As the year comes to a close, we want to take a minute to look back at the wonderful, crazy, amazing year that 2017 has been for Mediavine. If there were one word to define our 2017, it’s GROWTH. What started as a handful of people handling all the everything (Thank goodness for Brad and Nicole!) has become a team of 26. And this group of publishers that started with just six amazing bloggers two years ago – is nearing 2500. We recently learned that, according to Quantcast, our group of sites is the 28th largest in the US, reaching 102 million unique visitors. With demographics that are 85.4% female, that means we’re reaching 85.94 million women in the US every month. That means that more than 1 out of 2 women are visiting a Mediavine site every month! It’s a factoid that astounds as […]

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You might wonder, “Will Mediavine Sponsor My Retreat?” Short answer? Maybe! Supporting the blogging community has been one of our biggest priorities since we started Mediavine. So in 2018, we’re putting our money where our mouth is in a new way: Blogger Retreat Sponsorship. Why are we moving in this direction? Well… In October of 2017, I was invited along to a blogging retreat as the managing editor of Food Fanatic. The Breck Blog Retreat was an amazing reminder for me — it had been a long time since I’d been to a retreat on the blogging end of things. Attending a retreat is actually how this whole crazy ad management thing blossomed into something beyond helping our Food Fanatics. I didn’t go to that retreat to talk about Mediavine, or anything that we do here. In fact, the retreat organizer, Erin (of Dinners, Dishes […]

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Recently, Pinterest soft launched a mode in their mobile app that would allow readers to see the entire recipe from a food site without actually visiting the site. Content creators everywhere went a little bit bananas, and rightly so. After all, that takes away a session, any ad views, and in some cases would cause an ad policy violation, if your adhesion ad loaded behind the card that appeared. But let’s stop for a minute and talk about the motivation behind such a soft launch. Your site’s speed, especially on mobile, is yours to enhance or damage. When it’s damaged? The thing that suffers is your user experience. Readers don’t want to wait 3 seconds for a site to load on their mobile data connection. That’s an eternity in mobile web browsing. When you’re an outside source (Pinterest, Facebook, or Google, to name a few) […]

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Last week we made a pretty big mistake that we’d like to apologize for. We are so sorry. We’ve always done everything in our power to operate without the need for admin access to publishers’ websites unless absolutely necessary. As we’ve grown, so has the need for technological innovation to improve ad performance, which at Mediavine is more than just a way to help you make the most money possible – it is part of a holistic approach to site-wide functionality and health. Creating WordPress plugins that are as useful to you as our ad tech is has been a goal of ours for years. We started toward this goal with the Mediavine Control Panel, which, among other things, allows you to easily install our script wrapper and make sure your ads are always up to date. As anyone who uses WordPress knows, it is […]

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Kirsten Oliphant recently spoke at the Mediavine Publisher Conference with Mary Younkin on how to make the most out of your email lists and newsletter audience. Kirsten is sharing more tips with you here, along with our video of the full conference presentation. -Amber  Keeping up with every new social platform and tool can be exhausting. (Or exhilarating, if you love social media.) Love or hate them, all the shiny new objects make email seem a bit outdated. Plus, our inboxes are overflowing with promotional emails. So as bloggers, do we really need to put time into email lists?

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We recently learned that one of our publishers, Mandy Kelly, passed away in a house fire. Not just Mandy, but her husband, and two of her four children, perished as well. There are a lot of pieces to pick up, and Mandy’s mother, Rhonda, is starting with Mandy’s blog – Worshipful Living. We’re doing what we can to support Rhonda in learning everything there is to know about the crazy beautiful world of blogging, including starting a Go Fund Me campaign to help with expenses. Support, of any kind, is very much appreciated by us, and the Kelly family.

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Let’s start with the big question. What IS RPM, anyway? It’s a tool. A tool to analyze how your ads are performing. It’s not the rate at which they’re earning, like CPM. It’s a math equation to help you analyze overall earning performance. We even know some people that calculate their sponsored work income in RPM, because at the end of the day, it’s a math equation to tell you how much income you’re earning per mille, or thousand (insert quantifiable metric: pageviews or sessions are most common, uniques would work too). Mediavine is pretty absolute on this point – we think pageviews are dead, so we mainly calculate your Mediavine RPM in sessions, because that’s a more meaningful way to understand how your readers are interacting with your page, and where there is room to improve that. Gaming the volume of pageviews makes them […]

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From the beginning of Mediavine Publisher Network, we have tried to be as inclusive as possible. That has always included taking on sites who had a previous AdSense ban, if we could. The problem here is that AdSense bans almost always mean that the domain is also banned from Google’s other advertising products, like Google AdExchange – the largest ad exchange in the world. That’s a big problem. Google is our largest partner at Mediavine, and we sell a majority of our ad impressions through AdExchange. When a site on the network is banned from accessing that, they are never going to do quite as well as their other MVP counterparts. It’s been weighing on our minds for quite some time. Is it ethical to take on a site when we know that we’re not going to do well for them? Google’s plans for the […]

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It’s no secret that we’re big on holistic site success at Mediavine. The better your site performs in every aspect, the better your ads perform. That’s actually been a founding principle of our company. We often seek to partner with companies that share this vision, like Once Coupled. It’s also why we offer a free third party script auditor tool for anyone – even non-Mediavine publishers – to use to evaluate where their site is being affected by extraneous javascript. Page speed is increasingly important to how search engines view your site – favorably or negatively. User experience is also extremely important to your readers (obviously), but Google and advertisers too. If your site is too slow, too clunky, not easily navigated, it can very easily impact your income. In our drive to make sites better, we realized pretty quickly we needed an expert partner […]

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Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the U.S.? We don’t normally start a blog post with such a sobering thought, but recently, we had the opportunity to work with Julie over at The Little Kitchen on a fundraising project that we’re really proud of. Julie coordinated a solid effort with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer– a leader in the fight for childhood cancer fundraising – for bloggers and brands to come together and raise over $12,000! Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a national 501(c)3 non-profit, committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer. They provide inspiration and support for individuals, businesses and organizations to raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other fundraising events, like Julie’s online fundraiser. We’re proud to say that Mediavine was part of this effort. […]

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