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Native Advertising Going Interactive

The next step for native advertising is interactive. ClickZ is reporting that the next generation of native advertising will be interactive. The new ad units use featured stories, video and mobile units. Tessa Wegert writes about one such new technology,

Publishers Partner With AOL’s Gathr

Audience Development is reporting that publishers have partnered with AOL on a new subscription service. Michael Rondon writes, “The service, Gathr, packages subscriptions to a variety of products and services at a discount. Offerings—there are currently 24 separate options—range from Pandora to Redbox to Norton AntiVirus software,

Google Cuts Off Keyword Data

That day we thought would never come is here. Search Engine Watch is reporting that Google has encrypted all search queries thus cutting off all keyword data. Thom Craver writes, “Encrypted Google searches don’t pass the keyword data through to websites, thereby eliminating the ability to track users by their keyword searches. The biggest impact for many site owners has been not being able to segment users by keywords within their web analytics software.”

Our Top 10 Content Marketing Strategy Posts

This week, as we pack our bags for Boston and get ready to mingle with publishing professionals at the Mequoda Intensive, we decided to take some time out to share our top posts. The content marketing strategy posts below feature our most popular tips on business strategy, SEO, marketing, copywriting, PR and hiring. They have been viewed more than any other content marketing and business strategy posts on our website. If you have any favorites, please let us know in the comments!

Non-Traditional Partnerships Become a Hot Digital Publishing Trend

Non-traditional partnerships have really become a hot digital publishing trend in the last month. These sort of retail-food-publishing partnerships are one of the hottest new digital publishing trends. Oh, and electronic cigarettes, Playboy covered those too.

Keeping Comments Civil via Social Media

Publications have always battled to tame the comment sections of their websites. Social media has emerged as a solution that provides authenticity and civility to heated online discussions. Poynter just released a detailed report on how media outlets have made the transition to socially gating their comment sections.

ESPN.com made such a transition yesterday, says Poynter: “Patrick Stiegman, editor-in-chief of ESPN.com, said by phone that three factors drove the company’s decision to switch to Facebook for commenting: ‘a tremendously smooth transition for fans,’ many of whom already have Facebook accounts; increased visibility for ESPN content beyond the walls of ESPN.com; and a desire to ’emphasize quality of comments over the quantity of comments.'”

Magazine Publishers to Leverage Print on Demand?

New print on demand opportunities are were presented to magazine publishers at Retail Marketplace 2013 according to IPDA Publishing & Retail news. Ingram Content Group (ICG) presented options to help magazine publishers leverage their print on demand technology.

Karlene Lukovitz reports, “ICG’s core premise: Since POD print (and digital) products are created and fulfilled to match supply with demand (one-offs based on prepaid consumer orders or publisher-determined small numbers of copies)–and the publisher’s cost and profit margin are predetermined–POD capabilities minimize waste copies/costs, while enabling sales to new (including global) markets/customers. ICG also believes there is potential for employing POD in traditional retail channels.”

Essential Website Homepage Ideas for any Subscription Website Redesign

At Mequoda, we do a lot of work with clients who are starting from scratch with online publishing and subscription website marketing. They get the full benefit of the Mequoda Method because we build their website to take best advantage of SEO and optimize it for conversion of visitors to email subscribers and, ultimately, buyers.

We also have clients come to us who put up a website years ago when the Internet first blossomed, and without any research or data to guide them, those websites were built, well, badly. Those early websites were an exercise in slapping the magazine on the Web, and organizing the site exactly like the magazine.

10 Content Marketing Mistakes That Get Mequoda Editors Fired

To put this post together, we banged together the heads of everyone on the Mequoda team to consolidate some of the mishaps that have occurred with our clients. There have been some truly talented print editors that were either let go, or left by themselves because they couldn’t weather the print to digital transitions. Ones that refused to SEO their content and wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars in content that had to be re-optimized later.

Mequoda Weekly: April 22nd, 2013 – April 26th, 2013

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

Mequoda Weekly: April 15th, 2013 – April 19th, 2013

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

How the iPad is Saving the Publishing Industry

Anyone who doubts that the iPad is the most important media-related technological innovation in all of human history should re-read those dates. And the exciting thing for those of us who live and breathe magazines is that we get to live through it!

