Like any other business, subscription website publishing relies on getting your website taxonomy exactly right. Information architecture isn’t easy to understand – people earn special college degrees in order to grasp it! But subscription websites are different from ecommerce, event, retail, or a dozen other kinds of websites. And you simply can’t learn about subscription website taxonomy from those. Continue
Almost a decade ago, a close colleague told me that it was impossible to figure out how much search traffic a website could or should be receiving from Google and other search engines. He was wrong.
Let me explain how to calculate the amount of traffic Google and other search engines could be sending your way. Continue
The answers are not always obvious, even to a seasoned print or digital publisher. Starting a new website is very different from running an existing property. Over the past 10 years, our team has worked on over 100 successful digital publishing startups, as well as several that were not successful.
Our understanding of website publishing is rooted in the world of print, which has given us insight into the similarities and differences between the two types of launches. These tips will document the best practices we’ve seen, and been part of, over the past decade. These tips are geared toward a website that will generate $2 to $5 million per year in total revenues after three to five years. Continue
Video ad viewability continues to be a crucial part of multiplatform publishers’ plans, particularly if you’re working under an advertising-reliant revenue model, of course. But even if you’re not, solid video viewability can help keep visitors on your site, secure subscriptions, and sell other products. Here’s a sample of recent articles from industry magazine Min that touch on the topic of video ad viewability and others. Continue
I’ve always adored SEO when it comes to content creation. After all, don’t you want to write about the things people are searching for? Why would you write about anything else? A blockbuster post, which we consider any post that drives a considerable percentage of your website traffic every month, is usually in your top ten to one hundred traffic-driving posts. They’re usually composed of evergreen content too, which doesn’t expire quickly
More often than not, it’s the result of picking a great keyword with high search volume and a low number of competing pages. Over time, it could drive thousands or hundreds of thousands of page views to your site every month.
In other cases, you may have just gotten lucky with your blockbuster post. But lightning doesn’t usually strike twice, or at least not dozens of times. And you definitely want more of them. If one blockbuster post is sending you 5,000 unique visitors every month, two could send you 10,000. Three could send you 15,000. Wouldn’t you like to spend a couple hours writing three articles that send you 15,000 unique visitors every month? Continue
We developed the Email Newsletter Scorecard with our friend and email marketing expert Jeanne Jennings. Let’s look today at #9: the all-important footer. In addition to abiding by CAN SPAM laws, having a footer resonates with the email recipient because it gives them a way to communicate with your brand, manage their subscription or opt out of your list if they choose. Giving these options makes your email newsletter and email spotlights more reputable.
Readers have come to expect that they can find this information in the email footer template of your mailings. Continue
Social publishing platforms are all the rage for publishers looking to repurpose content, cultivate audience, and drive traffic, and providers’ offerings are becoming more sophisticated and specialized. Or, in Facebook’s case, irresistibly too big to fail, for now. In the meantime, other brands and publishers, like Adobe and Condé Nast, are focusing on in-house digital solutions. Let’s take a look at four recent Digiday stories that cover all of this ground. Continue
Can you assign dollars and dimes to a free digital newsstand?
There’s no doubt that publishing your digital magazine on a tablet, so that it can be downloaded in some of the world’s largest newsstands, is a good idea. 20% of your subscriptions will come directly from this huge marketplace.
It benefits your content too. Most people read back to front in print magazines. But in a digital magazine, 95% will read front to back. They’ll see more pages (and ads for that matter). Or, they’ll pick an article are start there. With a web magazine, the reading dynamics are similar but different. It’s a fascinating thing to master if you’re a magazine editor in the 21st century. The web magazine is significantly different, and both are very different from the print magazine. Continue
As the first wave of digital magazine apps has passed, we’ve discovered one thing: People hate apps with nothing in them.
And yet, the vast majority of digital magazine apps available today are nothing more than a retail outlet for single copies and subscriptions!
They are labeled as free, but have nothing to offer unless a purchase is made within the app. This practice is the reason why so many magazine apps have low ratings, as can be witnessed by reading the reviews. Continue
Online magazine publishers are focusing on tightening up their apps and archives in the evolving effort to bolster digital product. In the midst of all of this activity, Talking New Media’s D.B. Hebbard both offers excellent coverage while at the same time proposing that media companies mimic some aspects of print business models in order to succeed. Continue
With these new-age advertorial examples, you’ll re-think your native advertising game
Sixty seven percent of Americans think advertorials, also known as custom content, or native advertising content — add value to a website.
Are you an editor, and does that number shock you? As advertorials have become the norm in online publishing, new editors have been up in arms about something that consumers are into, as long as they know it’s sponsored.
And if you’re an ad-driven legacy publisher, advertorials have been a part of your business model as long as you can remember. They occupied the 16-20 page “special advertising section” of your publication. Continue
The evolution of a webmaster job description continues in the digital age
At Mequoda we have three system managers who manage more than a dozen websites, and with that, more than a dozen webmasters. Just like any other role, the webmaster job description continues to grow with its environment and is always adapting to many roles for an organization. Continue