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Tag: niche content

8 Niche Publishing Thought Leaders You Should Follow

There was a time when investors were shying away from publishing media because “journalism” is “expensive” and user-generated content is “cheap”.

But as the world changes tides and begins to preach the quality over quantity sermon, investors have begun to appreciate journalism again. It reaches specific audiences. Now, who else do we know who creates that kind of content? Why, it’s the niche publishers Mequoda has always served! Imagine!

Website Redesigns and Product Launches for Subscription Publishers

We constantly pay attention to the changes subscription publishers are making to gain ground in the digital landscape. Today we’re sharing stories of three publishers and their methods for expanding and evolving content streams.

The Top 10 Mobile-Trafficked Magazine Websites

Magazines with the most mobile traffic have great mobile magazine websites and social-friendly content
The Association of Magazine Media recently stated that on average, magazine websites are getting 26% of their traffic from mobile. According to AdWeek, “The MPA’s monthly Magazine Media 360° report dissected publishers’ online traffic in July and compared it with traffic from a

5 Easy Evergreen Content Sources for a Magazine Portal When You’re Fresh Out of Ideas

What most publishers of niche magazines don’t realize is that coming up with an editorial calendar is just as much work as producing the evergreen content itself.

Ad-Free Magazines: Prevention Takes the Plunge

Among publishing executives, is there anyone more admirable than Maria Rodale? Of course, we all have our favorites, but for us, Rodale’s new media innovation, multiplatform strategy instincts, niche content bona fides, and other qualities make her a true titan of the industry. And now, as stalwart Rodale property Prevention joins a small number of ad-free magazines, you see a leading title take a big step in the battle against ad blocking, viewability, and other challenges of a traditional revenue model by becoming essentially a members’ only club supported by subscribers and perhaps ecommerce content strategy.

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.

Online Video Publishing: Pluses and Minuses for Digital Magazines

Online video publishing, especially when taken in tandem with mobile advertising, is arguably the most alluring revenue opportunity to come along for digital magazines in a long time.

But, like any other opportunity, it must be seized and maximized, not squandered with poor practices and a lack of strategy. Coincidentally, establishing best practices and tactical standards is exactly the sort of thing we do here at Mequoda, so if you have any questions about implementing a system and creating robust but flexible content, give us a call.

But in the meantime, check out MediaPost’s coverage of online video publishing and more. We’ll start there on this Monday!

The 17 Fully Integrated Mequoda Gold Member Benefits

At Mequoda, we talk a lot about individual pieces of the Mequoda System in our Daily posts. But the Mequoda System, known in full as the Mequoda Multiplatform Media Management System, is complex, consisting of hundreds of moving parts, and reading about them at different times and in different places can’t give you a complete understanding of it.

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,

Top 25 Magazines on Social Media: The MPA’s Latest Report

Which magazines on social media are performing especially well as of the third quarter of 2015? Well, the Association of Magazine Media 360° is glad we asked – they recently released their latest Social Media Report, which covers the top 25 magazines across all social networks in terms of likes and followers, as well as the top on each channel.

Will Users Pay for Online Content?

Consumers are deciding to pay for online content as they tire of filtering the whole Internet for high-quality articles
“So I’ve figured out how to get traffic — how do I make money?”

That’s a genuine quote from a new Gold Member, and one we hear often, although usually without the “I’ve figured out how to get

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.

Americans Will Spend More than $1.3 Billion on Digital Magazines in 2015

Throughout the week, we’ve released stats from our 2015 Digital Magazine Market Study. One stat covered print readership, and the other covered readership of digital magazines. But they center on consumption. Today’s stat centers on conversion. Turning readers into revenue. They give you a glimpse into how best practices – exemplified in the Mequoda Method – can pay off.

Renowned publishing consultant gets back to his storytelling roots with his first novel

BOSTON, MA, January 30, 2015 – Don Nicholas, a journalist-turned-publishing consultant-turned novelist, has just published his first novel, Homecoming, a mystery inspired by many of his favorite writers and characters – and also by small-town politics, social life and true crime.

