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Online publishers use the Internet to publish, promote, distribute, and sale their content. Many online publishers started in other mediums, like print, and then recognized the potential of online publishing. Other online publishers got their start with the Internet.

Mequoda Rocket Awards: Top 10 Haven CXMS Systems of 2017

This year, our winner was Countryside Network, who launched their Mequoda System in February 2016. Countryside was founded in 1969 and today includes four farming-related magazines (Backyard Poultry, Countryside, Dairy Goat Journal and Sheep!) and a portal at CountrysideNetwork.com that spans all four niches.

Digital Publishers Use Compelling Strategies for Building Audience, Generating Revenue

Digital publishers are connecting various parts of their businesses to develop new revenue streams, and generating more traffic and a bigger audience at the same time. Today we’re looking at some of the ways publishers are doing this.

The Benefits of Online Advertising in a Nutshell

Once upon a time, online advertising had a shady reputation.

Luckily for publishers, that’s all in the past. The online advertising industry has improved its reputation, and consumers have become more accustomed to seeing these ads. Even the once-dreaded popup ad has become routine, especially when it’s carefully aligned with your content, which is a Mequoda Best Practice.

14 Reports About Digital Magazine Publishing You Should Bookmark

We often hear about predictions for digital magazines; how they will grow, the revenue generation expected throughout the industry and the time frames associated with these numbers.

These predictions are important, as they help publishers better prepare for the future. What’s more interesting, however, is discovering how people who are already consuming digital magazines are enjoying their experiences.

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.

Audience Development in the Age of Digital Video

Audience development is a major umbrella term online. There are a variety of ways online publishers develop audiences online, from content partnerships and social media to email and press releases. Today we’re taking a look at the use of digital video as an audience development tool, and media brands that are engaging with it.

The Ad Blocking Conversation Continues for Subscription Websites in 2017

New changes are coming globally for subscription websites using ad blockers
Ad blocking has become a big topic for subscription websites building audiences, as well as other digital media brands.

As this topic continues to be popular, we’re seeing new changes coming forth.

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To start, Forbes is reporting on a decision made in the European Union regarding ad

Mequoda’s Top Multiplatform Publishing Posts of 2016

Our top-read multiplatform publishing posts of last year show an interest in native advertising and publishing expansion

This year has been a huge time of change in publishing, and we’re excited to see that much of that change comes in the form of multiplatform publishing. Even the most hesitant publishers have started to adopt new subscription

Use Website Floaters to Increase Email Conversion Rates

Now that more than half of all Internet users block pop-ups and Google has banned them from use by PPC buyers, there are two more good reasons to drop this once effective website design technique and look for a better way to increase landing page conversion rates.

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

Reaching Digital Magazine Readers: Facebook, Mobile, Ad Blocking

ACEM, a foundational part of the Mequoda Method, stands for “Attracting, Capturing, Engaging, and Monetizing” digital magazine readers. Of course, the key to doing those last three is retaining audience who check out your multiplatform content and products.

As you well know, there are currently some obstacles to making that happen. Certain media companies who insist they’re not media companies (cough-Facebook-cough) are gobbling up consumers, while mobile tech issues and the deleterious effects of ad blocking are not exactly helping.

Media Revenue Trends: Newsstand, Native, B2B

Sometimes media revenue streams flow, and sometimes they dry up
How are you generating media revenue? I hope your response isn’t limited to one answer. Please, take all the time you need, and name as many sources as you can! A multiplatform publisher mustn’t put all of their eggs in one basket. Digital advertising, print sales,

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,

Organic SEO for Publishers Paying Dividends, Study Shows

SimilarWeb data determines that organic SEO for publishers is a strong play
Organic SEO for publishers is a key component of the Mequoda Method, one that can even permeate social media strategy and thus drive both direct and side-door traffic to your content on desktop and mobile. It’s a science, and one whose formulas take work

How to Perform a Quick Mobile Website Analysis

If more than 50% of your traffic comes from mobile, it’s time for a mobile website analysis to see if you’re looking as sleek as you think you are
In an interview, Hearst Head of Corporate Tech Allen Duan said, “We’ve removed the differentiation between the mobile and desktop experience. Fifty percent to 70% [of Hearst’s audience] are

The Publisher Portal: What Your Website Really Means

By now, you must have read us go on and on about the Mequoda Portal, an integral part of our multiplatform strategy for digital magazines. Fact is, the publisher portal is an oft-overlooked and even neglected part of media companies’ approach. But it’s of paramount importance if only because a solid home base for your brand frees you up to do so many other things.

