Robots.txt, also known as the Robots Exclusion Standard or Robots Exclusion Protocol, is a text file used by websites to tell web crawlers which pages of their sites can be indexed. Translation? Google is actually reading your site via a computer program, or a crawler, which follows each link on a page to figure out which page(s) to crawl next. As it continues to crawl, you can almost visualize how it becomes a web of links. Spiders crawl the web. You get it. But how is Robots.txt important? You may have links to pages such as your login page, admin page, or even more private information on your site without realizing it – data Google is crawling and displaying to searchers. Robots.txt is a boring old plain text file that the crawler downloads before making its way through the rest of your site. After you […]

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Mediavine In-Content Ads

As Mediavine publishers know, in-content advertisements have been a major part of our strategy from the day we entered the ad management business. Just a few years ago, the competition focused solely on sidebar ads, and it was borderline blasphemy to consider advertising within websites’ content. However, we stuck to our guns, our original group of content creators agreed to allow ads inside their content, and it paid off handsomely. Why are in-content ads so effective? 1. They’re more engaging When we run an ad, we do so with three “clients” – our publishers, our publishers’ readers, and the advertisers themselves – in mind. The latter, which pays the bills, expects results. What ultimately keeps advertisers coming back to Mediavine publishers to buy more inventory are those results, measured by viewability and engagement. Ensuring viewable ads is fairly simple with our methodology, but the second […]

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We’re excited to announce the release of an updated version of our custom video player, known as the Mediavine Video Player 2.0. As we’ve noted in our Go for Teal video series, we’re making 2018 the year of video at Mediavine, and the Video Player 2.0 is a big reason for that. The 2.0 version is still a custom built HTML5 video player based on the popular open source video framework, Video.js, much like our original 1.0 player. This is an update to the same player you’ve already hopefully been using on your site – the player that powers the patent-pending Mediavine Video Adhesion as well as the videos you embed in your posts. In fact, most publishers won’t even notice the difference thanks to our backwards-compatible embed codes that you already have in your posts. You’ll still be uploading videos to the same place […]

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We’re excited to announce some exciting changes to the loyalty program at Mediavine, which began in 2016 as a way to reward and thank the publishers that helped get us to where we are. Unfortunately, our system – designed around similar loyalty-type programs that essentially provide a cash-back reward at the end of the year – proved more complicated than expected. Another negative aspect we noticed was that some publishers felt “trapped” while waiting for their anniversary and its accompanying loyalty bonus. That was never our intention. We’re trying to reward, not trap publishers. If you’re unhappy with Mediavine, we want to make that right, not hold something like that over your head. That’s why we’re introducing our new, simplified loyalty program today. From this point forward, your loyalty bonus will be added to your revenue share each day, at the rate you’ve accrued over […]

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On our quest to hit 100 percent Ads.txt adoption at Mediavine, we’ve hit some snags along the way with sites on closed, hosted platform systems such as SquareSpace, Shopify and Wix. The issue? The Ads.txt spec requires that you upload a plain text file named ads.txt at the root of your domain. Example: https://thehollywoodgossip.com/ads.txt The issue with closed, hosted platforms like SquareSpace is that you don’t have the ability to upload a document to the root of your site. Luckily, our partners at Google were able to update Blogger to support an ads.txt file, but until other similarly closed systems implement a solution, we needed a workaround. How did we fix it? First, let’s look at a key aspect to the technical specs behind ads.txt. Ads.txt must be implemented at the root domain. Why is that so critical? Because most SquareSpace, Shopify, etc., sites are hosted at […]

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Coalition for Better Ads is already kind of a big deal, but it’s about to become an even bigger deal starting tomorrow, February 15, 2018, with the official launch of Chrome Ad Filtering. With this launch, Google will begin to block all ads, including non-Google AdExchange units, within Google Chrome on websites they determine to provide poor ad experiences per the guidelines set by the Coalition for Better Ads. So what does Google Chrome ad blocking mean to Mediavine publishers? We’ve put together a quick guide on what you need to do, what we’ve already done at Mediavine, and how the landscape will change going forward. What do Mediavine publishers need to do? First, verify all versions of your site for Google Search Console if you have not done so already. That includes the https:// URL of your site if you’re running SSL, and be […]

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In digital advertising, an SSP is a Supply Side Platform. In non-technical terms, it’s computer software allowing websites to sell ad inventory programmatically and receive payment for it. At Mediavine, you’ve likely heard us refer to the ad partners, or ad exchanges, we work with. SSP is the official term for most of these companies, many of which you may know, such as Google AdExchange, Rubicon Project, Index Exchange, OpenX and AppNexus. These SSPs are the companies submitting the bids in the auction of auctions we run during header bidding, but what exactly goes on behind the scenes to generate those bids for the advertising inventory on your site? What are the SSPs actually doing? Each SSP we work with is integrated with yet another acronym, the DSP. DSPs, or demand side platforms, are the advertising version of Supply Side Platforms. Advertisers run ads via […]

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RPM. This metric has become king amongst bloggers comparing their earnings, but what exactly is RPM and what are they comparing? Short for revenue per mille, RPM is the earnings accrued for every 1000 units (mille means thousand in Latin), and is the most commonly used measurement in online advertising. It’s the publisher side of CPM, or cost per milli. Advertisements cost advertisers money, hence they use CPM. They earn us revenue. Hence we use RPM. The textbook definition sounds simple enough, but for such a key benchmarking metric, RPM can be far more complicated – and controversial – than this lets on. Why? Because RPM as a unit on its own is ambiguous. Much like an inch or a centimeter, it’s just a unit of measurement. You can measure all sorts of things with length. Same goes with RPM. You can calculate it based […]

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At the end of December, we debuted our exclusive patent-pending video adhesion player. We’re so excited by this new player, we’re declaring 2018 the year of video with this being one of the biggest drivers. What is the video adhesion player? The video adhesion is a mobile native experience that showcases your latest videos to users, while giving you a chance to monetize with high paying video ads on every pageview. It takes the place of our usual mobile adhesion banner ad at the bottom of your page, with high-paying video ads playing in front of your latest videos. It will only run and replace the display banner ad if we have a high-paying video ad, so you won’t see it on every page. Why are we so excited about it? The video adhesion hits the perfect trifecta. It balances the publisher’s needs to monetize […]

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As part of our new Go for Teal video series, we want to share not only what Mediavine is doing, but how we’re doing it by teaching you various aspects of the advertising industry. We thought we’d begin with header bidding, which is basically the crux of everything Mediavine does behind the scenes. Header bidding gets its name because it’s typically called from the head, or top of your page, before your page starts to load. Header bidding is essentially an auction of auctions, an opportunity for all the ad exchanges and networks to compete for every impression. To better understand header bidding, we need to look at the world before header bidding, a world of traditional tag-based ads and waterfalls. In the old days of this industry, a whole three years ago, a publisher worked with an ad network who provided a set of tags […]

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