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If you’ve attended any of our events, or just read our blog regularly, you know that we live and breathe the Mequoda Method.

Mequoda didn’t invent this method, we’ve simply been watching the publishing industry for a very long time and have organized the successful strategies of publishers who have developed it by instinct. We’ve turned these strategies into a finely-tuned system that we teach at our events and build for our publishing clients.

We have more than 50 live websites using the Mequoda System that we monitor, and are aware of dozens more that use all or some of our best practices. We also run our own Mequoda System, even though we’re consultants selling services, not publishers selling information products.

In a Mequoda System, the structure of the websites we’ve built for our clients with great success and profitability include these four main principles:

  • Attract
  • Convert
  • Engage
  • Monetize

We see all four as discreet strategies that are all completely interlocked.

Starting from the layer with the most visibility, we attract website visitors through search, then, a smaller number of those who we attract will convert into email subscribers. We will then engage a smaller number of those converted subscribers with great content in order to keep them happy, and then make money doing so by monetizing the relationship and turning those engaged email subscribers into buyers. This is the smallest number of people, however, is fueled by the layers before it.

We first published an introduction to the Mequoda Method in 2006 and we’ve expanded and contracted the number of strategies, but these four principles (attract, convert, engage, monetize) have stayed consistent throughout.

Just as you need to constantly review and revaluate your media empire’s business model, we continually revisit the Mequoda Method and build Systems accordingly.


 

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Freebie Friday: A Complete Guide to Increasing Website Traffic for Free

This handbook takes you from the big picture of building an audience to the minute but critical details website architecture that helps you build email lists. You’ll learn how the most successful publishers optimize entire sites for Google, from picking keywords to writing optimized content.   Continue

Freebie Friday: Attract, Capture, Engage, and Monetize Better Starting Today

Our latest version of the Multiplatform Publishing Strategy handbook delivers a proven, integrated set of business processes, principles and tools for the digital publisher, whether you’re B2B, consumer, local, regional or national; multi-title or single.   Continue

How to Discover Blockbuster Articles and Make Them Convert Better

A client used this scorecard on their blockbuster articles to improve search visibility by 34%
A blockbuster article is a piece of content on your site that attracts a significant amount of traffic over a long period of time. For many publishers, this timeline might be years. For those just learning about blockbusters now, many will find that they get thousands of visitors every month from an article published in, say, 2008.   Continue

Mequoda Announces 6 Subscription Website Systems for 2017

A Mequoda Audience Development System is a physical, turn-key content management system that is customized to help publisher’s attract new visitors, convert them into email subscribers, engage them, and finally, monetize by converting those visitors into paying customers and subscribers.

To build every Mequoda Audience Development System (Mequoda System for short), we use the Mequoda Method — a collection of best practices that have been formed by watching the world’s most successful online publishers. We also document the results of every a/b and split test that our portfolio of clients are testing every day, and when we see consistent results over time with one methodology, we share it as a best practice with our clients.   Continue

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Looking for a Brilliant Content Officer

I bet you have great content.

Many niche publishers do. And, at Mequoda, we are deeply appreciative of the work that independent publishers do every day. Not only that, but we also know that success in our industry isn’t about slick marketing, or vast advertising resources.
Instead, we know you can make a great deal of money   Continue

How Find the Best CMS for a Magazine

The best CMS for a magazine should be built for publishers, not everyone else

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all content management system. The best CMS for a magazine should be built with a publisher in mind. After all, you have a different business model than a software company, e-tailer, or a small business using   Continue

How to Make SEO-Friendly Mobile Interstitial Ads

How to make highly converting Floaters, pop-ups and mobile interstitial ads SEO-friendly
As you probably know, earlier this month, Google told publishers everywhere that they would begin penalizing them for pop-ups and Floaters which interfere with content on mobile pages. They’ve also told us not to show OFIEs to mobile users, the little order flows that   Continue

Do You Have a Solid Business Plan for Success in Multiplatform Publishing?

Do you have a solid business plan for success in multiplatform publishing?

Unless you answered “You better believe it, pal!” to that question, I have another question for you.
How do you expect to succeed without a plan to get you there?
Of course, it’s not easy to navigate this brave new world of multiplatform publishing – at   Continue

Are Magazine Events Your Next Multiplatform Publishing Opportunity?

Magazine events bring in user and sponsor revenue, and many publishers have made a profitable business model out of them.

When we talk about multiplatform publishing, it’s easy to jump right into the obvious choices: the ones with words, like books and portals and ebooks. But some of the biggest publishers I know have incorporated live   Continue

5 Ways Top Subscription Websites Optimize for Search

Magazine publishers have been giving away their content for decades in an effort to attract new subscribers. In online publishing, ad-driven subscription websites have an additional incentive: Increasing the eyeballs that see their sponsors’ ads.

