8 ways to address Google’s Two-Click Penalty

We know that seasonality can impact your site traffic but a significant decrease is a cause for concern. More notably, when your ad click-through rate simultaneously goes down. When this happens, most publishers start talking about Google’s “Double-Click” or “Two-Click” penalty. If your site’s ads are affected by this, keep reading to learn eight ways to address the “Two-Click” penalty. …

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Short-form and long-form content monetization

You’ve probably heard the debate between short and long-form content or asked yourself how you can improve content monetization. Bite-sized blog posts and slideshows are examples of short-form content that are short and sweet, and straight to the point. In contrast, whitepapers, ebooks, and webinars are more in-depth and comprehensive. When content is what is driving users to your site, …

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The Value of Exchange Bidding

Exchange bidding, also known as Exchange Bidding in Dynamic Allocation (EBDA), is a server-side unified auction where ad exchanges and SSPs compete with Google Ad Exchange to win impressions. Exchange bidding was Google’s response to header bidding and the need to reduce the complexity of header bidding.  Prior to switching to a first-price auction, Google Ad Exchange had the “last …

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Optimize with Lazy Loading

Normally when a user opens a webpage, the ads for the entire page are downloaded and rendered all at once. While this allows the browser to cache the whole web page, there’s no guarantee that the user will actually view all of the downloaded ads. Instead of bulk loading all of the ads when the page is accessed, you can …

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What you need to know about header bidding

Header bidding is a programmatic advertising technique that allows publishers to offer their inventory to multiple ad exchanges simultaneously before sending requests to ad servers (ie. Google Ad Manager).  Header bidding evolved from waterfall bidding, which was a popular, but inefficient form of auctioning ad space. During a waterfall auction, publishers would offer their ad space from ad network to …

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Seasonality and the summer slowdown

Earlier this year, we discussed how it’s important to understand how seasonality affects CPMs in order to effectively benchmark, and forecast and predict revenue. As we move into July and August, publishers in the northern-Atlantic regions, like North America and Europe,  may experience one of their weakest quarters of the fiscal year. There’s no need to panic”this is a common …

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Ad Refresh, Reconsidered

There are a lot of tools and techniques that web publishers can use to maximize ad revenue such as A/B testing, header bidding, lazy loading ads. A commonly used technique is ad refresh. This strategy refreshes ads which can increase the number of ads shown to the user, which in turn should produce higher revenue-per-session for the publisher. Ad refresh is …

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Are Google’s recent moves game-changers for publisher monetization?

On the surface, at least, the move to first price auctions should simplify and unify the mechanics of auction behaviour. In the past, if a single exchange was responsible for auctioning off an ad impression, a second price auction would award the highest bidder the right to serve the ad, at a penny more than the bid of the second …

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Let’s talk about session RPM

The few occasions we see session RPM decrease are when CPM decreases, there are fewer pages per session, or a lower value user visits the site (for example, a non-English speaking user visits an English-only website). Our team works with publishers to continuously optimize session RPM and address issues where we see session RPM decrease. Here are a few ways …

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The Fundamental Value of Implementing Desktop Anchors

Ad placements tend to be one of the most overlooked aspects of running a website. When publishers place banner ads wherever they feel like it, they won’t realize how effective the careful placement of ads can be. Every website is different and you need to consider multiple factors when optimizing your ad layouts. Here are a few guidelines for ad …