Alex Biale

Alex Biale a True Detective fanatic, French Press connoisseur, mountain climber, and a Netflix Brand Ambassador... He also happens to be the only climber still scared of heights. Oh, and when it's warm out, he rides to work on his childhood razor skooter. He focuses on our inbound and content marketing efforts.

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What’s the Difference Between Asynchronous and Synchronous Ad Tags?

Monetization

If you’re a blogger or professional publisher monetizing your site through some form of display advertising, you’ve more than likely come across the terms “asynchronous” and “synchronous” ad tags in reference to display, mobile and video advertising. Understanding how webpages load To explain the difference between asynchronous vs synchronous ad tags, let me first talk […]

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How To Make Money Blogging in 2016

Monetization

Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a seasoned blogger just looking for new tips, you’ve all done some research on how to make money blogging. Bloggers are constantly evolving the way they make money, which means it’s that much harder to stay ahead of the curve. In a recently published guide on 2016 digital […]

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The Blogger’s Roadmap to Beating Ad Blocking in 2016

Tools & Tech

Are you set up to beat ad blocking in 2016? Ad blocking has quickly become one of the most talked about topics in digital publishing media. One of the more frustrating things about ad blocking is the fact that as of right now, publishers do not have much power in the equation. By the nature […]

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Calling All Professional Publishers: Here’s Why Ad Blocking Needs to Be on Your Radar in 2016

Tools & Tech

There’s no more avoiding it. It’s time to deal with Ad Blocking. If you have been following the media around online publishing lately, you’ve probably heard about ad blocking. In case you haven’t, here’s a brief intro as to what ad blocking actually is: ad blocking is a content filtering and ad blocking extension that allows […]

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Increasing Audience Engagement: Publisher Roundtable

Tools & Tech

Professional Publishers Share Their Secrets:  How To Increase Your Audience Engagement Earlier this year, we partnered with TapInfluence and Netpop to organize the third annual Publisher Roundtable Report. We surveyed a wide array of content creators from niche bloggers just getting started to mid-size professional publishers looking for strategic ways to take their audience engagement […]

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What Is the Xindi Botnet?

Tools & Tech

Xindi Botnet Update:  Sovrn Publishers Protected Pixalate recently released a comprehensive report detailing the Xindi botnet, a first-of-its-kind botnet designed to attack a key vulnerability in the online advertising ecosystem by exploiting ad exchanges. According to Pixalate, “this botnet is designed to generate fake “viewable” impressions at scale.” As a partner with Pixalate on fraud and transparency […]

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Sovrn’s Viewability Assurance and What It Means for Publishers

Viewability

“Half of the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half” That statement, attributed to department store mogul John Wanamaker, was uttered more than 100 years ago. With its laser-accurate measurement and targeting, online advertising was meant to have solve this conundrum and for a while advertisers thought […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Choosing a Great Domain Name

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Five things you need to know about choosing a great domain name If you’re getting ready to launch a new website, you’ll make one of your most important decisions straight off the bat: choosing a domain name. Your domain, or your website’s URL, is the foundation of your site and will shape the remainder of […]

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Enter to Win All-Access Pass: Sovrn I-Squared Publisher Summit

Tools & Tech

Calling all independent and influential publishers! From Aug. 12 – 26, 2015, sovrn will be giving away one All-Access Pass to our upcoming I–Squared Summit taking place in San Francisco on Sept. 9. One lucky winner will receive an All-Access Pass to the event, which includes: One round trip ticket from any of the 50 U.S. […]

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What Is a Price Floor & How Should I Be Using Them?

Mobile

What is a price floor? If you know anything about display advertising through programmatic solutions, you know about price floors. Just in case you don’t, here’s a quick price floor definition: A price floor is a fixed CPM rate that prevents an ad partner from serving campaigns that pay below a certain price threshold. For […]

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Infographic: Customer Journey Mapping Across Devices

Mobile

When marketers first began talking about customer journey mapping, they used a funnel as a model to discuss how customers moved through stages of awareness, consideration, and decision-making. A funnel, of course, was an appropriate model because customers moved in one direction. Today, however, it’s time to rethink customer journey mapping – especially as it […]

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List Growth and Conversion Optimization: Targeting the Brain

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Single words or phrases can have a profound impact on the way people make decisions. The Subcortical and Limbic parts of the brain are stronger than people realize – as marketers, you want to appeal to those parts of the brain, since they drive decision making. If you want to drive activity from your audience, […]

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4 Content Distribution + Analysis Tools Every Publisher Needs To Know

Distribution

Originally published on ProBlogger on 6/1/2015. You put in countless hours to create the highest quality content possible week after week. Maybe you even spend money on hiring a graphic designer to make your work look even better. But what good is a solid piece of content if it’s not being put in front of the […]

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RPM vs CPM & Why It Matters For Publishers

Tools & Tech

It’s a common misconception among publishers that you can’t use multiple ad networks at once. Not only is it not true, we actually encourage it! Integrating with multiple ad networks allows you to leverage their collective scale and demand partners, driving up the competition for inventory and increasing your overall CPM and earnings. One thing […]

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Blogger Tip: How to Organize Your Ad Stack

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Leveraging Scale After speaking with a lot of publishers about ad stack optimization strategies, we realized that a lot of you don’t know how best to organize your ad stack. We put together some quick tips for you to follow when organizing your ad stack. By working with multiple Ad Networks, you’re able to better […]

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Website Monetization: Expectations vs. Reality

Monetization

There’s a trend in the website monetization world to convey ideas from the marketer’s perspective, completely neglecting the publisher’s point of view. Which is odd because it’s the publisher that creates the content and attracts the audience that the marketers are so eager to get in front of. In fact, publishers have begun forming coalitions […]

