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Tag: website architecture

How To 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

An Encyclopedic Collection of Digital Publishing Strategy

If you’re a publishing professional, don’t wait a minute longer before downloading our best practice handbooks. They were carefully curated into what we think are the most comprehensive handbooks on the four most important digital publishing topics:

CMS Development Services: 3 Things to Consider

It’s not just magazine, newsletter and newspaper publishers who seek custom CMS development services. Content management systems are built for most media businesses, even those who may not consider themselves in media but produce digital content regularly. The trouble with finding a content management system is that despite the word “content” in the title, rarely do out-of-the box solutions work for publishers, and rarely do even the most talented custom CMS developers understand publishing business models enough to build a system that is built to attract, capture, engage, and monetize all in the same place.

10 Email Call To Action Ideas For Your Magazine Website

Most publishers are only using one or two of these email call to action ideas for building an email list to sell more magazines

Did you know that by pairing unproductive employees with productive employees, you can actually improve productivity overall?

Cornerstone OnDemand conducted a study of more than 2,000 tech company employees with a dataset of

The Mequoda Magazine Content Business Model

Some of the most successful publishers let their users generate more than 99 percent of their content. The publishers that can do this become masters at building communities that draw users to both read and post.

Out of the nine subscription website business models, the community subscription website archetype is the only one where the publisher relies on its community to create the content. There are six premium (paid) archetypes, and three affinity (free) archetypes. This is one of the three free ones.

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.

What’s a Customer Experience Management System (CXMS) and How Can it Grow Revenue?

How to transform the way you attract, capture, engage, and monetize new visitors with a customer experience management system
Recall the first best friend you made. Maybe it was on the bus, or at an arcade, or maybe you bumped into one another at the roller skating rink.

You were instant friends. Maybe you figured that out

The Anatomy of an OFIE: How Smart Publishers Collect Emails

If you’ve ever been to one of our events, or you just got dropped on your head when you landed on one of our articles, you’ve probably seen the acronym OFIE here and there.

Around here, using OFIE it in a sentence (pronounced OH FEE) is as common as saying the words “website” or “conversion”. Say it with me, OHHHHH FEEEEEEEE. Or you could spell it out… oh, eff, aye, eee!

How to Lift Your Freemium Conversion Rate With Freebies People Actually Want

If your freemium conversion rate is less than 2, you can use these resources to create better, more compelling and more clickable freebies.

Email is by far, the most profitable marketing channel most publishers use. So it’s no surprise that building an email list is one of the most important items on a publisher’s to-do list

Website Architecture vs. Web Design – Which Comes First?

Website architecture refers to the funnel that leads your customers from a page, to a point of interest, like a “buy now” button, or an email subscription form. It refers to the function of your website and its webpages. It does not refer to the colors on your website or your CSS stylesheet, but the actual structure of your website and its purpose.

Every page of your website should have intent. For example, before you “design” a page, create its structure. An article page includes a page title, URL, headline, subhead, body copy, and sometimes a photograph. Additional SEO elements include a meta title, a meta description and tags. These elements all contribute to the architecture of an article page.

A Website Architecture Map From Search to Sale of a Subscription

A visual website architecture map to show how we get from attraction to monetization
When we talk about our signature ACEM methodology (Attract, Capture, Engage, and Monetize) it’s easy to stop at Capture… or we’ll get to Engage and often pause there for a while, as there’s a critical acknowledgement that the process of attracting, capturing,

How to Launch a Magazine Subscription Website and Increase Digital Sales

If you are a legacy magazine publisher, guarantee success by learning how to launch a magazine subscription website, which is often misunderstood.
A magazine subscription website model is set up to sell subscriptions for a related print or digital magazine and to provide access to issues of the magazine.

For the past 20 years, our team has been

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Building a strategic business plan for your company
For the right client, it all starts with our exclusive Business Planning program. This 60-day engagement kicks off with a full day meeting in Boston with your key stakeholders and 5 of our team leaders. We begin in the morning with an intense primer on the Mequoda Method

What Every Multi-Platform System Must Provide for Magazine Publishers

It’s no secret that Mequoda is the leading strategy-centric content management system provider for magazine and newsletter publishers looking to lock in on a multi-platform system. If it is news to you, then, hey, nice to meet you!

Great Examples of Newsletter Subscription Website Sales Pages

Each of these newsletter subscription websites illustrate how to collect and convert website visitors into paid digital subscribers
If you sell a print newsletter, considering a newsletter subscription website is a business-critical decision. Consumers expect to access their periodical subscriptions digitally, and they’re willing to pay more for access when it includes back issues they don’t

12 Features of Great Magazine Subscription Websites

TIME almost hits the mark with their magazine subscription website, but niche publishers hit the bullseye
One of the most profitable subscription websites is a magazine subscription website.

