In our publisher interview series we’ve had the opportunity to speak with bloggers in every niche across the lifestyle spectrum. From world travelers like Dave and Deb of The Planet D and Kristin of Be My Travel Muse to expert budget balancers like Latasha of Arts and Budgets and Alexis of Fitnancials, we’ve covered a lot of ground. BUT, we couldn’t have an interview series here at Mediavine without having a chat with Chef D. Chef Dennis Littley is not only a respected and well known publisher in the food blogging world, he also has a place in the hearts of all the Mediavine team as one of our most vocal supporters.  If you’re on the hunt for restaurant quality recipes made accessible for every home cook and tips and tricks from a culinary professional, look no further than Ask Chef Dennis.  We’re so glad you made […]

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Data is complicated. If there’s one thing I learned in my college statistics class, it’s that. Before I ever worked here, I was (and still am!) a publisher for my site Feast + West. From the first days I was with Mediavine for my ads, I have loved the way they make complex data easy to understand. The multi-faceted reporting and customizable settings available in the dashboard are unmatched. With other ad management companies, I had never seen anything this detailed. After more than a year in Publisher Support and now as part of our Marketing team, I see the value in our dashboard more than ever. From settings you can change to help you earn even more, to reporting that gives you a top-down view of how well your ads are doing, the Mediavine dashboard is pivotal to a publisher’s success with their ad […]

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BlogPaws, a social media company focused on teaching pet enthusiasts, pet bloggers and all pet parents how to use social media effectively and responsibly, held their 10th annual conference in April in Kansas City and Mediavine was there. Mediavine’s Marketing Associate Jenny Guy and Event Manager Megan Myers traveled to the beautiful Sheraton Kansas City, ready to pet all the pups, cuddle all the cats and consume copious amounts of delicious BBQ. It was our first year to spend time with this passionate group of animal lovers and we were happy to be the sponsors of Friday’s breakfast. We combated the early hour with nourishment, caffeine and Mediavine info and treat bags. Our signs and swag were a huge hit with members of the crowd, of both the two- and four-legged variety.   Bailie finds the whole process tiring @mediavine but breakfast today at #BlogPaws […]

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or on a deserted tropical island, you’ve heard about GDPR. (Also, why haven’t you invited us to your island? Share your blissful GDPR-free real estate. Don’t be rude.) The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation is a massive new law that will impact the way business is done online for the majority of digital publishers, whether they’re EU residents or not.  At Mediavine, we’ve been hard at work for months to make sure we’ve got our ducks in a row and that we’re doing everything possible to protect the Mediavine family and enable us all to continue earning strong revenue for our hard work creating digital content.  So, in preparation for GDPR, Mediavine has become a registered Content Management Platform (CMP) with the IAB Europe.  We know this sounds like alphabet soup, but basically, the IAB (International Advertising Bureau) […]

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improve your site speed and gpsi score

The following post was written by Peter Green, owner and CTO of Agathon, a company that specializes in building and hosting web applications. You can craft the most amazing post ever, but your audience reach will be crippled if your site loads slowly. That’s why we at Agathon offered site “health checks” as a perk to Mediavine publishers who attended the 2018 Mediavine Publisher’s Conference. We’ve now performed 100+ checks at the conference and over Google Meet before and after, and have seen that many sites suffer from the same pattern of fixable(!) problems. The great news is that Mediavine publishers scored much better than we usually see, but there was also room for improvement. Who doesn’t like improvement? Since we can’t do a site health assessment for everyone reading this post, let’s talk about the three most common problems so that you can ensure […]

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There’s no question that working from home has advantages. We wear our pajama pants to virtual meetings, make our own hours and can do a load of laundry in the middle of the work day.  But if you’re anything like the Mediavine team, it can also come with a big challenge: SEPARATION of job (church) and home (state).  One of the best strategies we rely on to maintain sanity is organization, and for that, we’re fortunate to have specialist Sara Volk. She’s our Office Manager, aka project manager, keeper of the spreadsheets, birthdays, addresses, travel plans, meeting times and a million other things that we don’t even know about because she’s GOT them.  We’re so in awe of her strategies and skills that we asked her to put her best tips in one place, so we could pass them on to you guys.  Without further […]

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We’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about the new Coalition for Better Ads in-content logic — how it works, why we changed to offer this new logic, and just how many ads Mediavine publishers are running now. Let’s break it down. Coalition for Better Ads Mediavine is a member of the Coalition for Better Ads as of April 20, 2018. This is a big deal for us — we’re part of a group of internet entities dedicated to making sure that ad quality, and quantity, defer to user experience. The goal of the CBA is to create better ad experiences so that people aren’t encouraged to install ad blockers. By being committed to quality ads and excellent experiences with them, we’re saying that your reader, and their opinion of your ads, matters most. That’s not a new concept for Mediavine — that’s been a […]

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Choosing a hosting company is an important decision for any website owner. There are tons of options out there, and it can definitely be daunting (even though many hosting companies would like you to think it is easy). WordPress is available to set up in almost any hosting plan, with almost any hosting company. Finding a company that “can” host a WordPress site is easy. But finding a company to host your site — and do it well — is much harder. Mediavine publisher and computer scientist Laurence Norah of the travel blog Finding The Universe volunteered to document his site migration from Blogger to WordPress, and we jumped at the opportunity to share this wealth of knowledge on our blog. In last week’s post, Laurence shared why he decided to make the move to a new blogging platform, WordPress. The next step for him was selecting a hosting […]

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With the May 25 compliance date fast approaching, you’ve likely received several confusing emails from Google regarding how to ensure that Google Analytics is compliant with Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for your users in the EU. Before we break this down for you, make sure you’ve read this helpful GDPR guide for publishers by attorney and guest blogger Jamie Lieberman of Hashtag Legal. We’ve also done two GDPR interviews with Jamie on Facebook Live, here and here, which you can watch on the Mediavine YouTube channel. Now that we’re all GDPR experts, let’s talk about how it affects Google Analytics … GDPR is primarily concerned with data collection as it pertains to user privacy, so Google Analytics — likely the place where you’re storing the most data about your users, even if you don’t realize it — is a great place to start on your roadmap […]

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Choosing a blogging platform is one of the most fundamental decisions a publisher must make, which means switching platforms is a pretty big deal. So when Mediavine publisher/Computer Scientist Laurence Norah of the gorgeous travel blog Finding The Universe volunteered to document his site migration from Blogger to WordPress for us, we jumped at the opportunity to share this wealth of knowledge on our blog. This is part 1 of our 5-part blogger platform migration series, written as a collaboration between Laurence and the Mediavine Platform Engineering team.  Time to switch? Laurence: At the end of 2017, after nearly seven years of blogging on Google’s Blogger platform, I made the decision to migrate to WordPress. I was frustrated by how hard it was to customize my blog, the glacial nature of the Blogger team to implement essential features like https, and the general feeling that despite […]

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