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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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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.

Here are the major updates that we've added to the platform in Q1.

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Keep Search a Priority With SEO-Friendly Image Filenames

There are a lot of factors that go into a successful search engine optimization (SEO) strategy, including performance, structured data, and, of course, choosing the right keyword(s). Our proprietary search technology helps content creators prep every article for success on search. This all-encompassing approach includes the use of SEO-friendly image filenames.

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Fuel a Data-Driven Content Strategy With Google Search Console Insights

At RebelMouse, we believe a data-driven content strategy is the key to success. Luckily, the era of "post and pray" is far behind us. Creators no longer need to create articles blindly and hope that they are successful. There are now tools that can help creators understand the kind of content that resonates with their desired audiences.

That's why we are excited to let you know about Google Search Console's Insights feature. According to Google, this new data view will help content creators and site owners answer the following questions:

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