ask about for one reason or another. So, it’s a good idea to be ready with solid answers to the following questions. Continue reading “What Do Ad Networks Look for When Doing a Site Review?”

Internet Advertising Trends 2016: Highlights from Mary Meeker’s Annual Report

Internet Advertising Trends 2016Each year, Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) produces her in-depth Internet Trends Report, and the 2016 version was just released at the beginning of June. This year’s edition is comprised of 213 slides that cover advertising and commerce trends, the re-imagining of communication and human-computer interfaces, data privacy and much more.

The full report is available on the KPCB website as well as on SlideShare. Here, we’ve pulled out some of the highlights that relate to Internet advertising and are likely to impact publishers. Continue reading “Internet Advertising Trends 2016: Highlights from Mary Meeker’s Annual Report”

10 Tools for Finding Trending Topics and Popular Content

Looking for new content ideas for your editorial calendar or recommendations for items to share on social media?

There are several online tools that make it easy to find the latest trending topics as well as the most popular content being published in each of these subject areas. Some of them are completely free, and many others have free limited versions available.

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Hold On Tight, Here Comes Summer

Will summer seasonality affect your ad revenue?

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We typically think of summer as the best time of year. The long, warm days are perfect for spending time outdoors with our friends and family. But what does that mean for ad revenue? With the average user spending less time in front of their computer there is less incentive for advertisers to spend big bucks on ad campaigns. So, as a publisher, summer might bring on a bit more panic than pleasure. Continue reading “Hold On Tight, Here Comes Summer”