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. 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, but recent Google changes may make advertisers think 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. Continue reading “Interstitial Ads, Can You Still Use Them?”

Testing Ad Location Is Powerfully Beneficial

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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Mobile Menus and Fonts – 5 Tips to a Better Mobile Site

Internet browsing is going mobile – make sure you’re ready!

It goes without saying that a modern mobile site should be written in responsive design so that the content re-sizes to fit the screen size available.  However, often scaling down a desktop site to fit the screen results in unreadable text and images lose much of their impact. Continue reading “Mobile Menus and Fonts – 5 Tips to a Better Mobile Site”

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”

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?”

The Switch

When we first began offering Ezoic as a service to website owners, we had full control over the experiments. When a site signed up, we would automatically build 100+ different layouts and test them all. I’ll admit, some were prettier than others 🙂 Continue reading “The Switch”

The ‘site refresh’ vs Continuous Testing

For those publishers who have been publishing content for more than a few years, there is an assumption that every few years you’ll need to do a ‘site refresh’ to update the look of the site and ‘keep it current’. You might even think about getting a mobile site made… The assumption is that once this is all done, you can get back to creating content until the next refresh in a few years time. Continue reading “The ‘site refresh’ vs Continuous Testing”

Empirical Design. Can a computer really design a better site than you?

 

When iOS7 came out a few days ago, I was struck by how evolutionary design improvement has become. I’ve already forgotten what iOS6 was like. In my mind it’s now a relic, useful at the time, but now surpassed and bettered. All those subtle changes Apple engineers and designers made to improve how I use my phone. And as a user, I don’t notice all of them consciously. I just know that I like it better this way. Continue reading “Empirical Design. Can a computer really design a better site than you?”