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

Forbes Hits Digital Magazine Publishing Out of the Park

When people aren’t talking about Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy these days, it seems they’re talking about iPads. And when they talk about iPads in our world, they’re talking about digital magazine publishing and apps.

WatchTime Publisher Spearheads World Bicycle Relief

I got a note earlier this week from Dominik Grau, publisher of WatchTime USA. Dominic is a very busy guy. With his finger in publishing operations on three continents and participation in graduate studies programs at Harvard and Stanford, you’d think that would pretty much take up all his time. Apparently not. He’s also part of the volunteer group that is raising money to send bicycles to Africa. I asked him to send me information about the program and a quick bio on his publishing background which I think is fascinating.

Mequoda Weekly: March 18th, 2013 – March 22nd, 2013

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

Turn Editors into Expert Keyword Analyzers

“Oh great, one more thing to do,” thinks every editor you’ve ever approached about search engine optimization.

Because of this common adverse reaction, it’s important to emphasize the longevity of articles when they’ve been search optimized.

Organic Marketing Consulting 101

These 10 organic marketing programs are perhaps the best organic marketing definitions

Organic marketing focuses on the shift from spending money on marketing to spending time on a disciplined strategy, proven to increase traffic and get your message out with paying for it.

Boosting SEO by Getting Inbound Links from .Gov

Every publisher has a love/hate relationship with backlinks. We love when they’re high-quality and make us look good, and we hate when they’re bad and make us look spammy. For the most part though, backlinks of all shapes and forms at least provide a smidgen of proof to Google that we’re worth reading.

Can Digital Publishing Solve Your Revenue Problems? I Say YES.

Mequoda’s only purpose in life is to prevent any other publishing company from going out of business, ever. That’s why we offer our decades of experience, proven best practices and user-friendly Mequoda Method for digital publishing success in our three-day Internet Marketing Intensive, the definitive training course in publishing and marketing content online.

SEO Campaigns Can Be the Key to Making Millions Online

You too can build a digital publishing empire with this Mequoda marketing method

Did you ever hear the one about the small, special-interest publisher who made more than $2 million from a single, 12-page PDF?

Would you believe me if I told you that content was free?

Believe it. It’s not a fairy tale – it’s a true story. We even use it to illustrate the beauty of strategic SEO campaigns in our upcoming webinar, The Mequoda SEO Campaign: Making Money from Free Content. And right now I’m going to share some secrets of Mequoda SEO campaigns just like it.

Learn How to Make Millions with a Content-Driven Website

You may never be Rupert Murdoch.

But you could become Consumer Reports, Morningstar, Meredith or any of the many publishers who are currently making millions from their content on the Internet by attending Mequoda’s Internet Marketing Intensive this January in New York City.

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?

Digital Content Marketing Trends for 2013

Digital content marketing drives surge in digital product sales for publishers

While many organizations have discovered the power of digital content marketing to sell products and services, perhaps no organizations are being impacted like the publishers of books, magazines, newsletters and videos.

We’re all Website Copywriters … Aren’t We?

Good website copywriting doesn’t grow on trees*

I spent years perfecting the art of making my words reader-friendly, clear and informative.

Then I had children, who went to high school and college, where they were forbidden to write words that are reader-friendly, clear and informative.

SEO Campaigns Made Easy

Proven methods and a new idea for blockbuster SEO campaigns

A lot of people offer advice about the importance of SEO campaigns and SEO copywriting. And a lot of that advice tells you to start by developing a free report, then research your keywords and finally, write a landing page letter that’s been optimized for search engines using those keywords.

I’m not giving that advice.

Train Your Editors in SEO Copywriting

You have a keyword universe…now what?

Successful online businesses rely on talented copywriters who understand search engine optimization. In a time when job requirements are changing, especially in the publishing industry, SEO copywriting is a skill that many online business professionals are trying to learn.

Using Many Platforms for Digital Publishing Success

More is better, but only when it benefits publisher and audience member

Earlier this year, social media integration in email was only used in about a third of small and medium-sized companies, according to GetResponse. Can you imagine that? Two thirds of those businesses were not taking advantage of cross promotion opportunities. Many of these companies had social media presence, but didn’t leverage it through email campaigns.

