Improving Ezoic Performance On Your Website
This is the third installment of Everything You Needed to Know about Ezoic Settings but Were Afraid to Ask, with apologies to Woody Allen, of course! In the last few weeks, Ezoic guru Piper Lofrano and I have talked about Accelerated Mobile Pages, ad blocking strategies, excluding pages from Ezoic, increasing revenue with Ad Mediation, Ad Tester and Layout Tester. If you haven’t read those, you really need to catch up: Tune Your Ezoic Settings Part 1 and Tune Your Ezoic Settings Part 2.
Part 1: Optimizing your Ezoic settings
Part 2: Tuning your Ezoic settings for success
Skip to Part 4 — Maximizing your time with Ezoic
Back? Caught up? Great. As discussed last week, there’s really no more important element to your Ezoic experience than understanding and properly configuring Layout Tester, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other areas in the Ezoic settings that you should tune.
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3 Easy Ways To Boost Organic Traffic
I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work on hundreds of websites over the years. Now, I spend a significant portion of my time sharing my learnings and data with the world through this blog, my social media, this popular podcast, and monthly web events. Because of this, I’m constantly asked by friends and listeners for help. Everyone hopes that I will be able to take a little time to help them boost organic traffic or market their website.
To even my OWN FAMILY, my answer is always the same. You don’t need me. You can do this all yourself, it’s not that hard if you take the time to collect the right data and learn more about quality site marketing practices.
I understand the sentiment that many would rather just outsource this stuff, but the truth is that — as a site owner or employee of a digital publishing property — you have unique intellectual capital about your site(s) that is rare. This is a huge advantage if you’re able to do some of these things yourself.
That’s why I’ve listed 3 really easy ways to boost organic traffic in just 3 weeks below. These are some of the things I tell my friends to start with when they ask for help…
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Tuning Your Ezoic Settings For Success Part 2
In my last post, I dove into the robust world of Ezoic site settings and preferences with the able assistance of Ezoic’s own Piper Lofrano. We covered the basics of the dashboard and why you really need to be paying attention to the settings, even though they can be a bit complex and, yeah, a bit daunting too. Specifically, we talked about AMP, Recommended Pages, AdColors, BlockAdPlace, Exclude Pages and Mediation. You did read that one, right? If not, go read it now. We’ll wait here.
Piper and I both want to emphasize that one of the most dangerous of the settings covered last week was how you have BlockAdPlaces configured. It makes sense if you think about it: tell Ezoic not to put ads in the key spots on your pages, and your impressions and clicks could plummet precipitously. That means lower revenue and a general lack of delight in the benefits that Ezoic can bring to your site.
This time, I want to jump right back in and start by looking at both AdTester and LayoutTester, both of which are critical to Ezoic’s AI being able to do its job optimally and maximize the results on your site for every single visitor, whether from mobile or desktop, domestic or foreign.
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Good Bounce Rate Hacks & Proven Tricks
Almost all publishers want their sites to have a good bounce rate — good meaning low! However, most site owners recognize that bounce rates are relative to the type of content on the pages that visitors are landing on. This means that bounce rates vary from page to page and site to site.
Unfortunately, there does seem to be a myth out there that a page’s bounce rate is something that cannot be dramatically affected by simple changes. I’m here to tell you… nothing could be further from the truth.
Few things could have a more dramatic effect on your site’s traffic, SEO, and revenue than it’s bounce rate, so why not do everything you can to improve it? Below, I’ll share some experts hacks and proven tips for reducing the bounce rate on your site and it’s individual pages. Many of which, are rarely discussed or shared…
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Maximizing Google AMP Results As A Digital Publisher
If you’re a digital publisher or website owner, it’s extremely likely you’ve been paying close attention to Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) Project. It’s possible you’ve experimented with AMP on your own site. As a Google Certifed Partner with our own AMP Converter, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing Google AMP results and data from dozens of major publishers that have implemented the mobile technology already.
Below, I’ll share with you some of the main challenges, benefits, and learnings we’ve had with AMP so far. Some of the criticisms of AMP to this point are actually unfair — while others aren’t even being discussed.
