“What good is a page view if you can’t monetize it?” A wise man once said this when we started out in the web publishing world, and I’ve never forgotten it. An even wiser man told me years later that if we wanted our website to be successful, it would require a shift in approach, namely: “Focus on increasing revenue instead of traffic.” The point of these memorable quotes isn’t that traffic doesn’t matter. Obviously, it does. Content needs an audience, and we’re still trying to grow ours, year after year. But there isn’t necessarily a correlation between increased traffic and increased revenue. The first of these quotes illustrates the basic fact that advertisers only want to be associated with certain content and audiences. The second drives home the idea that even if your traffic is very desirable to advertisers, it may not be reaching […]

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You may have noticed that Mediavine stopped referring to itself as the Mediavine Publisher Network earlier this year, a subtle but significant change that better reflects our core mission. We made this decision by asking ourselves, “What is Mediavine?” The answer to that question began, interestingly, by deciding what we’re not: an ad network. Ad networks are organizations, often faceless, that place ads on your site, pay you and that’s it. That’s also the extent of their relationship with the publisher. That is not Mediavine. Our goal is building sustainable businesses for content creators, which starts with full-service ad representation to help maximize the value of your site in every respect. That means not just representing your ad inventory to earn the most revenue, but offering the support, technology and resources to grow your entire business. Strictly from an ad management standpoint, Mediavine manages your […]

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What is Mediavine? Let’s start with what we’re not: An ad network.  Ad networks are what we think of as faceless organizations that place ads on your site, pay you and that’s it. You don’t know what they’re doing – or, more accurately, what they’re not doing. Mediavine’s goal is building sustainable businesses for content creators. That means full service ad representation to help maximize the value of your site as long as you work with us. What does that mean? Representing your ad inventory to make the most money, while offering you the support, technology and resources to optimize your content (and with it, your ad inventory). Strictly from an ad management standpoint, we manage your ad server, optimize ad placements, use header bidding and work directly with advertisers on your behalf. Using technology developed and tested on our own properties, Mediavine helps its […]

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Mediavine is constantly and strategically evolving to bolster our technological innovation and meet our customers’ needs. In order to better serve publishers in an ever-changing landscape that reinvents itself with great frequency, our ad partners must remain equally agile.  Our largest and most important ad partner, Google, announced that it has unified its two DoubleClick publisher platforms into a single platform, Google Ad Manager, reflecting how Google’s own ad tech strategies have evolved in recent years. Google Ad Manager brings together DoubleClick for Publishers and DoubleClick Ad Exchange together into a single, integrated platform that should work even more efficiently and lucratively to increase revenue and guarantee brand safety. Ad Exchange (AdX) has been the premiere online marketplace to help publishers earn more with real-time auction demand and pricing for the past decade, while DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) has proven vital as an application, not […]

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Amazon quietly announced last month that it is retiring CPM Ads, a product it launched almost as quietly in 2014, at the end of September. For those unaware, Amazon CPM Ads was designed to allow smaller publishers that were a part of Amazon Associates affiliate program to run additional ad units. CPM Ads, which appear in website banners along with other placements, operate on a cost-per-impression (CPM) basis, but their days are officially numbered. Amazon Associates members were notified, and a help topic for affiliates also confirmed, the end of CPM Ads as of September 30 of this year. The company did not elaborate on why it is sunsetting CPM Ads, but its elimination leaves a void for many publishers, especially smaller ones. Amazon’s other offerings in this area, such as Unified Ad Marketplace, seem engineered for larger websites, rather than smaller publishers, as Amazon […]

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mediavine versus google adsense ads

What’s the difference between Mediavine and Google AdSense? A whole lot. These two ad solutions are like night and day, although many times, you’ll see very similar looking ads coming from both. How does that happen? Let’s back up a bit. If you’re reading this, you’re obviously familiar with Google AdSense, perhaps the longest-running ad solution for publishers still in existence today. The premise of AdSense is simple: You copy and paste a short line of code where you want the ad to appear. Google serves the ads there, working as the intermediary so you don’t have to work with advertisers, or think about the process hardly at all. Google finds relevant ads based on your content, and sends you payment for the earnings once you reach a certain threshold. For many small publishers, AdSense makes sense as a simple, secure, introductory option to the […]

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Mediavine has always prided itself on inclusivity. If you’re a publisher with great, original content who’s looking to grow your site with a holistic approach to advertising, we welcome you. Whether you have our minimum traffic requirement of just 25,000 sessions per month, or 10-20 times that, you can expect the same innovative technology, resources and attention from Mediavine’s unparalleled publisher support and engineering teams. But just because we’re all-inclusive doesn’t mean we aren’t also exclusive, too. Our exclusivity comes in the form of serving the best and most engaging content creators, regardless of traffic numbers. We’ve helped countless small-to-medium-sized publishers sustainably grow their businesses while doing the same for those with much larger audiences. How do we do this? When it comes to programmatic advertising, more is more. The more ad impressions pooled together among all Mediavine publishers, the better the impressions perform individually […]

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In early 2018, Facebook announced that its news feed algorithm would increasingly prioritize content from “friends, family and groups,” while reducing emphasis on “businesses, brands, and media.” By doing so, the company stated that its goal is to “encourage meaningful interactions between people” and that it has a “responsibility” to ensure that Facebook is “good for people’s well-being.” Noble as that sounds, the truth is more complex, as Facebook has been 1) moving toward a paid model for years, and 2) under tremendous scrutiny, with uncertain fallout for publishers. Following an onslaught of negative headlines, the company is under immense pressure – from both its shareholders and an increasingly wary public – to clean up its act. How (and how effectively) it does this remains to be seen, but one thing we can say for certain is that brands are going to have to work harder […]

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Traffic. We all want more of it for obvious reasons. The more traffic a website generates, the bigger its audience and the greater its earning potential becomes. All traffic is not created equal, however. There are entire companies devoted to deceiving publishers and advertisers alike by selling traffic that isn’t even real, often times unbeknownst to any of the parties involved. What is fake traffic? Fake traffic is traffic generated by click farms, bots or software, not by humans. Fake traffic is used to artificially inflate ad revenue by making a site’s audience appear greater than it is in reality. An astonishing amount of ad impressions are served to fraudulent visitors. If an advertising network identifies a website’s traffic as fake, it will likely result in suspensions or even bans on the publisher’s advertising account once violations are uncovered. How can you identify fake traffic? […]

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Mediavine recently had the privilege of joining fellow industry leaders and Google senior product managers at the two-day Google Certified Publishing Partner annual event in Singapore. Singapore is very, very far away (12 time zones and 24 hours of air travel), but appropriately so, as attending such a prestigious event was symbolic of how far we’ve come as an organization. When the company announced Mediavine as a Google Certified Publishing Partner earlier this year, we joined an exclusive list of fewer than 40 companies across the world to earn this designation. Mediavine’s GCPP addition was the first in more than six months, and may in fact be the last for the foreseeable future, as the requirements for admission are only getting more stringent. Google has long been one of, if not the strongest, industry partners accelerating Mediavine’s growth, thanks to its vast and powerful suite of digital […]

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