Improving Content and SEO

Need more ideas for better SEO? Search Engine Watch is a great place for endless amounts of info on all of your SEO needs. From tips on creating better content to latest news on everything SEO, Search Engine Watch is the place to be. Below are a few articles from them on different aspects of SEO. If your looking for improvements but not sure what you need to improve, scroll around search engine watch and I’m sure they will have something that will catch your eye.

How to Name a Website and Choose the Best Domain Name

3 Tips for Choosing the Best Website Name for your Media Company, blog, Portal or Subscription Website

Over the past decade or so, I’ve had the privilege and downright fun of getting to help name a few hundred websites. Most of the names I’ve helped generate have been for portals and blogs like Bible History Daily, one of my personal favorites. Occasionally, a client asks me to help name his entire company. American Lantern Press, another of my favorites, has now been going strong for more than a decade.

SEO Tips & Advice for Bloggers

Today we’re focusing on SEO tips specifically for bloggers. To have a successful blog you need to maximize your traffic. This is usually done by having as much new content as possible, after all people will be looking at your blog to find new content, not to look at the same stuff they’ve already seen. To make things simple, content drives traffic.

Below we have a few tips from top bloggers on how to improve blog SEO in order to produce maximum amounts of traffic.

Top Strategies for Organic Audience Development

Three ways you can be using content for a comprehensive audience development strategy

Audience development is challenging. Your content has to align with the searches conducted by audience members, and present great information. Helping your audience members find your content through the noise throughout the Internet is the toughest part.

Fortunately, we have some tried and true techniques for building your online audience organically. Even after algorithm changes these techniques have remained valuable.

Getting Social to Improve Search Rankings

Two ways to increase your SEO power away from your website

SEO is such a small acronym with such large potential. And in today’s digital landscape, SEO isn’t just about using keywords on your website. There are additional ways to optimize your content that leads to better ranks in Google. Let’s take a look at some of these strategies now.

An Audience Development Plan for Targeted Writing

Five steps to an audience development plan

Writing for audience development begins with keyword research. What are your audience members searching for? How many people are searching for the content you provide? What is the related competition on the keyword phrases that you want to rank for in search engines?

Knowing the answers to these questions will provide you with a foundation for your audience development plan. Let’s take a look at a step-by-step approach for audience development writing.

One of the Best Tools for Building Email Circulation

How are you building your email marketing file?

Every online marketer and audience development manager has a preferred method for building their email file.

As a content creator myself, and the person tasked with audience development efforts, my favorite way to build an email file relies on great content and superb targeting.

12 Audience Development Tips

These audience development tips will help you attract, obtain and convert casual visitors to your website

There are plenty of ways of executing audience development efforts in the digital landscape. Today we are going to discuss a few of them.

For organic audience development we suggest utilizing search engine optimization, SEO copywriting and the distribution of SEO press releases. These audience development methods will help you target audience members through search engines by utilizing keywords relevant to their interests.

Five Tablet Guidelines Presented by the MPA

The MPA Tablet Metrics Task Force recently announced new guidelines for tablet metrics

The action was taken to better serve advertisers while attempting to create consistency among digital magazine publishers.

In addition to tablet metrics guidelines, the group created a common set of definitions and decided when data should be released.

The MPA Tablet Metrics Task Force consists of a group of magazine executives from seven publishers, including Bonnier Corporation, Conde Nast, Forbes, Hearst Magazines, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Meredith Corporation and Time Inc. Advertising agencies and the MPA Executive Committee were also consulted during this process.

A Facebook Promo Idea that Leverages User Connections

How are you driving engagement on your Facebook page?

If you ask some publishers about the value of Facebook, they might focus on the retail aspect. How using Facebook to spread the word of daily or weekly deals has evaluated sales.

However, simply spreading promotional materials through Facebook is not social. It’s not something a friend would do. Friends and family – people you share personal connections with – add value to your life. Businesses operating on Facebook have to do the same, or they will quickly become obsolete.

Audience Development Blogging: How Much is an Audience Development Blog Subscriber Worth?

For consumer marketers, there is perhaps no better audience development program than one anchored by a well-run audience development blog

I almost never meet a publisher who tells me their audience could not be larger. And for the most part, they are absolutely correct. Most niche media publishers never reach more than three to five percent of their target audience on a regular basis. And couple that with the fact that audience size is a direct driver of publishing revenue, you fuel the never-ending quest for audience development.

