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”
One of the highest impact forms of traffic for an online publisher is organic traffic. As new content is created, it is often viewed by many publishers as a set piece that they push off into cyberspace hoping that their social media and regular viewers will engage in the piece positively enough for it rank well in search engines the world over (mainly, Google). Unfortunately, this strategy in of itself excludes one of the most impactful methods for improving overall organic traffic; which is old content that already ranks… just not as well as you would like. So, how do you improve search ranking for old content?
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.
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.
On February 22nd and 23rd, Google rolled out a change to the way that Adwords ads are displayed on search results. As a publisher you might not think that this affects you since it’s a paid search update, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This change has significant implications for CTR on organic results. Below we describe the change and show you some examples of how the change affects the traffic to your site.
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.
Types of Advertising & Ad Types (… and why you should test them)
We are often bombarded with questions from publishers. The most common questions are ‘what is the ‘ideal’ ad setup for my site?’ And ‘where should I put ad placeholders?’ Or, ‘Is there an ‘ideal’ ratio of display ads to native ads?’ ‘Should I consider mobile interstitials?’ ‘What about in-line ads – are they too intrusive for my site?’
That’s a lot of questions. But, these are common among most publishers. To come to your own conclusions it’s best to first educate yourself around all the different types of ads and advertising that exist. This will give you greater context for what you should be doing. Answering questions like “how many types of display ads are there”, can go a long way to helping you feel more comfortable with your site. Continue reading “Types of Advertising & Digital Ad Types”
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.