Magazine Challenges – and Chances to Shine: Social, Ad Blocking, Apps

It would take a much longer post to outline all of the magazine challenges facing online publishers, but a few of the big ones these days include whether to go all in with social media like Facebook Instant Articles (and how to survive if you don’t, when it feels like everyone else is taking the bait); what do about ad blocking; and why to continue investing resources in apps.

Digital Magazine Sales Up, According to Study

Digital magazine sales surveyed among 14 of the top magazine publishers are skyrocketing on a single-copy level, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Year-over-year website traffic is on the rise, as well, SubscriptionInsider.com reports.

The Best Subscription Business Models Are Based on Your Minimum Information Unit

As we always say, a publisher’s minimum information unit (MIU) is the bedrock on which the best subscription business models are built. Any online publisher who doesn’t bother to understand and identify his MIU cannot choose the appropriate subscription website archetype, and, in turn, will be simply guessing at how to be a publishing success.

Why do we say this? Because of all the website business models we’ve identified, the single characteristic which determines how you run your business is that MIU.

Creative Video Ideas Publishers Are Using That You Can Too

We’re surrounded by a goldmine of creative video ideas in magazine publishing – which one will inspire you?
I sit here writing this as I just finished watching six videos in a row on Vogue’s site, all 73-questions long, about celebrities I don’t have an interest in, in a format that felt heavily scripted.

I don’t know

What to Consider Before Setting up a Subscription Website

Setting up a subscription website could be a costly test if you don’t think about these three things first
The answers are not always obvious, even to a seasoned print or electronic publisher. Setting up a subscription website from scratch is very different from running an existing enterprise. Our understanding of website publishing is rooted in

Online Magazine Business News: Video, Social, Mergers & Acquisitions

Despite all of the ups and downs of digital publishing, the online magazine business keeps on cranking along, and companies like Time Inc. continue to set the pace with strategic partnerships. In addition, social media strategy gets a bit of news, and we relay word of more mergers & acquisitions.

5 Common Tech Flubs When Creating a Magazine App

There’s no doubt that niche content is the name of the game, at least if you’re playing the game using the Mequoda Method. But digital magazines can’t expect to slap a few enthusiast articles up on a homepage and wait for the money roll in. Rather, online publishers must stay vigilant in repurposing content, developing a content distribution strategy, and cultivating audience through digital magazine apps.

When Existing Direct Marketing Systems for Publishers Aren’t Enough

Improving direct marketing results is a constant source of discussion for publishers. They are always tracking, evaluating, and testing different offers for their products in order to optimize their results, even moreso now that it can be done online through digital direct marketing systems.

Ad Blocking Impact Will Reach Unprecedented Levels in Coming Years

What we know: Ad blocking is on the rise. What we don’t know: whether the effort to block ad blockers will prove effective. What’s starting to become apparent: The ad blocking impact will be significant.

For online publishers who don’t rely solely on digital advertising for revenue, this is not crushing news. Hopefully, you’re one of them, because you have a multiplatform strategy in place. For online publishers who do, rely solely on digital advertising, read on for MediaPost’s coverage. And don’t panic!

Recurring Subscription Billing Benefits and Considerations

When a customer agrees to have a specific charge card billed a certain amount for a pre-determined (or sometimes open-ended) period of time, that’s recurring billing. It’s sometimes called recurring payment or subscription billing. Bank accounts and debit cards can also be billed recurrently. Common time frames are monthly and quarterly.

Subscribers like recurring billing for several reasons. First, they can essentially finance a subscription, making a payment each month. Second, they can commit for a shorter period of time, allowing them to evaluate the service or publication before subscribing for a full year. And third, it’s a convenience—one less bill to pay each month or quarter.

The Best Job Board System for Publishers

Publishers, especially in the B2B space, have always helped their audience by providing career development advice, and by promoting opportunities in need of qualified professionals. Often, publications will provide expert career advice, or interviews with industry leaders specifically about how to get a better job, or get the skills that can lead to advancement.

How to Leverage and Sell Multi-Channel Marketing for Your Publication

How to leverage multi-channel marketing both internally and also to sell out your advertising packages

The human race doesn’t all live in one house, or all work at one business. We don’t drink our coffee the same way, and we all definitely do not save our pennies for the same exact vacation.

