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We live in the age of social where Facebook and Google dominate online ads, search, and traffic. If your corporate blog is stuck on an old paradigm, you're being left in the dust. But if your site generates ample traffic and has a loyal audience, your content is valuable and monetizable.

In today's digital world, content consumption and $$$ opportunity goes beyond the website. The question is, are you doing enough to monetize your website everywhere audiences are discovering your content? Here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Follow the Data

Publishers have been trained to plan desktop first for site design, layout, and monetization, leaving mobile as an afterthought. But if you look at your site's statistics and Google Analytics, chances are that the majority of your audience engages almost entirely via mobile. Whether you're going all-in on programmatic, selling native ads, or promoting subscriptions, understanding your data should be the first step prior to making any decisions about your monetization strategy.

2. Find Your Distributed Audience

As you dig deeper with data, you'll likely also discover that a good chunk of your content discovery is happening off-site — via social, search, and email newsletters. And guess what? Platform leaders have been busy creating native content formats like Facebook Instant Articles and Google AMP to optimize the experience for content consumers. These formats are not only designed to enhance the user experience, but publishers can now incorporate ads that, in most cases we've seen, perform better than your on-site ads.

3. A/B Test and Optimize Your Ad Experience

Incorporating different ad partners and formats into your pages will be a given. However, you want to be flexible, test placements, and optimize without switching your entire site setup every time. Being able to easily create and A/B test different articles, sections, and home page layouts with the ad experience saves time and allows you to be smart about expanding your monetization approach.

4. Don't Go Overboard

You may be tempted to pepper ads everywhere on your site because more ads means more money, right? But more ads can actually hurt your bottom line by:

  1. Weighing down your pages
  2. Decreasing how fast your content loads
  3. Creating banner blindness for less ad effectiveness, and/or
  4. Simply annoying users to the point where they prematurely leave your site

Strategically use rule-based ad serving and lazy-loading controls to manage when and where ads load, ensuring ads are well aligned with the editorial experience.

Do you have the technology to help you manage ads efficiently? As a next-generation CMS, RebelMouse comes pre-wired with the tools and services to effectively manage monetization and the ad experience on and off-site.

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It's been a long and winding path, but in 2022 the subscription model continues its upward trajectory as a top revenue strategy for publishers of all sizes. The tug of war between platforms and publishers reached its peak in the last few years of the previous decade, leaving users desperate for a modern user experience that's clear of any clutter from the duopoly that is Google and Facebook. This is why intelligent paywall models are a top choice for users looking to consume content right from the source. When done correctly, the strategy can work for any type of media. The New York Times, a frequent showpiece example of the power of paywalls, is constantly reporting record-busting subscription numbers, with 7.6 million digital subscriptions in 2021.

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Click here to read our Q2 2021 platform performance updates!

At RebelMouse, we pour our souls into making sure that our platform is always the most modern, high-performance CMS on the market. In fact, we invested over $100,000 worth of hours into our platform in Q1 2021 alone. This has resulted in updates and performance enhancements that publishers would have to pay for on their own to make happen on any other platform, such as WordPress. We're proud to be at a level of scale where we can invest this way into our platform, and we will continue to invest at this rate every quarter moving forward just as we have in the past.

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Most publishers are bogged down with day-to-day content strategy and creation, which usually means their technology suffers. That translates into poor search rankings, traffic dips, and loss of revenue.

Even so, the idea of replatforming to a new CMS, migrating your data, and overhauling your site’s architecture can sometimes feel more daunting than simply fixing the issues your website currently faces. But the stumbling block here is that most publishers aren’t even sure what the exact problems are with their current site.

That’s why RebelMouse offers a free website health check. This comprehensive audit will help you make a data-backed decision on what the best and most cost-effective next steps are to brighten your site’s future. Here’s what our health check includes:

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The post-pandemic user landscape is still ripe for subscription revenue

You can get a subscription for everything these days. Whether it’s a cheese-of-the-month club or annual access to read your favorite content, the subscription-based model has continued to gain steam in recent years. In fact, the market for digital subscriptions is valued at $650 billion according to a new report from Lineup, a subscription management solution.

The power of the subscription model has been growing since even before the COVID-19 crisis began, and isn’t showing any signs of slowing as we enter a post-pandemic landscape. According to What’s New in Publishing, Gannett reported a 46% year-over-year increase in digital subscriptions in November 2021, putting them at 1.5M total subscribers. Hearst grew its digital subscriptions by 50% in 2021.

But subscriptions aren’t just for big name publishers. Users in 2022 are ready to pay up for legacy names and new media companies alike, as long as it’s for an experience that’s beneficial to them, reliable, and free of the clutter that can come from third-party platforms. Speaking of platforms, even TikTok and Instagram have started to gauge their audiences’ temperature on subscription experiences. So, the competition has never been steeper for publishers looking to build a subscriber base. Unfortunately, launching a simple paywall may not be enough.

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