The book is now available on Amazon at $19.97 for print and $4.97 for the

It’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Niche Publisher

It’s been awhile in coming, but niche publishers are having things their way at last. Mequoda has been preaching this sermon for a while, but now, it seems, the rest of the world – including all-important investors – are catching on, too.

Those living in non-Mequoda world were advised of this phenomenon recently in a post at business-related news website qz.com, where well-known media reporter Adrienne LaFrance noted in a piece titled Why Venture Capitalists Are Suddenly Investing in News that new money is flowing – actually, flooding – into media organizations, citing, among others, $46 million in new funding for social news and entertainment site BuzzFeed; $4 million for tech news site Pando Daily; and $8 million for viral content curator Upworthy – called by Fast Company “the fastest growing media site of all time.”

Discover How Online Business Launches Begin with a Strategy

Every online business we’ve launched, and will launch, has been forged under our 41 step content marketing strategy

As I sit down and look at the number of online businesses we’ve launched over the past couple of years, I think about how many were total overhauls.

Even for brands that had existing magazines, seven out of ten times we were involved in launching something that was flying a new brand.

The iPad’s Impact Thus Far

It’s been 6 months since the iPad was released; has it left a mark yet?

You won’t see everyone walking down the street with an iPad on an afternoon walk. However, there are a lot of impactful changes expected from the device and others of its kind.

If you think about it, six months isn’t really a long enough time frame for a piece of technological hardware to completely change an industry. It would be a bit unreasonable to think that way.

Should Your Internet Business Model Include Live Events?

There is incredible value in live events for publishers

Do you have premier customers with a seemingly insatiable appetite for your niche content? If so, you may want to consider adding a live event in a desirable destination.

The Mequoda Research Group has identified nine methods used by successful publishers for making money online. Number nine on our list is Selling Events which, whether live or digital, has become highly profitable online.

5 More Ways to Increase Website Traffic and Email Marketing Conversion Rates

Here are more 5 ways you can improve your Internet marketing strategy that will increase website traffic and boost email marketing conversion rates

Set up an affiliate program. Find partners that are compatible within your niche. Well-established websites with lots of traffic are most desirable. Create a mutually beneficial (win-win) relationship with other marketers, and you can harness their influence to turn many of their customers into your customers. An effective affiliate marketing program depends on establishing trust. Make sure you keep track of your affiliate referrals and pay them in a timely manner.

Stay on topic. Personal stories are great, but every post should not be all about you, your family, or your experiences. Personal anecdotes can help the reader connect with you but it can get tiring, even annoying if overdone. Concentrate on high quality content that’s relevant to your readers. After all, that’s what they expect to receive.

Email Newsletters vs. Blogging

Are email newsletters better than blogs?

I’ve read several articles discussing whether or not blogs were dying, since many well known bloggers have recently switched to email newsletters only. There was much debate in the comments that followed these articles. Some agreed that blogging was indeed dead. However, many felt email newsletters were old-fashioned. I found a few comments that expressed both blogging and email newsletters still have a place.

Is Content Still King?

In a world of content networks and emerging technology, what’s the ruling class?

I recently came across an article on Business Insider from a contributor claiming that content in no longer king, and that now curation has taken over the throne.

After reading the article and examining the components of it, I came to conclude that it’s hard to agree this opinion.

Informative, educational and enlightening content is still going to appeal to people, especially when it involves niche topics that summon passion inside us all.

NicheADay.com Landing Page Review

The fundamental mistake made by many entrepreneurs is the classic chicken-and-egg scenario in which the inventor first creates a new product and then seeks a market for it.

Experienced product developers do the opposite. They anticipate the changes in society. They assess the evolving problems, requirements and desires of consumers, and look for opportunities that have not yet been addressed by the market. Then they forecast demand and create new products that fill the gap.

Landing Page Guideline #10: Speeding Up Landing Page Load Time

If your Landing Page Loads at Anything Slower than the Speed of Instant Gratification, you Run a Serious Risk of Losing your Customer

Sixteen ways to sabotage your subscription website and stifle member renewals

We’ve all experienced online publishers who are guilty of arrogance. When they make too many of these mistakes, they don’t last very long in the member website business.