It’s not because it’s cheaper to build, or brings in substantially more revenue than other business models, it’s more profitable because once your platform is up and running, you

The 8 Characteristics of a Subscription Website

Each subscription website business model we write about has a distinct combination of characteristics
When Mequoda writes about subscription website business models, we always include a chart that outlines eight different characteristics of the different models. As far as we know, we’re the only ones writing at length about publishers’ website architecture, much less going into

Why the Website Architecture of a Landing Page Matters

When you set a goal, you probably have an idea in your head of how you’re going to accomplish it.

For example, if you have the goal of running a marathon in a year, and you’re not a runner, you might start trying the Couch-to-5K ® program. Every couple of days, you’re instructed to run a certain distance, and in the following days you’re instructed to run a little further. After a couple months, you can run the length of a 5K. Then, maybe, you run a few official 5K races. Then you run a half-marathon. Eventually, you train enough to run in the Boston Marathon.

The Organic Audience Development Strategy Handbook

Claim your FREE digital copy of Organic Audience Development Strategy: How to Convert Website Visitors into a Profitable Email Subscriber Base now.

How to Use Website Architecture to Collect Email Addresses

If at least 2% of your website visitors aren’t converting into email subscribers, then you’re reading exactly what you should be. And most publishers are averaging much less than a single percent, so odds are, you’re in the right place.

To develop a website that eagerly accepts email addresses, start with a freemium.

Your freemium is a free product that you give away in exchange for an email address. If you’re a knitting magazine, it could be a pattern. If you’re a health publisher, it could be a white paper on heart health. If you’re a food publisher, it could be a free digital cookbook.

How to Build a Website with a Simple Website Architecture Template That’s Great for SEO

People concern themselves with the external factors (link-building, social media, etc.) of SEO, but those are nothing without website architecture that’s built to pass link juice through the website’s pipeline. Did you know that there are ways to build a website for great SEO that go beyond inbound links and even the words on your website?

A properly optimized site has a chain of command that would look very similar to your business model if you put them side by side.

Bryan Welch, Gail Odeneal Inducted into the Mequoda Hall of Fame

The Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame, founded in 2006 to recognize publishing executives at the top of their game, has now expanded to 11 members, with the induction of two new Mequoda Masters at the annual Gold Member Summit last week.

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Even better, your opinion may have won you a free iPad Mini!
Over the summer we hosted a contest that asked you, our readers, to review our four new  best practice handbooks in exchange for the chance to win an iPad. Well, this morning we picked a winner!

Have you read our new handbooks yet? One reviewer sent

Creating the Perfect Magazine Website

Ten years ago, most magazine publishers fell into two camps when it came to online magazine publishing. Some buried their heads in the sand and did little or nothing, apparently hoping this crazy fad would pass. We’ll call them “Reluctants.” Others jumped in, investing enormous amounts of time and money with little or no planning and mixed results at best. We’ll call this group the “Eager Beavers.” Of course there were publishers who did have a plan, executed it well, and achieved success, but they were more the exception.

How Portals Maximize User Satisfaction

One of the most successful subscription websites in the world is The Economist, where the venerable news publication posts dozens of news articles every day, unique visitors from the US alone average 3 million per month, and its Online Media Index (OMI) is a healthy 3.61, meaning it has more than three times as many website visitors as it has US circulation.

Mequoda Weekly: April 8th, 2013 – April 12th, 2013

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

41 Ways to Build Email Circulation Forever [+ Video]

You can build email circulation over forty different ways, and we’ve got all the case studies to prove it! If you’re subscribed to our email newsletter, then you’re living proof that the tips I’m about to share actually work. One of them even worked on you

Mequoda Weekly: March 11th, 2013 – March 15th, 2013

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

Content Marketing Strategy

A proven roadmap to Internet publishing success, in 90 minutes

Stop guessing: Learn the Mequoda strategies that have earned millions for others

How to Increase Online Publishing Revenues … Exponentially

Gutenberg is dead. And you will be, too, if you don’t make the transition now to meet the public’s growing demand for digital information.

Fortunately, there is one resource, one unique program that can change the way you, your staff and your entire organization think of the Internet and help you catch up to the future. Mequoda’s Internet Marketing Intensive has guided some of the oldest and most respected publishing companies in the world including Meredith, Rodale, Interweave and more, in growing a single-digit percentage of their revenue from online sources to earning 20%, 30%, 40% of their revenues digitally. And because the demand for digital products is growing exponentially, so will their revenues.

Will yours?

A “Perfect” On-Page SEO Template for Blogs

A step-by-step guide to on-page SEO that will boost rankings and site traffic

Publishers are no strangers to search engine optimization, although it’s important to know that there are several dimensions of optimization, and they’re all necessary to get the most residual traffic from your most popular posts. For example, on-page SEO refers to the copy elements of the page – the words that are read by Google’s spiders. However, there’s also the website architecture portion – the code, plugins and other elements that make sure that all your great, optimized copy is getting read in the right places.

Once your architecture is in place, your day-to-day focus will be on-page SEO. So many editors get confused by the whats and the wheres of this process, but it’s actually much more simple than you’d expect.

