Archive for December, 2016

28.12.2016

Hello AdSense Publishers, if you are seeing sites on your performance reports or under your sites list that don’t belong to you, this post is for you!

First off, you are not under attack. Although you may feel some alarm seeing another site show up in your account, there’s nothing to worry about. The most common scenario is another site has copied your site code and pasted it onto their site, also copying the ad code in the process. Since your publisher id is still in the ad code, the new site will now appear in your account.

To combat this you’ll want to make two quick changes to your account.

  1. Verify which sites in your account are yours.
    • Sign in to your AdSense account.
    • Click Settings in the sidebar. 
    • In the dropdown, select My sites.
    • In your site list, locate the site you want to verify and click the Down arrow

     Other sites are using my ad code. What should I do?
      • Next to “Verified site”, turn the switch on
        Other sites are using my ad code. What should I do?
      2. Once verified, enable site authorization. Site authorization is an optional feature that lets you identify your verified sites as the only sites that are permitted to use your Google ad code. 
        • Click Settings in the sidebar.
        • In the dropdown, select My sites.
        • On the “Manage sites” page, click More 
         Other sites are using my ad code. What should I do?
          • Click Site authorization.
          • Next to “Only authorize my verified sites to use my ad code”, turn the switch on 
           Other sites are using my ad code. What should I do?
            • Click Save. Your changes should take effect within 48 hours.
            Once your sites are verified and site authorization is turned on, ads will still show on the unverified site(s), and impressions and clicks will be recorded. However, advertisers will not be charged, and you won’t receive any earnings for that site. Any policy violations that occur on these sites also won’t count against you. 
            The URLs will still show up in your list of sites so you are aware of who else is using your ad code. The sites may also still show in your performance report in order to keep a definitive record of activity. If you are seeing the sites in your reports but don’t want to, consider setting your report type to “Verified Sites” to ensure you are only seeing data related to your verified sites. More on managing your sites here.
            Post by Brandon Canniff, AdSense Support Specialist
             Other sites are using my ad code. What should I do?

             Other sites are using my ad code. What should I do?

            This is the final guest post from AdSense publisher Brandon Gaille. Brandon has built his small business marketing blog, BrandonGaille.com, to over 2 million monthly visitors in less than three years. He’s featured as our guest blogger to share insights and tips from his personal blogging experience to help AdSense publishers grow earnings. If you’re new to AdSense, be sure to sign up for AdSense and start turning your #PassionIntoProfit. 

            Every year more people are using their phones and devices to browse web pages. In 2013, mobile made up only 17% of web traffic. In 2016, this number has risen to over 38%. Within the next couple of years, mobile traffic will easily surpass 50%.

             How to optimize your Adsense ad placements for mobile users

            This is why you need to take time to optimize your AdSense ads for mobile traffic. Although you can easily grab a responsive AdSense ad unit, there are more ways to optimize your ad units for mobile. It may be the easiest way, but I’ve found that the easy way usually does not always produce the best results. I’ve tested the responsive ad units on my blogs against manual optimization, and the results were staggering.

            The manual optimization of my ads produced a 54% increase in my AdSense revenue.

            Here’s what I learned from the tests I ran:

            #1 A large mobile banner at the top of the page earned the most money on my site

            The highest producing location was below the title of a post and above the first paragraph. It’s important to know that  AdSense amended their policy on ads above the fold on mobile devices, and you can no longer use the 300×250 ad above the fold on mobile.

            #2 Hide the sidebar ads in tablets and mobile

            The sidebar is going to be pushed down to the bottom of the post when it is viewed in mobile. This is essentially banishing any ads in the sidebar to no man’s land. Most premium WordPress themes will allow you to turn off ad spots in the sidebar. This will allow you to drop in an additional AdSense ad into the post to get maximum monetization from mobile.

            #3 The best ad grouping was top, middle, and bottom

            Out of all the mobile ad groupings, this one easily produced the most revenue for me. The grouping was made up of one 320×100 ad and two 250×250 ads. The first ad was below the title and above the first paragraph. The second ad was placed after the 6th paragraph of the post. The final ad was placed at the end of the post.

            In addition to mobile optimization, I applied four AdSense optimization strategies, which resulted in an overall revenue increase of close to 300%.  Whether you are making $500/month or $5000/month, a 300% increase can make a huge impact on your yearly earnings.

