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AdSense Decline: The Smoking Gun

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Google continues to make buckets of money from advertising, but industry pundits have for some time been warning of a disturbing downward trend in one of the company’s core businesses: AdSense. At PageFair, we have data that we believe points to a new major factor behind this decline.…

PageFair at State of Digital Media Marketing Conference

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Check out our CEO Sean Blanchfield presenting the latest data on the rise of adblocking, and what techniques we have discovered to help publishers effectively deal with it. This video is from the University of Missouri-St. Louis State of Digital Media Marketing Conference, held on 2nd April 2014. Coming soon: The PageFair-Adblock Plus debate. Stay tuned by following us on Twitter @pagefair.…

One Publisher Defends His Content Against Adblockers

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The following is from publisher and PageFair customer Matt Buxton of Top Windows Tutorials.com. Under the advertising model I could provide you with content, that you could view for free, any time you liked, and I could get compensated for my time and hosting costs through advertising … Isn’t it a shame to throw all that away and push the internet towards paywall content all because a noisy Flash banner once annoyed you on a website you can’t even remember now? Matt has been designing websites for the past 7 years. He made the leap to running his sites full time, but recently ad revenue has plummeted. His story shows how advances in adblocking technology to combat intrusive ads such as pop-ups and auto-play videos, are unintentionally putting small publishers out of business.…

Introducing PageFair Ads

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At PageFair we aim to help websites survive the explosive growth of adblocking. One of the first features we built was the ability to show an appeal to your adblockers, asking them to re-enable your ads or to make a small donation. PageFair appeals have run on hundreds of websites, and we’re disappointed to say that they have not proven effective at changing people’s behavior. The statistics We ran 576 appeals on 220 different websites. Only 0.33% of adblockers that were shown an appeal added an adblock exception Of those 0.33%, one-third eventually removed the exception. Only 3 users per million who were given the option to make a donation did so. This represents less than $0.01 CPM. Using this appeals method, publishers were only earning $10 per million visitors.…

Ad Network Comparison

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While documenting the journey of new publishers and the motivation for intrusive advertising, we discovered that getting started with online advertising can be challenging. We’ve created this table to help small publishers choose an ad network that’s right for them, depending on their needs and the type of site they run. To start, simply choose the description in the first column that best describes your site. Each description is broad in order to encompass a large spectrum of websites. While browsing the columns, take note of what is important to you as a publisher- such as minimum payout amount or where in the world your audience is. Suggested ad networks are listed in the far right column.…

CPM, CPC, CPA: Ad pricing models explained

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While documenting the journey of first-time publishers, we uncovered that comparing pricing models can be a bit difficult. This post gives a brief overview of each pricing model and explains how to compare their revenue potential. CPM – payment when an ad is seen CPM (cost per mille or thousand impressions) is the granddaddy of them all- a pricing model that existed long before the advent of the internet. Under this pricing model the publisher is paid every time a website visitor sees an ad. It’s commonly used where an advertiser wants a branding campaign; the focus is on raising consumer awareness of a company or product rather than persuading them to buy right now.…

Bob the Website Builder- One Publisher's Adventure in Ads

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In our last article we examined the vicious circle that drives ever more intrusive advertising. In this article we begin the search for a virtuous circle; a way for publishers to battle the spread of bad ads. To begin to define this virtuous circle we must understand how people choose the ads that appear on their website. Meet “Bob the Website Builder”: he loves to create content about home-page improvements. It occurs to him that he has pretty good traffic to his website and that he could make some money from advertising to pay his hosting costs. But Bob is a busy guy and he doesn’t have a lot of time to put into an advertising strategy- he simply wants to set up the ads and let them run without any more maintenance required on his part.…

Bob the Website Builder- One Publisher’s Adventure in Ads

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In our last article we examined the vicious circle that drives ever more intrusive advertising. In this article we begin the search for a virtuous circle; a way for publishers to battle the spread of bad ads. To begin to define this virtuous circle we must understand how people choose the ads that appear on their website. Meet “Bob the Website Builder”: he loves to create content about home-page improvements. It occurs to him that he has pretty good traffic to his website and that he could make some money from advertising to pay his hosting costs. But Bob is a busy guy and he doesn’t have a lot of time to put into an advertising strategy- he simply wants to set up the ads and let them run without any more maintenance required on his part.…

The Circle of Junk: Traffic => Content => Advertising

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There is a complex, vicious circle driving advertising to ever-more annoying extremes, and driving people to block ads. The popups of the early 2000’s have been replaced by interstitials, prerolls, and noisy animations. If there’s innovation in the ad industry it’s in inventing ever-more distracting forms of web advertising. It’s tempting to simply blame aggressive advertisers, but the reality is that they’re reacting to a new trend in how people find and consume content. Sensationalist headlines spread virally through social networks, driving hordes of visitors to websites; visitors who feel no loyalty to a website they will probably never visit again. Aggressive advertising simply maximizes the revenue from this new type of visitor. For our own good we need to understand and break this cycle of Junk Content chasing Junk Traffic targeted by Junk Advertising.…