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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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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This week Mediavine announced that 86 percent of the company’s ad requests are now from properties with ads.txt files. Mediavine is one of the first publisher representative firms to widely adopt ads.txt, which verifies to advertisers that display and video impressions will not be running on fake or bot websites. Earlier in 2017, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced ads.txt as a new standard for increased digital advertising supply chain transparency. Ads.txt, which stands for Authorized Digital Sellers, is a secure way to fight advertising fraud by preventing unauthorized reselling of digital ad inventory through arbitration and misrepresentation or counterfeit ad impressions. With 86 percent of Mediavine’s ad requests now coming from sites with ads.txt files, the company has been a leader in transitioning to the new standard. “Adopting the ads.txt standard has been a top priority for us,” said Eric Hochberger, Mediavine Co-Founder. “Some […]

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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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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, a full-service ad management company for content creators that is renowned for its high viewability rates, mobile-first philosophy and video technology announced that it has been accepted as a Google Certified Publishing Partner. As part of the Certified Publishing Partner program, Mediavine was carefully vetted against rigorous qualification standards to prove its staff to be trained specialists on AdSense, DoubleClick Ad Exchange and DoubleClick for Publishers, all of which are key to helping publishers meet their goals. Additionally, Mediavine has demonstrated high levels of customer satisfaction by delivering over 70 percent ActiveView viewable advertising impressions network-wide through Google policy-compliant custom ad units, increasing average publisher ad load speeds by over 200 percent through asynchronous advertising tags, lazy loading and other site speed optimizations, and offering Accelerated Mobile Page (AMP) ad units and a custom video player monetized with Google’s Interactive Media Ads (IMA). The […]

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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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