Resources for Planning and Updating Website Homepage Design

Website homepage ideas that will help you create a functional website

Whether you are creating a website from scratch, or you have launched a website and want to improve upon its design, there are often little nuances that may be overlooked. Some of these incorporate minor changes that create better engagement opportunities. Others are more significant, and should be accounted for while launching an online business.

3 Tips for Converting More Visitors with Your Website

Website landing page suggestions that will help you build a larger audience

When audience members arrive on your website, they have a few options. If they find your content relevant, they can check out other aligned articles. If they don’t find the information to be what they seek, they can bounce off your site. If they determine your content is top-notch, they may decide to receive updates with email newsletters.

Answer All Your Pressing Social Media Questions

If you’ve been on the social media map for a while you’re probably not looking to be trained on re-tweets and social media etiquette, but it’s normal for even the most successful businesses to wonder how they can do more.

3 Reasons To Perform Website Usability Testing This Year

Why it’s important to let go and allow your users define your website

If there’s anything we’ve learned from the great success of Anne Holland’s new venture, Which Test Won, it’s that we must test our websites to find out what works. Also, that whatever we think will convert better, is probably not the one that does.

However, in addition to choosing the right copy and web elements for your landing pages, improved website usability has a direct impact on the success of your website. Website users are only a click away from leaving your website when it does not allow then to find what they want fast.

Can Your Email Conversion Rate Be Higher?

Using floaters is just one (but very effective and powerful) way to increase the amount of website visitors you convert into email subscribers

Subscription Websites: Master the Pay-For-Access Model

A simple model for subscription websites

Internet Hub

An Internet Hub is very robust, offering tons of useful information for free. It is designed to maximize online advertising inventory. State-of-the-art Internet Hubs offer users email newsletters, blogs, email alerts and RSS feeds that are all designed to directly and indirectly generate more page views and website revenue.

What a Tag Page Should Look Like to Google

Create an all-inclusive tag/keyword/glossary page so that your website architecture gives Google one single arrow to follow

15 Landing Page Tips to Talk About

A collection of great landing page optimization tips covering SEO, website design, A/B testing, and copywriting

Warning: We’re Only Building Out Eight New Mequoda Systems a Year (And Why This is Good News for You)

Unbelievable but true: We’re willing to reveal all of our secrets and provide you with a detailed blueprint for success — no kidding! All the documentation behind our state-of-the-art Mequoda Systems — plus all the Mequoda WordPress plug-ins — are yours for the modest Mequoda Pro membership fee.

Mequoda Pro Charter Offer – Get Trained for 12 Months

“Fifteen years into the online revolution, and the online publishing gold rush is just now starting to get really interesting.”
With the right tools for analyzing new markets, and the skills to use them wisely, the future is bright for smart online publishers and marketers.

Don’t Forget the End-Goal of Your Link-Building Efforts

Why it’s critical to have one authority page, ideally a Rapid Conversion Landing Page, as the reservoir for all your internal and external link juice.

We often write about the importance of researching, documenting and managing your keyword universe. It’s a process you must pursue and manage with discipline if you want any chance of getting Google to drive you consistent, targeted website traffic.

However, your keyword universe is only as good as the website architecture that supports it. If your site isn’t built according to and around your keyword phrases, your chances of attracting traffic from the search engines will be limited.

Email Marketing Quiz: What’s Your Email Conversion Rate?

Maximize your subscriber file size with aggressive email conversion architecture.
Discover how to forecast and increase profits with the Mequoda Email Circulation Calculator.

Fundamentally, there are only two ways for any business to increase profits.

Want to make more money? Either increase the number of customers, or increase the average sale per customer. Or both.

The success of your online publishing business depends on the same two factors. The important variables are:

Online Publishing Book Review: Get Content. Get Customers. by Newt Barrett and Joe Pulizzi

Let’s focus on the third activity – email newsletters. If you want to turn subscribers into customers (and isn‘t that our goal) take notes. You’ve got to stop treating your emails like a lowly sales flyer. It can, and should, be so much more. View them as a tool where the reader finds value and wants to go back to your website for more.

How does website architecture play into revenue generation?

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Website Strategy 101: The Importance of Effective Website Architecture

Creating websites that convert visitors to subscribers is the heart and soul of Internet database marketing

Making money online requires converting your casual website visitors into paying subscribers or customers. That means you must take all the traffic coming to your website and start relationships with those visitors that will eventually result in product sales.

Landing pages are the driving force for any successful Internet marketing program. A well-crafted landing page will maximize the possibility that a user landing there will take the action you desire and not click away.

TripAdvisor is #1 on our List of Top Travel Sites

How TripAdvisor.com builds brand loyalty by interacting with their community

Mequoda Summit Boston 2008 Coverage: Website Architecture Tips

How to design landing pages that convert visitors into subscribers and buyers

fuelNet.com Wins 3rd Annual Mequoda Publisher of the Year Award

We started from scratch says Bill Dugan on the launch of fuelNet.com

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