            Go here to read all of my “5 AdSense Optimization Strategies that Will Increase Your Earnings.”

            Posted By
            Brandon Gaille
             How to optimize your Adsense ad placements for mobile users

            Brandon Gaille is an AdSense publisher. You can learn more about Brandon at BrandonGaille.com and listen to his popular blogging podcast, The Blog Millionaire.

            If you’re new to AdSense, be sure to sign up for AdSense and start turning your #PassionIntoProfit. 

             How to optimize your Adsense ad placements for mobile users

             How to optimize your Adsense ad placements for mobile users

            14.12.2016
            In the third part of the #SuccessStack, we take a look at programmatic ad sales. This article will give you the tools to decide whether programmatic may be the right route for you to grow your publishing business.

             Find out if you should go programmatic

            What is programmatic?
            Originally, digital ad sales required you to go out and sell your ad space direct to advertisers. If they liked the price they agreed to the sale. If not, they may have negotiated with you. All this took time, required advanced bookings, and necessitated a lot of leg work on both sides.

            Programmatic advertising takes your digital ad inventory and matches it to buyers looking for the ad space you offer, doing the selling for you. It uses software and algorithms as a go between, increasing ad revenues through a bidding system where the highest paying buyer’s ad is chosen for each space.

            The easy way to try programmatic

            For most publishers, the easiest and most effective way to try programmatic ad sales is to use an automated ad network like AdSense to sell their ad inventory. This means you don’t have to worry about generating direct sales or any high-touch manual optimizations of your ad sales.

            The AdSense platform will find advertisers for you from AdWords and other Google advertisers and accept bids on your behalf, automatically selling your ad units for the highest possible price and placing the winning ad in that spot.

            Programmatic advertising 2.0
            If you’re a larger publisher who has a significant amount of direct sales or needs to manage their ads at a granular level to avoid conflict, you may need a more advanced programmatic solution.

            DoubleClick Ad Exchange is for publishers looking to go beyond the basics of programmatic advertising. You’ll be able to access a wider pool of advertisers, agencies and ad networks to tap into advertising markets beyond Google advertisers. In addition to expanding demand, Ad Exchange provides publishers with advanced Programmatic Direct tools to help grow your business. But it’s important to know, you’ll also be required to manage more manual inputs and adjustments, so it’s not ideally suited for every publisher.

            Consider your next step

            If you’re thinking about what you should do next, you might begin with this short quiz to help you decide which is the correct next step for your business and programmatic advertising.

            Ready to take the plunge?
            Make sure you choose the right tool to give yourself the best possible potential earnings. To help you with this, arrange a free consultation with one of our experts who can help you to choose the right programmatic solution for your business.

             Find out if you should go programmatic

             Find out if you should go programmatic

            13.12.2016

            A staggering $6.9 billion was spent on mobile digital ads in Q4 2015. In this second installment of the #SuccessStack, learn how you can claim your share of advertising budgets spent this quarter and grow your revenue.

            Adsense Publisher growth blog week1 Three ways to grow ad revenue this holiday season

            Tip 1: The early bird catches the worm

            Does it feel like the holiday season gets bigger and starts earlier every year? You’re not wrong. This year Black Friday set a new record with over $3 billion in online sales. The entire holiday shopping season has evolved into a truly multi-month, online affair.

            Take advantage of the holiday ad spending spree by placing ads on your site. A good first step is to choose the right tool to sell and manage ads on your site. Then, make sure your available ad space is optimized and mobile friendly. Finally, when the holiday season is in full swing, you can use experiments to measure and improve your use of ad space further.

            Tip 2: Tailor your content to what users are looking for

            The holiday shopping season creates big opportunities for AdSense publishers. According to Luth Research*, the way people search when shopping becomes more niche as they move closer to buying an item. For example, individuals may start their shopping journey with search terms like “gadgets for men” or “laptops” but finish a few weeks later with searches for specific models or screen sizes.

            To capture audience attention and increase your ad impressions, build a content strategy that taps into this insight. Try creating content that taps into each stage of the buyer journey like gift inspiration articles for those early stage “i need ideas” moments, and product comparison content for those “i want to know” moments before users make a purchase decision. To help you make the most of these moments check out our guide to help you draw the crowds to your site.