Publications like Mother Earth News put all their magazine content on their subscription website. They believe it hasn’t hurt their circulation, and at the same time, says General Manager Bill Uhler, it helps them cast a wider SEO net.   Continue

SEO Tip: It’s Time to Suppress Floaters and OFIEs on Mobile Phones

The most important SEO tip of the month is suppressing floaters and OFIEs for mobile phone users
By now most of you know that Google has decreed popups and interstitial ads, which include Mequoda Best Practice floaters, to be outlawed on mobile phones as of tomorrow, January 10, 2017.

Google objects to the way these ads interfere with   Continue

The Only Way to Get the Best Publishing CXMS

Perhaps you’ve heard about Mequoda’s Haven Nexus Customer Experience Management System. After all, it’s the only technology you can get from the same company that can deliver a proven strategic planning program and unparalleled ongoing revenue optimization – all in one place.
It’s also the only system that comes with several thousand tested publishing best practices   Continue

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Will You Be Our Next Superstar?

Since Mequoda’s inception, we’ve helped create 14 publishing superstars. We’re looking for the 15th. And the 16th, and the 17th …

Wondering if you’re the kind of publisher we’re looking for? Let me tell you about some of those superstars … we call them Mequoda Masters, so you can decide for yourself if you should join that   Continue

How to Diversify Your Magazine Publishing Portfolio with Events, Courses & Books

Multiplatform publishers are finding ways to turn magazine publishing into a profitable business model once again

If there’s one thing you might know about us, it’s that we think publishers should have multiple revenue streams. In investing, it’s called having a diversified portfolio. As Canadian portfolio manager Pat McKeough (also a client), would say, a good diversified portfolio should   Continue

Understanding the Mequoda Method for Multiplatform Publishing

We recently started working with a publisher who came to us looking to sell more magazine subscriptions. When we started talking about the importance of building their email circulation, the publisher looked at us as if we hadn’t heard his question. After this conversation, it came to me that there are still lots of people out there who don’t understand what we do.

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How and Why to Evolve from a Solo Magazine to Multiplatform

In publishing, there’s no room for growth with a solo magazine that stands alone.
One of our favorite stories is that of The American Ceramic Society. The organization turned to the Mequoda Method in 2005 to address the stagnant growth of its two print publications, Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, whose audience is both ceramics professionals and dedicated amateurs.

The   Continue

Mequoda Rocket Awards: Top 10 Haven Nexus Systems of 2016

In 2016, our clients, who we affectionately call our Gold Members, have followed the Mequoda Method using our Haven Nexus CXMS and have seen tremendous gains in traffic year over year.
Every year at our annual Gold Member Summit, we give out Rocket Awards. The Mequoda Rocket Award honors the fastest growing website among Mequoda’s Gold Member websites.

As the   Continue

What is a Mequoda Multiplatform Media Matrix?

Get your ducks in a row and plan your multiplatform publishing future
If you’ve considered selling your publication, the market is saying they will not value a publication at all if they are not at least on the road to multiplatform publishing – so if your organization is not on this path, then there may be   Continue

How Will You Make Millions With the Mequoda Method?

Some rockstar publishers would like a word with you …
The secrets shared at Mequoda’s Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive have created publishing millionaires. Would you like to be one of them?

I can’t promise you it’s easy, but it’s far more achievable than you imagine. That’s because the Intensive teaches a complete, proven system for publishing   Continue

Early Bird Pricing Ends Tonight

Please hurry! Your Early Bird Intensive price ends at midnight!
“Frugality includes all the other virtues.”
- Cicero
Old Cicero certainly knew what he was talking about. That’s why I wanted to remind you that your chance to exercise frugality in attending the Mequoda Digital Publishing and Marketing Intensive ends at midnight tonight.

Perhaps you noted our earlier emails about the   Continue

How Successful Subscription Based Websites Do Marketing

No publisher can hope to have a successful subscription based website without getting the marketing right. So if you have, or plan to launch, one of our three subscription website business models – a portal, magazine website or newsletter website – it’s worth studying the winning strategies used by savvy publishers, including, of course, our own clients.   Continue

Your Company’s Mequoda Multiplatform Matrix Audit

Are you making the right choices for your resources?
Mequoda knows the secret to deploying your precious resources to help grow your multiplatform publishing business and achieve new success.

Do you?

This is one of hundreds of multiplatform Best Practices and proven strategies that we teach at our one-of-a-kind learning event, the Mequoda Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive. When you   Continue

4 Multiplatform Metrics You Need to Know

“Frugality includes all the other virtues.”