When a mother and daughter

Online Publishing Platform News: Facebook, Apple, and More

Pick your favorite online publishing platform, and there’s probably news; plus, when does a digital paywall become pay as you go?
The idea of the perfect online publishing platform continues to emerge as a major consideration for digital publishers looking to add on to revenue streams, as elusive as that perfect online publishing platform is. Is

Magazine Publishing Online: Ad Block Solutions, Snapchat, Interviews

The latest news on magazine publishing online from Hearst, News Republic, and more
We read trade sites about magazine publishing online for fun. We also read them to stay sharp. And to share what we find out with you.

When it comes to Digital Content Next, formerly known as the Online Publishers Association, that’s quite a lot

The Key Role of Audience Development in Multiplatform Publishing

Multiplatform publishing is the key to publishing success, and audience development is the job that gets you there

Sixteen years later, I can still remember the day a large publishing company, who’d been negotiating with my marketing services firm to revive a struggling magazine it owned, decided to cut its losses and shut the magazine down

Digital Magazine Market News: Website Traffic Statistics, Bauer Xcel, Conde

Bullish 5-year study on digital magazine market shows record growth; plus, Forbes’ focus on events
Monitoring the digital magazine market is a necessity for us to successfully help online publishers establish strong online presences.

But we’re in the trenches, working shoulder to shoulder with publishing executives: Many trends we can anticipate; others we experience in real time.

Big Names Join Forces for New Online Ad Network

Is an online ad network the answer to publishers’ prayers when it comes to digital advertising revenue? We’re seeing it with programmatic partnerships and other arrangements, and why not? Brands have a lot of power in the current climate, but digital magazines can muster some mojo, as well, by uniting to provide advertisers the best possible placement and viewability.

Then again, we don’t fault any publisher for going it alone, as many do via social media and services like Magzter. After all, monetization is in the eye of the beholder. But Mequoda Members know that the more platforms, the merrier.

The Importance of Phasing Projects for Content Management Systems

The larger projects online publishers face when becoming multiplatform publishers are often broken into multiple phases to keep the work manageable and the project moving along. Phasing brings focus to the work as it helps employees avoid mental exhaustion that can occur with large, daunting projects.

When building Haven Nexus systems for our clients, we are often transforming a standalone website into a fully integrated multiplatform publishing and marketing system. This isn’t exactly a small task, so we focus on a few phases to prioritize and stay focused.

Examining the MMA’s Mobile Native Ads Guidance Report

We’re not even through the first week of 2016, and this is already our second digital publishing trends post on native advertising. That should tell all of us in the industry something about the direction digital advertising revenue is moving in! Today, it’s mobile native ads, specifically.

After Monday’s post on the Federal Trade Commission’s new native policies, today we’re taking a look at the Mobile Marketing Association’s guidance report on mobile native ads, via MediaPost, which also has articles on the NYT’s and WaPo’s branded content adventures and more.

Digital Media Industry Trends: Tablet Magazines, Ad Blocking, Mobile-First Design

The digital media industry trends dominating the headlines at the end of 2015 share some overlap with the digital media industry trends we started the year with — monetizing mobile and video, for instance — but there are some that came out of nowhere and now have the business scrambling around somewhere between casual concern and crisis mode.

You guessed that one, all right … ad blocking.

Meanwhile, multiplatform publishing — our focus since we started Mequoda — has gone from optional strategy to absolute necessity for digital magazines making any sort of serious bid for success.

Digital Magazine Editions Now Account for Quarter of Circulation

For online publishers and visitors to our Free Advice blog, it might seem like digital magazine editions dominate the industry, because they’re all you care about and all we write about. But believe it or not, they’re not quite there yet.

But digital magazine editions are getting there. Quickly. Strong print publications are transitioning to a multiplatform model, while others are going digital-only. As still others fold, more and more popping up as digital natives.

MinOnline is on it as always, with an article on BPA Worldwide’s recent report on market share, as well another on arguably the most important hire of the year and one more on Hearst’s evolving approach to audience development.

10 Top Multiplatform Publishing Posts of 2015

Our most-read multiplatform publishing posts of 2015 reveal a desire for better understanding of sponsorships, organization and cross-platform development
This year we’ve tackled everything from online advertising models, content recycling and building better multiplatform publishing teams in our Multiplatform Publishing Strategy articles. However, there are a few that have consistently been our highest read, commented on,

The 5 Best White Hat SEO Techniques

There’s a growing trend in which media reporters are investigating why certain websites rank so well. They want to differentiate the white hat SEO from the black hat.

If foul play is afoot, these reporters expose the black hat SEO practices and the offending websites typically feel the consequences. Google has penalized JC Penney, Overstock, Demand Media and many, many more for using black hat SEO practices.

