Imagine you go to a website and you find it difficult to locate what you’re looking for. The world of cyberspace is big and easy to navigate quickly. You — like all other users — will leave the difficult site and go off in search of the information you seek elsewhere. This is why user experience (UX) is so important, and it’s no wonder, that we’ve found that UX has an absolutely staggering impact website revenue.
Let me explain. UX is not the design of your site — this is a misconception we will touch on later — it’s the ease at which your users can access and engage with elements of your site. The better the experience, the more revenue the site earns; however, these two things are often thought of as separate.
In the information below, I will reveal some of the most critical UX elements that our research has shown to have the big impacts on website revenue. We’ll show you what changes you can make to increase your site earnings both short and long-term. Continue reading “How UX Massively Influences Website Revenue”
Google Certified Publishing Partner Spotlight: Ezoic Case Study
Google’s Certified Publishing Partner, Ezoic , makes it easy for publishers to auto-optimize websites using A.I.
One of the top things on a site owner or publishers mind is how they can further optimize their site. Optimization can often take on a broad meaning; however, it is generally best defined by the goals that each site has for itself. Ezoic is a Google Certified Publishing Partner that has helped publishers grow revenue with solutions like DoubleClick for Publishers and AdSense using optimized layouts and multivariate ad testing.
Ezoic was recently spotlighted on the Inside AdSense blog for our success in helping publishers automatically optimize their sites to earn greater revenue and provide better user experiences.
Ezoic platform users are able to successfully decrease bounce rate, increase time on site, and improve ad earnings by leveraging multivariate testing and machine learning on their site; according to the recent Ezoic study. These are generally some of the metrics most publishers are seeking to enhance through optimization. There is no cost to get started and Ezoic offers a free solution that most publishers choose to take advantage of for the long term.
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.
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?”
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”
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?
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.
If you’re using an adserver, you have your ‘waterfall’ of passback tags set up and everything is humming along nicely. You’re happy with your ad networks and you are confident that your current set-up is a good one. So why start testing ads — things like ad positions or ad location can’t possibly matter that much, right? Wrong… at least according to data and science. Continue reading “How To Start Testing Ads”
We get asked this a lot. Who gets to bid in Google Ad Exchange? Is it all just advertisers? Do ad networks get their ad inventory in Ad Exchanges? How about other ad exchanges like Open X? Do ad networks buy ads there too? In short, people want to know who’s buying their ads…
Below we have a list of who bids in the Google Ad Exchange (the Google ad network site list) and what other ad exchanges exist out there.
Google has been making a lot of changes recently. A new holding company, new logo and now rolling out a new publisher program. So what is the Google Certified Publishing Partner program? What does it mean for publishers and, indeed, what does it mean for Ezoic and those other companies who have been lucky enough to get through the certification process and partner-up with Google. Continue reading “Google Certified Publishing Partner”