Old Cicero certainly knew what he was talking about. That’s why I wanted to remind you that your chance to exercise frugality in attending our Multiplatform Publishing Strategy program ends at midnight this Thursday, March 31. You’ll save $200.
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The Event Content Business Model Generates Dual Revenue

This content business model drives interest in live events while also driving revenue from attendees and sponsors

Who would have imagined in the internet age that people would still yearn for live events?

The appeal of hearing, seeing, and speaking with actual people and touching real-life objects has never gone away, and thus the event business is   Continue

Meet Your Multiplatform Publishing Mentors

Spend two days with us, and you could become our next success story.

 

If you’re a magazine publisher in the digital age, you’re certainly savvy enough to succeed. And perhaps you’re satisfied with your revenue and business growth as they are.

But do you know the secrets to boosting revenues by as much as 20% over the   Continue

9 Subscription Website Mistakes That Could Ground You

Because we quantify everything, Mequoda has identified nine (coincidentally) deadly subscription website mistakes that are commonly made when publishers build their online presence.   Continue

Sell More Magazine Subscriptions Online Using the Mequoda Method

At Mequoda, we’ve crunched the numbers and discovered how beautifully email newsletters work to drive revenue. It’s not the traffic that comes to your site, which is the prevailing view among folks in all industries who jumped on the bandwagon early. Back in those days, it was all about impressions! Eyeballs on your page! After all, if they show up on your website, they’re bound to subscribe to your magazine, right?

Wrong.   Continue

Meet Your New Chief Strategy Officer

If you are a legacy print-only magazine publisher, not understanding multiplatform publishing strategy – the future spells doom for your magazine and your publishing career.

Did you know that most media executives don’t attend best practice workshops regularly, or take part in networking and peer groups?

They are the MVPs of their teams, but unlike star athletes, most don’t have a coach.   Continue

Learn a Proven Method for Multiplatform Publishing Success

All you need is a seat at the Intensive and the discipline to execute our strategies
In two months, you could be starting a new path to multiplatform publishing success. But only if you hurry and register for the Mequoda Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive. If you register today, you can still save $300 on your seat.

This is a   Continue

Mequoda’s latest Magazine Reader Study shows print magazine consumption down 2% year over year, with digital magazine readership up nearly 14%

September 1, 2016 – BOSTON — The 2016 Mequoda American Magazine Reader Study & Handbook, conducted in Q2 2016, one year after their 2015 study, polled 3,241 US adults with Internet access. The study found that the number of US adults reading digital magazines has increased 13.8% from 2015, with nearly 42% of US adults reporting having read one or more digital magazine issues in the last 30 days.   Continue

Using the Mequoda Method Boosts Revenue 6X in Three Years

Mequoda Method for the win

This is a cautionary tale about online publishing strategies … a parable, if you will. It involves no actual Biblical references, and no real-life publishers were harmed in the writing of this post.

But like religion, there are many varieties of online publishing strategies. And the point of this parable is that   Continue

Understanding the Freebie Content Business Model

The freebie content business model is one website we build for all of our Mequoda Gold Members

Choosing your content focus is a business-critical decision, as the focus you choose pretty much dictates your chances of success with multiplatform publishing and subscription websites. However, more serious than the focus on content is the business model itself.

It   Continue

Don’t Build a Subscription Website Until You Identify Your MIU

Before any Mequoda client will build a subscription website, they first identify the most fundamental content their users will digest
At Mequoda, we talk a lot about your minimum information unit, and that’s because you should never build a subscription website without identifying what yours is, and how many you have.

A minimum information unit, or MIU,   Continue

It’s Your Last Chance to Attend Our Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop

If you’re not there, your competitors will be.
Registration for our upcoming one-day Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop on August 2 closes todayIf you miss it, what do you plan to do instead to grow your business?

Download our program guide and register right now, while there’s still time.
Here’s what you’ll learn at the Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop:
What American Magazine Readers Really   Continue

Registration for Our One-Day Digital Magazine Workshop Ends Next Week

Register now, or wait another year to attend this one-day workshop.
I’ll keep this short, because I know you’re busy. Registration for the upcoming one-day Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop closes in one week. If you miss it, what do you plan to do instead to grow your business?

If you’re the owner or operator of a niche magazine business, or are   Continue

$200 Savings Ends Today on Our Digital Magazine Workshop

Please hurry! Your Early Bird price ends at midnight tonight
Your chance to exercise frugality in attending our one-day Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop ends at midnight tonight.

Perhaps you noted our earlier emails about the Early Bird price for our first one-day Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop and told yourself you’d get to it soon.

Well, soon is now! Early Bird registration   Continue

What American Magazine Readers Really Want

The answers will surprise you
At Mequoda, we’re deeply opposed to guessing.

That’s why we’re so devoted to testing and statistics, which is how we developed our Mequoda Method and made it so successful that we’ve been able to improve the power and profits of dozens of magazine brands.

