Measure Online Ad Rates vs. Your Site
One of the hardest secrets to uncover if you’re a publisher or site owner is what other sites are actually earning from their display or programmatic ads. This is a closely guarded black box; with many ad partners forbidding outward data-sharing. This means a lot of publishers are left guessing on what current ad rates are. This can be dangerous and frustrating.
It’s one of the most common questions across ad ops and site owner forums across the web, “are ad rates down for everyone, or just me”? That question usually meets a stalemate because there are so many factors involved and no publisher is outwardly sharing all of their ad revenue data (yikes, why would they).
That’s why the new Ad Revenue Index — that finally sheds some light on all of this — is so great for site owners and publishers. No longer do we have to guess about ad rates. We can finally see if changes on our sites are in concordance with marketplace trends or more specific to our individual sites. It’s publically available and you can view it by clicking the link above.
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Learn the secret to sharing content to earn ad revenue
Good websites of all shapes and sizes usually have one thing in common, great content. Whether a site is new and still growing, or well established and expanding it’s readership, exposing interested parties to your content is key to attracting new visitors to your site. However, many are toiling away without key secrets for sharing content. These ethical tips could quickly expedite many of their efforts and generate more ad revenue and more web traffic.
The term ethical is a really important distinction here. As most sites are aware, earning good quality visitors through an ethical means is the most sustainable way to grow a site’s following. Shortcuts and other blackhat methods of traffic attraction can be short-lived and short-sided. To grow a sustainable site that generates growing ad revenue, you will need to find proven, ethical ways for sharing content.
Below, I’ll highlight some ways that I have used (and seen other top publishers use) to dramatically increase traffic in less than 30 days. These methods can be used for both long-term and short-term growth. Ultimately, these ways of sharing content can be a valuable investment of any site owner or publishers time. Continue reading “Ethically Sharing Content To Earn Ad Revenue”
Apply To Get A Google Ad Exchange Account
Before diving into exactly how to get a Google Ad Exchange (AdX) account, let’s get into the most common reasons why you many want one in the first place.
One major reason is that there are lots of ad networks that compete against each other for a publisher’s ad inventory. That means that there is increased competition, which in turns means getting a better price for each ad. Sounds great, right? Ad mediation is a good thing for publishers.
There’s only one issue — Google doesn’t approve just anyone to join the Google Ad Exchange. In fact, they are pretty selective! So, what can you do to get into the Google AdX? Continue reading “Apply To Get Into Google Ad Exchange”
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?”
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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The Benefits of Testing Ad Location
1. BETTER AD COMBINATIONS ON ALL PAGES = More Money
This is probably the one everyone is most interested in, right? Showing ads in the right place, at the right time, can double your monthly ad income. But why is this?
Testing ad locations or – putting it more correctly – ad combinations (which combination of ads to show a user in certain scenarios- which could be different on each page of a site) is fundamental in determining a site’s ability to generate strong ad earnings.
Everyone knows that it is important to show ads that are prominent enough to make maximum ad revenue but many don’t understand how important it is to avoid spamming away users. Additionally, it is very important to understand how users actually use your site and interact with the ads available.
Every user on a site interacts with it differently and different locations may influence each user in a different way. When you start to think of it this way, testing ad location becomes kind of intimidating. How is it possible to truly optimize in light of all these factors?
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How ad color affects ad performance
Ad color has now been proven to be extremely important in online advertising and publishing. It is one of the most immediate forms of communication — and can be used to improve the way your ads and articles are perceived. You’ll see below, the importance ad color has on ad performance.
Psychological studies of our reactions to color differ wildly in their results. One study finds that football teams are more likely to lose when the opposing team wears red, while another finds that you are more likely to find a woman attractive if she is wearing red clothing. 
So what do we know about ad colors after reviewing all the information in the industry and examining over 23,000 sites using our platform for testing?
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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 Programmatic Buying and Selling Ads Benefits Online Publishers
Publishers may be wary of working with Ad Networks and Exchanges, because they typically only sell ad inventory via direct deals. The reasons some publishers favor direct ads varies, but it can often be because of a perceived lack of control. The publisher may like having the ability to negotiate the terms of the deal and prefer receiving the money up front. Continue reading “Ad Exchange”
AdSense vs Google Ad Exchange (Google AdX)
A lot of people want to know the difference— or advantages that either offer — between AdSense and Google Ad Exchange. Well, for starters, Adsense and Google Ad Exchange revenue can be dramatically different. Google Ad Exchange offers many distinct advantages that AdSense alone does not (AdSense actually exists inside the AdX).
However getting a Google AdX account is not something that every publisher can do. In this post, we’ll dive into what the Doubleclick Ad Exchange is, how to apply to get a Google Ad Exchange account and the advantages that it offers over AdSense.
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