Ultimately, publishers implementing AMP see impacts on their SEO, ad earnings, and user experiences. Understanding what to expect in each of these categories today — and into the future — are critical for building a successful mobile publishing plan for the future.
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Optimizing Ezoic Settings On Your Website
I’ve been running my Ask Dave Taylor site through Ezoic for many months now, and have seen some terrific results. If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely an Ezoic customer too, and I hope you’re seeing similar positive results with whatever stats you’re measuring and tuning.
But, Ezoic is a sophisticated tool and one that keeps evolving and gaining features and capabilities. This means that it’s entirely possible that the settings on your account are not optimal and that you could be missing out on optimizations, traffic, better analytics and other data that would help you get even more out of being an Ezoic customer.
With the help of Ezoic’s Piper Lofrano, I’m going to take you on a tour of the key features and settings in the Ezoic back end, offering suggestions on how best to tweak and tune things to ensure the best possible results.
Continue reading “Optimizing Ezoic Settings On Your Website – Part 1”
Display Ad Combination Stats & Expert Hacks
One of the most stunning things I’ve learned from working with thousands and thousands of online publishers is the massive impact that display ad combinations have on both user experience and ad revenue. It makes sense, right? The way ads are represented to visitors affects their desire/ability to continue browsing a site.
There are really millions of different ways that ads could be configured on a web page — types, sizes, density, color, etc. Some of these are clearly more annoying than others and some are definitely more effective than others. The problem is that many publishers fail to ever strike a perfect balance displaying ads in an optimal fashion.
Fortunately, I can share with you some really interesting stats, figures, and hacks for making sure that you provide the best possible display ad combinations to your visitors. The secret is using data to understand your pages and site visitors. Below, I’ll show exactly how to do this…
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Switching to using SSL on your Website (A First-Hand Account)
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) used to be just for shopping sites, online stores and other pages where confidential information was being requested from the user. In fact, a common site architecture had everything being served up as regular “http” pages and a switch to “store” or “shop” marked a switch to a different site that was secure and encrypted. Fast forward to the modern day, and using SSL on your website is recommended by Google for all sites.
The message has been coming out of Google for a couple of years now: switch your entire site to being secure and using “https” or we just won’t trust you and will eventually rank other sites ahead of you because they’re using SSL and you’re not. The SEO types might have spun that as “make your site all SSL and see a ranking boost” but it’s the same idea.
A year ago I jumped on the bandwagon and tried to switch my popular Ask Dave Taylor site to be all-SSL. Who wouldn’t be motivated by the prospect of a ranking boost for something so simple? Except it wasn’t so simple, and I gave up for almost a year.
Recently, I recommitted myself to the effort and was finally able to accomplish the task of making my website ‘https’ using SSL. Here’s how I did it…
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Increase the Probability of Your Content Ranking In Search Results
No matter what kind of blog or website you have, it’s likely that your site will strongly benefit from content that ranks well in organic search results. Unfortunately, many publishers continue to create content without ever knowing if they will strike content ranking gold or not.
The truth is that it’s actually pretty easy to write content that will most likely rank highly for search terms in your niche with a high monthly search volume. Yet I would guess that 90% of websites do this incorrectly. The key is research, data gathering, and diligent execution.
Below, I’ll show you how to do front-end content research that will allow you to write content for targeted keywords with a high monthly search volume. I’ll also share my secrets for ensuring that you actually end up ranking for those keywords so that you don’t waste your time (like millions of others are as we speak).
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How To Find Writers For Your Blog or Website
I wish I could tell you that blogging – or writing for a website – is like writing a great novel and that you can take your time and produce one or two masterpieces of great prose a month and you’ll do great. If you’re already famous then perhaps you can do just that, carefully editing and crafting the perfect blog entry that your millions of fans eagerly consume when published.
I could tell you that. But I’d be lying.
Turns out that like a lot of things in life, blogging success comes just as much from quantity as quality and that your site will work better if you can publish more content. If the content is uniformly excellent quality, that’s great, but even if it’s “B” level work and you’re posting regularly, you’ll have better results – more traffic, more shares – than if you are not a regular content producer.
Below, I’ll share with you how to find writers for your blog or website that can produce great content that produces true ROI for your efforts.
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