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What You Need To Know Google’s Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update

Mobile

Google is about to update its search algorithm, again. Here’s what you need to know. As a content creator, webmaster and blogging/publishing guru, you undoubtedly know how important your mobile traffic is to the vigor of your site’s performance. Over the last several years, mobile has been making a name for itself as it quickly […]

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4 Link Building Tactics To Increase Revenue

Monetization

In a recent blog post, marketer and author Seth Godin discussed the futility of using the Internet for mass marketing. Platforms like TV take generic products — Godin used Jell-O as an example — and attempt to sell them to everyone. Online, there is no everyone. Instead, there are thousands, even millions of niche markets. […]

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Meridian by Sovrn: Real-time Analytics, for Real

Analytics & Reporting

For as long as Sovrn has been in the game, we’ve been working vigorously to help publishers in any way we can. For the last few years, we’ve been working on creating an analytics platform built specifically for influential publishers of the Independent Web. We collect an enormous amount of data every day, and we’re finally […]

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How Do I Know When My Site Is Ready for Display Sovrn Advertising?

Monetization

Originally published on BuildYourBlogConference on February 20, 2015. Publishers who are invested in their websites often wonder when (and if) they should start advertising, and if so, what kind of advertising. While there are many different options for website monetization, this piece will focus on one of the most manageable and widely used method: display […]

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How To: Create Ad Tags in Meridian

Monetization

Welcome to Sovrn. We’re so happy to have you. Outlined below is your guide on how to create ad tags and set price floors in meridian. meridian is Sovrn’s publisher platform built to provide real-time analytics and allow publishers to make better-informed decisions about their website monetization. Through meridian, publishers gain unique audience insights, in-depth […]

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Fighting Bad Ads: Locating Campaign ID

Monetization

If you encounter an unwanted creative on your website and want it removed, here are the steps you should follow: 1. Start up an “Inspector Tool” For Google Chrome, use “Developer Tools”, which can be activated by hitting f12, ctrl+shift+i, or clicking the settings menu in the upper right, clicking tools and selecting Developer Tools. […]

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4 Key Performance Metrics for the Profitable Publisher

Analytics & Reporting

Originally Published on ClickZ. These four metrics go beyond CPM and Fill Rate to help publishers measure the success of their digital advertising efforts. As with any other business, there are two approaches publishers can take to grow their revenue: grow their current business and acquire new business. Or in this case, better engage current […]

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What Makes Online Content Go Viral?

Monetization

Creating content that resonates with your audience is one thing, creating content that compels your audience to share that piece with their friends is another beast entirely. Out of all the copious amount of research that has been done surrounding the virality of online content, there are a small handful of consistencies that are worth […]

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5 Ways to Make Money Blogging in 2015

Monetization

Nothing fancy, but here are five actionable items you can use to start generating more revenue from your blog today. 1. Look at the data Reader engagement is one of the most important site metrics you should be paying attention to because advertisers are willing to pay more for inventory with high reader engagement which […]

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Cashing in on Holiday Digital Ad Spend Is All About a Multi-Tag Approach

Monetization

This post was originally published on ClickZ. Cashing in Holiday Digital Ad Spend is All About A Multi-Tag Approach Right around the time when Christmas carols start to creep into unwilling ears each year, CPMs are beginning their steady march up, up and higher still throughout Q4. Ecommerce has entirely disrupted the path to purchase, […]

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5 Great Resources with Free High-Resolution Stock Photos

Tools & Tech

Like you, we’re constantly looking for fresh new (free) stock photos to use for all our projects. Unless you have an in-house photographer or enough money to contract your creative needs, free high-resolution stock images is worth your while. We gathered our favorite list of stock image resources so you can focus on creating the content […]

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What You Need to Know When Picking an Ad Partner

Monetization

If you’re a publisher looking to monetize your website through some form of online advertising, you know that deciding which ad partner to run with is no simple task. If you want to be successful in monetizing your site, you need to do some research on what options are actually out there. Why is it […]

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Your 2015 Strategy: Use the Sigmoid Curve

Analytics & Reporting

The online publishing community thrives when great ideas are shared, evolved and acted on. Chances are when one publisher does something well, that same principle can be adopted by others. We’re constantly on the lookout for new ideas that we can adapt and turn into actionable items. The beauty of the online publishing community is […]

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How to Maximize Your Income From Display Ads With Nathan Putnam

Monetization

This post was originally published on Become a Blogger. I invited Nathan Putnam from The Blogger Network for today’s episode to help us understand better what display advertising is and how it can help us earn more and maximize that income from the ads we put on our blogs. He also clarified and answered some common questions most bloggers ask: Are […]

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The 8 Most Important Publisher Metrics: A Beginner’s Guide

Analytics & Reporting

Like you, I’m in the business of creating content. We both need content to attract new consumers, nurture current readers and grow our customer base. When I jumped into this role I went on a rampage of creating all kinds of one-off pieces for our Publisher Services team. After we had a month of content […]

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How to Start a Blog: The Beginner’s Guide to Successful Publishing

Tools & Tech

This guide was published by the FirstSiteGuide Team but we thought it would be highly beneficial to our publishers, so we thought it would be worth sharing here. Download it, check it out, learn a ton, share it and start growing today. This guide is an introduction to mastering the art of blogging/online publishing. It […]

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Engagement First, Traffic Later

Monetization

“Hi and welcome! I’m Lindsay, and I do the cooking, writing and photography around these parts. This is my husband Bjork – he’s in charge of the tech support and income stuff for Pinch of Yum. Plus he’s cute and I like him. Together we’re the Pinch of Yum and Food Blogger Pro Team!” When […]

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