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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We recently capped off an exciting, record-setting 2017 at Mediavine, a year we could summarize with just one word: Growth. That growth came in the form of publishers, with nearly 2,500 live, and reach, with more than one in two women in the United States reading a Mediavine blog every month. We also saw rapid growth internally, with our team expanding from six to 26 full time employees. How will 2018 possibly top that? Well, for starters, everything is going to be a lot more Teal around here, beginning with my new video series, Go for Teal, which touches on this very topic. (Intrigued by that plug? You’ll have to watch the video to see what that means!)   If we had to summarize 2018, it would be the year we capitalize on that growth. We spent last year setting ourselves up for success that will […]

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We want to pay you all more money. Yes, you read that correctly. And it’s all part of our mission statement. Our goal has always been to help publishers maximize the revenue they’re earning from advertisers, while creating a sustainable business for all parties, including Mediavine. That’s how we originally settled on a 70% revenue share for publishers. We needed to make sure we accounted for discrepancies (which come out of our share), non-paying ad partners (this happens more than you’d think), sales commissions, ad-serving costs and the general costs of running a growing business. You can read more about our revenue share in our original blog post. However, now that we’re approaching 2,500 live sites, our growth has reached a level where it’s time to reevaluate things. At our size, the cost of running our business is now relatively small compared to the revenues […]

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The past 12 months have seen incredible growth at Mediavine, and we are already looking forward to an even bigger revenue year in 2018. But as one year turns to the next, in the immediate future, that means the end of the elusive Q4. What will this mean for your income? Based on historical performance from the last few years, we predict that CPMs, and thus your RPM or income, will drop by as much as 50 percent after the holidays. The first signs may be evident after Christmas, on December 26. From there you will likely see a slow decline until the 31st, followed by a significant drop on January 1. It will likely be until Q2 before income levels return to where you want them, and all the way until Q4 of 2018 for you to see record-breaking earnings once more. Why does […]

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It’s official. Chrome Ad Filtering, a.k.a. built-in ad blocking into popular web browser Google Chrome, is coming on February 15, 2018. What do we do to prepare for this sweet, belated Valentine’s Day gift? Let’s begin by understanding what Chrome Ad Filtering is. If you haven’t ready our initial blog post on this new built-in ad blocker, we recommend doing so. The basic summary: Chrome will automatically block ads that Google deems a bad user experience based on standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads. If Google detects any ad violations while crawling your site, they will report them to you via the “ad experience” tool in Google Search Console. You’ll have 30 days to fix the issue or Google will automatically start blocking ads on your domain. If you’re not verified in Google Search Console, do so immediately. However, for Mediavine publishers, there […]

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It’s been a few months since Ads.txt was announced, and the industry has been quick to adopt this new standard in fighting ad fraud. With that adoption, a lot has come to light. If you’re unfamiliar with Ads.txt, I would recommend you read my original article introducing Ads.txt. Just how much adoption has there been in the last few months? Some reports say as many as 44% of the top 10,000 sites have already adopted Ads.txt. Part of this rapid adoption by the publishers on supply side is driven by advertiser requests on the demand side. One of the biggest names in advertising driving this? Google. Google announced that as of November 1, Doubleclick Bid Manager would only buy inventory through authorized accounts on domains – in other words, domains that have an ads.txt and correctly list the correct Google AdExchange or Adsense ID for […]

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2018 Mediavine Conference

If you’re a member of Mediavine Publisher Network, then you know that one of our key missions is empowering publishers. We love helping publishers make their sites, and their businesses, the best they possibly can be. Improving their site speed and SEO techniques, unlocking the mysteries of ads, and encouraging blogger community support. This holistic approach has been our way of doing things since day one. We brought those ideals to life in April 2017 for the Mediavine Publishers Conference, held in Charleston, South Carolina. More than 100 publishers came together for a weekend of learning, support, great food, and fun. In fact, we had so much fun, we’re doing it again! Join us for the 2nd annual Mediavine Publishers Conference on February 28 – March 2nd, 2018, to be hosted at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California! We’ve got some great panels and speakers […]

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Last month, the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) announced a new standard, ads.txt, to help fight ad fraud. As of today, Mediavine is proud to announce that we’d made it easy for our publishers to quickly adopt this standard via our Mediavine Control Panel WordPress Plugin or via our dashboard for other platforms. But first, because you asked … What is ads.txt? Similar to the infamous robots.txt file, it’s a “plain text” file that is hosted on your root domain, at the top level of your website, and it contains a list of authorized sellers of your advertising inventory. You can see an example here: https://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/ads.txt What’s the point of ads.txt? The ads.txt initiative was started to combat ad fraud and in particular, two main types – unauthorized reselling of your ad inventory through arbitration, and more importantly, ad fraud through misrepresentation or counterfeit ad impressions. Okay, […]

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Mediavine is thrilled to announce that after being extensively vetted, and having exceeded rigorous qualification standards, we are officially a Google Certified Publishing Partner (GCPP). We have proven ourselves as trained experts in Google AdSense, DoubleClick Ad Exchange and DoubleClick for Publishers, all of which are key to helping publishers meet their goals. In addition to that, we’ve achieved many things behind the scenes to make Google, and our growing number of publishers, successful: Consistently delivering over 70% viewability on ad impressions network-wide through Google policy-compliant custom ad units. Increasing average publisher site ad load times by over 200% through lazy loading and other custom built integrations. Offering Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) ad units. A custom video player monetized with Google’s Interactive Media Ads. Each of these items has long been a priority for Mediavine, and adding Google Certified Publishing Partner status to our list of […]

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