And of course there’s one other method for finding   Continue

Two Weeks Left to Save – Register Now Before Vacation!

Put down the sunscreen and register before summer fever sets in
So, look, I know you’re headed on vacation in the next week or so, but we have an early bird deadline coming up for our first ever one-day Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop, and I don’t want you to forget.

If you want to attend for the   Continue

12 Case Studies of Publishers Who Have Blazed the Trail to Success

Mequoda wants no publisher to be left behind
I can talk until I’m blue in the face about how well the Mequoda Method works in helping legacy print magazine publishers make the business-critical transition to the digital age.

That doesn’t mean anyone should take my word for it.

When you attend our Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop, you’ll learn   Continue

Mequoda Announces the Arrival of Bill Dugan as Newest Chief Strategy Officer

This certified Mequoda Master will step into Ed Coburn’s shoes
We’ve come a very long way since 2013.

Back in the day, Mequoda was a modest 15-person organization, with one lead consultant – that would be me – and a single team working with that consultant. Today, in 2016, we’ve tripled in size, with 40-plus team members,   Continue

A Step-by-Step Roadmap for Making the Digital Conversion

If you’ve been reading here about the journey from legacy print publishing to digital magazine publishing, it may sound almost too confusing to contemplate
The journey involves everything from creating a magazine edition you may never even have heard of before – the web edition – to pricing to marketing on social media to upgrading print   Continue

The Most Common AdWords Mistakes Many Publishers Make

While using Google AdWords looks easy, it takes knowledge and hard work to be good at it. But there’s a big payoff. If you follow the advice below and correct just one of the following AdWords mistakes, you may find that your response and revenue double or even triples – overnight.   Continue

How to Upsell Print-Only Subscribers into More Expensive Digital Packages

Learn everything from pricing to copy platforms, and watch the print-to-digital upgrades roll in
The beauty of the digital era in publishing is that it doesn’t just give you a new option for your existing audience to choose.

It delivers the opportunity to expand that audience, create several new premium products, drive more orders per promotion, and   Continue

How to Run an Integrated Marketing Campaign

Set up your marketing based on data and continual improvement to reap big profits
One thing that troubles publishers who are planning to make the move to multiplatform publishing is how to promote so many different products, especially given the new marketing channels that are available to us in the digital age.

As we’ve noted here before,   Continue

The Prices, Offers, and Incentives You Must Test Now

There’s no such thing as publishing a magazine.

The fact is, if you want to transition your business from the traditional print model to 21st-century publishing – and the profits it promises – you have to publish five different magazine editions of every title in your portfolio.

Mequoda has learned from decades of experience that these five are absolutely crucial to successful digital publishing. And many traditional print publishers have learned, to their sorrow, that digital publishing is crucial to their very survival in the modern age.

If that sounds alarming, we can assure you it’s completely achievable – more on that below. But first, let’s consider all five of those editions that we’ve identified as the very heart of our Gold Members’ publishing empires.   Continue

Where Best Practices Come From

Whether they are best practices for running an online business or best practices for sailing, there is always something to be learned from others

I’ve been asked many times, “what is a best practice and where does one come from?”

Best practices are standard conventions, methods or processes that have proven to be successful through multiple testing instances.   Continue

The Five Magazine Editions You Should Consider

There’s no such thing as publishing a magazine.

The fact is, if you want to transition your business from the traditional print model to 21st-century publishing – and the profits it promises – you may have to publish up to five different magazine editions of every title in your portfolio, with three of the five being table stakes.

Mequoda has learned from decades of experience that having multiple platform editions is crucial to successful digital publishing. And many traditional print publishers have learned, to their sorrow, that digital publishing is crucial to their very survival in the modern age. We’ll tell you all about it at our Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in Boston.

If that sounds alarming, we can assure you it’s completely achievable – more on that below. But first, let’s consider all five of those editions that we’ve identified as the very heart of our Gold Members’ publishing empires.   Continue

Content Planning: Nailing Down Ideal Post Timing and Frequency

A couple weeks ago I attended an SEO conference called SearchLove hosted by Distilled. One of the speakers was Rand Fishkin, better known as the Wizard of Moz. At the very end of his presentation, completely off topic talked about the time he saw that Hubspot posted 49 articles in a week, and wondered if they’d ever determined that that was an optimal frequency for them.

01-content-planning-nailing-down-ideal-post-timing-and-frequencyLike most of us, especially in publishing, Hubspot was basically on the page that “more content = more traffic.” So Hubspot replied that they hadn’t measured it exactly, and asked if Moz wanted to do an experiment with them. At the time Moz was publishing 8 posts per week. Both cut their frequency in half and the results basically told Hubspot that they could afford to write less, but Moz should write a little more.   Continue