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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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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We knew a few years ago that internet trends were headed majorly in a mobile direction when Google announced that they would be putting the weight of their search traffic behind mobile-friendly sites. Fast forward to our Second Annual Mediavine Publisher’s Conference at none other than the Google campus in Sunnyvale, CA, and talk of mobile first was a HUGE piece of the search engine puzzle. We spend a lot of time here at Mediavine talking about site speed, why it’s important, and how to achieve it, and that’s because we looooove search traffic, but we also love your readers. Site speed is crucial for user experience, and a big part of building your business is to keep them coming back. Let’s talk about AMP Installing Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP for short!) is one way you can opt to work on your mobile site, but […]

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With the new year upon us, we as content creators and generally creative people start to get a little twitchy. It usually starts with a some inspiration: a friend that just finished an amazing site makeover, a gorgeous color palette or new fun font, or just a general want to reshift and refocus in the year to come. In January we set goals, make lists, and fastidiously fill out planners and editorial calendars. We organize our desks, color code our bookmark tabs, pretend we are going to stick to new, productive strict schedules. This year is going to be AMAZING!!! I’m going to change ALL THE THINGS! Including my domain!!!!! Annnd STOP. Here, friends, I am going to pause and give you a doughnut. Because what I say next might burst your new year, new you bubble. Rebranding is bad for your business. I’ll tell […]

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When we first launched AMP on our sites, we followed Google suggestions and split up our Google Analytics into two separate profiles – one for AMP and one for the rest of our web traffic. As a network, we recommended our publishers running AMP do the same. Unfortunately, this led to having to check two sources to get the complete view of your traffic. Even worse? For those of us addicted to Google RTA, our numbers weren’t nearly as exciting as they should be. Thanks to the fact Google recently shed some light on using “Data Source” to split out your AMP traffic from your regular mobile web, we’ve officially changed our recommendation for AMP analytics implementation as a network, and have already moved over our own blogs. Now with a single profile, you can get the big picture on how your overall traffic is doing with both […]

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