While many publishers are content to gain visibility by simply repurposing magazine, newsletter, and catalog content onto their websites, a growing number of savvy online publishers are taking the next step by adding an audience development blog designed to repurpose premium content in the form of tips, reviews, summaries, and other derivative formats.

George Washington’s LinkedIn Profile

George Washington’s LinkedIn Profile

Entice Your Readers With Your Own New York Times “Fly Out”

You know The New York Times, right? Of course you do. And what’s great about NYTimes.com is that it features an exquisite layout that retains the look and feel of a read newspaper and provides the form and function for todays netizens as well.

One goal that digital publishers have is to keep readers reading and clicking, and The New York Times has a clever feature that entices readers to do just that.

Mequoda Tops 30,000 in January

3 best practices for increasing website traffic

January 2012 has been a record setting month for Mequoda Daily.

As a small B2B company, it can be hard to reach specific milestones since most are resourced at a smaller level. However, this past month has yielded more significant results than usual, and it is due to some slight changes that many can implement easily.

Play True or False on Social Media Questions

Montes de Oca Delivers on Social Media Insights

True or false, asked Wendy Montes de Oca, best-selling author of Content is Cash: Leveraging Great Content and the Web for Increased Traffic, Sales, Leads and Buzz, at a roundtable at last month’s Marketing Conference in Miami. “I don’t need to market my social media accounts; people will find me with the right keywords.”

PR Newswire Unlocks Five Social Media To-Do’s for PR in 2012

Give your story, and audience, a fine tuning with the new rules of social media PR

In PR Newswire’s 2012 edition of Unlocking Social Media for PR, Jason Keller, Senior Vice President of Products for PR Newswire reminds your marketing and PR team that “you simply cannot escape the influence of social media in modern public relations – and, in fact, it’s leading to entirely new kinds of workflows for the PR industry.” Unfortunately, in publishing, an industry that’s admittedly been a little bit slower to adapt than others, we’re still seeing the same old press releases being sent to the same news outlets.

Staying Productive With Clippings

Your day can get bogged down by the repetitive task of manually typing the same blocks of text into your browser, whether it’s a blog comment signature, a bio, a mini-press release, or something else. The amount of time you spend on these tasks can add up to be hours by the end of the year. Fortunately there is a handy FireFox extension called Clippings. Clippings lets you “save frequently-entered text for pasting later” while your working in Firefox.

Master the Art of Writing for an Audience

In only 12 lessons, you can grasp the process of writing for search engines.

By now, the question, “why should I write for search engines?” isn’t asked as much as it was a few years ago. Today, online editors are asking how they can learn the best tips for writing for search engines because they get how the Internet is used. They understand that websites like Google and Yahoo are used by hundreds of thousands of people each day; people who use search engines to answer their most pressing questions.

Building Your Email Marketing Lists in 2012

Website traffic is a big part of email list creation; If new visitors aren’t arriving at your website, you won’t be generating new subscribers.

In 2012, here are a few strategies you can implement to help generate more inbound traffic.

Tips for generating more website traffic and building email marketing lists

A Primer on the New SIPA Website!

SIPA’s New Website Ushers in New Era

It’s up and running! Can there be four better words in today’s highly virtualized culture than those? SIPA’s sparkling new, just out-of-the-box website went live a few days before Christmas like any proper gift should. And it is functioning so smoothly that we’ve tossed out the receipt! So we hope that you find the time to take a look around; it’s much more interactive and information-filled than the old site (and easier to navigate)—especially if you are a member.

A Plugin For News Publishers To Format Dates/Times “Correctly”

The AP Stylebook has been setting the standards for news writing since 1953. I wonder if the creators of WordPress (the good folks at Automattic ever imagined how many publishers would be using their platform.

Are you a publisher who follows the AP Style Guide? Do you wish the dates and times in comments, posts and pages followed the AP style guide much like most major news websites out there? You’re in luck. There’s a free WordPress plugin called AP Style Dates and Times plugin.

Assessing the ROI on Your Social Media Efforts

Thoughts on ROI for Social Media Efforts

I wrote the cover story for SIPA’s November Hotline newsletter on ROI for social media efforts. What should you expect and what parameters should you use? It’s a question that will continue into 2012 and beyond. How do we know we’re spending the right amount of time on places like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? We know from our own lives how addictive these sites can be.