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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Custom-built unit brings together advertisers, publisher and users in a new way through high-viewability mobile native experiences Mediavine has launched a custom-built, patent-pending ad unit exclusive to the company: the video adhesion player. The unit, currently in beta testing, is the first of its kind and is Mediavine’s first piece of advertising technology to receive a provisional patent. The video adhesion player is a mobile native experience that showcases publishers’ original videos to users, providing publishers the opportunity to monetize with highly sought-after video ads on every pageview in a user-friendly format. The player uses video header bidding capabilities from Prebid.js to integrate with advertising partners’ video demand. The video adhesion unit will take the place of the company’s pre-existing mobile adhesion banner ad unit when a video advertisement wins the marketplace auction. By keeping the new unit the same location as the existing mobile […]

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2017 Session Refresh on Page Speed Optimization Eric Hochberger, Mediavine Co-Founder and CEO, still wants you to think like a robot.   In his knowledge-packed session at our 2017 conference in Charleston, he broke down the nuts and bolts of page speed in a language all us non-developers can understand: PLAIN ENGLISH. There aren’t many people involved in the digital space who will tell you that page speed doesn’t matter. Anyone who’s ever yelled “just LOAD!” in frustration at a glowing screen or pressed the back button 50 times while trying to read the news on their phone KNOWS that site speed is an important thing. But many of us non-techies don’t know exactly WHY it matters so much to the people we want to work with (like Google and big brands) or HOW to fix the issues that are making our site slow. At our […]

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Any home inspector worth their salt knows that a cracked foundation means a full-stop in the home buying process. Well, for digital content creators, your host is your site’s foundation. Is it well-constructed and built soundly enough to withstand a battering from the digital elements? How can you tell? What should your host be doing for you? What questions should you be asking a potential host? For all the answers to our hosting questions, we went to Peter Green. Peter is the Owner and CTO of Agathon, a company that specializes in building and hosting web applications. Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start?): What is a host? Starting at the beginning, when you sing you begin with “do – re – mi”… sorry, slipped into ‘The Sound of Music’ there for a second! What I meant to say was that a […]

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“You need a lawyer.” Whether it’s your one call after a wild night or a frantic cry for help after your most popular post has been copied and your images stolen, the need for legal representation typically elicits the same feelings as the need for a root canal. But what if it didn’t? What if you knew you had everything for your digital business put in place and you were covered before anything went wrong? Enter Jamie Lieberman, Esq. She’s a tattooed, purple-haired genius lawyer, with a firm and several businesses that specialize in legal concerns for digital content creators. Jamie will be breaking through the legal stigma in her session at the Mediavine Conference, “Lawyering Up: Blogger Legal Tips”, and she was kind enough to give us an interview preview. Hi Jamie! Thank you for taking the time to gab with us and do […]

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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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GumGum. They’re right there in your dashboard, one of our premium advertising partners, but who are they and what do they offer Mediavine publishers? We sat down with Dan, their Director of Publisher Services, to get the lowdown on the company and what they could mean to your bottom line in 2018. Hello Dan! What is your position at GumGum and how long have you been there? I’ve been with GumGum for almost five years. I’m the Director of Publisher Services and oversee GumGum publisher development in the US, Canada, and LATAM. In a nutshell, tell us what GumGum does. What makes the company uniquely positioned to help digital content creators monetize? GumGum is an artificial intelligence company with deep expertise in computer vision. Our mission is to unlock the value of visual content produced daily across diverse data sets. We’re well positioned to help […]

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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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The design of your site is everything. That’s your logo, your website layout, even your fonts and colors. All of it plays a big part in how your brand comes off to readers and potential sponsors. Your website is your storefront, and how it looks makes all the difference in getting people in the door. The design of your site can play a big part in how you earn, too. I’m Susannah, and I work in Publisher Support here at Mediavine, so I look at sites all day long. Before I worked here I ran my own freelance graphic design business and I also have a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. I will happily nerd out about fonts to anyone who dares! That also means I get it when publishers want to spice things up. A theme change is a great way to give your […]

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