            Tip 3: Use the right advertising partner

            Partner with an ad network that can help you earn more during this peak advertising period. AdSense, with its access to millions of Google AdWords advertisers offers an easy, profitable and low touch advertising solution.

            Adsense Publisher growth Blog arrange consultation Three ways to grow ad revenue this holiday season

            Already an AdSense user? Enjoy an expert consultation to walk you through DoubleClick’s suite of tools to help you manage and optimize the ad inventory on your site. It could help you grow your revenues even further this holiday season.

            *Google/Luth Research, U.S. Google partnered with Luth to analyze the digital activity of its opt-in panel participants. The data was analyzed between April and Aug. 2016.

             Three ways to grow ad revenue this holiday season

             Three ways to grow ad revenue this holiday season

            This is the fourth of five guest posts from AdSense publisher Brandon Gaille. Brandon has built his small business marketing blog, BrandonGaille.com, to over 2 million monthly visitors in less than three years. He’s featured as our guest blogger to share insights and tips from his personal blogging experience to help AdSense publishers grow earnings. If you’re new to AdSense, be sure to sign up for AdSense and start turning your #PassionIntoProfit. 

            Google Analytics defines bounce rate as the percentage of single-page sessions, which essentially means the people that left your site after seeing only a single page. When your bounce rate is high, it also means that your AdSense ads may not be seen by a large percentage of your audience.

            Over the years, I’ve researched this topic many times over in an effort to constantly decrease the bounce rate of my sites and my clients’ sites. Through countless hours of A/B testing and deep analytics research, I was able to identify 25 tactics that consistently reduced the bounce rate.

            The great thing about most of these tactics is that they usually only take a matter of minutes to incorporate, and you can start seeing results the next day.

            #1 Do not use more than 7 sentences per paragraph

            You never want to block too much text together. One really long paragraph can easily overwhelm your visitors and lead them to hitting the back button.

            Most bloggers write their posts on a desktop or laptop computer. From a computer, the occasional 12 to 15 sentence paragraph does not look too intimidating. However, over 50% of my blog visitors are using their phones to read the posts on my site. On a phone, these long paragraphs will fill up the entire screen and add to your bounce rate.

            I like to break up my paragraphs into different sizes. This can make the text of a post visually stimulating, which can turn scanners into readers.

            Using an occasional single sentence paragraph will speed up the flow of article and add some nice white space.

            #2 Keep your column width between 700 and 800 pixels

            There have been many big name bloggers that have been considering ditching the sidebar. Although the sidebar does not get as many clicks as it once did, this is largely due to the increase in mobile traffic.

            A post without a sidebar will have a column width well beyond 800 pixels. This is going to make your content look very long on a desktop computer. The ideal width for engagement is 700 pixels, which will allow between 80 and 90 characters per line.

            Smashing Magazine did a study on the typographic design patterns in websites. When they looked at a segment of websites with the highest engagement, they found the majority of these sites had between 75 and 90 characters per line.

             How to earn more money with AdSense by decreasing your bounce rate
            Source of image: Smashing Magazine

            #3 Organize your content with headers and sub-headers

            Based on reviewing heat maps of million and millions of page views, I’ve found that visitors of blog posts are made up of a mix of readers and scanners. To be precise, the results showed that 40% are readers and 60% are scanners. The readers start by reading the introduction paragraph, and the scanners scroll through the entire post. The scanners consistently stop scrolling to read each header and sub-header.

            For the readers, most bloggers are pulling them into the post with a great introduction. However, the vast majority fail to create compelling headers. The easiest type of post to break into headers is the list post. For example, “13 Habits that Lead to Success.”

            Each habit should be turned into a bold header and be able to stand alone as its own title. The goal here is to create thirteen compelling titles. Each title is designed to grab the reader’s attention and drive them into reading that section.

            If you’ve enjoyed these three tips to decrease your bounce rate, go here to read all of the “25 Proven Ways to Decrease Your Bounce Rate.”

            Posted By
            Brandon Gaille

             How to earn more money with AdSense by decreasing your bounce rate

            Brandon Gaille is an AdSense publisher. You can learn more about Brandon at BrandonGaille.com and listen to his popular blogging podcast, The Blog Millionaire.

             If you’re new to AdSense, be sure to sign up for AdSense and start turning your #PassionIntoProfit. 

             How to earn more money with AdSense by decreasing your bounce rate

             How to earn more money with AdSense by decreasing your bounce rate