19 Facets of the Best Content Management System for Publishers

The best content management system for publishers doesn’t stop at content or management
If you’re a publisher in business today – congratulations!

You’ve already navigated some stormy times and maybe even stabilized your core business. But the environment keeps changing. How can you respond to that change so that you not only survive, but actually thrive? What’s

What Modern Multiplatform Magazines Look Like

Why do modern multiplatform magazines make so much money?
At Mequoda we talk about publishers that have multiplatform magazines on a regular basis, but what we don’t always mention is that those who are the most niche, see the greatest gains. General interest publishers are having a heck of a time figuring out a content strategy,

What Magazine Publishers Are Reading to Get Their Magazine Industry News

Ever wondered where Kim and her team find all of their magazine industry news for our daily Digital Publishing Trends posts?

Well, I have, so I asked them for their top 5 sources – their “go-to” sites for discovering the latest and most useful news and analysis for magazine publishers. Of course, they had a hard time narrowing down their pool, so I happily let them get away with 7, which itself even proved tough given all of the high-quality coverage out there. Maybe we’ll do a part two down the road!

In the meantime, here’s a list of not only our favorites, but favorites of magazine publishers and digital marketers always on the lookout for relevant articles best practices, cautionary tales, revolving door gossip, mergers & acquisitions updates, and more. These are the sites that drive discussion and inform the decisions of executives – and help us keep the Mequoda Method fresh while continuing to offer free advice throughout the week.

Health Portal Grows 368% Year Over Year

The Mequoda Rocket Award, which premiered in 2009, was originally created by looking at a large sample of online publishing websites. In 2010, we started looking only at Mequoda Gold Member websites. The winner of the Rocket Award is the online publisher who experiences the greatest growth in online traffic throughout the year.

This year’s winner is Natural Health Advisory, one of the country’s leading providers of validated, scientifically backed natural health information. They experienced growth in traffic of 330%, a massive feat for any online business.

Niche Content: How One Major Publisher Is Playing It

There’s no doubt that niche content is the name of the game, at least if you’re playing the game using the Mequoda Method. But digital magazines can’t expect to slap a few enthusiast articles up on a homepage and wait for the money roll in. Rather, online publishers must stay vigilant in repurposing content, developing a content distribution strategy, and cultivating audience via social media and other platforms.

Nonprofit Publisher Prospers with Mequoda Method

“We’ve used the Mequoda Method to more than double our digital memberships,” says Susan Laden, newest member of the Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame.
Web Editor Robin Ngo accepts the award on behalf of Biblical Archaeology Society

The Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame, founded in 2006 to recognize publishing executives at the

The Best Advertorial Definition & Examples That Will Inspire You

Prime Publishing shows what a good advertorial example is made of

Call it what you want, an advertorial, a native ad, sponsored content, or even an infomercial if you’re in broadcasting circles. An advertorial (aka all those other things) is an ad that walks, talks and acts like an editorial. When done well, advertorials are produced

10 Types of Web Videos that Work for Publishers

Today’s new media landscape can be utilized to better serve your business

Have you embraced new technologies and trends within the online publishing environment?

By now we’ve all heard about the benefits of online components like social media; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ are all utilized to build closer relationships and portray a sense of transparency. Yet, the technology that can be used and shared on these social platforms is often overlooked.

3 Top Online Video Platforms Used by Publishers with Premium Video Content

Uploading your videos to YouTube has its benefits. Your videos get indexed on the world’s second largest search engine, it’s free and life is good. But what if you have premium video content on your website? You know, the video content that took you hours, days, and months to produce? This video content is secure behind a paid firewall for your most valued customers and subscribers. YouTube is no place for premium content. YouTube is great for promotional and free teaser content. Same goes for Vimeo.

Digital Advertising Trends: Avalanche, TNR, Conversions

Any and all recent discussions about digital advertising trends – including this one – make mention of native advertising. Some publishers have embraced it, while others are wrestling with the ethics, implications, and logistics. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at a potential solution for the latter group of publishers, as well as another example of the former. In between, we’ll check in on what advertisers themselves are looking for from publishers and platforms when it comes to metrics. All three updates come from WSJ.com’s excellent CMO Today blog.

What is a White Paper?

Online Publishing 101: Creating and selling blockbuster digital white papers, special reports and handbooks is a core skill for many successful online publishing companies. With low production costs, no inventory and higher price points, these digital downloads are a key product strategy.